Marc and the D'Angers band
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Marc and the D'Angers band

Boucherville, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
Established on Jan, 2014
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 Red curly hair, sometimes unshaven, casual leather jacket,  t-shirt and jeans – this young man could easily pass for a true Irishman, with Celtic roots...  He is everything but ! Marc Angers is Canadian and lives in Québec.

 Marc – a rather shy low-key type of guy in his private life – rocks the stage as if there was no tomorrow. Every show is now or never. That’s his attitude. It may sound like a cliché but it is a fact: music is his life. The violin, his main instrument, becomes a part of his body when he is playing. Marc Angers who studied journalism and worked for a newspaper for two years is a full-blooded musician. It’s not a question of whether he “can”, he has the urge to play, to sing, write songs, to rock the house, and with his violin to unleash catchy solos and high pitch glissandos. He has the urge to mesmerise his listeners with poetic fantasies, with stories about being free and crazy or about love and life itself. Marc embarks on a musical journey together with his audience. Classical music is the foundation of his excursion. It is what he grew up with. “I started playing violin when I was four years old. My parents noticed that I had music in my blood". Marc not only showed great talent, but also stamina and extraordinary passion for this hard to handle instrument. He focused on music from both the Baroque and Romantic periods which is recognisable in his music style today. “The best way to learn an instrument is by doing it the classical method. From the age of four until I was eighteen my repertoire contained only classical music:  Bach, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Kreisler… At eighteen I discovered the very provocative Canadian musician Ashley MacIsaac who much to the discomfort of “genre bureaucrats” mixed the traditional folk style with classic, rock, hip-hop and other elements. It really turned me on so much that I went to buy an electric violin and got into contemporary rock music.”

However, it didn’t stop Marc from going back to University, this time to get a degree in music. Alongside his studies he created his own musical style by mixing classical traditional music with Scottish-Irish folk elements and modern rock sounds. He is particularly keen on Coldplay, Muse, U2. He detects tendencies of a basic classical background sound in their music. These tendencies become apparent in Marc’s music, too. The mixture of melodic know-how, colourful sounds combined with the logistics his solos are built upon shows that he learnt his trade as a classical music student. His basic recipe is a combination of the vengeance of rock, the playfulness of traditional Scottish-Irish folk, spiced with the melancholy of a chanson. The final result prompts some listeners to dream, others to dance, and all of them to admire the performance of this exceptional talent. And that’s not all: contrary to some of his peers Marc also has a great voice.

 Back to the chronological order: Marc, aged 18 discovers pop music. He dreams about becoming a rock star. He wants to sing. He dares to audition for Québec’s favourite casting show “Star Académie”. He faces the challenge, gets in, and in 2005 he makes it into the finals.  After the contest he gets hired for the musicals “Fiddler On The Roof” and “La Chasse-Galerie”. He appreciates the opportunity to gain experience in performing live and to add further facets to his show. In 2008 his debut album “L’Enfant Roi” (only French lyrics) is released. The response in his native country as well as in France is rather positive, but the best is yet to come.

 In 2011 Marc had his first taste of what it’s like to perform in front of big crowds outside of Canada. Marc was invited to perform two shows in Germany as support act for the legendary band Deep Purple. “It was a dream come true. The reaction was great: they danced, they cheered – it was simply fantastic.”

 Having acquired a taste for this, Marc and his producer Peter Ranallo hit the studio to work on new demos . The outcome is a playful reflection of French influences paired with the no-nonsense language of rock music: Baroque meets modern times, folk goes pop. With its catchy hook line the snazzy bi-lingual “All We Are” definitely has true pop quality. “For Her” proves just how versatile the voice is. Thanks to his impressive falsetto voice Marc emphasises each verse and chorus. The swift “Joyride” with its high pitch glissandos provides roller-coaster feelings. “Part Of Me” on the other hand is more of a slow motion track which with an anthem-like character promotes the idea of sparklers or lighters coming into action.

Marc Angers definitely is a name to remember for those interested in great and exciting rock music.

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