Illangelo

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Illangelo
Birth nameCarlo Montagnese
Born (1987-07-29) July 29, 1987 (age 31)
OriginCalgary, Alberta, Canada
GenresPBR&B, electronica, trip hop
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, mixing engineer
InstrumentsSynthesizer, piano, drums, trumpet, sampler, turntable
Years active2010–present
LabelsHear the Art Inc, Bromance Records, OWSLA
Associated acts
Websitewww.illangelo.com

Carlo Montagnese (born July 29, 1987), better known as Illangelo, is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer from Calgary, Alberta, who came to attention as long-time collaborator of The Weeknd. His work includes Post Malone's "I Fall Apart", Fall Out Boy "Last Of The Real One's", Lykke Li, M.I.A., , executive production of The Weeknd's 2011 mixtapes,[1] the 2012 compilation album from The Weeknd titled Trilogy along with singles from rappers Wiz Khalifa's "Remember You", Drake's "Crew Love", Ricky Hil's "Nomads", (all featuring The Weeknd), and remixes such as Lady Gaga's "Marry The Night (The Weeknd & Illangelo Remix)" and Florence and the Machine's "Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix)". He was one half of the duo Somewhere Else with collaborator Billy Walsh, and he released his debut concept album History of Man on August 20, 2013 under his label Hear the Art Inc., Bromance Records and OWSLA.

Early life[edit]

Illangelo grew up in Calgary, Alberta. After doing music there for 8 years, he says, "It came to a point where I realized I was not going to reach my goal of what I wanted to do with my life. I realized I ha[d] to go to Toronto."[2] He moved to Toronto in 2010, saved up some money, and gave himself "one year to make [it] happen."[2]

Music career[edit]

In December 2010, Illangelo and Abel (The Weeknd) connected in Toronto and did "Crew Love," making it the first time he got to work with an artist that he genuinely loved and admired.[2] Illangelo thought he would have to move back to Calgary as his money ran out, but then began to work on House of Balloons with producer Doc McKinney and The Weeknd. In January 2011, Drake decided to take "Crew Love" for his upcoming album.[2] 2012 was spent working mainly on Trilogy (The Weeknd album).[2]

On August 20, 2013, Illangelo released his debut concept-album titled 'History of Man', which he describes as "a literary, visual and audio narrative inspired by the epic poem 'Paradise Lost' by 17th-century English poet John Milton".[3]

Illangelo released a single titled 'What The Fuss' on February 18, 2014, which features up and coming Toronto native Rochelle Jordan.[4] Earlier that month, he released a series of demos from the pre- House Of Balloons era (circa 2010) on his Bandcamp page.[5]

On May 2, 2014, Illangelo collaborated with the Sydney trio Movement on their self titled debut EP.[6] Their self-described style of minimal soul in combination with Illangelo's futuristic sound created a unique texture that has since been gaining much momentum selling out their Australian tour and several dates across the USA and Europe.[7] Additionally 'Like Lust' and 'Ivory' went on receive back to back Best New Track on Pitchfork.[8][9]

Illangelo released his single 'Clockwork', featuring vocalist Phlo Finister, on May 12, 2014. Shortly after he released a video with Los Angeles filmmaker Lance Drake that is as stunning and futuristic as the original composition.[10] It has since gotten Staff Picked on Vimeo.[11]

In an interview with Earmilk on July 1, 2014, Illangelo announced that he and Phlo Finister had created a band together called Youthquaker.[12] The group's first release "Projections", containing 3 songs, was released via a BitTorrent Bundle.[13] The songs were downloaded over 900,000 times in the first week of release.[14]

Discography[edit]

Singles produced[edit]

List of singles as either producer or co-producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN UK UK R&B US US R&B/HH US R&B
"Crew Love"
(Drake featuring The Weeknd)
2012 80 37 7 80 9 Take Care
"Wicked Games"
(The Weeknd)
43 152 18 53 13 5 Trilogy
"Twenty Eight"
(The Weeknd)
150 25
"The Zone"
(The Weeknd featuring Drake)
"The Hills"
(The Weeknd)
2015 1 3 1 1 1 1 Beauty Behind the Madness
"My Love"
(Majid Jordan featuring Drake)
Majid Jordan
"Tell Your Friends"
(The Weeknd)
44 74 15 54 19 6 Beauty Behind the Madness
"Something About You"
(Majid Jordan)
Majid Jordan
"In Common"
(Alicia Keys)
2016 89 20 104 42 13 Here
"I Fall Apart"[15]
(Post Malone)
2017 20 19 7 16 9 Stoney
"The Last of the Real Ones"
(Fall Out Boy)
2018 84 123 M A N I A
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Full discography[edit]

List of songs as either producer, co-producer, engineer or mixing, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Album
"Zambony" (Illangelo Remix)

(k-os)

2010 The Anchorman Mixtape
"Night Flight"

"Born To Be"

"Maybe"

"Ice Age"

"La Rude, Lord of the Flies"

"Gold Ribbons"

"Party & Bullshit"

"Gorgeous Flaws"

(The Airplane Boys)

2011 Where You've Been
"High For This"

"What You Need"

"House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls"

"The Morning"

"Wicked Games"

"The Party & The After Party"

"Coming Down"

"Loft Music"

"The Knowing"

(The Weeknd)

House of Balloons
"Trust Issues (The Weeknd Remix)"

(The Weeknd)

Take Care
"Lonely Star"

"Life of the Party"

"Thursday"

"The Zone"

"The Birds (Part 1)"

"The Birds (Part 2)"

"Gone"

"Rolling Stone"

"Heaven or Las Vegas"

(The Weeknd)

Thursday
"Shake It Out" (The Weeknd Remix)

(Florence and the Machine)

Ceremonials
"Marry the Night" (The Weeknd & Illangelo Remix)

(Lady Gaga)

Born This Way: The Remix
"D.D."

