Present within Montreal’s music scene for over 15 years already, Maxime Morin, better known as DJ Champion, has been making waves ever since the release of his first album, Chill 'Em All (Saboteur Musique), released in 2004, for which he won Electro-Techno Album of the Year at the 2005 ADISQ Gala and received a nomination at the 2006 Juno Awards for Best Dance Recording. Joined on stage by his flamboyant G-Strings, the musician and "conductor" took part in numerous festivals and events of international scale in the last few years, multiplying memorable performances all the while accumulating honours, such as a Félix award for Concert of the Year at the 2006 ADISQ.
Resistance (Saboteur Musique – 2009), the highly anticipated follow-up to Chill 'Em All, revealed a more serious and bold DJ Champion in his genetic crosses, as noted by Nightlife Magazine's Olivier Lalande. Aware of the challenges of re-creating the energy of his live performances, he chose to incorporate elements of rock into his music. This second record saw DJ Champion pen most of the lyrics for the very first time. A strong album built around dense sonorities amplified by uplifting musical compositions, Resistance is the artist’s inner struggle to avoid venturing down the same creative path.
Moreover, this album gave him the opportunity to head out on two pan-Canadian tours and to play at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Following his concert at the 2011 Festival d’été de Québec, he received the prestigiousMiroir award for Urban and Contemporary Music. DJ Champion now dives into symphonic orchestras' sonic universe, without ever abandoning electro elements and electric guitars.
In 2013, carried by the success of Alive Again, Maxime Morin returned as Champion with a brand new project titled °1, an electro-lounge-orchestral record. For the first time, DJ Champion brought together many collaborators. In addition to his loyal G-Strings and vocalist Pilou, we can hear the exuberant Fab from Random Recipe, string quartet Mommies on the Run, and trombone player and arranger Jean-Nicolas Trottier.
Champion returns in full force in 2016 with his fourth album, Best Seller, due out in the spring. The first single, Life is Good, a hymn to life and love, reminds us of Champion during his early years.