Julie Doiron and Danny Blakar | creative love

Julie Doiron and Dani Blakar have been together for years and both lead prolific and fiercely independent careers. As Julie & Dany, they created the most sympathetic and tender love album ever. Meeting spouses are as complicit as they complement each other.

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Julie and Danny gave us a date at LaTraque Studio in Montreal, where they were rehearsing for their album release. “It’s the first time we’re playing these songs again!” exclaims Julie Doiron.

These songs, composed in two weeks of confinement, at the beginning of the epidemic. It was in May 2020, at the home the couple had just bought in New Brunswick, that they found themselves in dire straits and alone. They tell their daily lives, moments of tenderness, boredom or liberation, sometimes simply with the sound of a guitar, sometimes in a more distorted way, but always in a pleasant atmosphere of freedom and voluntary simplicity.

“We wrote it down in our kitchen,” Julie says. “Basically, it took 10 days,” Danny explains. At the time, the idea was to get bored and not make an album out of it, even if they were already playing around with the duo’s project.


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Danny Blakar and Julie Doiron

This is not what we envisioned for Julie and Danny’s debut album. But it’s fun getting it out that way.

Julie Doron

The two musicians were already collaborating – Danny plays the bass role on Jolie’s latest album and often accompanies her on stage. The duo allowed them to break out of their comfort zone, both in composition and the topics covered and in language – there are as many songs in French as in English. But be sure to give up their career.

“It’s very important that we be independent, not give up,” says Julie, who we came to know as a member of the Eric Duo and who has an impressive solo career in the popular indie scene. Same with Dany Placard, a free spirit with a psychedelic penchant for country rock. “If Julie goes on tour, will I be home alone and depressed? No. I’ll go and score Placard alone by my side.”

But what is the advantage of working as a couple? “Because we don’t stay in the same county, it gives us more opportunities to see each other,” Julie says. Danny nodded. “For a year, we rarely see each other when we are not working. With schedules, children, ten hours’ drive between the two…” “This is the main advantage!”

There’s also the fun of doing harmonies together, showing off new guitar chords to each other, and simply creating.

“Composing music is a rather intimate act,” Jolie explains. It is impossible to compose good music if you do not have contact with musicians. As a couple, we can be more intimate, and that’s another plus. It’s rare that we don’t agree. »

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To the question “what do you like most about each other as an artist,” Jolie and Danny take time to answer. Danny finally starts. “I think Julie’s words are really cool.” “Thank you so much! I too, love your texts, your pictures. This sentence in Dissolves : “I’m afraid the jelly will catch, and the stars will collide.” Lovely ! But we both like each other. I find it difficult to choose one thing in particular. »

She appreciates his attitude when composing and his flair for exploration. He admires her creativity and ideas. They like to say they are complementary in music, but also in rhythm: the more it is organized and prepared, the more often it is.” all over the place “And “spins in circles” (she says that!).

“I think we learn from each other, Danny analyzes. I, I learn to be patient, hey, to be organized.”

But no matter their differences and what connects them, the obvious joy of being together stems from these eleven songs. Can we say they made a love album? “Yes, really,” Julie replied. I hope there is no divorce record! »

Laughing out loud. However, they could never have imagined themselves writing songs about making a garden or the first communal coffee at the Jean Talon market, about love from a distance, but also about the fact that there is no more Cheez Whiz in the fridge, as in the song mayo.

Julia laughs. “Besides, it wasn’t Cheez Whiz, it was Boivin!” “Yes, Petit Crémeux is really better.” “But it didn’t rhyme!”

Listening to the album again reminds them of the epidemic, the radio plays all the time, the daily press briefings. But also the house is “not yet loaded with inventory”, the “break” of living together, the sense of humor in spite of everything. The result: an album created in confinement that is not a restricted album. “I think we made that bet,” Danny says.

“I hope people will listen to it,” Julie says. But the ideal is to make fun of performances. They also have several shows on the agenda, which will allow Jolie to film in Quebec for a rare time, and Danny in Canada for the first time.

“I want people to enjoy listening to it,” says Danny. Let them smile, let them want to restart it and turn up the volume, let them come and see us perform. We did it in order to generate feelings. Make people dance in the kitchen… and make people cry. »

Julie and Danny

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Julie and Danny

Julie Doiron and Danny Blakar

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