"Montreal"

"Outside"

"XO / The Host"

"Initiation"

"Same Old Song"

"The Fall"

"Next"

"Echoes of Silence"

(The Weeknd)

Echoes of Silence
"Crew Love"

(Drake featuring The Weeknd)

2012 Take Care
"Numb"

(The Airplane Boys)

Alignment
"I'd Die"

"Woman"

"Lonely Guy"

"Peace Tonight"

"Colors"

"Mercy Me"

"No Stones"

(TALWST)

Alien Tentacle Sex
"Remember You"

(Wiz Khalifa)

O.N.I.F.C
"High For This"

"What You Need"

"House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls"

"The Morning"

"Wicked Games"

"The Party & The After Party"

"Coming Down"

"Loft Music"

"The Knowing"

"Twenty Eight"

"Lonely Star"

"Life of the Party"

"Thursday"

"The Zone"

"The Birds (Part 1)"

"The Birds (Part 2)"

"Gone"

"Rolling Stone"

"Heaven Or Las Vegas"

"Valerie"

"D.D."

"Montreal"

"Outside"

"XO / The Host"

"Initiation"

"Same Old Song"

"The Fall"

"Next"

"Echoes of Silence"

"Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun)"

(The Weeknd)

Trilogy
"Nomads" (featuring The Weeknd)

(Ricky Hil)

2013 SYLDD (Support Your Local Drug Dealer)
"One Dreamy Hum"

"Crash Landing"

"The Escape"

"Farewell"

"The Haunting"

"War"

"Seven Phases"

"A Strange World"

"Shattered Paradise"

"The Forsaken Ones"

(Illangelo)

History of Man
"Exodus"

"Sexodus"

(M.I.A.)

Matangi
"Time Travel"

(Daley)

2014 Days + Nights
"What The Fuss"

(Illangelo x Rochelle Jordan)

Illangelo x Rochelle Jordan
"Like Lust"

"Ivory"

"5:57"

"Control You"

(MOVEMENT)

MOVEMENT - EP
"Clockwork"

(Illangelo ft. Phlo Finister)

Illangelo ft. Phlo Finister
"Alone"

(Illangelo x Chuck Ellis)

Illangelo x Chuck Ellis
"Losers" (featuring Labrinth)

"Tell Your Friends"

"The Hills"

"Acquainted"

"As You Are"

"Dark Times" (featuring Ed Sheeran)

"Prisoner" (featuring Lana Del Rey)

(The Weeknd)

2015 Beauty Behind the Madness
"Learn From Each Other"

"My Love"

"Something About You"

(Majid Jordan)

2016 Majid Jordan
"In Common"

(Alicia Keys)

Here (Deluxe Version)
"Not Nice"

(PartyNextDoor)

PartyNextDoor 3
"I Fall Apart"

"Hit This Hard"

(Post Malone)

Stoney
"Starlight"

(Emeli Sandé)

2017 Kingdom Coming EP
"Pendulum"

(Katy Perry)

Witness
"The Last of the Real Ones"

(Fall Out Boy)

2018 M A N I A
"Better Alone"

(Lykke Li)

So Sad So Sexy
"Imaginary Friend"

()

Forever Neverland

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Work Category Result
2016 Grammy Awards[16] Beauty Behind the Madness Album of the Year Nominated
Best Urban Contemporary Album Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Weeknd's Profile". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ortiz, Edwin (Sept. 4, 2013). "Interview: Illangelo Talks About "History of Man," Working with The Weeknd & Elijah Blake". Complex. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/18409-illangelo-history-of-man/
  4. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/illangelo-what-the-fuss-feat-rochelle-jordan-new-song.1825596.html
  5. ^ http://illangelo.bandcamp.com/
  6. ^ http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2014/04/listen-to-australian-trio-movements-seductive-new-ep/
  7. ^ http://www.modularpeople.com/news/movement-announce-more-european-shows/28604.html
  8. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16722-like-lust/
  9. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16900-ivory/
  10. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2014/07/watch-illangelos-clockwork-video-f-phlo-finister
  11. ^ https://vimeo.com/98111211
  12. ^ http://www.earmilk.com/2014/07/01/illangelo-speaks-on-clockwork-bromance-records-and-the-revival-of-music-video-interview/
  13. ^ "Youthquaker releases Torrent bundle for three new tracks [Download]". EarMilk.
  14. ^ "PREMIERE: YOUTHQUAKER / "PROJECTIONS"". LadyGunn.
  15. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases". All Access. Archived from the original on October 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "Carlo Montagnese (Illangelo)". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved January 17, 2018.

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