“We really wanted to highlight the young Ottawa musicians who are becoming strong voices in jazz such as Steve Bilodeau on guitar, Emily Dennison on trumpet, and Claire Devlin on tenor saxophone.”
Good times playing with Shacara Rogers at her album release show last week! Here’s a clip from the show!
Last month I realized a dream I’ve had for a decade - moving to New York City. 10 years, 3 cities, 2 degrees, so many gigs, lessons, people, relationships and more. People who believed in me and people who told me I could never do it. Self-doubt, feeling like I can’t/won’t do it...All of it was preparing me for this and I wouldn’t be here without all of it. Just a little boy from Canada with a guitar. What a journey so far. Doesn’t feel real. Thank you everyone for all your support, as cliche as it sounds: NEVER STOP DREAMING.
I am proud to announce my first official release as a producer - Evolve, a beat tape by Billa Joints. Stay tuned for more info!
Thank you Argonauta magazine over in Italy for what is probably the best review of my album yet. So grateful for this.
(Translated from Italian) : "These are sessions born during the US presidential elections and perhaps also for this traces of this work all the restlessness dictated by the profound uncertainty of the moment, so full of anxiety, worry but also of hope that only moments so tumultuous can generate. Flirting with electronics led Bilodeau to expand the possibilities of his music, a varied use of the effects, sometimes magnificently environmental as in the conclusive title track are other characteristics in dowry to this musician of immense talent able to open the doors of a a different and still largely unexplored world?"Read More
Thanks to Hunter Books from Learnivore for the interview! You can listen to the interview above or on Hunter Book's SoundCloud Page.
Thanks to OttawaJazzScene.ca for writing an article about Billa Joints - a hip-hop project I created back when I was studying at McGill University. You can read the article by clicking the button below.
"Guitartist Steve Bilodeau has deep roots in Ottawa and in jazz...But he has another side – as a producer of hip-hop beats, composing the instrumental tracks over which hip-hop vocalists rap. And that's what Ottawa audiences can hear Friday, in a Canadian incarnation of Bilodeau's hip-hop group Billa Joints. The show at Pressed will include his brother, bassist Alex Bilodeau (a regular member of the group in Boston), plus two emerging Canadian jazz musicians: Deniz Lim-Sersan on drums, and Chris Maskell on tenor sax and effects."
Thanks to everyone who supported me this past year. I'd like to wish everyone out there a happy holiday season, no matter what you celebrate. Looking forward to more music in 2018!
Thanks to George W. Harris from Jazz Weekly for reviewing my latest album The Sun Through The Rain. You can read the review below or by clicking on the button below!
"Steve Bilodeau brings his guitar and use of electronics to join with the team of Richard Garcia/sax and Dor Herskovitz/dr for a mix of ambiance and swinging exploration. Guitar effects team up with sounds of rain to open the album, leading to some spacey noodles and echoes teaming with Garcia’s sax and Herkovitz’s droning groove on “The Smell of Rain.” Metallic distortion and heavy hitting beats are driven forward on “Asylum” as well as on the elliptical “Free, Me?” Sonic drapery is felt during “The Sun Through the Rain” and “Love Astray” making this album an interesting tug of war between R.E.M. and caffeine."
Thanks to SoundFly for featuring me in their article! You can read the full article by clicking the link below.
"My best breakthroughs have all been totally by chance when I was just messing around and not trying to do anything. I would discover an idea and write with it or it would point me towards something new, something nobody taught me, something that I discovered on my own. I feel like this is the key for me to develop my voice. Just follow the discoveries and let them come, stay creative."
Thanks to The Fessenden School for writing an article about me in their magazine! You can read the full article by clicking "Read More" below!
"Steve Bilodeau found his way to Fessenden by chance. After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2015, he joined Fessenden as a private guitar lesson instructor. As an artist having just graduated from music school, Steve said teaching wasn't necessarily his plan, but he decided to give it a try. Little did he know, he'd love working with young musicians and would make an impact on the music department at Fessenden".