Piu Piu : A Film About Montreal Beat Scene's Conference in Montreal
Montreal's music scene is nothing short of exceptional. The city is home to a handful of today's most exciting propects in the electronic music world, including world renown artists like Jacques Greene, Lunice and Kaytranada. A large number of the key players that shape and define the local scene are receiving much deserved recognition, united under the laser-like interjection "Piu Piu".
The term was coined by Vlooper, beat maker for Alaclair Ensemble, who jokingly opened with "Bonjour, mon nom est Vlooper and I'll play some Piu Piu music" for an ArtBeat performance about three years ago. Today, the term carries way more meaning and a documentary aiming to expose the creative movement behind it to the rest of the world is currently in the works. Led by Aisha Vertus and Philippe Sawicki, 'Piu Piu: a Film About the Montreal Beat Scene', is due to be released next fall.
Don't know about Piu Piu? Come get enlightened. The people behind the feature are hosting a conference this Wednesday with influential figure and ArtBeat co-founder Sevdee, from the K6A crew joining journalist Laurent Blais and Aisha Vertus to present the movement to any and all interested. As an idea, Piu Piu represents a community of dedicated and passionate individuals determined to put their city on the map.
The Piupiumentary, created by and for local artists, is used as a platform to raise awareness towards the underground scene in Quebec and give exposure to the talented individuals it nurtures. It depicts Montreal through the lens of these experimental musicians and beat makers, capturing both their creative processes and livelihoods alike. While mainly revolving around the art of beatmaking, the feature will also explore the relation between the "experimental" beatmaker and the typical Montreal rapper as a means of showcasing the ingenuity and talent the city has to offer. Duo St x Liam show the powerful combination in IX featured 'Fresh Crops'.
The defining and unique aspects of Montreal, such as its bilingual nature, contribute to the unique sounds that come blasting from it: Many local rappers are known to drop verses in both English and French, occasionally combining the two into slang of undeniable local flavour; beats push boundaries and explore limitless possibilities through sounds and samples, its multicultural aspect carrying considerable influence to artists who evolve through its trends. The city breathes with creativity and eccentricities that we all come to love.
Piu Piu is associated to an increasingly large number of local artists. Kaytranada, Vlooper, Poirier, Scott C, Bueller, Phil Sparkz, Kenlo, Alaclair Ensemble, Alaiz and more rep their city through the experimental and 'spacey' vibe it has come to be so widely associated with.
The movement has been expanding all around the world and has received attention from artists such as L.A based Shlohmo and LOL Boys, Seattle based Sango and Toronto native Elaquent; some of whom have collaborated with piu piu reps and/or promoted the movement.
So bring your bros, bring your sister, your grandma and her bridge partner and reach the Piu Piu conference at UdeM this wednesday 20th and indulge into the the movement shaping the sounds of tomorrow. Expect discovering a shit ton of great music and a trend that you can finally follow. Check the details out here.
We've also linked the documentary's promo spot, as well as some of our favorite Piu beats down below. Cheers