Let’s Groove again (Single)
His first Kitty-yo single, “Let’s Groove Again”, became an immediate dancefloor hit upon its 1999 release. It was later used in a BBC promotional trailer for their new TV programme The Restaurant aired in 2007. Gonzales became a fixture in both nightclubs and on the summer pop festival circuit.
Gonzo moves to Berlin
BERLIN … where it all began…
This album finds him in hip hop mode. Brilliant lyrics, delivered with aplomb, over beats which venture from trad hip-hop territory to electronica (no beats, which has no beats). The music is provided by a range of collaborators including Peaches, Digital Hardcore chaps Bomb 20, Patric Catani and Paul PM.
Über Alles, on the German Kitty-yo label was largely built around rap.
« The great gonzo’s first pop album, a record of such sparkling joy that it makes that s club juniors single look like one of thom yorke’s suicide poems. Gonzo fans will be aware of his repertoire since european electro whimsy, piano, and balladry were all stirred and twisted on his full length debut « Uuber Alles », while digital hardcore, hip-hop, mop-styled craziness and snoop-derived rhyme patterns were all fucked up on the classic follow up ‘The Entertainist’. And here, as was hoped, the two meet » www.playlouder.com
‘Z’ is a mutated « Best of » : Chilly Gonzales covering Chilly Gonzales by re-recording his own songs from scratch in new styles, with new guests, and with all new vocals and music. Guests Feist, Peaches, Paul PM, Taylor Savvy, Louie Austen and Princess Superstar.
The Berlin Hipsters Years
Self Declared President of the Underground
Gonzales continued to develop as a producer and songwriter for other artists, collaborating on singles and albums with Peaches, renowned chanteuse Jane Birkin and budding indie star Leslie Feist.
Daft Punk, Bjork, Placebo and Chet Baker solo piano “remakes” David Bowie’s Meltdown festival, Iggy Pop’s “Motor Inn”
A CD of 16 piano themes for left hand accompaniment and right hand melody.
Gonzales’ best selling album. It introduced Gonzo to an audience of real human beings who actually buy music sometimes. The piano pieces were used in documentaries, in films by François Ozon, Patrice Leconte, Pierre Jolivet.
Let It Die (Feist), co-produced by Gonzo
Let It Die was welcomed as one of the best Canadian pop albums of 2004, and collected three Juno Award nominations in 2005 —winning Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist. Let It Die was nominated once again in the 2006 Juno Awards; this time for “Inside and Out” as Single of the Year.
500 000 copies have been sold
From Major To Minor
Double DVD, directed by Nina Rhode aka Ninja Pleasure, with the surrealist “Master Class” by Professor Gonzales, teaching music theory to real students taken from the audience as well as his friends, featuring Jamie Lidell & Feist on “Melody” and Daft Punk on “Rhythm”, the “White Gloves Concert” featuring Jamie Lidell, Mocky and Feist performing each others’ songs, followed by Chilly Gonzales concert footage, videos, television interviews and the Paris Nuits Blanches
The Reminder (Feist), co-produced by Gonzo
The Reminder won 3 Juno Awards in 2008 including Best Pop Album of the Year and Best Album of the Year. It was also nominated for 4 Grammys including Best Producer at the 50th Grammy Awards. 1 500 000 copies have been sold
Producer – Album of the year
The misunderstood masterpiece
Gonzales breaks Guinness book’s world records for the longest solo concert
To fully satisfy the insatiable ambition of Gonzales, only one thing was left to do and he did it.
May 16–18, 2009 Gonzales broke the Guinness World Record for the longest solo concert… by playing 27 hours 3 minutes 44 seconds of piano, over 200 different songs, in a marathon concert at film director Claude Lelouch’s Ciné 13 Theatre in Paris.
A record 85 000 people from all over the world tuned in to the live webcast, that became the days n° 2 “twitter trend”.
The Musical Inspiration of Pierre “Bande Originale” by Pierre Gagnaire et Chilly Gonzales
An offer to co-write a book of music inspired by recipes inspired by music, with Pierre Gagnaire, the 3 star chef and owner of London’s Sketch and Paris’ Le restaurant de Pierre Gagnaire.
