BY POP MONTREAL SPRING/SUMMER 2018
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MOLLY NILSSON & U.S. GIRLS
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Greetings dear POP Mag reader, So nice of you to drop in! We are so excited to be bringing our web based POP Mag to the physical world. We hope you find joy in flipping through the pages of this vibrant and musically packed zine centered around reminding you that POP Montreal is fun and that you should come to the festival this year because it’ll be cool and stuff. If you’ve never been to the festival, here is what you need to know: POP Montreal was launched by friends and colleagues in 2002 from the collective impulse to create a meaningful and vibrant cultural festival. Each year, the ﬁve-day festival presents more than 400 artists to audiences of over 60 000. The festival delivers a bold cross-section of art forms and events, including concerts, symposium discussions, artisan and visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, ﬁlm screenings, and, of course, a few all-night parties. Inside you will find interviews with some of this year’s most acclaimed artists, musical horoscopes to keep yourself in check, a chance to sign-up to our fan club and receive a *smoking hot* free gift and much more. Lots to look forward to! Keep an eye out for our Fall issue in August and see you at the festival from September 26-30, 2018!
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e k a h s e m o H OUR COVER ARTIST TELLS US “EVERY SINGLE THING” YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HIM.
NAME: Peter LAST NAME: Sagar BIRTHDAY: March 15 HEIGHT: 6’ when I stand up straight EYE COLOUR: Idk like greenish
MOST FREQUENT DREAM: I’m not sure
about most frequent but I dreamt I was hanging out with Young Thug last night and I really hope to have that one more often or something SUPERSTITIONS: If I watch the sports ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Pisces but the team I like loses not interested BIGGEST FEAR: Idk being forgotten FAVOURITE MIDNIGHT SNACK: Noodles or something probably FAVOURITE DRINK: Bubbly water WHAT YOU LIKE THE MOST IN OTHERS: FAVOURITE SCENT: Fresh laundry Kindness FAVOURITE PLACE TO GET FRESH AIR IN MONTREAL: My balcony, I don’t
leave the house much
FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD:
Wherever Salina is
#1 SONG TO SING IN THE SHOWER:
Hang on to Your Love by Sade FAVOURITE SINGER: Mariah Carey FAVOURITE GUITARIST: Robbie Robertson but guitar only, he was definitely a snake FAVOURITE MOVIE: Probably Terminator 2 FAVOURITE CAR: Like a Bugatti or something lol
WHAT IRRITATES YOU THE MOST:
BEST MEMORY: 4 or 5 years old comparing the lowest and highest notes on a piano for a good hour or so and loving every minute of it
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE? Continue IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD: No more racists
no more sexists no more homophobes no more transphobes love>money>hate etc.
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SWEDEN’S MOLLY NILSSON INTERVIEWED MEG REMY OF U.S. GIRLS AND VICE-VERSA WHILE TOURING OVERSEAS. Molly Nilsson: Hey Meg, nice to meet you (digitally at least)! I’ve been following your music for so many years now, I lost count. Although we never met, I saw you sort of parallel to me in another world. How has it been for you? How has your music changed with the world? Meg Remy: As I age, the way I see the world becomes more nuanced and complex. My work seems to follow suit. As I evolve as a human, the work evolves. I think that’s the goal. I believe I am “succeeding”. MN: Of the whole process of work, from writing, recording to performing, videos, what part is your favourite house? Do you ever consider moving into that one house and settling down there? MR: I don’t believe I could ever “settle” in one medium. Where I do dream of settling is in a non-commercial sphere but does that even exist anymore? Death seems to be the only non-commercial/commerce driven action you can take and even that can mean shopping for those you left behind. MN: Do you think the “music industry” has become a better place for women? Or is it just changing its way? MR: No, I don’t think the music industry has become a better place for women. I feel that the world in general is a hostile, inhospitable place for us. MN: I read in an interview about how you sometimes write from different perspectives using fictional women characters, do these characters of every day women live on with you? Do you revisit them after the song is done? MR: I feel deeply connected to all women even though I only truly know my personal experience of the planet. I have much to learn from the experiences of other women either thru imagining them or hearing it straight from the source. I cannot disconnect myself from any other woman (or human, or plant, etc.) on this planet. I see we are all connected regardless of choice.
