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Josh "Socalled" Dolgin is a pianist, producer, composer, arranger, rapper, singer, journalist, photographer, filmmaker, magician, cartoonist and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. He has lectured and has led master classes in music festivals around the world, from Moscow to Paris, from London to LA, and from Krakow to San Francisco, and has performed on every continent. With 5 solo albums to his name, he has performed all over the world for more than 10 years, and his list of collaborators knows no generational, social, cultural nor religious boundaries. He has played with, featured, recorded and arranged for Gonzales, Fred Wesley, Boban Markovic, the Mighty Sparrow, Lhasa, Roxanne Shante, Irving Fields, Killah Priest, Matisyahu, Theodore Bikel, Enrico Macias, Derrick Carter… Socalled is always busy with projects, so much so that he was the subject of The Socalled Movie, a 2010 feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada. 

In 2003, his collaborative album Hiphopkhasene with British violinist Sophie Solomon won a German Record Critics Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Then, in 2005, he released an EP based on the Passover service, The Socalled Seder, which he produced in his apartment and sold through the mail in a world before the internet, with almost 1000 mail-orders! It was hailed as one of the greatest new Jewish Music records.

He started to work with renowned clarinetist David Krakauer, touring as a special guest with his Klezmer Madness band, which led to an offer from French Jazz label Label Bleu to record his first proper solo album. Featuring about 40 guests from all walks of musical life, Ghettoblaster featured the breakout hits “The Good Old Days” and “You Are Never Alone”.

In 2011, not only did he come back with the 30+–guest heavy Sleepover, but he also wrote and directed The Season, a puppet indie musical fable for the 21st century. The Season's soundtrack was released in 2013. 

Finally, in 2015, he returns with another collection of songs: People Watching, an offering of infectiously fun, passionate and timeless mini-odes for the booty pleasure of all Twenty-Teens, reaffirming the splendor of people watching in an attempt to understand each other and form a collectivity in a festive fullness – and you’re part of it!



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Socalled - Peoplewatching

Socalled is back! The singer-songwriter-producer-rapper-magician returns with a fifth collection of songs: Peoplewatching! People Watching will be available on April 28th on CD and digital, and a vinyl version will also be available soon. ‘Til then, you can listen to the first single "Boyfriend Material" right now, courtesy of Dare To Care Records!

Peoplewatching crossbreeds soul, rigodon, cabaret, jazz-fusion, klezmer and electro with a universal pop core. Continuing a musical mission that began over 10 years ago, People Watching is the work of an older, wiser, more experienced and tonic, at-the-top-of-his-game Socalled. Kicking beats to power stories about booty calls, breakups, the fire next door, a magic forest (a condensed rapped version of his musical The Season!) and Genghis Khan 2.0, which he tells through a keen and spirited filter.

On Peoplewatching, Josh “Socalled” is joined by his "regular" Montreal-based crew of Katie Moore, Patrice Agbokou, JS Williams and Michael Felber. True to his habits, he also invited a cavalcade of superstar musical voices including dancehall legend Josey Wales, James Brown sideman and Parliament-Funkadelic musician Fred Wesley, Quebecois folk-god Yves Lambert, legend-in-the-making Punjabi singer Kamal Chamkila, jazz great Oliver Jones, DJ's Rob Swift and Mista Sinista, and many others. And, for the first time in his 10+ year long career, he goes intimate and solo on a song, in the contemplative and touching piano/voice Hutchison St.

Mining the rich musical past of the Eastern European cultures, Socalled combines voices, rhythms, melodies, cultures, languages, technologies and grooves that translate the euphoria of being part of the mix, part of the gang. Hands in the air, hips against hips, the more smiles the better, all of which you’ll assess at the following release parties, where you’ll be part of the gang too, watching People Watching people: 

05/14/2015, Fairmount Theater, Montreal. Buy here. 
05/08/2015, Le Cercle, Quebec. Buy here.

Socalled - The Season

Socalled's new album The Season is the original cast recording of the musical "The Season" composed by Josh "Socalled" Dolgin. The performance which happened one time at POP Montreal in the fall of 2011 was a puppet-heavy indie musical fable for the 21st century, featuring some of Montreal's finest dancers, musicians, singers, actors and artists including Katie Moore, Yves Lambert, the Narcysist, Joe Cobden & Richy Ly, in an original, genre-bustin', one-night-only production. The story is about a close-knit crew of forest animals as they prepare for winter and the oncoming hunting season and are faced with a new threat: an infestation of aliens from another planet. A forbidden love develops between Bear, a bear, and Tina, a feisty, fiery, helpful little red furry thing from beyond the stars. Will their love survive? Listen to the album which features all the original voices along with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's harpist Jennifer Swartz, the string quartet The Warhol Dervish, drummer Jamie Thompson and bassist Patrice Agbokou. The overture was orchestrated by original JB Fred Wesley and the album was recorded by Grammy award winner Mark Lawson at Arcade Fire's Petite Église studio in Farnham, Quebec. The album artwork was hand painted by Socalled himself, so prepare yourself for a Socalledmusical experience like no other! 

Socalled - U.N.L.V.D.

U.N.L.V.D. - Socalled Featuring Katie Moore, Enrico Macias and C-Rayz Walz (Dolgin, Moore, Macias, Shabazz)

Sleepover - Socalled Featuring Dj Assault and Konsonans Retro. (Dolgin, Diamonds)

From the album "Sleepover" 

Socalled - Sleepover

Few artists can add musician, producer, composer, arranger, filmmaker, photographer, visual artist, and magician to their resume, but Socalled clearly doesn’t subscribe to limits; take his international supporting cast of no less than THIRTY-FOUR contributing musicians on this latest release. Ranging from rap pioneer Roxanne Shante, the beautiful voice of Katie Moore, dynamo musician and producer Chilly Gonzales, king of calypso The Mighty Sparrow, 95 year-old pianist Irving Fields, funk trombone god Fred Wesley, just to name a few.