With an innovative approach to music, Jean-Paul De Roover is much more than a solo artist. Accompanied by live looping, guitars and a voice used as an instrument, this ‘sonic architect’ builds his songs from foundation to facade before your very eyes. Beginning with dead silence, his performance could lead anywhere: full a capella harmonies, rhythmic tribal beats, noise-layered worlds of ambient rock, campfire-folk, electro-ballads and anything in between. With lyrical content that can be brutally honest, or lovingly truthful, one thing is certain: the originality and creativity of his timeless performances shines through to every listener.
Jean-Paul was born in Thunder Bay, ON but was raised overseas in Africa, Asia and South America before moving back to Canada in 2001. At this time, he compiled all of his worldly experiences and began his serious musical endeavours.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Jean-Paul has been a member of several bands/groups and ensembles such as Night Safari (Pop/Rock), Vaya (Rock), as well as others like the Thunder Bay Barbershop Chorus to name a few. With these groups, he has been a part of many recording projects, including two full length studio albums, several EP’s and countless live recordings. Over the course of his musical career, Jean-Paul has had the opportunity to share stages with many big name artists such as Simple Plan, Alexisonfire, Treblecharger, and more recently artists such as The Weakerthans, Sean Ashby and countless others.
Since 2007 he’s pursued a career as a solo musician, developing a reputation as “the mad scientist of the Thunder Bay music scene” (Earshot!). This reputation stems from his ability to toy with musical form and structure, resulting in the “extraordinary talent of being a one man band without any of the clichés” (Blissdelamess). When asked about why he took this approach, Jean-Paul said “I wanted to create the sounds I hear in my head, delivering them in a way that engages with an audience while providing them with an interesting solo live show.”
With many achievements to date including the national release of “Windows and Doors”, the “Dichotomy” EP, showcasing at international music festivals like NXNE, Red Rock Folk Festival, Field Festival, and several Canadian tours, all of which demonstrate the drive of this young artist who writes, books, and promotes his music independently. “I love the thrill of a challenge,” says De Roover, “and I always try to push my limits to the next level”. Whether it’s releasing a CD/DVD album that folds into a 3D house, shooting a stop-motion music video for “Fix” using 2,022 still photographs, or touring alone across Canada for 3 months, De Roover plans on working hard in order to bring fresh ideas to the Canadian music scene. With his body of work so far, you can be certain that his future contributions to music and film will be well received with wide eyes.