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Chilly Gonzales has lived so many musical lives it’s hard to keep them straight. Born Jason Beck, he’s a classically trained pianist, composer, and self-proclaimed musical genius (hey, somebody has to say it, right?) who has co-authored musicals; pursued the alt-rock path as the frontman of Son; set Guinness records for piano-playing; tried his hand… More »

Chilly Gonzales is one of those rare people in the music business who apparently can do a little bit of everything — and does. Though most people might have first discovered him due to his work with Feist or Peaches, Gonzales has released solo albums in a variety of genres and even moonlights in a… More »

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Chilly Gonzales Explains The Appeal Of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Chilly Gonzales has just shared the latest in his increasingly prolific Pop Music Masterclass video series. This one sees him deconstructing "Don't Let Me Be…
James Rettig | November 11, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Chilly Gonzales Uses Music Theory To Show Why The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” Is So Appealing

Chilly Gonzales got into some trouble the last time he put out one of his Pop Music Masterclass videos when he accused Hozier of copying…
James Rettig | October 21, 2015 - 10:45 am

Hozier Is Suing Chilly Gonzales For Saying He Ripped Off Feist

The Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales hosts a YouTube series called Pop Music Masterclass, in which he parses out everything going on in a popular song.
Tom Breihan | October 5, 2015 - 9:00 am

Chilly Gonzales Shows How Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” Rips Off Feist

Chilly Gonzales always makes some salient points in his Pop Music Masterclass video series, and his latest looks at the influences behind Hozier's inescapable bore…
James Rettig | September 28, 2015 - 9:44 am

Hear Chilly Gonzales Make Classical Connections To Pop With Members Of Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, & Alt-J

For the past year or so, musical genius Chilly Gonzales has been hosting a video series called Pop Music Masterclass for German radio station WDR…
James Rettig | August 19, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Chilly Gonzales – “Advantage Points” Video

Last week musical genius Chilly Gonzales released his string-quartet-oriented album Chambers, which seeks to reimagine the Romantic era for a modern day pop audience. In…
Caitlin White | March 23, 2015 - 2:33 pm

TV On The Radio – “Test Pilot (Chilly Gonzales Re-Make)”

Last year TV On The Radio released their fifth studio album Seeds, and one of the early tracks they debuted off that record was "Test…
Caitlin White | March 3, 2015 - 10:47 am

Chilly Gonzales – “Sweet Burden”

Each song on Chilly Gonzales' new album Chambers is dedicated to a different person, and the second song he's shared, "Sweet Burden," is an ode…
Caitlin White | February 24, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Chilly Gonzales – “Freudian Slippers”

Musical genius Chilly Gonzales has been blessing us with his pop music master classes, and he's also been busy collaborating with artists like Daft Punk,…
Caitlin White | February 12, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Chilly Gonzales Explains What Nicki Minaj Has In Common With Billy Joel And Lionel Richie

Chilly Gonzales seems like a really chill dude, in that he's a self-proclaimed musical genius, but instead of lording it over us, he shares his…
Caitlin White | February 5, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Here’s Why ILoveMakonnen & Drake’s “Tuesday” Is So Irresistible

In the past year since Chilly Gonzales started his Pop Music Masterclass video series, he's deconstructed the appeal of popular songs such as "Get Lucky,"…
James Rettig | January 23, 2015 - 9:30 am

Octave Minds – “In Silence” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

We recently shared two tracks from Octave Minds' self-titled debut album: "Anthem" and "Tap Dance." Now the unexpected partnership between techno producer Boys Noize and…
Ethan Jacobs | October 7, 2014 - 10:06 am

Octave Minds – “Tap Dance” (Feat. Chance The Rapper)

Octave Minds was already a strange phenomenon, a team-up of two people you would not expect to find in the same room together. The duo…
Tom Breihan | September 3, 2014 - 10:21 am

Octave Minds (Chilly Gonzales & Boys Noize) – “Anthem”

Canadian superproducer and part-time pop deconstructionalist Chilly Gonzales has worked with a fascinating array of artists including Feist, Daft Punk, Drake, Peaches, and Jamie Lidell.
Chris DeVille | August 29, 2014 - 9:45 am

Watch Chilly Gonzales Deconstruct Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” In His Latest Pop Music Masterclass

A few months back, Chilly Gonzales sat in front of his piano to deconstruct "Get Lucky" and "Hold On, We're Going Home" for German radio…
James Rettig | July 24, 2014 - 10:45 am

Watch Chilly Gonzales Deconstruct “Get Lucky” And “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Explain Why They’re Catchy

After Owen Pallett's deconstruction of Katy Perry, Daft Punk, and Lady Gaga, there seems to be a new trend in which everyone wants to explain…
James Rettig | April 21, 2014 - 11:09 am

Chilly Gonzales – “Kenaston” (Stereogum Premiere)

Composition/iPad mastermind Chilly Gonzales will put out a new record this month, a stripped-back, classical-and-jazz-influenced affair called Solo Piano II. Today we've got the album…
Corban Goble | August 14, 2012 - 11:26 am

Feist Metals Details

On Thursday Feist shared a mysterious teaser video hinting at the followup to The Reminder. Today we've got a new vignette and confirmation that a…
Scott Lapatine | July 25, 2011 - 11:10 am