For this year’s 15th edition in Montreal, Piknic is back with 19 events that wind down on September 24, showcasing local and international DJs.
Festival programming coordinator Patrick Meloche, BA (Eng. lit.) 12, sat down for a quick Q&A about working behind the scenes at Piknic Électronik Montréal, as well as at Piknic’s sister event Igloofest, held at Montreal’s Old Port in January and February.
How did you get involved with Piknic Électronik?
Patrick Meloche: “The summer I graduated from Concordia, I began working for them part-time doing production work onsite. It became evident to the people there that I knew a lot about electronic music, and their programmer was looking for an assistant.
It wasn’t my intention to embark on a career with Piknic but I ended up really liking it, and so here I am.”
You are now the programming coordinator for Piknic Électronik and Igloofest. What does your job entail?
PM: “Primarily I handle the artists’ logistics and I am their main point of contact when they are in Montreal.
My boss is the booker. She and I put together a DJ wish list, and once they are confirmed, I will do the back-and-forth with the agents, handle their transportation, accommodations and needs, to ensure they also have a good time.
I will pick them up at the airport, host them at our events, stay in touch with them during their stay and make sure they are happy.”
From your insider perspective, who brings the energy to the dancefloor — the DJ or the audience?
PM: “I don’t think one or the other is solely responsible, it’s definitely a bit of both. If the crowd is not receptive, there’s not much a DJ can do to punch through that.
The flip side of that is I try to make sure DJs are happy when they are here because that really comes through when they’re at work. The environment contributes to the success for an event, and we’re really lucky at Piknic and Igloofest that our audiences come for the full experience.”