Montreal loves to party well into the late night. Their dance music scene roars with techno and the city's authentic poutine are readily available to curb those hangover munchies the following morning. Among other Canadian cities, they've earned a strong after-hours reputation with the their famous clubs Stereo and Circus.
Joe Mesmar has been grinding to make a mark on Canada's electronic music landscape and he's getting his break into the international circuit starting this fall by debuting at ADE. Originally an electro DJ, Mesmar was influenced by Umek and Sasha Carassi to start producing and mixing techno. "I found that style suited me much better as I got into it more," he explained.
Like many bedroom producers, Mesmar learned how to use Ableton with the help of his friend and those handy YouTube tutorials. His early work was released on Ovum Recordings, which helped him get a gig at the Sullivan Room in New York City. "It was a huge step for me that motivated me to turn my hobby into a career and now I'm about to play at ADE!" he said.
He landed his residency at Circus Afterhours after winning a contest in September 2013, but recently left the residency to focus more on his productions and taking his music abroad. "I have fond memories when Umek was there, but also with Sasha Carassi and Oliver Huntermann," he recalled.
In addition to underground labels, Mesmar has been releasing tracks on Naked Lunch, Bosphorus Records and has also been signed on Kevin Saunderson's KMS Records for a two episode EP to be released by 2015.
For those going to Amsterdam this October, Mesmar will be playing at the Sub:Merged party on Sunday, October 19th with special guests Kevin Sunderson, Robert Hood, Pig & Dan and others.
He will also be playing at various venues throughout Europe, tour dates are forthcoming and to be found here.
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