“Getting to talk about music with Quincy Jones would be enlightening!”: A Q&A with Anomalie

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Anomalie is the live electronic project of Nicolas Dupuis, a classically trained keyboardist and producer based in Montreal, QC. While Anomalie is an independent artist, his music has grown to international recognition. He tours the world as ‘Anomalie Live’, alongside his 4-piece band that recreates his music production on stage with originality and high energy.

His shows have included a sold-out North American tour, festivals such as Summercamp, Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, and opening slots for Kamasi Washington and the Glitch Mob.

What, or who, would you class your biggest influences to be?

Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Brian Wilson, Roy Hargrove, D’Angelo, J Dilla, George Gershwin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky.

When did you first find your passion and talent with a keyboard?

As a kid! My mom is a piano teacher and my dad was hosting a classical music radio show on the weekends, so I was messing around the instrument as early as I can remember.

Do you prefer performing on your own or with a band? Do you find that it effects your performance in any way when you have more people on stage with you?

They are different things. I definitely prefer performing with the band for tours and festivals as it brings another dimension to the arrangements and the overall experience is just much more satisfying, in multiple ways. However I do also like performing on my own as I tend to notice and improve on certain aspects that I wouldn’t necessarily focus on within the context of the band.

You’re travelling the world with your music and gaining new fans worldwide. What would be your most memorable moment while touring?

Our first visit to Asia last fall was definitely one of the most incredible experiences we’ve had so far, Tokyo is definitely one of the most amazing cities we’ve seen. Our shows in Rome last October and Los Angeles in April were also some of our favourite ones ever.

If you could make music with any artist/musician in the world, who would you choose?

Most definitely Quincy Jones. Or just getting to talk about music with him, that on its’ own would be enlightening.

What’s your favourite gig you’ve been to as a spectator?

Jacob’s Collier’s shows, both the solo and live band ones in Montreal at Club Soda!

Anomalie is heading out on a UK tour this October, and tickets are on sale now!

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Hannah is a Marketing Executive at See Tickets, and a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Sunderland. If it’s a sci-fi or fantasy franchise, she’s probably spending most of her wages on it. Any money she’s got left goes on gigs and her cat (not always in that order).