Étienne Dupuis-Cloutier has an impressive track record. Producer on Fanny Bloom’s Pan and Apprentie guerrière albums, La Patère rose’s Waikiki, Alice’s Climbing Away, co-Producer of the self-titled Dumas album, as well as, the EP La démesure d’une 32a by Ariane Moffatt, the young Producer, composer was awarded the ADISQ prize for “Alternative Album of the Year” in 2012 (Apprentie guerrière, Fanny Bloom). He was also nominated in 2015 for “Producer of the Year”, and “Songwriter of the Year” at l’ADISQ for Fanny Bloom’s Pan album.
Étienne always had a soft-spot for drums and piano. He spent his youth playing and developing his own sound, programming and creating both drums and synth beats – bringing his personal sound design and touch to his collaborations with various artists. With such talent and ease, we can hear his song writing skills on several artists’ singles such as “Soleil” by Eli Rose (francophone top 5), for which he is a co-writer, Producer and musician, as well as, for the singles “Piscine” (francophone top 5), and “Danse” (francophone top 30) from Fanny Bloom; “Ne me dis pas” by Dumas, and “Comme les autres”, by Laurence Nerbonne, and Jason Bajada.
Moving from drums to keyboards as a touring musician with Ariane Moffatt, Dumas, as well as, Coeur de Pirate, and many others, Étienne was also Music Director for Fanny Bloom’s Apprentie guerrière tour, and for the theatre play La démesure d’une 32a at Espace Go. In addition to being a songwriter, musical director and producer for many Quebec bands, he collaborates with various advertising agencies – developing various musical projects (Body Language – Canal D, Sortez vos verres, SAQ – TVA).
Étienne has long ago mastered the art of subtle soundscapes and textured rhythms. In his body of work, we can expect a warm and enveloping sound, flirting between urban pop and electro, paving the way for freshness and a little je-ne-sais-quoi.
Through his writing and composition mandates, Étienne continues to expand his creations with D R M S, the alias under which he brings to life unforgettable and alluring songs, with the help of amazing singers. His latest single “O.K.”, co-written with Eli Rose and Mike Clay, is currently very popular on Spotify.