BT's New Album Aims to Put An EDM Festival in Your Stereo
If trance music had a mafia, then BT is as close to the Godfather as they come. The Maryland native producer, composer, musician, singer, songwriter, stutter edit innovator and film composer has watched the dance music revolution grow in the states and all over the world since the early 1990s. Born Brian Wayne Transeau, BT released his ninth full studio album last Friday on the world renowned Armada Music label reaching number one in the iTunes dance chart in less than 24 hours alongside EDM super stars like Calvin Harris, Zedd and Kaskade and the number one album release on Beatport. Currently on tour to support the album, we spoke to the Grammy Award winner before his gig at the SBE Hollywood hot spot Create to chat about how dance music has changed over the years, his favorite festival and the inspiration behind A Song Across Wires.
After studying music at the Washington Conservatory of Music as a child, BT attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His involvement in music production, composing and pioneering production technologies garnered him a seat on the board of governors for The Recording Academy in the early 2000s. He spent almost three years pushing a 30- page perspective on dance music and what it's exponential growth meant fiscally. "Everybody was just like 'oh my God dude with the ridiculous hair-cut shut up please'," says Transeau. Soon, he rallied guys like Jason Bentley and Paul Oakenfold behind him until the Academy finally added a "Best Electronic/Dance Album" category - which he was later nominated for in 2011 for his studio album These Hopeful Machines.
Jump forward ten years later and now he's playing at Electric Daisy Carnival in front of 40,000 EDM fans. "My favorite festival for sure is EDC," says Transeau. "Their events are so well put together from the distinct stages with different genres of music, the production to the safety." Comparing dance music to hip-hop culture because of it's development in the underground Brian says, "They only had three to five years to make hip-hop in private before it became a public phenomenon and corporate America got involved. We on the other hand have curated this music for 25 years in isolation. The producers, artists, fans, promoters and everyone involved built this." Thanks to visionaries like BT they have paved the way for the EDM explosion in America today with venues to enjoy the music, ways to share it electronically and even to what you do when you listen to it.