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In the musical universe of Vincent Vallières

The beautiful season brings Vincent Vallières and his friends to many stages all over Quebec.

From his youth in Sherbrooke until today, the singer-songwriter has never ceased to take an interest in both new music and rock classics.

And like any good music lover, his preferences are wide.

You started touring with your band again. It must have been fun to find this stage atmosphere?

Yes! Besides, we hadn’t done it since the release of All Beauty Is Not Lost last year. This summer, I’m doing both tours at the same time. I do about ten shows with my band and about ten solo shows.

The first album you bought with your money?

“Out of Time” by REM This is my first CD. But otherwise the first tape bought with my money is the soundtrack of “Stand By Me”. I bought this on vacation.

You come from Sherbrooke. What are the first big shows you saw there?

The first big shows were in the early 90s, the great years of the Fête du Lac des Nations. Among other things, I remember one evening when there was Michel Rivard, but during his show, there was a young singer who was doing a half-hour show called Daniel Bélanger. He had just released his first album.

Albums that take you back to adolescence?

For me, adolescence is quite vast all the same. On the French-speaking side, there was all the Quebec music of the 70s. The albums of Piché, October, Beau Dommage. There was also “Love is without pity” by Leloup. I had “Insomniacs have fun” by Daniel Bélanger.

Internationally, it was the discovery of rap music with the Beastie Boys. It was also the discovery of the major albums of rock and roll: “The Wall” by Pink Floyd, the Led Zeppelin.

Was there a musical phase in your life that made you smile a little today?

Bands like Rush and progressive music, I used to listen to them at one time because my bassist (Michel-Olivier) Gasse listened to them. But it’s not something I still listen to today. I don’t deny that, but it’s music with which I have less affinity.

Which artist have you loved for a long time and still find relevant today?

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke. All the Miles Davis and John Coltrane albums that I discovered at the end of high school and at the beginning of Cégep. It remains references. I rediscover new things every time I listen to them again.

The song you wrote the fastest?

Probably the first songs from my first album. (Laughs…) My second radio single, “Ti-Guy s’destroy”, was a song that I had presented at Cégeps in concert. I composed it at the end of high school. It was literally a matter of minutes. It was a lot of instinct writing. It was more or less reworked.

A song you wish you had written?

There are several of them! This summer I reinterpreted the song “Count the bodies” by Vulgaires Machins. It’s a song that puts my finger on something that I wouldn’t have been able to write with the same intensity. This song hasn’t aged a bit even though it was composed over 15 years ago.

The most beautiful love song ever written according to you?

“Two old women” by Clémence Desrochers. It’s really a poignant song about these two women who love each other. It’s a song perhaps unknown to the new generation of Quebec music authors, but it would benefit from being better known.

An album you owned in more than one format (vinyl, cassette, CD)?

There are albums I’ve had on CD and vinyl. There are several that are duplicated with us. Because today I’m more of a vinyl collector. The great classics of the Beatles and Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, these are things that I bought on CD and bought on vinyl.

You sang a lot about Quebec (Fermont, Asbestos). What other artist has sung Quebec so well?

I think those who sang it better for their generation are Clémence Desrochers, Gilles Vigneault, Félix Leclerc. They were truly key witnesses of their time through their songs. Both socially and politically. Clémence’s songs sometimes testify to the proximity of nature, to our relationship to the territory.

In the generation that followed, I think Richard Séguin, Michel Rivard, Paul Piché did it too. Like Laurence Jalbert a little later.

Your most recent favorites in music?

There is a new wave of young author-composters that I really appreciate. I find that the music of Lou-Andrianne Cassidy and Ariane Roy risks marking the next generation. I find that the new female voices bring a lot. Both verbally and musically.

On the guys side, Thierry Larose is definitely an artist to watch.

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