Jean-Philippe Goncalves

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Jean-Phi Goncalves
Birth name Jean-Philippe Goncalves
Born c. 1978
Angoulême, France
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Indietronica, trip hop
Occupation(s) percussionist, composer, producer
Instruments drums, multi-effects devices, electronic instrumentation/programming
Associated acts Afrodizz
Le Golden

Jean-Philippe "Jean-Phi" Goncalves (born c. 1978, Angoulême, France[1]) is a percussionist and record producer based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

An active member of Montreal's electronic music scene, Goncalves provides percussion for the bands Afrodizz, Plaster, Le Golden and Beast. As a producer he has worked with many French-speaking Quebecer musicians and in 2005 he collaborated with American recording artist Lauryn Hill.[2][3][4]

The musician was particularly busy at the 2005 Festival de Musique Émergente (FME)—an annual new music festival held in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. During the festival he performed on 3 consecutive days for Afrodizz, Plaster and Dan Thouin respectively, causing one reporter to christen him "the star of the FME".[5]


Main article: Plaster (band)

Plaster was formed in 2001 by Goncalves and keyboardist Alex McMahon; a year later they were joined by bassist François Plante, also of Afrodizz.[2][6] The trio's sound has been described as a mixture of electro-jazz, funk, and drum and bass.[7]

Their first album, First Aid Kit, was released in 2005 and won the ADISQ award for Best Electronic or Techo Album in 2006.[6][8]

In late 2010, after taking a temporary hiatus from his work with the band Beast, he stated that he would be rejoining the band Plaster.[9][10]


Main article: Afrodizz

Afrodizz is an eight-member afrobeat/afrofunk band from Montreal. Their music, a modern mix of afrobeat, jazz and funk, with a touch of trance, has been compared to that of The Herbaliser.[11] Formed in 2002 by Montreal jazz guitarist, Gabriel Aldama, Goncalves has been the band's drummer since its inception.[4]

The band has released two albums: Kif Kif in 2004, and Froots in 2006. According to a disclaimer on band's official website, Afrodizz is currently on hiatus while the band works on its next album.


Main article: Beast (Canadian band)

Goncalves first began working with vocalist Betty Bonifassi in 2006 on a project for the video game company Ubisoft in 2006.[1][12] Like Goncalves, Betty Bonifassi was originally from France and had been an active member of the Montreal music scene for many years.[1] The results of their recording sessions eventually evolved into Beast's aggressive trip rock sound.

The duo's experiments also led to another first for Goncalves, who wound up contributing some of his own vocals to Beast's debut album: "It was the first time I ever had a mic in front of my face", he said in an interview for CBC Radio 3. His vocal tracks were recorded with the intention of replacing them later in production, but Bonifassi insisted that they remain on the album.[4]

At the end of 2010, citing lagging album sales, the tiresome effects of touring, and familial commitments (Bonifassi's son was 9 years old at the time of the split), the band-mates said they would be working separately on their own local projects in the coming year.[9][10] Goncalves stated in an interview that the split was not due to any sort of quarrel between himself and Bonifassi.[9] He also stated that he would be returning to the Montreal-based electro-jazz band Plaster.[9][10]

Le Golden[edit]

Originally formed in 2007 under the name Jedi Electro, Le Golden is yet another band of which Goncalves is a member. Le Golden's other members include Alex McMahon (also of Plaster), Jean-François Lemieux, Martin Lizotte and Dan Thouin.[13][14][15]

Other projects[edit]

Goncalves has worked as a producer for many French-speaking Quebecer musicians, including Pierre Lapointe, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Ariane Moffatt and Daniel Bélanger.[2][3][4]

In 2005 he and fellow Plaster band-mates Alex McMahon and François Plante collaborated with Lauryn Hill.[2][3][4] In 2011 Goncalves and McMahon also composed an original electronic score for the Cirque Éloize production titled Cirque Éloize iD.[16][17] Later that same year Goncalves and his Plaster bandmates founded XS, a company specializing in composing music for use in film, advertising and multimedia projects.[18] One of the company's first projects included creating sound effects and theme music for the grameshow Le tricheur (the cheater) which premiered on the Canadian French language television network TVA in January 2011.[18]


  1. ^ a b c Sasseville, Andreanne. "Beast", Urban Male Magazine, 2008 Retrieved Nov 5, 2008 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "UMM" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b c d Dunlevy, T'Cha, "Plaster on the fast track", Montreal Gazette, page D5, Dec 22, 2005
  3. ^ a b c Charpentier, Lorraine. “Bêtes de scène >> Montreal’s Beast pairs a famous singer with a beatsmith to the stars”, Montreal Mirror, Mar 13 - Mar 19, 2008, Vol. 23 No. 38 Retrieved Nov 5, 2008
  4. ^ a b c d e Beast's bio by CBC Radio 3 Retrieved Nov 8, 2008 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CBC3" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ Robillard Laveaux, Olivier. "Retour FME", Voir, Sep 8, 2005(French text) Retrieved Nov 8, 2008
  6. ^ a b Plaster's official website Retrieved Nov 9, 2008
  7. ^ Lamarche, Bernard. "Un Plaster à la bonne place", Le Devoir, Nov 4, 2005 (French text) Retrieved Nov 8, 2008
  8. ^ List of 2006 ADISQ Award nominees and winners (French text) Retrieved Nov 9, 2008
  9. ^ a b c d Coudé-Lord, Michelle. "Beast prend une pause de plusieurs mois",, Nov 24, 2010 (French text) Retrieved May 6, 2011
  10. ^ a b c Léveillée, Antoine. "À la prochaine, si Dieu le veut", Voir, Dec 9, 2010 (French text) Retrieved May 6, 2011
  11. ^ Robillard Laveaux, Olivier. "Prise deux", Voir, Jun 22, 2006(French text) Retrieved Nov 8, 2008
  12. ^ Leijon, Erik. “Beast Emerge From The Champion Camp”, CHARTattack, Apr 9, 2008 Retrieved Nov 5, 2008
  13. ^ "Montreal's Best Bet: MUTEK", Dose, Jun 4, 2010 Retrieved Jun 17, 2010
  14. ^ Le Golden's bio on their official website (French text) Retrieved Jun 17, 2010
  15. ^ Le Golden's bio on the MUTEK festival website Retrieved Jun 17, 2010
  16. ^ "'Cirque Eloize' performs on ABC 7", WLS Chicago News, April 25, 2011 Retrieved May 6, 2011
  17. ^ Valdez, Eloise Marie. "Cirque Eloize brings excitement, energy to Cadillac Palace Theatre", The Times of Northwest Indiana, Apr 22, 2011 Retrieved May 6, 2011
  18. ^ a b Côté, Émilie, "Jean-Phi Goncalves, musicien sur commande", La Presse, Nov 29, 2011 (French text) Retrieved Mar 24, 2012