About

Biography

Socalled is a pianist, producer, composer, arranger, rapper, singer, journalist, photographer, filmmaker, magician, cartoonist and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. The subject of “The Socalled Movie”, a feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada, he has been making records and touring the world for over a decade.

He has lectured and led master classes in music festivals around the world, from Moscow to Paris, London to LA, Krakow to San Francisco, and has performed on every continent in the world. As a producer, Socalled has created, amongst others, “Bubbemeises”for David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness, “Tweet Tweet”, for klezmerfunk supergroup “Abraham Inc” featuring Fred Wesley, and Enrico Macias’ latest album “La Voyage d’une Melodie”. His list of collaborators knows no generational, social, cultural or religious boundaries: he has played with, featured, recorded and arranged for Chilly Gonzales, Fred Wesley, Boban Markovic, the Mighty Sparrow, Roxanne Shante, Irving Fields, Killah Priest, Matisyahu, Theodore Bikel, Katie Moore, Enrico Macias and Derrick Carter…
After several solo albums including, The Socalled Seder and 2007’s “Ghettoblaster”, which featured the breakout hits, “The Good Old Days” and “You Are Never Alone”, it is time for “Sleepover”. “Sleepover” featuring over 30 incredible guests, is the further articulation of a mission to cross boundaries, to mix old and new sounds, acoustic and electric instruments, digital and analog recording techniques, while exploring different cultures and styles, all in the service of creating something catchy, smart, hilarious, emotional and timeless.

Discography

Sleepover

1. UNLVD
2. Work With What You Got
3. Springhill Mine Disaster
4. Richi
5. Beautiful
6. Told Me So
7. Kid Again
8. No More Snow
9. Silent Treatment
10. Sleepover
11. Richi (Irving Fields Remix)
12. Richi (Derrick Carter Remix)

Ghettoblaster

1. Ghettoblaster Intro
2. (These Are The) Good Old Days
3. Let’s Get Wet
4. You are never alone
5. Slaughter on 10th Avenue
6. Ich Bin a Border by Mayn Vayb
7. (Rock the) Belz
8. Rece Cica
9. Slaughter Interlude
10. Heart Attack Feeling
11. Baleboste
12. Bikel Family Nign
13. Let’s Get Wet (Louder Remix)

The Socalled Seder

1. Pesach Zeit
2. 1st Cup
3. Four Questions
4. L.M.P.G.
5. The 10 Plagues
6. Dayenu
7. 2nd Cup: Bless the Wine
8. Who Knows One?
9. 3rd Cup: Yahu
10. To the Red Sea Interlude
11. The Mirian Drum Song (Chad Gadya)
12. Passout for Passover

Solomon & Socalled

1. Introduction

2. Dobriden

3. Badd-Khones

4. Freylekhs Far de Kale

5. alt. shul Kale Bazetsn

6. Electro Taxim

7. 7 Blessings

8. Freylekhs fun der khupe: pelt me with rice

9. Hassidish

10. Gasn Nign

11. Zay Gezunt

12. Hiphopkele

13. Dobriden “Yardstyle for the Mekhutonim”

14. The First Time: “Pleasure of S” Smadj remix

15: Headphoines

 

Voyage d’une mélodie


1. Tu N’Es Pas Seul Au Monde
2. Snitra ( En Duo Avec Idir ).
3. Lehaim Encore Un Verre ( Shprayz Ichmir Version Française )
4. Adio Kerida
5. De Loin ( Tzores )
6. La Nuit
7. Yalali
8. Les Séfarades
9. Mi Corason
10. Taht’ El Fil Yasmin / Lighrou Meni.
11. Paris Tu M’As Pris Dans Tes Bras ( Yiddish Version – En Duo Avec Théodore Bikel ).
12. Ne Dis Pas ( Hirsh Glick Adaptation Française Claude Zuffrieden ).
13. Shalom Aleikhem ( Duo Avec Daniel Levi ).
14. Sprayz Ichmir ( Noch Ein Glasses )

Tweet Tweet

01. Tweet-Tweet
02. Moskowitz Remix
03. It’s Not the Same (Figure It Out)
04. The H Tune (Hava Nagila)
05. Trombonic
06. Push
07. Baleboste: A Beautiful Picture
08. Fred The Tzadik
09. Abe Inc Techno Mix

David Krakauer: clarinet
Fred Wesley: trombone
Socalled: sampler, piano organ, vocals