After making people dance for 10 years, Robert Robert now has a lot of stories to tell. A diligent student of the ‘school of life’, he has never done anything but music: from Garageband to recording at friends’ home studios, and playing in abandoned warehouse raves to international festivals. His many encounters encouraged him to write in his mother tongue. It is at his home in the heart of the Villeray district in Montreal that he composes his new songs by himself and speaks out for the very first time.
This is how “Silicone Villeray” was born. Composed of 11 songs, Robert Robert’s album finds itself halfway between confessions and fortune cookie sayings. The lyrics inspired by his life and those of his friends transform the gloomy into optimism and the ungly into levity. Beginning in his bedroom on his computer, the album gradually took shape in the studio alongside Benoît Parent. After 18 months of hard work, “Silicone Villeray” was completed. On a precautionary basis and because of his excessive professionalism, Robert Robert transmits it to Felix Petit who dives right in and adds his own input. The album then accidentally falls upon the ears of Hubert Lenoir who ends up becoming the co-producer, adding 6 additional months of work between Montreal and Quebec. This success story would not have been possible without the unique touch of CRi, Marius Larue on mixing, and Richard Addison on mastering.
This first album in French is an amalgamation of powerful beats and novel slow dance melodies. It is finally released on May 28th under the Chivi Chivi label. Robert Robert was nominated for the Félix-Leclerc song award and is in the running for best alternative album category at the ADISQ Gala. During summer, he toured around Quebec in a trio band formation, with a dozen dates (headline Mural, FME, Festival de la Poutine, La Noce …) highlighted by a performance at the Francos de Montréal.
With “Silicone Vi2eray”, Robert Robert wants to celebrate the album that introduced him to the public, by releasing this extended version on the one-year anniversary. It includes reworks of the most popular songs from the original LP (with live, demos or remixed versions).
Listen to Silicone Villeray and Silicone Vi2eray here