Some incorrectly perceive that anyone with a computer can make an EDM track. Despite being arguably the first person to create a track with a computer, BT is moving back to the roots of electronic music and creating an album using entirely analog instruments. In a world where we are seeing younger and younger producers finding success behind laptops, BT is taking it back to basics and using instruments that have exciting personalities.
What does this mean for you, our wonderful EDM-obsessed reader? Well, at the risk of over-using the phrase: this could be another game changer. More and more, we’re seeing artists utilize live instruments in their music, be it Late Night Alumni’s gorgeous violin, Timmy Trumpet’s brass, or the delicious sexy saxophone sounds of Big Gigantic. BT is showing that it’s possible to create an entire EDM album without a computer and have it be something incredible.
What are some of his tools of the trade since he’s not making his sounds on a computer? Well, for lack of a better word, they’re temperamental. A lot of them are old instruments such as an ARP 2600, which looks like a combination of a keyboard and a crazy-looking control panel. It takes a special amount of skill to operate one, and the recording must be saved on tape or it is lost forever. Yes, I said tape, as in those weird plastic things your parents or grandparents might still have kicking around.
We’re looking forward to hearing what comes of this new album from BT, and are looking forward to him visiting Seattle at Foundation nightclub later on in November. What do you think of BT going back to where it all began?
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