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Jason Charles Beck (born 20 March 1972), professionally known as Chilly Gonzales or just Gonzales, is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and producer. Currently based in Paris, France, he previously lived for several years in Cologne and Berlin. Gonzales’ career spans numerous genres. He is known for his rap albums, his collaborations with pop musician Feist and rapper Drake, his albums of classical piano compositions (including the Solo Piano trilogy), and for his collaborations with electronic musicians Daft Punk and Boys Noize, the latter of whom he also produces under the moniker Octave Minds.

In 2022, he and Plastikman released a piano rework of the latter’s 1998 minimal techno classic album Consumed in collaboration with Canadian musician Tiga, titled “Consumed in Key”.

Gonzales broadcasts a web series Pop Music Masterclass on WDR, the documentary Classical Connections on BBC Radio 1, The History of Music on Arte, and Music’s Cool with Chilly Gonzales on Apple Music’s Beats1 radio show. He has written several newspaper and magazine opinion pieces in The Guardian, Vice, Billboard, and others. He is the younger brother of film composer Christophe Beck. Gonzales won a Grammy Award for his work on Daft Punk’s 2013 studio album Random Access Memories.

Chilly Gonzales is as well renowned for his intimate approach to the piano through the trilogy of albums ‘Solo Piano’ as for his undeniable talents as a showman. Dressed in a bathrobe, with Charentaise shoes on his feet, he filled philharmonies all over the world; in the space of an evening, he can give a moving piano recital, dissect the workings of a Billie Eilish hit and amaze the audience with his rapological dexterity. He writes and performs songs with internationally renowned artists such as Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake, and won a Grammy in 2014 for his collaboration on Daft Punk’s Best Album of the Year.

His book ‘(Non) Guilty Pleasures’, on the question of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ taste in artistic fields, was critically acclaimed when it was published in several languages ​​in 2020. In the process, Gonzo recorded a Christmas album that became an instant classic of the genre, A Very Chilly Christmas. Since his song ‘Smothered Mate’ (from the album ‘Ivory Tower’) was chosen as the soundtrack to victories for the Blues, he has gradually moved closer to France, until returning to settle in Paris . While waiting to take his seat at the French Academy, Gonzo drinks in Camembert and French literature and releases, in 2023, his first album entirely written and composed in the language of Molière: ‘FRENCH KISS’.

Chilly Gonzales est aussi bien réputé pour son approche intimiste du piano à travers la trilogie d’albums “Solo Piano” que pour ses talents incontestables de showman. Vêtu d’un peignoir, charentaises aux pieds, il remplit les philharmonies du monde entier ; en l’espace d’une soirée, il peut donner un récital de piano émouvant, disséquer les rouages d’un tube de Billie Eilish tout comme ébahir l’audience de sa dextérité rapologique. Il écrit et interprète des chansons avec des artistes de renommée internationale tels que Jarvis Cocker, Feist ou Drake, et a remporté un Grammy en 2014 pour sa collaboration au Meilleur Album de l’année de Daft Punk. Son livre “Plaisirs (non) coupables”, sur la question du « bon » ou « mauvais » goût dans les domaines artistiques, a été acclamé par la critique lors de sa publication en plusieurs langues en 2020. Dans la foulée, Gonzo a enregistré un album de Noël devenu un classique instantané du genre, A Very Chilly Christmas. Depuis que son morceau “Smothered Mate” (tiré de l’album “Ivory Tower”) a été choisi comme B.O. de victoires des Bleus, il s’est peu à peu rapproché de la France, jusqu’à revenir s’installer à Paris. En attendant de prendre son fauteuil à l’Académie française, Gonzo s’abreuve de camembert et de littérature française et sort, en 2023, son premier album entièrement écrit et composé dans la langue de Molière : “FRENCH KISS”.

Discography

Let's Groove Again – Single, 1999 (under the name "Gonzales")
O.P. Original Prankster – (EP), 1999 (under the name "Gonzales")
Gonzales Über Alles – Kitty-Yo, 2000 (under the name "Gonzales")
The Entertainist – Kitty-Yo, 2000
Presidential Suite – Kitty-Yo, 2002 (under the name "Gonzales")
Z – Kitty-Yo, 2003 (under the name "Gonzales")
Daft Punk – "Too Long" from Daft Club (2003)
Solo Piano – No Format!, 2004 (under the name "Gonzales")
Soft Power – Mercury/Universal, 2008 (under the name "Gonzales")
Le Guinness World Record 'The Works', 2009
Ivory Tower – Gentle Threat, 2010
The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales – Gentle Threat, 2011
Solo Piano II – Gentle Threat, 2012
Daft Punk – "Give Life Back to Music" and "Within" from Random Access Memories – 2013
Octave Minds (Chilly Gonzales and Boys Noize) – 2014
Chambers – Gentle Threat, 2015
Room 29 (Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker) – 2017
Live at Massey Hall – Gentle Threat, 2018
Other People's Pieces – Gentle Threat, 2018
Solo Piano III – Gentle Threat, 2018
A Very Chilly Christmas[30] – 2020
Consumed in Key (Plastikman & Chilly Gonzales) – 2022
He Thinks That I'm An Angel (Goldie Boutilier & Chilly Gonzales) from Cowboy Gangster Politician EP - 2022
Daft Punk - "GLBTM (Studio Outtakes)" from Random Access Memories (10th Anniversary Edition) - 2023
French Kiss - Gentle Threat, 2023