Singer-songwriter Aliocha was born in Paris in 1993, and still a kid when his family moved to Quebec. Music has been a part of his life for a long time. At the age of 10, he starts singing lessons and later takes up the guitar. He is only sixteen when he pens his first songs, strongly influenced by American and British singer-songwriters Bob Dylan, Eliott Smith, Nick Drake and Scott Matthews. His musical style shifts regularly between folk and 90’s grunge, from rock to Americana.
The year 2012 marks a turning point for the young musician. He meets Jean Leloup, an artist whom he admires immensely. When Jean Leloup hears Aliocha’s music, he immediately takes him under his wing and takes on the role of mentor. In this musical veteran’s studio, with Leloup’s own band Last Assassins, Aliocha records. The demo they create becomes Aliocha’s invitation to sit at the table with the Montreal heavy hitter label Audiogram.
Aliocha has spent the past four years honing his music, spending time in Montréal, Paris and Los Angeles. During this period, he meets French producer Samy Osta (Feu Chatterton, La Femme) whose musical sensibility perfectly suits his songs. They record Sorry Eyes at the Svenska Grammofon Studio in Gothenburg and Question de Son studio in Paris. This, Aliocha’s debut EP, was released September 2nd 2016 by Audiogram and will be released in the fall on 2016, by [PIAS] for Europe.
Aliocha Schneider is not only a musician. In 2007, he initiated his theatre career in Les promesses de l’aube and La vie devant soi, two plays by Romain Gary. He has also acted in various TV and feature films, some of them under the direction of reknowned directors Léa Pool and Robert Morin: Tactik, Les Parents, Ma mère est chez le coiffeur, La dernière fugue, Les 4 soldats.
Recently, he has starred in two feature-length films premiered at TIFF: Closet Monster (best Canadian film award) and Ville Marie, in which he stars opposite Monica Bellucci. Aliocha is among a select group of young actors supported by the TIFF Rising Stars program, which will propel him ever closer toward stardom.