Photo: Molly Nilsson by Maya Fuhr / U.S. Girls by Colin Medley
INTERVIEW y l Meg l o M n R o e X m s y s l i N o
MN: I’m on a U.S. tour right now as a support; you got any advice from a U.S. girl? MR: Always locate your exits and be ready to run or play dead. Meg Remy: I was 10 when I got my period. How old were you? Molly Nilsson: I can’t say I recall exactly when. My mother died when I was 10 years old and I know for certain I got it after she passed, I remember not being able to bond with her about it, to talk and ask about all that. I had excitingly anticipated those bloodstains, like all the girls, expecting some kind of medal, but when it finally came the “triumph” was overshadowed. MR: Do you mostly close your eyes or keep them open while you perform? MN: Oh, I keep them open. Regardless what I’m doing. When I’m performing I want to meet and see the audience. I wish I didn’t have to sleep so much. I don’t know about you, how many hours you like to sleep, but I’m like a 9-hour sleeper or else a mess, and I always envied people who can sleep less cause they get to live so much longer time with eyes open. But dreaming is great too and that’s when the mind’s eyes are open I guess so maybe it evens out. MR: You are a world traveller. Have you noticed any changes in nature/weather patterns over the past decade? Please detail them. MN: Let me think. I suppose I would notice changes like that more at home, where I know the climate better. That’s also where I am often enough to notice the storms when the rush past or how seldom I see snow even if I stick around waiting for it. I haven’t seen climate change in a very story telling way, luckily, yet. When I started playing shows in Europe it was the fall 2008 and the financial crisis had just hit and I could see it for myself in all the places I went to play, cities where young people lost work and ended up in the streets. It was something you could see with your eyes. Speaking of “world traveller”, I find it’s become harder for me to excuse traveling like I do. I have been flying so much the past decade I imagine my carbon foot print could be seen from the moon by now. I used to have another philosophy about it, where traveling was a kind of mission, to personally bring my songs to everyone out there and somehow the end would justify the means. But now I have to find a new way of doing this. I’m finishing this years travels and after that I have a more eco friendly plan for the future way of touring. After all, music shouldn’t leave much waste behind. MR: Tell me your daydream for this time next year. MN: One of the first things in life I taught myself was to not share dreams too casually in written form. Dreams don’t sign contracts and I try not to force them to. I have lots of ideas and hopes for the years to come especially one big long dream that’s just about to take shape. That’s all I can tell you, ha. MR: What does the word “family” mean to you? MN: I guess “family” is not a word I use very much. I never even thought about it much. When I was a child I felt like someone had just dropped me down on Earth and here I was. “Family” seemed to represent something apart from me. I should reconsider this now though, I think there are so many things and people and places that are my “family” by now. Thanks for sharing that word with me.
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POP MONTREAL CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DAN SELIGMAN ANSWERS YOUR BURNING HOT QUESTIONS
Astrological sign: Leo
Do you play any instruments? No
Role model: Krishnamurti
In your opinion, what is the top genre in Montreal right now? Musk-grime
Favourite piece of clothing: Burgundy velour Air Jordan tracksuit Favourite food: Sangwich Favourite place Bain Colonial Worst habit: Dad jokes What age would you like to be for the rest of your life? 36 How do you wish to die? Heart-Attack What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? Sister Nancy - Club Lambi, POP Montreal 2008
What was the biggest challenge in creating POP Montreal? Convincing Win Butler that he doesn’t exist. If you could go to any concert, what would it be? Kocani Orkestar at a wedding in Macedonia. If you weren’t running a festival, what would you be doing? I would open an artisanal pickle store called Simcha’s. What’s your advice to musicians playing POP for the first time? Practice your set. Keep it short. Have fun. Meet people. Get those free drink tickets. Hang out at the Rialto. Feel the love!
CROSSWORD Can you guess the line-up?
