Born in 1995, L.Teez is a Montreal author and performer whose childhood was immersed in music. L.Teez’s formal training began at FACE, a fine arts school where he studied trombone and trumpet, subsequently devoting himself to singing and launching into rap when he was fourteen.
Coming from rich musical cultures, a French-Canadian father of Algerian Kabyle descent and a Jamaican-Chinese mother; his music and insightful lyrics reflect his distinct identity and unique worldview. Growing up he was strongly influenced by Hip-Hop during his adolescent years. His passion for music subsequently led him to develop a strong appreciation for the classical Jazz masters from which he finds inspiration as well. His formative school years and early musical influences led him to composing, a pursuit he found for coping with ups and downs of family and personal circumstances.
In 2012, with the emergence of “new school” Hip-Hop, he began his foray into song writing. Creating texts that are authentic and deeply personal, his lyrics speak to his vision and experiences in the world around him. As his style took shape, L. Teez establishes himself in the underground music circuit taking the spotlight at venues like Park and CFC Club. He soon discovers his love and passion for the stage.
His early breakout performances included the Divan Orange in 2013 then at the MEG Festival. In 2016 he collaborated with Canadian producers Hug Signori and Jay Century (Kallitechnis, Nate Husser) on his original titles. Later, he travelled to France to perform at the Tartine Festival in Chambéry, Bordeaux and Marmande, the Paris Music Festival, and at the MIL fair in Lisbon.
In the summer of 2017, he opened for Guts Live and Black Star at the esteemed Jazz Festival in Vienne (France). He also opens for Earth, Wind and Fire in the legendary room of L’Olympia in Paris. He launched his first project, The Half Full EP, under the Musjomusic label distributed by Believe Digital, in September 2018, earning him several mentions in Quebec media (Urbania, Metro, VOIR, HHQC, Baron, CIBL, CISM). Followed by a mini tour in Tokyo at the Shibuya Showcase Festival, at the Zandari Festa in Seoul and Busan, South Korea. In the summer of 2019, he performed at Festival Mode & Design and the 40th International Jazz Festival of Montréal.
In the winter of 2020 L.Teez signs a record deal with the new Montreal label Hydrophonik Records, offering support on promotion and distribution for his upcoming second EP, The Index to My Inner Thoughts.