By Sergio Martinez – mtltimes.ca
Crescent St. will again be vibrating with music: on September 9 and 10 the famous downtown street will be hosting the 3rd edition of the Villa Paradizo festival, an occasion for DJs from various parts of the world to demonstrate their mixing abilities. And indeed a chance for electronic music lovers to dance the night away. Besides, the whole event is free.
Well in a strict sense the event is scheduled to start early in the day, on Friday, Sept. 9 the show will begin at 11 a.m. featuring the winner of the DJ contest; at 11:30 Mark & Sylvester will be doing their presentation. Then from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a one-hour show each, on the stage will be Étienne Ozborne, Kayliox, David A, Seibaz, and Bynon. Starting at 7:30 and again, for one hour each, the following DJs will be performing successively: Garmiani, FTampa, and Sander Van Doorn, the whole show ending at 11 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 10 starting at 11 a.m. Darryl Masih, at 12:30 Flight 57, and from 2 p.m. for one hour each, KHAOS, Spaz, Tizi, Muren & Random, and Domeno. The show will continue at 7:30 with one-hour successive performances by Chocolate Puma, Thomas Gold, and Cazzette
I had the opportunity of interviewing Domeno, a celebrated Montreal DJ who is this year’s spokesperson for the festival. He is described online in these terms: “Some DJs are defined by their musical preference, some are praised for their unique mixing abilities, but what makes DOMENO stand above the rest is the intensity and musical excitement that he supplies for his crowds every night.”
Montreal Times: Tell us about your involvement in Villa Paradizo and what it means to you.
Domeno: I am proud to be the spokesperson for this event, personally for me is a big deal. I also am part of the team of Villa Paradizo, and I find it incredibly precious. It is something superb for Montreal. It has also required a lot of work, to prepare it takes a year, it is a one block party on Crescent, a great celebration of music.
MT: How do you think is this event perceived by the public?
D: I think is perceived in a very positive way, it is an event for all ages, for the whole family. Kids under 18 who cannot go to a club and the only occasion they have to enjoy this music is on YouTube, have the opportunity to attend the event, which is totally free, it also starts during the day and finishes at 11 at night. Parents actually praise the event because there are no problems: the whole environment there is very safe too.
MT: In seeing the lineup I can see that it is also very international…
D: That’s right. There are people from all over the world to perform, this year there are DJs from Holland, from Brazil, among other places.
MT: What about the presence of women DJs
D: An increasing number of women are in this field. The idea that the DJ’s world is a “Man’s world” is being challenged by women who don’t feel intimidated at all for being there; they are fierce women who are taking space in the DJ world. It is something that resembles Woodstock, where it doesn’t matter whether you are Black, Latino, or any other background, you might have a place too.