Born french/georgian, Glimmer lead singer Van Hechter grew up in Montreal.
His mom, a stylist, introduced him to punk, disco, garage, new wave, and motown music… His dad, a fashion/tv hairdresser and businessman, who sang constantly, encouraged his melodic aptitudes by making him vocalize regularly…
In college, he studied literature, arts and opera, but dropped out to join locally known punk band The Automatics, which was renamed Audiobing… Though the band’s life span was short, 2 underground singles were released, 1 of which became known due to its position on Montreal’s local pop charts…
After the dissolution of Audiobing, Van worked on various studio projects, and spent 3 years producing electro tracks for a New York record label.
Then, luck put a funny musician on his path; Dr. Jerome… In a store owned by Van’s dad, one day Jerome walked in, as Van was filling in for an employee; within minutes, the 2 got along and decided to make music together… It was understood that Jerome would remain quasi-anonymous, while Van would take the front-stage… This encounter led to the formation of Glimmer… To thank Van’s father for having in some way contributed to the formation of the group, the 82 year old was cast the as a chauffeur in the ”Wouldn’t Change a Thing” video… The response to this first single was encouraging, therefore the duo proceeded to the recording of a full album, entitled; Wouldn’t Change a Thing.