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Chilly Gonzales

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  • Born: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.chillygonzales.com
  • Recent Activity: 02.22.17 RT @HopeViolin: https://t.co/YLU2i4nBff My latest album "FOR SEASONS" will be released worldwide March 3rd by @DGclassics - From Vivaldi to…
  • Chilly Gonzales

  • Chilly Gonzales

  • Chilly Gonzales

  • Chilly Gonzales

  • Chilly Gonzales


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Gonzales (also known as Chilly Gonzales) is an MC-meets-keyboarding-producer-meets-singer-extraordinaire. At a young age, Gonzales was introduced to the piano by his parents and overachieving brother. Using the instrument as an avenue of self-expression, he quickly advanced into the production realm. Through his Hollywood-based older brother, Gonzales wrote music for soundtracks under various aliases.

Though born in Canada, the artist took up residence in Europe, mainly in Germany or France, just after signing to Kitty-Yo. Known for his often comical live shows complete with MCing, Gonzales branched off into singing with Kitty-Yo labelmate Peaches in 2000 for the single "Red Leather." His debut full-length, 2000's Gonzales Uber Alles, was followed later that year by The Entertainist. Touring and collaborating with Peaches brought both artists more renown, with the press nicknaming the duo the Bonnie and Clyde of Prankster Rap.

Gonzales stepped back into the studio and recorded 2002's Presidential Suite, but moved from Berlin to Paris during 2003 and inaugurated a co-production relationship with Renaud Letang (Manu Chao). He was also instrumental in the production of Feist's award-winning Let It Die, having toured with her and recorded songs from an early demo stage. Gonzales and Letang also recorded with French pop royalty, including Jane Birkin (her 2004 duets album Rendez-Vous) and Charles Aznavour (sessions eventually canceled by Aznavour), as well as Christophe Willem.

When Gonzales returned to his own career in 2005, he issued what was easily the most distinctive record of his career, Solo Piano, which found him performing 16 themes (for left-hand accompaniment and right-hand melody) and asserting the influence of French impressionists Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel. In 2008, he released an album on Mercury titled Soft Power, an album of assured piano-led pop that channeled the production gloss of '70s and '80s pop/rock.

Two years later, after piano battles with Andrew W.K. and a stint with the German rap group Puppetmastaz, and setting a Guinness world record for the longest solo piano performance in history (27 hours), he recorded Ivory Tower, the soundtrack to a film he co-wrote with Céline Sciamma, directed by Puppetmastaz's Adam Traynor. The film included appearances by Gonzales, Peaches, Feist, and Tiga (the latter of whom played Gonzales' brother in the film). Gonzales has also popped up on several albums by Jamie Lidell. A second volume of solo piano, appropriately titled Solo Piano II, followed in 2012. More piano material arrived in 2014, in the form of Re-Introduction Etudes, an album and book of basic piano instruction designed for novice players who gave piano up and were looking to return to the instrument.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
03.17.17 Kampnagel Hamburg, HH Germany
03.18.17 Kampnagel Hamburg, HH Germany
03.19.17 Kampnagel Hamburg, HH Germany
03.23.17 Barbican Centre London, Gtl UK
03.25.17 Barbican Centre London, Gtl UK

eMusic Features


Interview: Chilly Gonzales

By Victoria Segal, Contributor

Prankster rapper, orchestral hip-hopper, producer, classically trained composer and pianist: With more than a decade of dizzyingly diverse music behind him, Canadian bathrobe enthusiast Chilly Gonzales has remodeled the concept of the Renaissance man for the computer age. "I said I was a musical genius/ I repeated it 'til it became meaningless," he rapped grimly on "Self Portrait," a dark night of the soul from last year's The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales, "Because you assumed I… more »


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  • 02.20.17 I am Europe https://t.co/Bcg0wXtXGc
  • 02.19.17 My fellow Canuck @lauraleishman has reinvented herself as a kick-ass podcaster! https://t.co/eJK4cRc0tB
  • 02.19.17 RT @dhra88: Chilly Gonzales and mushrooms ☺️
  • 02.18.17 Re: new Real Time theme , anyone else missing the modulation up a semitone when @billmaher walks out ?
  • 02.18.17 The official motivational mantra of recording solo piano albums https://t.co/MoYNfnmiq5
  • 02.17.17 Mask Off
  • 02.16.17 Jarvis looks cute https://t.co/UaiLI8LOiq