“Stop Watching TV” my Q/A with NOTV

November 12, 2013 in DJs, images, Words by Mark Vicente


I am super stoked that I got Julian Prince of the collective known as NOTV to participate in a Q/A for me. I greatly respect his sound and creativity, not to mention his Restaurant/Bar Lounge that he co-owns, Joverse, is one of the hottest places to go in Old Montreal. Here’s what he had to say about the art of DJing and Producing.

Mark Vicente: How did NOTV get created?
Julian Prince/ NOTV: Sean and I have known each other since we were 14. I started djing at 16 when Sean picked up a guitar and started composing songs. I met Amine at Cherry much later, on my wednesday night weekly party called “The Other People’s Secret Weekend”. He had just arrived from Paris, was tired of that city and was looking for a new home. We became instant friends. He came by my studio and we made a track called The Fun Maker and a bootleg of Country from Empire of the Sun. Working with him was very organic and seemed natural from the first kick. Six months later we convinced Sean to join us and had him and his guitarist come by the studio to jam. We recorded the vocals without telling Sean and made a track with it called Inside and Out…he was part of NOTV without knowing it. He had no choice but to join us.

Mark Vicente: What are the pro’s of working I a collective
NOTV: People often say three is a bad number. It’s the animal law that two people naturally teams up on one. for this project to move forward, we came up with the rule that majority wins right from the beginning. Everyone brings their best to the project. Sean is the crazy scientist, he comes up with new ways to treat the sound and sings, Amine is the tweaker, he’s got more patience and a good ear, I’ve got the experience so I’m the architect, I polish the tunes, structure the djing and co-write the songs with Sean.

Mark Vicente: why is club culture important in society?
NOTV:Because it’s a place where everyone in society can have fun together without giving importance to the background, the color, the sexual orientation, the job, the money in the bank account…all people care about is dancing and having a good time. Club music makes that possible.

Mark Vicente: what kind of experience can people expect when going to a NOTV event?
NOTV: We’re high energy. You can hear the passion through the speakers. We play alot of our songs, we can dj, sing, play the instruments…anyway get ready, we may surprise you!

Mark Vicente: what has been the proudest/ exciting/ craziest moment of NOTV so far?
NOTV: Nic Warren closing all his sets of summer 2013 with our remix of From Loving You from Gone Deville.

Mark Vicente: what kind of advice or encouragement would you give to up and coming producers?
NOTV: Don’t waste your time watching TV. Music is now democratic. Everyone can make music without having a 100k studio. Don’t go to school for this, school yourself. Youtube is the best teacher. It really comes down to how many dedicated hours you put in and how much you want it. 10% talent, the rest is work.

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