From frenetic, synth-infused soca and spiked Afro-house to air-horn-ready dancehall stylings and leftfield electronic tapestries, Ghislain Poirier’s 15+ year career has covered a lot of bases. He tears through new genres constantly, leaving a trail of thumping rhythms and chaotic dancefloors in his wake.
A restless, forward thinking producer, Poirier has been a pillar and world renowned ambassador of Montréal’s electronic music scene since the early 2000s. Deeply involved in the city’s nightlife, he’s been responsible for some of Montreal’s most mythical soirees, including the legendary Bounce Le Gros (2005-2007) and Karnival (2009-2012) nights, as well as the ongoing Sud-West and Qualité de Luxe events—the latter shining a spotlight on a variety of African and Caribbean sounds. Poirier has always stayed a few intuitive half steps ahead of the rhythmic herd, with a pitch shifting catalogue that includes 10 albums released over a span of 15 years—eight as Poirier and two as Boundary, an evocative project of electronic chamber music launched in 2013. His effortless melding of disparate genres has led to collaborations with MCs and DJs the world over, in addition to longtime collaborators Face-T, Boogat and MC Zulu. Poirier also composed the score for Denis Côté’s Berlinale-screened feature Boris sans Béatrice (2016). His propensity for pulsating, pitch-shifting, infectious bass and synth patterns continually drives him to plant new flags on the global music map.
Unstoppable in his ability to mash styles, expand minds, and move crowds, he returns to the MUTEK punch bowl with an eclectic outdoor DJ set.