Stefie Shock, whose real name is Stéphan Caron, is a Quebecois singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ. He has released six albums since 2000, with the next one expected in 2019. While he is much celebrated for his talent as a songwriter, he is also an accomplished performer who delivers wildly energetic concerts that are always a great success with audiences.
He was born on March 9, 1969 in Montréal, and started his musical career on drums—his favourite instrument—at the age of 13. He also developed an interest in DJing along the way, collecting top singles and remixing them using makeshift tools. He started writing lyrics and singing at the age of 20, again as best he could.
As he had never written lyrics, never thought of singing, and never really played the guitar, his first efforts were modest. All the same, he recorded a song the following year and it aired on a few local radio stations. As funds allowed, he acquired the equipment needed to create his own music and ended up recording a self-produced demo album, which he launched at a nightclub where he had been working for several years. Gradually, producers took notice of him and he signed a record deal, going to London in 1999 to record his first real album with French producer Dimitri Tikovoï. Presque rien was released on April 11, 2000, and critics praised him as an original and innovative artist. His first tour confirmed he was a brilliant stage performer, and he was awarded the Wallonie-Bruxelles (now the Rapsat-Lelièvre) and Félix-Leclerc awards in 2002.
In 2003, Shock released Le Décor, which quickly went gold; he took this opportunity to sign with Warner Music France. With sales nearing platinum status, multiple singles on the radio, including “L’amour dans le désert” and “Un homme à la mer,” and a 100-venue tour to his credit, he stormed the 2004 ADISQ awards night with eight nominations, the peak for that year. He left with the Félix award for pop-rock album of the year.
In 2006, his album Les Vendredis gave Stefie Shock two number-one hits in a row on the BDS Québec charts: “Ange gardien” and “Pixels flous.” Major issues with his contract overshadowed the promotion of his album and led to the 2009 release of Tubes, remixes et prémonitions, a compilation of hits and remixes created by Shock himself.
In spring 2011, Shock released La mécanique de l'amour, on which he played almost all of the instruments, and produced it in partnership with the ever-reliable Mathieu Dandurand, who had been working with him since the Presque Rien tour. On the strength of its first single, “Un jour sur deux,” which was the most-played song on Radio-Canada in 2011 and won a SOCAN award for its worldwide success, the album was once again lauded by critics.
In October 2014, Shock released Avant l'aube, a collection of well-paced songs with more of the powerful, introspective lyrics he’s known for. He even indulged himself and covered songs by Leonard Cohen and Alain Bashung. And like all of his other covers, he managed to make them his own and give them a whole new sound.
In 2016, Douze belles dans la peau—an album of Serge Gainsbourg cover songs to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the French songwriter’s death—was released. In keeping with Gainsbourg’s love for words and female vocals, Shock sang fresh-sounding duets with 12 singers and actresses in his usual, and unique, style. He spent the rest of the year touring after the release of the album.
In summer 2017, Shock released the radio clip “Freak d’amour,” which claimed a respectable position on the charts.
In summer 2018, he decided to release a new album, having suddenly realized that he had enough songs for one. As a result, fall 2018 was spent in the studio producing the new work alongside Mathieu Dandurand.