Tanuki is the common Japanese name for the Japanese raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus). They have been part of Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shape shifting.
The Tanuki Project is an electro-rock-visual band that originated in Montreal, Quebec in 2007. Founded by Nady (vox) and Legyl (machines, bass), the group also includes David Duclos (drums), VJ BlindMan and video director Etienne Tallard.
The Tanuki Projects sound is a fusion of addictive dance-floor rhythms and down tempo trip-hop beats. The result is an often moody and visceral experience for the listener. Their debut album Playground for Everyone is now available digitally on iTunes worldwide and will be officially released as a physical deluxe version in 2010 (Tacca Musique / Aquarius Records). Songs off the album were also featured in Browns shoes Celebrities for Charity videos, as well as Spring shoe companys web ads in 2009- 2010.
All the ingredients are gathered to spice up the indie electronic scene. Simple and yet efficient rhythms, cleverly crafted sounds, transcendent atmospheres and a seducing voice... it reaches the target, almost totally nails it! To fully reach the depths of their music, you have to check the visual art which is an essential aspect of the band's identity, Magazine Longueur d'ondes, October 2009.
Tanuki developed out of Nady and Legyls 1997 collaborations while still in their native France. Both grew up to Europes electronic scene burst, and it was the Trip-hop movement that especially fascinated them, finding inspiration through acts such as Portishead, Massive Attack, Bjork, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Tricky. Nady and Legyl developed on a few acts together before creating Tanuki, starting with the composition of an electro rock Opera in 2000 Eolia Urbasys, inspired by Fritz Langs Metropolis. As they progressively built on their talent, their second project N.I.U.T, gained success by winning both the Musikaktuel and Ultrasons music contests in 2001 and performing in over more than 30 concerts, festivals and openings throughout the south of France.
In 2008,The Tanuki Project officially formed in Montreal with the addition of good friend and drummer David Duclos, Blind Man and art director Etienne Tallard, all of whom bring a creative visual projection to the live mix. In the same year, The Tanuki Project also started to compose their first album and produced their first video-clip. Nadys vocals, Legyls addictive beats and Davids drums are woven through their video projections, resulting in a well crafted visual and sound experience currently making a distinctive mark on the Montreal indie - electronic scene.
Their live show is entitled: Naturalogic and can best be described as a mix of electronic music beats and hypnotic, almost other worldly projections. A surrounding audio and visual experience that transports audiences into the realm of the senses, this band must be experienced live to truly understand and feel the artistic and magical atmosphere they create.