1. The Internet collaborator 2. Member of the Spaceshits 3. American women 4. Shake Nâ€™ Bake 5. Walking on the wild side 6. World in Arabic 7. Born in Sweden 8. PC Music 9. NYC corner store 10. Opposite of solstice
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EQUIKNOXX I have been hooked on Equiknoxx ever since 2016’s Bird Sound Power. The Kingston, Jamaica-based production duo plays expertly with dub, techno and dancehall, and is bound to turn out one of the best dance parties of the festival! LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON You may know Leanne Betasamosake Simpson as a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar and writer—perhaps fewer people know that she is also a longtime songwriter and musician! I am very excited for her to perform at POP: if the power of her stories is anything to go by, we will be in for a deeply layered and moving performance. LENA PLATONOS If you don’t know Lena Platonos’ work, look her up immediately! She is a legend of the Greek electronic scene of the 1980s. I fell in love with her when Dark Entries began releasing reissues of her solo albums a few years back. Her vocal delivery is mesmerizing, her tone is dark and compelling, and her perspective on technology is ahead of its time. MOLLY NILSSON Molly Nilsson writes songs that perfectly support/ encourage my moody-yet-energetic attitude these days, see especially: “Not Today Satan”, “I Hope You Die,” and “1995”. Catchy synth lines give a nostalgic twinge to her tunes, but never obnoxiously so. VILE CREATURE What’s POP without a really sweet metal show? Vile Creature are an outspoken queer doom duo, who make crushing gloomy noise, and take inspiration from Octavia Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin, among other things. Need I say more?
Wanda Jackson Dounia SOPHIE Bbymutha Socalled Porn’s POP
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Corridor Palm Locate S,1 Bill Callahan Wanda Jackson
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SOPHIE Lena Platonos Molly Nilsson Palm Corridor
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The cosmic positioning of this month is a super hot, super sexy renascence of compassion. Enjoy your body. Enjoy your sexuality. Be creative. Be compassionate. If you’re reading this ~ I love you. Meet me back here in August. -Forever
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Gemini ~ Find your center. Someone hurt you so deeply, and you haven’t fully absorbed the meaning of the lesson you’re meant to learn. On your bday you may feel lonely, but baby you cannot rush the healing process. Song: DOUNIA - Shyne
Sagittarius ~ There are lessons to learn this month about exercising your power. Surrender to the destruction of your foundations, it’s in the grand order of things to come. Song: Bush Tetras - Too Many Creeps
Cancer ~ Do you feel trapped? You can leave, but maybe you’re choosing to stay? If you want to be carefree and take chances you need need need to put yourself first and make yourself a priority. Take a leap of faith my sweet sweet bb crab. Song: Equiknoxx - Waterfalls In Ocho Rios
Capricorn ~ The needs of your family pull you in diverse directions, meanwhile your career is speeding all over the place in a chaotic way, buuuuut you are so close! All the ground work you’ve been putting into place is solid af, so don’t let old patterns stop you and block you from your dreams! Song: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson Under Your Always Light
Leo ~ Celestial powers looooove creating impossible situations so we can grow. Your situation is not as impossible as it seems, although rapid change is coming for ya! Do you feel like your going backwards? Song: Lena Platonos - Shadow Of Blood Virgo ~ Trust where you are being led because the cosmos is providing you with super abundant courage. Magical encounters are calling your name, and maybe you’re about to meet a soulmate... Song: Bbymutha - Roses Libra ~ Before making financial commitments, analyze the situation très carefully. Make small sacrifices this month to avoid going off the deep end. Feel me? Song: Clairmont The Second - 2 Rich 4 Me Scorpio ~ Repeat after me dear Scorpio : My feelings of doubt are cosmic signals for me to review and gain clarity relevant to my goals. Song: Molly Nilsson – Hey Moon!
Aquarius ~ Is this affair just an affair? Or is it something deeper? May I remind you that a lover who is right for you will inspire your interests, not just entertain you. Song: Wanda Jackson - Stupid Cupid Pisces ~ Put your name out there. Put your voice out there. Move. Travel. Light a fire. Song: Locate S,1 – Owe It 2 The Girls Aries ~ Ugh I know inertia is torture for you but your attitude about the delays of your affairs will define your future. Song: Palm – Dog Milk Taurus ~ Buy some accessories, be glamorous. Also, stop thinking every once in a while, and move into the sublime gentleness of the ocean of emptiness. When you are a tense Taurus it’s hard for you to take in what is truly satisfying. Song: SOPHIE — It’s Okay To Cry
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