How a Montreal music teacher became Deadmau5' protege: IX Daily meets Eekkoo
Jonathan Doyon's story is an interesting one - the man has lived and breathed music since he was 10 after being given a piano as a gift from his parents. One thing led to another and he became a 14 year old making melodies, equipped with a keyboard and sequencer; soon then, hip hop beats non stop for years after purchasing a sampler. Jonathan turned sound production into his career by working as an audio-engineer at Musitechnic where hes worked for 7 years and trained many aspiring producers (including Prince Club). Meet Eekkoo, pronounced "Echo" a producer with well past Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000 hour" expert status rule.
After beganing at Musitechnic, some friends introduced him to a few electronic music producers; John mentioned he was "instantly hooked" by the "rich and groovy sound universe" and "fell in love with house music". He changed his entire musical direction and got into "long sessions of sound design, abandoning his samplers for synthesizers", while mastering the creation of house music. In 2010, Eekkoo released an original song "Kung" on Soundcloud and his quiet life in the Montreal Plateau geared into fast mode. Deadmau5 liked and commented on the song after noticing it; Eekkoo became the first artist ever to be followed on Soundcloud by Deadmau5.
Later that year, Eekkoo submitted a demo to Deadmau5' label Mau5trap and finally his first releases on the label: a remix to the Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner track "Channel 42", followed by "Old Castle" and "Lekture" on the We Are Friends Vol 2 Compilation. Eekkoo incorporates countless layers of meticulously crafted sound clips into his seemlessly engineered progressive house/techno beats. All the sound clips are entirely his own, giving interesting insight into Eekkoo's thought processes. Each of the three songs on his self-titled EP, Eekkoo released on Monday, seems to have a purpose that's specified by the title. "Function" sounds as if it represents Eekkoo's thought process getting down to work, "Grindin" to getting down (if you know what I mean) and "Kodes" to vibing out. As he said the album is "a showcase of my sound, hence the reason why it's self-titled. This sound universe is what I like. And it's not forced, it's natural. This is the sound that dwells in me. I think that those who have been following mau5trap for a long time will find themselves in this EP. I really hope you like it!"
For those who like his sounds, Eekkoo is on Facebook. Look out for his collabs' with label mate Heat Maxwell, Dom Kane and Deadmau5 in the coming months.
Eekkoo recommended listening to: Maetrik, Pig & Dan, Glimpse and Adrian Hour.