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".
Wow! Super excited to be featured on Italian podcast Argonauta magazine's list of "the most stimulating and interesting music news in circulation" with my track "Storm" featuring Dor Herskovits from The Sun Through The Rain. You can listen to "Storm" at the 25:20 mark of the podcast (link below).
Thank you Geannine Reid for reviewing my latest album The Sun Through The Rain. You can read the full review on AllAboutJazz.com by clicking the "Read More" button below.
"The success of The Sun Though the Rain is the trio's ability to gradually build the music, they follow the music and build up themes and harmonic colors as time passes. Each uses a less is more approach to create a complex music web, sometimes becoming more obscure and noisy in trajectory, and at times, becoming introspectively simple and quiet. Do not think you have it figured out though, every time you think it's a purgation of noise, the trio brings it into focus and comes back to another audible gesture of pure musical freedom victory. Bilodeau, Garcia and Herskovits follow parallel lines conjuring something new and unexpected in the purest time of all, in the moment. This is the core of The Sun Though the Rain a collective improvisational success."
Shout out to Leonid Auskern from Jazz Quad.ru for reviewing my latest album The Sun Through The Rain. You can check out the full translated review by clicking "Read More" below.
"Steve Bilodeau alone makes active use of electronics to add depth and crunch to the overall sound of the trio. It is difficult to pin down his style. His range extends from, say, George Benson, to the late British guitarist Derek Bailey. At any given moment, depending on the piece, Steve may choose any point on this broad continuum. If I were forced to narrow down the comparison, I would say his style is reminiscent of Elliott Sharp, recognizing that this definition is mostly symbolic. In any case, Bilodeau is an interesting and deep master of his instrument, and his music will be eagerly enjoyed by fans of free improvisation."Read More
Thanks to Midwest Records for reviewing my new album The Sun Through The Rain. You can read the review below or on their website by clicking on the button below.
"The guitar man rounds up a crew for a jazz improv date that sounds like he felt 2016 felt. Highly left leaning stuff that is just the tonic the chaotic mind is looking for to feed on and embrace the chaos, it ain't easy listening for easy times."
Thanks to Miguel Zenon for the kind words about Steve Bilodeau's latest album, The Sun Through The Rain.
"The Sun Through The Rain captures Steve and his musical companions through explorations that display great nuance, maturity and cohesiveness. Steve's guitar sound in particular is daringly refreshing and a preview to what promises to be a rewarding musical career. A great album."
-Grammy-nominated saxophonist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Miguel Zenon.
When I had my last lesson with Miguel Zenon at NEC about 2 years ago, he turned to me as we walked to the elevator and said "with you I hear all these different influences; I hear Jimi, I hear Wes, I hear Kurt, I hear Frisell and more, but the question is, how are you going to put it all together?"
I had no answer at that moment. I wasn't sure how but I knew it was what I needed to do. Then he looked at me right in the eye and said "I know you can do it" before walking into the elevator.
That moment has stuck with me and motivated me to try to achieve just that. It has not been easy but I feel that this album is a big step towards finding my true artistic self. I hope you enjoy it.
"The Sun Through The Rain is an album of spontaneous improvisations spanning a wide range of sonic landscapes: from the calm and ethereal to the chaotic and noisy. Recorded in one day with no rehearsal, the music on this album is as honest as could be. What you hear will never be replicated in exactly the same way. It is a snapshot of a genuine moment of musical expression. Recorded in the heat of summer in what was a particularly tumultuous year, The Sun Through The Rain captures Richard, Dor, and myself surrendering to the music and expressing what words can never fully portray. It is often said that art is a reflection of life and to me this album serves as a reminder that through all the chaos, the beauty, the pain, the joy, and struggle of life we must try with all our hearts, perhaps now more than ever, to see the sun through the rain."
Thanks to Dom Laporte for the artwork. George Trksak for his engineering genius and artistic insight. Lydia Liebman for promotion. Aurora Martin, my brothers Alex Bilodeau and Eric Bilodeau, my parents and all of you here for the constant inspiration and for pushing me to be a better musician and person. Thank you!!!
The album is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and BandCamp.