Thursday, February 16, 2012

Artist: Damien Robitaille, Album: Homme Autonome, Song: Casse-tete

Damien Robitaille is a francophone singer from Lafontaine, Ontario.  He learned the piano at the age of eight and by the age of thirteen he was playing the guitar.  He attended university to study classical music and also learned to play the trumpet and violin.  He won a song festival which allowed him to attend L'Ecole Nationale de la Chanson, in Granby, Quebec, on a scholarship in 2003.  He would migrate to Montreal and win the prestigious Francouvertes Festival in 2005.  This paved the way for his full length debut in 2006.  The album was entitled, L'Homme Qui Me Ressemble, and it was a solid eclectic mix of pop songs.  He followed it up in 2009 with this album, Homme Autonome.  With this release, Damien conveys a more consistent sounding groove through the album.  It is very keyboard driven and it has a great vibe to it.  Casse-tete is a complete "pull the funk from the trunk" fest with some honking sax action.  It's a great tune on an album that really has an overall 70's soul appeal.  You can check out the song on You Tube (  There is also a very cool promotional clip from his label, Audiogram, that shows him performing this song live (  Damian has been spending a lot of time overseas in places like France and Belgium promoting the release of this album abroad.  He also starred in the french film, La Sacree, as well as composing music for the film.  You can follow him at  You can purchase the album, Homme Autonome, from Itunes.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!