JORDAN DARE with DJ UNKNOWN , KIDS ON TV , FELIX and BARBI at the Mod Club (722 College), Friday (July 22). $10 before midnight, more after. www.addevents.com. Rating: NNNNN
We have certain preconceptions about Montreal electro DJs, and in some ways Jordan Dare lives up to them.
You can hear him chain-smoking over the phone, his sense of humour is steeped in sarcasm, and it's hard to imagine what he might look like without envisioning a trendy asymmetrical haircut.
Peel back the stereotypes, though, and you'll find just another guy who really likes music and who gets bored if things stay the same too long.
Yes, anything vaguely new wave, post-punk and electro-influenced is tragically trendy this minute, but let's not assume that's how he ended up producing tracks for Tiga's Turbo Recordings and DJing at Voyeur, Montreal's longest-running weekly.
"I don't want to call it Electro Night In Montreal. I've been into electro and new wave since I was a kid - I grew up on it. I've always been into lots of different things at the same time, so it's not like I made a switch. I've always liked big, chunky drum machine sounds."
In fact, until recently he was still singing in hardcore punk bands, and it wasn't that long ago that he was involved in the drum 'n' bass scene. Put that together with his current work as a producer and DJ and it starts to make sense. He likes that brooding dark mood. He likes big riffs instead of atmospherics.
That he can satisfy those urges in drastically different arenas suggests that he's much less of a trend junkie than it seems at first.
"My tastes at home are pretty different from what I play. I listen mostly to new wave and post-punk. I couldn't listen to a kick drum all day - it would drive me nuts."
Unfortunately, he is often listening to an electronic bass drum all day as he works toward a follow-up EP to his Day In Day Out 12-inch on Turbo sub-label White Leather, as well as writing industrial-influenced electro as part of Cut Throat Republic.
"I've been sitting in the studio every day trying to come up with a follow-up EP. No one is interested in putting out an album that sounds the same as the last one."
Well, that's refreshing. Not long ago, the majority of dance labels only wanted to release records that fit into their particular niche in order to build brand identity.
Of course, that could also mean that a few years from now he'll be refusing to talk about this electro stuff, just as he doesn't want to talk about his drum 'n' bass years now.