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Q&A: Chilly Gonzales On Chambers, Poptimism, And Life As A Musical Genius

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 »

By: Caitlin White / March 25, 2015 - 4:12 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 that vein, today he shared the video for “Advantage Points,” one of the album’s most dramatic tracks. Amidst clips of Chilly and his quartet playing the music, a duel unfolds,… More »

By: 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 Pilot.” In anticipation of his own forthcoming record Chambers, Chilly Gonzales has re-imagined “Test Pilot” as a piano-driven ballad. Gonzales’ instrumental version maintains the same sense of struggle and longing… More »

By: 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 to French composer Gabriel Faure. Gonzales calls it the album’s first “bona fide tear jerker” and notes “we all have our burdens to bear, and maybe only music can sweete… More »

By: 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, Jamie Lidell and Drake. But this year he’ll finally release a new album of his own: Chambers will be out 3/24. More »

By: 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 knowledge. In the latest installment of his “Pop Music Masterclass,” Chilly breaks down what Nicki Minaj’s brutal ex-side-eying Pinkprint track “Bed Of Lies” has in common with Billy Joel’s “Piano… More »

By: 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,” “Shake It Off,” “Fancy,” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” His latest video takes a look at the irresistible iLoveMakonnen/Drake track “Tuesday.” He starts explaining the song using only a… More »

By: 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 piano aficionado Chilly Gonzales continues to prove its value with the third chapter of a video series that accompanies the album. Directed, animated, and written by Rolf Bremer, the video… More »

By: 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 is made up of Boys Noize, the everything-in-the-red EDM auteur, and Chilly Gonzales, the piano virtuoso and frequent Feist collaborator. They’re putting out a self-titled album in a couple of… More »

By: 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. Now that he’s based in Germany he’s teamed up with the techno producer Boys Noize under the name Octave Minds. The duo’s self-titled album is out next month, and single… More »

By: 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 station 1Live. He’s just given “Fancy” the same treatment and also gives the weirdest pronunciation of “Azalea” I’ve ever heard. “I’m not sure I ‘like’ this song, but I am… More »

By: 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 in tedious detail why pop music is so enticing in some twisted way of justifying our enjoyment of it. This time, self-described “musical genius” and Random Access Memories collaborator Chilly… More »

By: James Rettig / April 21, 2014 - 11:09 am

Q&A: Feist/Drake Collaborator Chilly Gonzales On The Surprise Success Of His Solo Piano Albums And Turning Classical Into Pop

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 »

By: T. Cole Rachel / December 18, 2012 - 12:06 pm

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 track “Kenaston,” a beautiful, colorful piano composition. Stream it below and check out a video of Chilly performing the track. More »

By: 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 new album is indeed coming soon. Titled Metals, it’s out 10/4 on Cherrytree/Interscope and will find the singer working again with Chilly Gonzales, Mocky, and Valgeir Sigurðsson. Hear a snippet of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 25, 2011 - 11:10 am

Chilly Gonazales, David Foster Wallace, iPad “Never Stop”

This new iPad commerical features Chilly Gonzales’ “Never Stop.” If you look close enough — beneath the David Sedaris — you’ll see it also features David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest: “‘I read,’ I say. ‘I study and read. I bet I’ve read everything you read. Don’t think I haven’t. I consume libraries. I wear out… More »

By: brandon / August 24, 2010 - 4:07 pm