many months of anonymity from the spotlight and bustle of the music
world, Maxime Morin, aka DJ Champion, has emerged from the shadows of his
studio to present his highly anticipated new album Resistance (in stores
September 15th on Saboteur Musique).
expand his musical horizons beyond his highly acclaimed success Chill Em
All, DJ Champion deliberately deleted an entire studio recording
following his last tour in the winter of 2008 after realizing
similarities with his previous record were too close for comfort. In
order to break the cycle and create a zone of artistic instability, DJ
Champion retired entirely from the public scene and engaged in a secluded
lifestyle. This state of solitude pushed Morin in a profound musical
direction and Resistance began to take form.
the challenges of re-creating the energy of his live performances, DJ
Champion chose to incorporate elements of rock to Resistance, thus
allowing him to deliver the same energy he captures on the live stage.
Strongly inspired by turn of the century slavery songs, the turntable
master dropped his needles for a moment and for the first time, wrote all
the lyrics on the record. To help relay his prose, DJ Champion recruited
Pilou, a young prodige from the Montreal music scene who makes his debut
appearance singing with fire and fierceness alongside DJ Champion’s
signature electric guitar and electronic drum wizardry.
album seems darker in its sonority but shines through the traditional
construct of the composition. Resistance is the artist's inner struggle
to avoid venturing down the same path creatively. “I could have gone back
to where I am from”, says DJ Champion, “I could have made obscure
electro, even more experimental, but for me there was no challenge in
doing so!" Musical exploration has always been more important then the
image projected for DJ Champion and this is made clear with Resistance’s
eleven burning dance tracks that are just as contagious as any of his