An annual gathering dedicated to emerging forms of electronic music and sound design in the era of new technologies.
As the Creative Director and founder of Iregular, Daniel Iregui is one of those people who is responsible for creating the rich, artistic fabric Montréal is known for. He and his colleagues François Loubert-Hudon and David Surprenant mix technology and design to create ambitious, immersive public experiences, which then travel around the world. The next piece they are doing will be at the heart of the Montréal Digital Spring launch, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). This is how Daniel experiences Montréal.
Job: Creative Director and founder of Iregular
Favourite pastime: I have a jam space in my studio where I play music with some friends. It’s always different people, so it’s like a group without a name and without albums. I love Mutek, and the jams we do around Mutek are always particularly inspired.
How long have you been a Montrealer? For nine years. I’m originally from Colombia, but I moved to Toronto to finish my studies. Even though I lived there for three years, I always felt like an immigrant; but every time I came to Montréal, it was completely different. I felt at home. It was very strange, and it’s very hard to point out why. I really fell in love with the city, so as soon as I could move here, I did.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? In other years, by February, I couldn’t have named too many things, but this year is so busy – it started at 100 miles an hour! In January, I was in London to put up an installation called Control No Control. We originally made it for Igloofest,but it’s an installation that’s taken us around the world. One week ago, we were in Mexico City presenting the same installation, but in this new context it looks completely different. It was presented outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of the most beautiful buildings in Mexico.
What’s the next big thing you’re planning? We haven’t often been in a museum, so for Montréal Digital Spring we’re making an interactive installation called SUN that will be shown at the atrium of the MAC. It’s an interactive piece, it’s immersive, but, well, I won’t tell you too much more! You’ll have to see it. It explores our usual aesthetic – minimalistic, geometric, digital – and it’s only a one-day ephemeral piece, for the launch of the festival.
What’s your favourite Montréal memory? I remember a moment when Radiohead was playing at Parc Jean-Drapeau. They were touring the album titled In Rainbows, and suddenly, in the middle of the concert, there was a rainbow. Thom Yorke just laughed in disbelief.
What’s your favourite Montréal restaurant? I have so many. One of my favourite regular places is La Buvette Chez Simone – I love going there to eat. It’s always amazing. I always order the fish croquettes. For Japanese food, I love Big In Japan, on Saint-Laurent, and for Vietnamese food, I have the best restaurant three blocks from my office. It’s so cheap and it’s a jewel of Montréal: Milani. It’s amazing, and it’s a great place for me, because I’ve had so many important meetings and I’ve made so many big decisions there that it has great associations.
Where do you like to go for drinks with friends? Very close to my house, there’s the Big In Japan Bar, and I go to Sparrow as well, in Mile End. The other day I went to Manitoba in the Mile Ex, and the cocktails were delicious. I highly recommend the Caesar.
What’s the one thing anyone visiting Montréal should absolutely do? I always urge people to go to Piknic Électronik. Being there under the Calder sculpture is an insane experience. And if it’s the winter, I say to go to Igloofest. These types of things, all around music, which I love a lot, they’re the type of projects that have emerged from Montréal that you won’t see anywhere else.