The purpose of this documentary is to present the different sides and aspects of Montreal’s experimental Hip-Hop scene. International DJs and beatmakers are spinning tracks that were made by our dear Montreal artists such as KenLo Craqnuques, Vlooper, Poirier, Lunice, Kaytradamus and many more. It's now an honour for us to raise awareness on the underground scene and to give these artists the exposure they deserve by making this documentary.
Our objective is to depict our beloved city through the point of view of the local experimental artists and beatmakers. The multicultural aspect of the city as well as its bilingual setting are important sides of the experimental ‘’Piu Piu’’ music made in Montreal and these various influences help building a very distinct sound. Also, many rappers incorporate both the English and French languages to create a new bilingual slang giving the music an undeniable local flavour through the multilingualism of the rappers. Such distinctive elements are contributing to Montreal’s unique status, giving it a feel that is rarely experienced elsewhere in the world. Musical gatherings such as ARTBEAT have also helped define the distinctiveness of Montreal and its variety of sounds. The documentary will put the emphasis on beatmaking while also exploring the relation between the "experimental" beatmaker and the typical Montreal rapper.
We want to go to Austin, Texas during the South by South West (SXSW) music festival. At that time of the year, Austin welcomes many artists from around the world to celebrate emerging cinema and music. The province of Quebec has a prime exposure at the festival due to the Planète Quebec stage. Local artists such as Ariane Moffat and Karim Ouellet have already taken part in the festival. For us, this would be a chance to further collaborations between Austin and Montreal musicians. It would start with an exchange between Austin artists, a Montreal beatmaker and a bilingual rapper. The artists will exchange sounds from their own city to create a series of three musical pieces. The Montreal rapper will have to compose with this unique music using his multilingualism. This project will be done in collaboration with Bianca Sauceda and Karan Sethi, the directors of the documentary Beat(en)senless, Austin Beat Scene. They are young advertising students at the University of Texas at Austin who are working on a similar project to the Piu Piu Documentary and exhibit a passion for their experimental music scene that we feel is very similar to ours. In doing this musical exchange in Austin, we will be allowed to present our project to the Austin scene and to give a voice to the Montreal beat scene. After the festival, the Austin artists' will also come and visit us in Montreal.
We have released two promotional albums to present our local beatmakers. These releases have enjoyed great success, as the two promo albums have gotten close to 20,000 listens. Thanks to this support, we have been featured in major Quebec medias such as La Presse, le Journal Métro and Voir. We also want to create a series of photographs with the artists present in the documentary in collaboration with photographer Oumayma B. Tanfous (oumayama.ca). We have already started this project and we want to continue working with Oumayma.
What We Need & What You Get
We need a total of $7000 in order to pay for our Austin trip. This would include the round trip for five people (the director, the director of photography, a sound man and two Montreal artists) as well as the accommodations for 10 days.
If you help us with a simple donation - whatever the amount - you contribute to the expansion of a new emerging movement in Quebec. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we will reward you with gifts in exchange for the perks you give us.
As previously stated, our final goal is to showcase Montreal’s local ingenuity and talent. For those who would not know, the Piu Piu movement has been expanding all around the world, but particularly around the West Coast, driving internationally-renowned artists such as LA-based Shlohmo, Teebs, LOL Boys or Dibiase, Kuthmah from the UK and Toronto natives Elaquent and Sunclef to listen to the music and spread the word about the Montreal beat scene by collaborating with local beatmakers and singers. Thus, it's fundamental for us to complete this project in order to give our gifted and beloved local talent the recognition it truly deserves.
Aïsha C. Vertus & Philippe Sawicki
There are a lot of artists who have contributed to this project:
Xavier Girard Lachaîne (vegansthisisnotforyou.com), director of photography
Valéria Petit, motion designer/editor/colorist
Smi Le (K6A.tv), original soundtrack
Christian Boakye-Agyeman (Steezieye.com), graphic/motion designer
Nik Brovkin (Overthebreaks.com), illustrator/graphic designer
Christelle Saint-Julien, translator
Oumayma B. Tanfous (oumayma.ca), photographer
Other then financial aid, we are also seeking your cooperation in order to spread the word out on social networks. There are a lot of good and hard-working artists in this project, and it is our desire to see the documentary help the scene reach its full potential.
Director and journalist