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Also known as 'Mini' as a producer...
Often referred to as one of montreal's most hard working dj's, Mini could be considered the canadian lady of electroland. Her heavy exposure to techno, new wave and German squarewave productions lead her to produce her first original album release, Audio Hygiene, in october 2006. With a sound like no other, merging dirty-bass and lo-fi textures with intimate, personal, melancholic melody lines; marrying square, spare sounds to round, airy ones. Looking for an original way to get inspiration, she made instruments from children toys by circuit-bending them, and did much sampling of her environnement as well. She even made the title 'Cycle' entirely from clicks, everyday sounds and ambiances recorded on the road, on the street, in the studio, etc.
Unprobable ways to produce music? Sure, most likely, but also, I way to keep the fun and to experiment while writing songs. Mini's always been looking for inspiration in collaborating with other artists and combine djing with other forms of art, she’s also rounded out her résumé with musical contributions to various festivals and experimental projects, from djing for the infamous breakdance collective Solid State, to live painting sessions with the colective Lattakeuse Dimage to a collaboration with the Opéra de Montréal as part of TechnOpera, a project to set various classical opera themes to experimental electronic music.
Aside from taking so much pleasure in producing, Mini as a dj took on a residency at Parking Club in 2003, and still holds it up as an artistic director, where she hosts international talents and electro/techno pioneers on a regular basis. Only to name a few, Laurent Garnier, Tiga, Ellen Allien, Richie Hawtin, Steve Bug , The Hacker, Peter Hook, Tiefschwarz and Swayzak have been invited to play at her Overdose Thursdays frenzy. The list is long, but 6 years and many many parties later, the night still is the talk of the town, and drags 500 to 800 people out every week.
With a background marked by such singular encounters and experiences, small wonder Mini was moved to refract all those influences into a single opus, Audio Hygiene. A title that evoked a sonic cleansing, an antidote to the redundancy of force-fed pop. Stir in remixes of, and a vocal duet with, France’s legendary Eighties goth-rock/synthers Trisomie 21, along with a guest appearance by fellow Montrealers Lesbians on Ecstasy on the track “Ego Trip,” and enjoy—preferably on the dancefloor.
Despite the Mini moniker, this artist’s signature, decidedly, gets attention.