DJ Eliazar has been spreading his own version of music with funk and swing for over 20 years. As Co-Founder of the Speakeasy Electro Swing group of music events around the globe, he has been considered by some to the the godfather of Electro Swing music in North America. He started the Speakeasy nights in various lofts around Montreal in 2010, and once joined by Don Mescal and DJ Khalil found the team that would help spread the Vintage remix sounds far and wide. Their current monthly residency is at Lion D'Or, a swing dance club originally built in 1930 for all the touring live swing bands of that era, as Montreal was a hotbed for the sound during prohibition. The Speakeasy Electro Swing nights are now happening all over the globe including Vancouver, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, Oklahoma City, Kuala Lumpur, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, Seoul, Perth, Leeds, Oslo, Denver, Nanaimo, Sydney, Victoria, Barcelona, Mexico City, New York, Washington DC, and is growing each season. Eliazar just wishes his grandma who had been a flapper back in the day and filled his head with stories of speakeasies, prohibition, and Benny Goodman cassettes could see how much she has influenced how to swing in step with the world.
Eliazar now lives on a small island in BC, still touring the globe to play amazing music that you have never heard before that will always make you want to get up and dance. He has compiled 3 Speakeasy Electro Swing compilations that are free to download all over the globe, with Vol. 4 released in April 2015. He has shared the stage with all manner of DJs including dunkelbunt, Swingrowers, Sweet Life Society, Grant Lazlo, Chris Tofu, Electro Swing Circus, Smokey Joe and the Kid, Professor Elemental, Luke Vibert, Adahm Shaikh, JPOD, The Incredible Kid, Dayhota, Mahala Rai Banda, Medicineman, Al Lindrum, Max Pashem, DJ Delay, Plaid, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Carlson Two, and countless others.
From residencies all over the globe - Tocca a Te (Osaka), Ultra (Hiroshima), Heaven (Christchurch, NZ), Crush/Holocene/Aalto/Nightlight/Goodfoot (Portland, OR), Rialto (Long Beach, CA), The Globe Hotel (Nanaimo, BC), The Waverley (Cumberland, BC) Divan Orange/Sala Rossa/Blizzarts (Montreal QC), and gigs in places as diverse as Tokyo, Chang Mai, Punta Cana, Boomtown, Turks and Cacaos, Chicago, Vancouver, Minneapolis, LA, Victoria, Washington DC (Smithsonian Museum of Art) Seattle, Bristol, Berlin, Montreal, etc, the sound has spread far and wide.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
This band is the latest incarnation of remixing fun with pal Atom Percy (Acid Test, Econoline Crush, Bif Naked, etc) working on all manner of Vintage Remix tunes. Their initial single came out in March of 2016, with a full ep to come in May 2016. They are currently working on a variety of remixes including ones for The Cherry Poppin Daddies & Tia Brazda.
Tracks have been made and released under the names: EQ!(with Joselito Sering), Nomadic Noize, Snowballs(a full band with Shayla Hason, JT Weber, and Joe Partika), Mushroom Lounge(with Levon Louis), Stab Ability(with John Hill), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(with Atom Percy), and just plain olde Eliazar. The productions have always had a link to sounds recorded on the global travels and try to bring a new take on differing styles of blips and bleeps.
This is a live electronic band with Eliazar and John Hill, a dreamy glance into a dystopian harmonic wonderland influenced by our love of sci-fi novels and the intensity of Montreal. The album and EP can be grabbed for free from bandcamp, and the band has been known to resurface every once and a while in a variety of lofts around Montreal.
Stab Ability - Work On Love
Stab Ability - Don't Lose Your Sense of Wonder, You Lack for Nothing Wonderful
Under the Stars Radio show podcast
Eliazar has also been doing radio ever since those high school days in Chicago (WDGC), Portland (KLC, KPSU, KPRA) Victoria(CFUV), Radio23.org (online), Tree Frog Radio (Gulf Islands, BC) and a variety of online and pirate shows.
When you come to a Eliazar show you can be sure to hear a variety of positive and funky music with plenty of bass spanning genres like Electro Swing, Electro Blues, Vintage Remix, Ghetto Funk, Swing, Global Bass, Balkan Beats, Gypsy Mashes, MIddle Eastern Grooves, Mashups, downtempo, Jazz, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, and the rest of the kitchen sink.