Electronic

A Boiler Room in Montreal, on May 11, 2024 

by Salima Bouaraour

From Nairobi to Ramallah by way of Dubai, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Berlin, New York, Bogota or Marrakech, Boiler Room is now a more than sacred anthology for devotees of the night realm on every continent! And here’s the Montreal stopover!

From London’s underground huis clos to an international marketing concept, or how to glorify celebrity culture: BR radiates wide! This London-based project, founded in 2010 by Blaise Bellville, began with the idea of filming live DJ and producer performances in a confined area of a dilapidated warehouse, and has since become a world-renowned marketing concept with a relentless following. 

An online TV channel, it attracts millions of views, pays artists fairly, promotes diversity at every level and offers a broader vision of music than just electronica (jazz, hip hop, soul…). Today, even traditional music is included, such as the folk songs sung by Khadija Warzazia and her all-female bendir orchestra during a BR in Morocco;An online TV channel, it attracts millions of views, pays artists fairly, promotes diversity at every level and offers a broader vision of music than just electronica (jazz, hip hop, soul…). Today, even traditional music is included, such as the folk songs sung by Khadija Warzazia and her all-female bendir orchestra during a BR in Morocco.

Montreal hosted its first BR 11 years ago. Local artists such as the mythical Kaytranada, the versatile Ouri, the eclectic San Farafina and the genius Pierre Kwenders have graced the backstage of this net TV show.On Saturday, May 11, the Laylit collective -honoring the Swana scene and its diaspora-, for the second consecutive time (New York, 2023), organized the evening to offer a rich artistic line-up of Swana, electronic and Arabic-language folk music, featuring artists from North Africa: Manalou (Algeria) and Chloé Lallouz (Morocco). Founders Nadim Maghzal and Philippe Manasseh, Wake Island’s hybrid DJs, helped electrify the crowd.

The Quai du Vieux Port was abuzz with excitement on two levels for 6 hours, as 2,000 to 3,000 young people sought out night-time thrills. The line-up was vast: Korea Town Acid, Chaos in the CBD, Kettama, Martyn BootySpoon and many more! (Full list here: https://boilerroom.tv/session/montreal-24 ) In the meantime, while you’re waiting to watch this Boiler Room on the net (available in a few weeks on https://www.youtube.com/@boilerroom ), PANM360 invites you to enjoy the one made in New York, in 2023, by the Laylit team!

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