In 1990, Dangenoir (Bellann at this time) with Avon brothers Alain/Martin founded what became one of Montreal’s most popular underground bands: Imaginary Steps. In 1991, they released their successful alternative EP Maybe Tomorrow (including one of Dangenoir composition: The More I Learn). The success of this song led them to play in New York, for the release of a compilation cd intitled Hear No Evil on whitch it appeared. Then, in 1993, they released the critically acclaimed gothrock conceptual EP: What Good Will It Do ? The Songs And The Story. The official CD launch (soldout)concert took place at Le Club Soda,in Montreal. Afterwards Imaginary Steps played more or less 50 shows throughout Canada and shot a video for their famous track: (The Dreamer).
Andrew St-Pierre (drummer) left the band. Soon after, Dangenoir pulled the final curtain on his(Imaginary Steps project).
In 1996, a few months after Dangenoir's father commited suicide, he decided to honnor him by composing in french (for his dad always wanted him to do so)and changed his music style to what he felt, was much closer to his (always evolving) personnal preferences. INSANASOMNIA would become the name of Dangenoir's new music project. He recruited his beloved cousins: Benzébuth(guitar) and Sylenfer (Drums). In 1997 they released their fist album: 2000 ans face au miroir. This record was dedicated to Dangenoir's father. The song: (Dernier premier sommeil), reached the #3 position on CISM-FM and remained in their Top-40 Chart for 10 weeks.(Justice finale) reached the 17th position on CIBL-FM. (2000 ans face au miroir) was proclaimed, album of the week on the great Belgium radio-show: (Planete Indie).
The second album (Asile en orbite) was released in 1998. The songs(Chanson pop, Schopenhauer and Le rêveur)made the top-ten list on several underground and college radio stations.
Dangenoir has an academic background in litterature and philosophy. He wanted to become a teacher, but for our benefit, he instead became a gravedigger and, in-between graves, he took singing lessons and figured out how to play (guitar, bass and piano).
But everything came to a halt in 2000. Dangenoir lost his daytime job, lost his girlfriend and his bandmates. Crushed and desperate, Dangenoir lost his mind !
(TO BE CONTINUED)!
Dangenoir is a true (touche-à-tout) artist. But he doesn't need nor want STARDOM; he simply seeks recognition in order to exist and to gain the right of exposing himself as an artist.
Les Productions Cerl'oeil.