Daniel Bélanger
Daniel Bélanger

Daniel Bélanger

About Daniel Bélanger

Electro-folk singer/songwriter Daniel B?langer emerged from obscurity in 1992 to become one of the most acclaimed and popular Qu?becois artists of his generation. Born in Montreal in 1962, B?langer first attracted attention in 1983 with the group Humphrey Salade. Despite a fervent following on the local club scene, the band never recorded, and after its demise he mounted a solo career, competing in the Rock Envol de la SRC contest with limited success. B?langer remained a fixture of the Montreal club circuit throughout the remainder of the decade, finally landing a record deal in 1991 -- his debut effort, Les Insomniaques S'Amusent, followed a year later and vaulted its creator to overnight fame on the strength of the lead single "Opium," which spent seven weeks atop the Qu?becois charts. Drawing on influences spanning from alternative rock to electronic music to traditional folk, Les Insomniaques S'Amusent ultimately sold more than 100,000 copies on its way to claiming France's coveted Prix SACEM as well as four F?lix Awards. B?langer's follow-up, Quatre Saisons dans le D?sordre, was four years in the making -- the lead single "Les Deux Printemps" nevertheless spent more than six months on the Qu?becois charts, while the album itself went gold in its first week of release. B?langer's next project was 1999's three-disc live set Tricycle. Its 2001 studio follow-up, R?ver Mieux, was his most experimental effort to date, channeling inspiration from contemporaries including Radiohead and Air, but still achieving platinum status. D?flaboxe was even more challenging, embracing sampling, jazz, and even a bit of rapping. Finally, in 2007 B?langer returned to his folk roots with L'?chec du Mat?riel. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • HOMETOWN
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • BORN
    1962

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