Q&A | Video Director Xavier Cantin-Lemieux From La Maison Bald Man Is A Visionary

Q&A | Video Director Xavier Cantin-Lemieux From La Maison Bald Man Is A Visionary

Filed under: 
On Our Radar

If you live in Montreal, you've probably watched at least one music video from La Maison Bald Man

Xavier Cantin-Lemieux is a young visionary from Montreal who is best known today as a music video director for many young emerging talents. We've covered many of his videos on the site for acts such as Grandbuda, FullCourse, Hanorah, Casey Burns and Uzuazo jus tto name a few.  

We asked if he was down to do a lil' Q&A and he delivered. Scroll through below and get to know him a bit better.

How would you describe your work in under 140 characters?

There is still a lot to be accomplished to define my “work”, but I’m obsessed with 80’s imagery, neon lighting, old school cars and incoherent clothing style. 

What was the last music video you watched?

I watch a lot of music videos to get as much inspiration as I can. But I think the last one I checked was “Get You” by Daniel Caesar. It’s a masterpiece with a really simple concept. The cinematography is really raw and intimate. It’s a beautiful visual experience. I don't wanna tell you what to do, but go watch it now.

What was the first video you made and how has it shaped the way you go about your process nowadays? 

I've been making video since I was like 5. I was obsessed with old horror b-movies that my mother didn’t want me to watch. I was shooting alien invasion flicks (with aluminum pie plates as saucers) and weird Friday the 13th lookalikes in the woods with my friends on VHS, doing the editing directly in the camera. I basically never stopped shooting and I was eventually able to make a living out of it

Do you have anyone you look up to in the music video world? 

Yes, a whole lot of people. Production companies like BRTHR who made the music video for “In the Night” by The Weeknd, or CANADA who produced the video for “The Less I Know The Better” by Tame Impala. I also really get inspired by what Montreal directors are doing. People like Jodeb, Romain F. Dubois and Baz to name a few. I don’t even know these guys personally but they are a true inspiration for me.

Inspiration could come from a lot of different places. Are there any recent non-music video related pieces that speak to you?

I watch tons of films, then I like building mood boards from screenshots to plan my composition and cinematography. My biggest inspirations are old 80’s and 90’s Hong Kong action films, featuring impossible shootouts under green and red neon lit streets, over the shoulder shots and that beautifully raw 35mm film look.

If you could pick a gif that speaks to you, or inspires you in any way, what would it be? 

Canada has got some amazing musical acts to choose from. Do you feel as though the local scene has given you the chance to be yourself when making videos? 

The local scene here is just amazing. There is so much talent in Montreal that I’m starting to give my business card to strangers in the street cause you never know. But seriously, all my clients trusted my vision and challenged me to go further. As I strive to make videos that live up to their talent, it gives me the opportunity to get better and better with each new project. Working with such talented individuals gave me the means to develop my production company La Maison Bald Man. Since then, everything as been exponential since it’s a huge team effort. At first it was only me and my all time partner Catherine Ducharme, doing literally everything with no money at all. Now we’re expanding and pushing our creative vision further.

If you could pick any current musical act to work with, who would it be? and why?

Every single weird eastern Europe techno-rap (or whatever) acts such as Tommy Cash and Little Big. I’d also like to work with Tinashe, because who wouldn’t. 

Do you have a go-to website, blog, tumblr or subreddit ? 

Anything from Nowness and I-D. But also Hotnewhiphop.com to try and keep up with them Gucci Mane mixtapes every week. 

What can we expect from you in the near future?

I’m constantly evolving and learning from the great. As I said earlier, founding my production house La Maison Bald Man with my partners has given me more tools to accomplish my goals. It’s a blessing to have a whole team working together to get there as well. We are currently working on an interview based web-series with 2 episodes already out, as well as developing a clothing line. All the while, continuing producing music videos like crazy (I don’t sleep anymore please help). We recently won our first MuchFact award grant, so expect something big in the next few months.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @maisonbaldman for updates!

# Main photo courtesy of La Maison Bald Man

Share this article

Comments

Content Stream

If you're not aware yet, summer is here, and JT Soul is back with a fire track. Even if you still don't know who JT Soul is, his new dancehall anthem "LOUD" should be on your "day off and drinking" playlist. This in-house production by ODDIO's star pupil is the furthest he's strayed from his usual...
CRi quickly made his mark on the Montreal electronic scene by offering a singular sound influenced by house synths, syncopated snares and a futuristic bassline. Self-taught, the artist managed to make a name for himself. We even featured him during his beginnings on our Podcast series, not knowing...
You might have heard of Maky Lavender if you're from Montreal. If not, this is your chance to discover the multi-talented character in all his glory. Born in Montreal, Maky Lavender discovered his interest in music through dancing first and foremost. His experience putting together vlogs has gotten...
Ocean Potion. That’s the name of this band. Mike O’Brien and Jason Haberman began to write and record together following a joyous tour with our respective bands, Zeus and Yukon Blonde. They really bonded one night on the road when Mike and his bandmates jammed carrot sticks and cauliflower chunks...
We're swooning over laye , this new urban pop artist that just popped on our radar. The Montreal-born singer/songwriter is a force. An old-soul with future quality, she gives off an aura that is desirable, mysterious and provoking. Her talent lies within the lyrics, as a writer, she lays down words...
Canadian based duo Garçons just got on our radar. Composed of Deelo and Julian Strangelove , the duo is a force to be reckoned with. They both work great together, complimenting each other through Julian's soulful productions inspired by Reggaeton, offering the perfect vehicle for Deelo 's vocals...
Canadian R&B and Urban Pop artist, Kevin Edworthy, musically known as KVNE , just dropped his first single "Make Me Better" The artist’s new single pairs his soulful lyrics with intricate R&B melodies, accompanied by the sounds of classic 808 trap. The single is his most fan relatable piece...
Kalyna Rakel has a mind, voice, and vision all her own. While many up-and-coming artists could be tempted to jump at a record deal offer, the Canadian singer/songwriter did the opposite, walking away from one and returning to basics, like teaching herself guitar and busking busy streets. Her early...
This vibe is sick. Ragers just recently dropped their Raw Footage EP and we just can't get enough. The current track we have on rotation is "Medicine" featuring none other than Lou Phelps. A breezy tune that is seamless with the rest of the EP and just oozing good vibes all around. Raw Footage...
Montreal-based apparel brand OFFICIEL just launched the lookbook for their latest collection. Shot by MANNY , the lookbook features both female and male looks in an urban setting surrounding a basketball court. The collection features their signature logo-branded jackets, windbreakers and shorts/...
Cadence Weapon shares the stunning video for his single, "High Rise" . The audiovisual essay explores timely topics and speaks truth to the current climate of gentrification, urban spaces and the evolution of metropolitan life. Filmed in Toronto’s downtown core, the video was directed by Lester...
We've had Morpheus' Arms on our radar for quite some time now. Ever since we layed eyes and ears on this trio hailing from Rimouski and now based out of Quebec City, we've been excited to see them grown from boys just having a good time, to taking their music more seriously. Composed of Max​ ​Ruest...