The Hands of Serge Gainsbourg on the big screen “Vie héroïque”
In 2009 Gonzo accepted several of the more interesting offers that came his way in the wake of this new found fame. Offers to incarnate Serge Gainsbourg, to play his music for the soundtrack – and his hands for the screen – in the much anticipated first feature film of renowned comic book artist Johann Sfar.
Ivory Tower – The Movie
Ivory Tower is an existential sports comedy, a story of two brothers and their unhealthy rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman.
“Mention Speciale du Jury” Filmmakers of the Present Competition Locarno Internation Film Festival 2010
The film was co-written by Gonzo and French director and screenwriter Céline Sciamma. It stars a variety of Canadian-born musicians, including Gonzales himself, Peaches, Feist and Tiga.
Music by Chilly Gonzales and Boys Noize
Directed by Adam Traynor
“THE BEST PIANO-DRIVEN SLICE OF DISCO IN 10 YEARS” – ROUGH TRADE SHOPS
Apple’s world-wide IPAD2 campaign with the Ivory Tower single Never Stop
Ivory Tower nominated at JUNO
Ivory Tower nominated in Canadian Music Award JUNOs’ BEST ELECTRONIC ALBUM category. Gonzo opens the broadcast in a duo with Drake
Solo Piano II reaches 100000 Fans
Alone for 10 days in Paris’ Studio Pigalle, Chilly Gonzales recorded a handful of songs that had made the short list from a hundred or so melodies written over the eight years that had passed since the release of the now iconic Solo Piano.
Drake, Feist, Daft Punk all call Chilly Gonzales to collaborate
Gonzo gets a Grammy: his piano finds itself WITHIN Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories 2013 Album of the Year.
Re-Introduction Etudes: a book of 24 easy-to-master, fun-to-play piano pieces specifically designed to unlock musical mysteries for those who gave it up. The unexpected sheet music hit of summer 2014 inspires 25 000 people to pick up the piano again.
Octave Minds : Chilly Gonzales and Boys Noize collaborate on an ethereal piano meets electronica album that comes to life in the first ever concert at Teufelsberg in Berlin, the USA’s graffiti-laden cold war spy station
Pop Music Masterclasses
Music pundits and fans worldwide turn to Gonzo as the great explainer of all things music theory: his web series of POP MUSIC MASTERCLASSES fires up the internet and he anchors documentaries on “Classical Connections” (BBC) and “The History of Music” (Arte).
Chilly Gonzales re-imagines Romantic-era chamber music as today’s addictive pop in new album Chambers. Gestures from rap, ambient, easy listening and the avant-garde co- exist as always in Chilly Gonzales’ musical universe – this time with strings attached.
Music’s Cool with Chilly Gonzales
Gonzo penns several newspaper and magazine opinion pieces and is called upon by the likes of BBC Radio 1 in the UK, 1Live in Germany, and the CBC in Canada to comment upon our ever- expanding musical universe. Apple Music’s Beats1 broadcasts radio show Music’s Cool with Chilly Gonzales in which Gonzo’s unique analysis introduces listeners the theory and the fun of entire musical genres through the work of one exemplary artist (Daft Punk for electronic music, Weezer for Indie Rock…) in a 2-hour monthly broadcast.
Written with Jarvis Cocker, Room 29 is a song-cycle about a Chateau Marmont (LA) hotel room with a piano in it, the first album on Deutsche Grammophon with a “parental advisory” logo.
A year of Concerts and other Collaborations: Jarvis Cocker, Kaiser Quartett, Stella Lepage, Joe Flory, Ibeyi, Francesco Tristano, Daniel Hope, Toddla T, Leonard Cohen Tribute, Bugzy Malone and others… ends with a bang…Gonzo makes a Call to Entry for his very own music school, The Gonzervatory, an all-expenses-paid residential music performance workshop being held in Paris, Spring 2018. Six selected students will win a trip to Paris for a week of intensive coaching, masterclasses and rehearsals, living together in musical immersion and culminating in a public concert led by Chilly Gonzales himself. Together they will explore Musical Humanism, audience psychology and what it means to be a performing musician in 2018.