Drawing from a wide range of warm riddims and electronic music, the power of Montréal-based musician/DJ/producer Poirier’s blasts through any flimsy attempt to classify his music. Inspired by the afro house scene, the reggae/dancehall beats and the electronic intensity, this is a man who just understands what works in the dance. He has no boundaries giving the massive what it wants, yet providing a musical education in what it needs.
Poirier have released 10 albums over a span of 15 years – 8 albums as Poirier and 2 albums as Boundary. He released music on labels like Wonderwheel Recordings (Be Alright EP – 2017) Nice Up! Records (album Migration – 2016) Ninja Tune (albums Running High and No Ground Under), Mixpak (Soca Road EP), Man Recordings (Alert Riddim EP, Gal U Good Remix EP) and Chocolate Industries (albums Breakupdown and Beats As Politics).
His new show, Poirier Migration Soundsystem, is a concept where urban dance choreography accompanies songs from his latest releases. Along with the dancers, vocalists join in on stage spreading a party vibe that is sure to include everyone. Watch excerpts HERE.
Poirier’s signature skill of effortlessly linking disparate genres has led to worldwide collaborations with MCs and DJs. Electro genius Machinedrum, club wizards Crookers, dancehall veterans Red Fox and Burro Banton, tough gyals Warrior Queen and Natalie Storm have all connected with Poirier, as well as longtime collaborators Face-T, Boogat and MC Zulu.
Poirier has also produced work with a range of other artists. Robert Charlebois Tout Égratigné (2013) was an ambitious project ideated and directed by Poirier where he also contributed remix wise. He co-produced albums for Face-T (2012) and Boogat (2013). Like these projects weren’t enough, Poirier composed the original score for the movie Boris sans Béatrice (2016) directed by Denis Côté. Finally, he also started an ambiant project as Boundary with two albums released so far: http://www.noboundary.ca
Poirier is also moving a lot, touring the world. He played at Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Festival, UK’s Boomtwon Festival, London’s Notting Hill Carnival, Barcelona’s Sonar Festival, Australia’s Big Day Out, Austin’s SXSW (South by Southwest), the Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreal’s Mutek, Mexico’s Cervantino Festival, India’s NH7 Weekender. In Montréal, Poirier have a strong presence hosting legendary parties: Bounce Le Gros (2005-2007), Karnival (2009-2012), Sud-West (2009 – …) and Qualité de Luxe (2014 – …).