Moritz von Oswald & Tikiman
Paul St. Hilaire is a reggae vocalist from the island of Dominica in the Caribbean. Since mid of the 1990’s he lives in Berlin. Paul St. Hilaire is also known as Tikiman. In Berlin, Paul St. Hilaire quickly advanced to a highly demanded artist in the international Dub and electronic music scene. He became well known by concerts worldwide and collaborations with numerous producers of various type of music. He worked with musicians like Moritz von Oswald, Mark Ernestus, Stereotyp and Jean-Marie Aerts, just to mention a few. St. Hilaire performs regularly in different formations at top venues and festivals, from Roskilde to Chiemsee Reggae Summer to Sonar. He is giving concerts with Scion (from Chain Reaction), The Bug, Deadbeat and Rhythm & Sound in Europe, the US, Canada, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China.
A narrow relationship links Paul St. Hilaire to Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, the founders of worldwide reknown cult lables like Rhythm & Sound, Basic Channel, and Chain Reaction. Their famous minimalistic soundscapes and St. Hilaire’s flowing roots-reggae vocals melt to a fascinating futuristic aesthetic in more than a dozen of R&S singles.
In 2000, Paul St. Hilaire sets up his own lable False Tuned within the sublable family of Basic Channel. With his own releases (latest album ADSOM, 2006) the artist “as composer, singer, instrumentalist, and producer” proves how profound and relaxed and at the same time vigorous and vibrant electronic roots reggae can sound. Digital and analog instruments, song and track, singing and DJ’ing, roots and Futurism merge in his productions.
There are important binding forces of all the divers activities of Paul St. Hilaire. At first place it is his sublime singing, which always leaves space for the listener’s own associations. And like reggae greats Burning Spear or Horace Andy before him, St. Hilaire always directs a pulse of spiritual light through the unity of his voice and production. Eventually it is this tightrope walk between modernity and tradition, which he masters so organically: From the trenches, St. Hilaire harvests hypermodern reggae from ancient seeds.