Born in 1970 in Jonquière, Jean-Michel Lapointe (a.k.a. Dick Jones) starting violin studies at the age of five. A born musician, at the age of 19 he entered Trebas Institute to study sound engineering, and since then he’s used his talents as an audio engineer to put his inspiration as a composer into concrete form in an impressive number of projects.
Just out of Trebas, he joined forces with Daniel Coulombe (B52’s, Indochine), who introduced him to the milieu of professional music at the Capture Digitale studio, and while there he helped shape the musical identity Radio-Énergie. Since then he’s involved himself in both personal projects (Couch Potatoes, Monitor) and professional ones (advertising music, DJing, remix). He also collaborates with local artists as co-producer (Éric Lapointe, Stefie Shock, Dubmatique), and has remixed a number of house-music artists of all nationalities.
It’s especially in his capacity as leader and music director of the Couch Potatoes that Jean-Michel has acquired great stage and touring experience, which includes a cross-Canada tour that took him from Halifax to Vancouver, appearances at the FrancoFolies de Montréal, at the Festival d’Été de Québec, at Bal en Blanc, at the Black & Blue Festival and at the Montreal Highlights Festival. He has also played in Europe and in the U.S. for events associated with Cirque du Soleil and been a DJ for a number of other Cirque evenings. More recently he’s been able to demonstrate the musical maturity he’s acquired over the years as producer and composer with the collective Monitor, developing the deep house sound that brings happiness to dancefloor regulars around the world.
André Deraîche (a.k.a. Vig Vega) was born in Montreal in 1977 and grew up there. A big fan of rap from his earliest years, he yearned to be a writer and rapper, eventually doing collegiate studies in literature and poetry, and in 1997 earned a Diploma of Collegial Studies at Collège Maisonneuve. Always the writer, he looked for composer-partners capable of creating soundtracks on which his creativity could crystallize.
In 1999 he partnered with producer-rapper Waatu the Watcher, which provided him with valuable experience in the sphere of performing. Together they founded the collective Verberserker, still active on the underground scene, as evidenced by their recent collaborations with different international artists. In 2007 they made the acquaintance of Pierre-Yves Thériault, and they quickly collaborated on a variety of projects for the Chillin’ H label. He appears on the EP, on among other tracks the song “Father Figure” alongside Akil the MC (Jurassic 5) and Pierre-Yves. He also appears on the video of the single “Maraudeurs de Minuit” (produced by DJ Ophilo, featuring Ze Lyricist), soon to be released.
Born in 1986 in Quebec City, Pierre-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. El Blairou) began learning piano at the age of seven at the Arquemuse music school. After four years of training in the Université Laval piano program, he devoted himself to the electric guitar for the following five years, and his passion for the instrument led him to classical guitar studies at the Troubadour music school, and later – in both classical and electric jazz guitar – at Cégep de Ste-Foy, where he earned a double Diploma of Collegial Studies in Music / Social Sciences in 2009. He next earned an Attestation of Collegial Studies at Campus Notre-Dame-De-Foy in recording and soundtracks, in 2009-2010. In the summer of 2010 he was accepted at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.
In 2011, based on four of his original compositions, he produced a hip-hop EP on the Chillin’ H label. The EP was done with the collaboration of rap artists recognized worldwide: Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), Vyz (The Literates), King T (The Likwit Crew, 1st Generation), Shade Sheist, Eddie Kane Jr. and Akil The MC (Jurassic 5). The whole thing was mixed at Mixart Studio in Montreal by Mathieu Dandurand and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York with Tom Coyne.
Delta City Tigers
Nouvelle Cuisine Records is extremely proud to present Prime Directives, the first album by The Delta City Tigers.
A result of the union of Dick Jones, Vig Vega and El Blairou, this retro-futurist SoundSystem brings together the talents and influences of three generations of local artists. Leveraging the long experience of Jean-Michel Lapointe (a.k.a. Dick Jones) on the Montreal electro scene (Couch Potatoes, Monitor), the trio is developing a sound resolutely oriented towards the future.
DCT melds electro, house and hip-hop musics with the help of catchy refrains, complex melodies and machine-gun raps. In Prime Directives, the band seeks to draw the listener into a parallel dystopic world through a sound as robotized as it is moving, a musical universe without equal made up of exotic destinations and familiar yet barely recognizable places.
DCT’s mission is to launch the listener towards the infinity of the musical cosmos. Finding new life every time they put pen to paper, they strive to capture stories, moments and emotions in a way that will make them endure, dedicating the results of their inspiration to the pleasure and total escape of their listeners.
The Delta City Tigers’s tracks