DJ Champion - Resistance

Format: CD
Label: Saboteur Records SAB 020
Year: 2009
Origin: Montréal, Québec
Genre: electronic
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Release Type: Albums
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Playlist: Experimental & Electronic, Quebec, 2000's


Track Name
Clear Beach
Resistance (Skool)
Perfect in Between
Plastiques et metaux
So Big
Backing Off
L6 (The Blooded)
My Black Saab
Sannois Beach
Alive Again
The Monster



DJ Champion - Resistance




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After many months of anonymity from the spotlight and bustle of the music world, Maxime Morin, aka DJ Champion, emerged from the shadows of his studio last September 2009 to present his highly anticipated new album Resistance on Saboteur Musique. After 2 pan-Canadian tours, 2 sold-out shows at the Métropolis in Montréal and a performance at the 2010 Olympic winter games in Vancouver, Champion and his G-Strings will continue to present the explosive tracks of Resistance for months to come.

Eager to expand his musical horizons beyond his highly acclaimed success Chill Em All, DJ Champion deliberately deleted an entire studio recording following his last tour in the winter of 2008 after realizing similarities with his previous record were too close for comfort. In order to break the cycle and create a zone of artistic instability, DJ Champion retired entirely from the public scene and engaged in a secluded lifestyle. This state of solitude pushed Morin in a profound musical direction and Resistance began to take form.

Aware of the challenges of re-creating the energy of his live performances, DJ Champion chose to incorporate elements of rock to Resistance, thus allowing him to deliver the same energy he captures on the live stage. Strongly inspired by turn of the century worksongs, the DJ sat down for a moment and for the first time, wrote most of the lyrics on the record. To help relay his prose, DJ Champion recruited Pilou, a young prodige from the Montreal music scene who makes his debut appearance singing with fire and fierceness alongside DJ Champion’s signature electric guitar and electronic drum wizardry.

A strong album in its sonority with tracks that shines through the uplifting construction of the composition, Resistance, is the artist's inner struggle to avoid venturing down the same path creatively. “I could have gone back to where I am from”, says DJ Champion, “I could have made obscure electro, even more experimental, but for me there was no challenge in doing so!" Musical exploration has always been more important then the image projected for DJ Champion and this is made clear with Resistance’s eleven burning dance tracks that are just as contagious as any of his previous work.

Honors and distinctions
Félix for Electro Album of the year, ADISQ 2005
Félix for Best show of the year, ADISQ 2006
Socan Prize Dance Music, No Heaven, 2007
Nominated at the CASBY Awards, in the category Favorite New Song, 2006
Nominated at the Junos Awards in the category Best Dance Recording, 2006

• Maxime Morin : DJ, Leader
• Pilou : voice
• Barry Russell : guitar
• Stéphane "Fets" Leclerc : guitar
• Jean-Luc Huet : guitar
• Sébastien Blais-Montpetit : guitar
• Louis Lalancette : bass

Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Finlande, Germany

• Inauguration du Quartiers des spectacles (2009)
• Transmit Now // Rifflandia Festival (Vancouver 2009)
• Juno Awards (2007)
• Exclaim! Tour (2007)
• SXSW (2007)
• Transmission (Vancouver 2006)
• Toronto Film Festival (2006)
• M for Montreal (2006)
• The Great Escape Festival (UK, 2006)
• Paléo Festival (Switzerland 2006)
• CMW (2005)
• Transmusicales de Rennes (2005)
• Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (Las Vegas 2005)
• Montreal International Jazz Festival (2004-2005)
• Montreal Francofolies (2004)
• Academy Awards (2004) - Les Triplettes de Belleville


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