“He's a genius”: at less than 30 years old, this director-arranger collaborates with several artists from here

“He’s a genius”: under 30, this director-arranger collaborates with several local artists

MISE À DAY

He's not yet 30, yet Connor Seidel's name is on the lips (and in album brochures) of many popular artists. From work on the new album by the Boulay sisters to that on the next opuses by Half Moon Run and Bobby Bazini (both scheduled for 2023), the director-arranger enjoys extracting the creative beauty from each of his beautiful encounters.< /strong> 

Connor Seidel was born in the English-speaking west of the island of Montreal, speaks German, English and increasingly French, and is the instigator of the superb album 1969, released last April (a compilation disc of hits from the late 1960s revisited by 13 local artists, including Ariane Moffatt, Safia Nolin, Louis-Jean Cormier, Elisapie and Matt Holubowski). 

< p>Building a Community

For anyone interested in the world of indie, folk and even a little Quebec pop music, the link with Connor Seidel comes more and more naturally. Over the course of conversations or interviews with the artists who rub shoulders with him (or who would like to rub shoulders with him) in particular, and of all the praise addressed to him. 

“He's a genius”, have decreed in the Journal the Boulay sisters who worked with him for their last two albums, including Échapper à la nuit, the youngest. 

Same story at singer Jason Bajada who trusted Seidel's flair to co-produce his most recent musical offering, Crushed Grapes.  

“I am proud of the album 1969 which was, I believe, a community builder, explains the main interested party. The guys from Half Moon Run and the Boulay sisters were able to meet each other, while each was evolving a little in their corner before, which was a shame, because they are all people who, like me, are open-minded, humble and ready to explore.”

This is what makes Connor Seidel's strength – in addition to his obvious talent, his intuition and his incessant thirst for further exploration: his ardent desire to play matchmaker and to be part of a community. All while doing what he loves most in the world: creating and surpassing himself.

Making artists shine 

From his first improvised studio in his parents' house at the age of 14 to his decisive meeting with musician Matt Holubowski in a bar when he was 19 (and with whom he recorded his first album in the same studio ), Connor Seidel has come a long way. He quickly accumulated meetings and projects with popular Quebec artists, including Charlotte Cardin for the album Phoenix, The Franklin Electric for the extract Answer, Alicia Moffet for Better Day and Grow by Sam Tucker. 

This is d It was also through their contact that he decided, with great pleasure, to refine his French as well as his Quebec musical culture (for the discovery of Robert Charlebois and the other giants of Quebec song, he thanks the Boulay sisters). 

“It is important for me to be able to speak French and to understand the songs of the French-speaking artists with whom I work, he confides. Even more with girls like the Boulay sisters for whom the important thing is precisely the message and the opinions. And then the exchange between English and French, the two visions, is also interesting.”

The artist – who works gently on the music of short documentaries, series and films – sees himself as a guide and a friend favoring the old school side of production. He believes that it is his ability to reach out to people and blend into each project that makes him a sought-after producer who does not just pass through the lives of the artists he meets. 

< p>“I want to create human connections and make artists shine,” says the man who shares a nice studio in the Laurentians with musical director David Lafleche. I like to discuss and have conversations with them, to talk about their dreams, their stories, their texts. What I like is to try to be in fusion with the artists, while following the current. And I always give everything I have.”