Back in May of this year I decided that I was going to take a song that I wrote a long time ago and give it a 21st century, totally electronic makeover. "Dance Craze", the song I "wrote" over ten years ago and have been playing with various ensembles intermittently since then, has just been sitting around waiting to get produced electronically. I put "wrote" in quotations because originally the song was just three chords that I came up with out of nowhere while practicing material for the band Doublestack with my friend Sandlin Gaither. This was back in 2001, when I was going to college and living in Charleston, South Carolina. It was just three chords and Sandlin tapping his foot on the base of a microphone stand, which through the PA sounded a little bit like a typical House beat. We played the song in Doublestack as a quartet (drums, bass, electric guitar and myself on keys), and I subsequently played the song with my group Trifectafunk in Cincinnati (Drums, Bass, Keys). It started out being called "The Techno Song," and when we continued to play it in Cincinnati it morphed into "Dance Craze." We also played it in a much larger ensemble called Homeskillet- a Voltronesque group comprised of many Cincinnati bands that played once a year on Thanksgiving. The funny thing was that none of us (in any of the groups) really listened to EDM or Electronic Music, and the song was kind of a joke for us. It was fun to play, and it always got the crowd going, no matter where we were playing. But we never released the song, and it eventually got put up on the shelf when I disbanded Trifectafunk in 2008 and moved to San Francisco.
So now I'm living in Seattle with my wife and son, and finishing up a Master's degree in Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media. And ironically, the skills I've learned during my studies are what have inspired me to start producing Electronic Dance Music. I started thinking to myself, I can produce music electronically now, and I love upbeat music that people can dance to, and I even have a song sitting on the shelf that could be a great EDM song. So that's how it happened. I thought it would be fun and sound good, and I thought it might be able to catch the attention of music supervisors that I was checking out at the time. Once I started to produce it though, I quickly realized that this was a path I was ready to go all the way down. So I decided to write and produce two more songs in somewhat the same vein and release it as an EP, aptly entitled "Dance Craze". And six months later, here's the result:
So now I've decided that I like producing "dance music" electronically so much, I'm going to do it forever. Of course, because of my background of playing and writing for bands and ensembles, I'm inclined to take a different approach then many "DJ's" out there. I've never used a turntable in my life, and don't really intend to start now. I want to create Dance Music that is produced electronically, sounds great and gets people moving, but isn't relegated exclusively to the world of EDM. In other words, I want to create Electronic Dance Music that people that don't necessarily like EDM will still be into. I want to breath as much soul into it as I possibly can, but still make the beat smash you in the face when you press play. I'd ideally like to take these songs and have actual ensembles play them live in the future (as opposed to the more traditional "Dj" setup). I also want to infuse my musical influences (which range from Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, and Novalima to Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Buraka Som Sistema) into the creation of this music, and hopefully come out on the other end with something completely different than what's out there right now. And hopefully people will dig it. Because that's all I really ask, anyway. I just want to make music that makes people get up and DANCE.