Posts Tagged ‘electronic’

Benny BenassiDate of Interview: 07/12/2011

From the outset of Benny Benassi’s professional journey, the spaces and places framing his musical landscape have grown smaller and smaller. In this new millennium, physical distance is no match against the technological forces driving the creativity between two or more collaborative bodies. The discography of Benassi is the perfect illustration: a kaleidoscope of genres crafted by an Italian GRAMMY Award-winning artist.

With the release of Electroman, Benny Benassi substantiated his love of hip-hop, which is often overshadowed by his status and influence on the electronic dance music scene. In support of this effort, Benny Benassi squeezed some time out of his busy schedule and settled down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the global emergence of hip-hop, European club culture and his musical partnership with his cousin, Alle Benassi.

(more…)

Natalia Kills

Date of Interview: 05/21/2010

Natalia Kills is a British-born Latin singer who has been hovering under America’s radar for the past few years. In 2008, will.i.am discovered the singer after hearing her self-released EP, Womannequin. And the following year, she landed a featured guest spot on Flo Rida’s “Available,” alongside Akon and will.i.am, as well as “Just Play That Track,” a song produced by Lady GaGa’s personal DJ, Space Cowboy.

In preparation for her solo debut, Natalia Kills has crafted a unique musical masterpiece: Perfectionist.  The album serves as the soundtrack to her forthcoming film, “The Exhibitionist,” with both components created concurrently to construct the ultimate music experience. Such ingenuity has pushed the connotative boundaries of musical works previously adorned with the title of “concept album.”  If Natalia’s “Love Kills, xxx” mini-series is a testament to the handiwork music lovers can expect, then 2010 will definitely be a “killer” year for Miss Kills.

In the midst of a promotional campaign for “Zombie,” Natalia Kills managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the dangers of technology, her love of Quentin Tarantino, and the inspiration behind Perfectionist.

(more…)

Brian Transeau (BT)

Date of Interview: 05/17/2010

Brian Transeau is one of the most under-rated producers in the contemporary music landscape. With a discography that includes musical veterans, like Sting and Tori Amos, in addition to “Pop,” his radio-friendly collaboration with N*SYNC, there is no denying the range and eclecticism of Transeau’s songwriting and production talents.

As an audio technician, Brian Transeau is highly-regarded as a pioneer in electronic music and widely-credited for his development and use of the stutter edit, granular synthesis and nano-correcting. In 2009, “BT” would channel fifteen years of professional expertise into the launch of Sonik Architects, a software company.

To date, Brian Transeau’s work has been featured in more than 40 film and video game soundtracks.  And outside of his work for others, he has six studio albums to his credit: Ima (1995), ESCM (1997), Movement in Still Life (1999), Emotional Technology (2003), This Binary Universe (2006), and These Hopeful Machines (2010).

In the midst of a promotional campaign for These Hopeful Machines, “BT” managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the science behind his music, the influence of Dr. Richard Boulanger, and the global appreciation of electronic music.

(more…)

Dan Black

Date of Interview: 04/05/2010

Like most young British artists, Dan Black possesses a love and appreciation for rap, rock and R&B that runs so deep that it spills incessantly into any music that he eventually creates.  Unable to contain his work within any genre-specific boundary, the hybrid byproduct of Dan Black’s labor fuses together musical inspirations that run from Bob Dylan to the Notorious B.I.G.  In fact, the latter artist would eventually be sampled on “Symphonies,” whose alternate American cut features up-and-coming rapper Kid Cudi.

This summer, Dan Black will be making several tour stops throughout the United States, as an opening act for Kelis and Robyn’s joint-headline All Hearts Tour, in addition to a prized performance spot at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois. Before hitting the road, however, Dan Black managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the inspiration behind “Yours,” his unique marriage of visual art and music, and an unorthodox recording session in a New York hotel room.

(more…)

DJ Space Cowboy

Date of Interview: 10/14/2009

© 2009 Clayton Perry

Nick Dresti is known throughout the world as “Space Cowboy,” the official DJ of Lady GaGa.  He is also the protégé of Norman Cook, the illustrious “Fatboy Slim.”

After spending the bulk of 2009 on the road, Nick Dresti found inspiration from the sights and sounds he encountered as a performer on Lady GaGa’s Fame Ball Tour.  The resulting byproduct, Digital Rock Star, is his fourth studio album, which captures the essence of these experiences. “Falling Down” serves as the lead single.

Upon review of Digital Rock Star, DJ Space Cowboy managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Norman Cook, the origin of his futuristic moniker, and the loyalty of his Japanese fan base.

(more…)

David Guetta

Date of Interview: 10/09/2009

© 2009 Clayton Perry

2009 was David Guetta’s year.  And for good reason: he was the producer of “I Gotta Feeling,” which became the best-charting single of the Black Eyed Peas’ career, and “When Love Takes Over,” which become Kelly Rowland’s second #1 single in Europe.  Coincidentally, the success of both singles dove-tailed on various international charts—flip-flopping positions at the summit of music charts in Ireland, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland.

Unafraid to take musical risks, David Guetta successfully blended the best of Europe’s electronic beats with America’s hip-hop sensibilities.  His fourth studio album, One Love, was released on August 21, 2009, and features collaborations from Akon, the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Willis, Estelle, Kelly Rowland, Kid Cudi, Ne-Yo, Novel, and Makeba Riddick.

In the midst of a promotional tour for One Love, David Guetta managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on his first deejaying gig, his multiple collaborations with Chris Willis, and the inspiration behind One Love.

(more…)

Lady GaGa

Date of Interview: 07/22/2008

© 2008 Clayton Perry

If Freddie Mercury were alive today, he would lovingly embrace Lady GaGa, who bears the name of one of Queen’s greatest hits, “Radio GaGa.”  Like Queen, Lady GaGa has a knack for theatrical performance, and at the age of 17, her talents gained her early admission to the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  Five years later, after gaining notoriety on New York’s club circuit, Lady GaGa has burst onto the international scene, with her provocative debut: The Fame.

The Fame’s innovative blend of rock, electronica, disco and pop is a refreshing alternative in the current musical landscape, and Lady GaGa’s presence assuredly guarantees that pop performance art will never be the same.

Upon review of The Fame, Lady GaGa managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Andy Warhol, the paparazzi and her “trash-sophisticated” style.

(more…)

Kerli

Date of Interview: 05/08/2008

© 2008 Clayton Perry

How Kerli Kõiv—a blonde-haired singer from Estonia—landed an audition with L. A. Reid is beyond comprehension.  Her debut album, Love is Dead, however, will make the world readily welcome similar cases of happenstance.

Few artists leave a lasting impression, especially on their major label debut, but Kerli’s coming is seven years in the making.  Like its artist, Love is Dead is daring, edgy and beautifully creepy, and with an uncanny sense of confidence, Kerli boldly shares the struggles and triumphs of a complicated life.  Even when embracing the dark, Kerli shines bright—giving hope that love, in due course, can resurrect from an unfortunate death.

Upon review of Love is Dead, Kerli managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on her love of tattoos, “Butterfly Cry,” and her native country of Estonia.

(more…)