Biography
Accidents sometimes turn into fireworks. It was almost without realizing and despite himself, that the artist soon to be known as Elliot Maginot laid down his first fragments of songs on a small and cheap audio recorder. With little experience in some short-lived bands in his teenage years, Elliot was far from considering the guitar as the instrument with which to captivate and enchant an audience. He will have to go through what he describes as a "hermit period" for the instrument to reveal all its potential, and for Elliot to discover his ability to create beautiful melodies. The few snippets of music, scattered choruses and verses soon became real songs. Elliot Maginot adorned his new tunes with layers of vocals, a mood reminiscent of small cathedral choir. This experimentation led to a home recording of his first EP (2013). The tracks delved into sensitive and dark folk embracing influences from greats like Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. His first full length album, Young/Old/Everything.In.Between, produced by Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes, Suuns), orbits even more in the atmospheric areas of dreamy pop, with lyrics infused with painful love, regrets and dualities. The album was released on February 10th 2015 to a sold out crowd at Le National in his home town of Montreal. The main difference between the young hermit who did not go out much and Elliot Maginot is the songwriter has now discovered the possibility of self reinvention that the musical process allows. Music with which he can now choose who he wants to be, with which he was finally able to escape the daily predicaments that threaten to stifle. Music through which he can paradoxically embody in concealing his real name, the most authentic version of himself. Hence the pseudonyme, Elliot Maginot, chosen without real reason.
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