DJ Eliazar has been spreading his own version of music with funk and swing for over 20 years. As 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, Leeds, Oslo, Denver, Nanaimo, 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 the dunkelbunt, Swingrowers, Sweet Life Society, Grant Lazlo, Chris Tofu, Luke Vibert, Adahm Shaikh, JPOD, The Incredible Kid, Dayhota, Mahala Rai Banda, Medicineman, Al Lindrum, Max Pashem, DJ Delay, 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, Turks and Cacaos, Chicago, Vancouver, Minneapolis, LA, Victoria, Seattle, Bristol, Berlin, Montreal, etc, the sound has spread far and wide.
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.
Under the Stars Radio show podcast
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), and now 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.
When you come to a DJ 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.
Check out the newly released Stab Ability through the link below - you can grab a copy for free on Bandcamp through the links there, or even pay some money if you so desire. I am very proud of this album just completed by Jon Hill and myself, as it is one of the best things i have ever been a part of. On the super dreamy and breat driven tip, it is comprised of electronics, field recordings, sound design, and live instrumentation. With mastering done by Cem at Jammin Masters in Berlin.
Stab Ability - Work On Love