Feist (born Leslie Feist, 13.2.1976)

Feist is a Canadian singer-songwriter and was formerly a member of the band Broken Social Scene.

Childhood: Leslie Feist was born in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Both of her parents were artists but divorced soon after she was born. Leslie, her brother Ben and their mother, moved to Regina, Saskatchewan and lived with her grandparents. Her father was American and she therefore has dual nationality.

As a child, Feist sang in local choirs and when she was 12, she was one of the 1000 dancers performing at the opening ceremony for the Calgary Winter Olympics.

At the age of 15, Feist founded a punk band in Calgary named Placebo (not the European band of the same name). Placebo won a battle of the bands competition and earned a slot at the Infest festival. At the festival, she met Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew. 10 years later, she would form Broken Social Scene with them.

Music Career: In 1996, Feist moved to Toronto and was invited by Noah Mintz to play the bass guitar in his band Noah's Arkweld. Two years later, she started playing guitar in the band By Divine Right, with whom she toured until 2000.

In 1999, Feist became flat-mates with Merrill Nisker, better known as the electro-clash performer Peaches. Feist often performed onstage with Peaches, operating a sock puppet called Bitch Lap Lap. In 2000-2001, the pair stayed with M.I.A. and Justine Frischmann of Elastica whilst they stayed in England. She made an appearance on Peaches' album The Teaches of Peaches, as well as beginning her string of collaborations with Gonzales.

In 1999, Feist released her first solo album. Entitled Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down), the album included the song 'That's What I Say, It's Not What I Mean.' The album was produced by Dan Kurtz, later of the band Dragonette.

In 2001, Feist formed Broken Social Scene with a group of friends. The band recorded the album You Forgot It In People. She also re-recorded the songs from her Red Demos collection, which became her next album, Let It Die. Following the release of the album, Feist moved to Paris and also worked with Norwegian band Kings of Convenience, on their Riot On An Empty Street album. She also duetted with Jane Birkin on 'The Simple Story', from Birkin's album Rendezvous.

In 2006, Feist released an album of collaborations and remix projects, entitled Open Season. Friends working on the album include Gonzales and Jamie Lidell.

Open Season was followed by The Reminder. Her biggest hit to date, the album spawned the popular single '1234'. The song was chosen to soundtrack an iPod advert and became a hit. The album has been certified gold in the USA. Feist performed the song on Sesame Street.

Written by Contactmusic.com

Biography by Contactmusic.com

The Cherrytree 10th anniversary musical celebration

Leslie Feist and Martin Kierszenbaum - The Cherrytree 10th anniversary musical celebration of Ten Incredible Years of Pop Alternative Music at Webster Hall - Arrivals and Inside - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 9th March 2015

Feist and Martin Kierszenbaum

United Nations Equator Prize 2014 - Arrivals

Feist and Leslie Feist - Photos from the 2014 United Nations Equator Prize in which 25 local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities are recognized, held in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 22nd September 2014


The Wait Is Over: Daft Punk Announce Fourth Studio Album, But No Tour

Daft Punk Rob da Bank Chic Feist Chilly Gonzales Animal Collective Panda Bear

Daft Punk are back at last, with their first studio album in eight years due to be released in May 2013. The French electronic dance duo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have signed a new recording deal with the Sony-owned Columbia label, according to The Guardian. This will be the fourth studio album from Daft Punk. Their last, Human After All was released in 2005, though they also created the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy in 2010.

So far, the details of the fourth album are limited but one thing seems to be certain: anyone expecting to see Daft Punk touring in support of the album is likely to be disappointed. There were rumors flying around that they would headline one of the days at Coachella. That proved unfounded, with the Coachella line-up now announced and not including the French dance act. BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank – who also curates Bestival on the Isle of Wight – has revealed that he was told Daft Punk would not be touring in 2013. The last time they played the UK was in 2007, at the Wireless festival.

What is known about Daft Punk’s movements in this lengthy gap between releases is that they have been collaborating with the likes of Chic’s Nile Rogers, Feist collaborator Chilly Gonzales and Animal Collective’s Panda Bear. They’re also said to have been working with the legendary disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, though it’s unclear how much of the material they’ve worked on over the last few years will actually make it onto the 2013 album release. Mystery may shroud this Daft Punk release but word of its arrival is still bug news for Daft Punk fans. The wait is finally over.  

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Picture - Feist , Thursday 11th October 2012

Feist Thursday 11th October 2012 attends the 8th Annual Focus For Change Benefit at Roseland Ballroom


Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Soundtrack Listing Finally Announced

Green Day Passion Pit Ellie Goulding Skrillex St. Vincent Feist Christina Perri Stephenie Meyer James Vincent McMorrow Paul McDonald Nikki Reed Reeve Carney

The tracklisting for Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has finally been announced, via Yahoo and amongst the highlights of this latest instalment are Green Day, Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding. Green Day, obviously are a pretty big coup for the compilers of the soundtrack (Summit Entertainment release the album in collaboration with Chop Shop Records and Atlantic Records) and the band’s bass player Mike Dirnt spoke to Yahoo! about contributing their track ‘The Forgotten’ and said “When we were asked to be part of the 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the 'Twilight' soundtracks are so carefully curated.”

Ellie Goulding’s track will draw attention to the soundtrack too, not only because it’s an exclusive track but because it’s the first track that she’s released, to have been produced by her new boyfriend Skrillex. Following in the vein of slightly kooky female artists, St. Vincent and Feist have both contributed a track; both will undoubtedly make an excellent accompaniment to the dark, moody atmosphere of the Twilight movie.

Coming from a slightly more mainstream angle, Christina Perri returns with ‘A Thousand Years (Part Two)’. Naturally, it’s a follow on from her theme to the first installment of Breaking Dawn and Perri was almost a dead cert to be included on this final musical bow. She’s such a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga that she has the word ‘Bitten’ tattooed on her, in the Twilight font. She told Yahoo! “I am so honored and excited to be involved again in this final film and soundtrack.” She revealed that part two of the track will be different but hasn’t yet said how and the tracks are yet to be released. “It's not the same [as the original]... you'll just have to wait and see how,” she teased.

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Picture - Feist , Sunday 1st April 2012

Feist Sunday 1st April 2012 2012 JUNO Awards at The Scotiabank Place - Show