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Julie and Dany met us at the LaTraque studio in Montreal, where they are rehearsing for the release of their album. “This is the first time we are playing these songs again! exclaims Julie Doiron.
These songs were composed in a fortnight of confinement, at the very beginning of the pandemic. It was in May 2020, in the house that the couple had just bought in New Brunswick, where they found themselves in extremis alone. They tell their day to day, with their moments of tenderness, boredom or relief, sometimes simply with a guitar voice, sometimes in a much more distorted way, but always in a sweet atmosphere of freedom and voluntary simplicity.
“We write them in our kitchen,” says Julie. “Basically, it took 10 days,” explains Dany. At that time, the idea was to get bored and not make a record of it, although they were already playing with the project of a duet.
It’s not what we would have imagined for the first Julie & Dany album. But it’s fun to take it out like that.
The two musicians were already collaborating: Dany plays bass on Julie’s most recent album and often accompanies her onstage. The duo allowed them to get out of their comfort zone, both in the composition, the topics covered and in the language -there are as many songs in French as in English-. But it is not about abandoning their respective careers.
“It’s super important that we stay independent, that we don’t give up,” says Julie, whom we met as a member of the duo Eric’s Trip and who has a brilliant solo career on the independent folk scene. The same with Dany Placard, a free spirit with a tendency towards psychedelic country-rock. “If Julie goes on tour, am I going to be home alone feeling depressed? No. I’m going to record Placard only on my side. »
But what is the advantage of working as a couple? “Since we don’t stay in the same province, it gives us more opportunities to see each other,” says Julie. Danny nods. “For a year, we rarely see each other when it’s not for work. With the schedules, the children, the ten hours of travel between the two…” “That’s the main advantage! »
There is also the pleasure of making harmonies together, of showing each other new guitar chords, of simply creating.
“Making music is a pretty intimate act,” explains Julie. It’s impossible to make good music if you don’t have a connection with the musicians. As a couple, we can be even more intimate, so that’s another plus. It is rare that we disagree. »
fan of the other
To the question “what do you like most about the other as an artist”, Julie and Dany take the time to answer. Dany finally starts. “I think Julie’s lyrics are really great. ” ” Thank you very much ! Me too, I like your texts, your images. this phrase in defrosts :: “I am afraid that the jelly will stick and that the stars will collide”. It’s nice ! But we are both fans of each other. I find it difficult to choose one thing in particular. »
He appreciates his attitude when he composes and his taste for exploration. Admire his creativity and ideas. They like to say that they are complementary musically, but also in rhythm: so much is organized and prepared, so much is usually ” all over the place » and « go around in circles » (it is she who says it!).
“I think we learn from each other, analyzes Dany. I learn to be patient, she to be structured. »
But beyond their differences and what unites them, it is the evident joy of being together that emerges from these 11 songs. Could we say that they made a love record? “Yeah, really,” Julie replies. I hope there is no divorce record! »
They laugh out loud. However, they could never have imagined writing songs that talk about making a garden or the first shared coffee in the Jean-Talon market, about long-distance love, but also about the fact that there is no more Cheez Whiz in the fridge. like in the song Mayonnaise.
Julia laughs. “Also, it wasn’t Cheez Whiz, it was Boivin! “Yes, Petit Crémeux is really better.” “But it didn’t rhyme!” »
Listening to the album again reminds them of the pandemic, the radio playing all the time, the daily press conferences. But also the house “not yet loaded with stock”, the “rest” of being together, their good humor despite everything. Result: An album created in lockdown that is not a lockdown album. “I think we got this bet right,” says Dany.
“I hope people listen to it,” says Julie. But ideally, it will be fun shows. They also have many shows scheduled, which will allow Julie to shoot in Quebec for an exceptional time, and Dany in Canada for the first time.
“I want people to have fun listening to it,” says Dany. That they smile, that they want to put it back on and turn up the volume, that they come to see us perform. We did it for that, to generate emotions. Make people dance in the kitchen… and make people cry. »
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