10 Questions With BT

March 12, 2015

“If you’re a fan of trance and electronic dance music (EDM), you are most definitely a fan of Brian Transeau, who is heralded as a pioneer of the hugely popular genres. Listening to his flawless rhythmic cuts, it is no surprise that the BMI composer was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2010 for Best Electronic/Dance Album for These Hopefully Machines. He is also founder of the iconic stutter edit, which involves taking a small bit of sound and rhythmically repeating it; his mastery of the technique landed his track “Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)” in the 2003 Guinness Book of World Records for most vocal edits in a song. BT’s influence has spanned beyond the dance scene, as he has worked with a remarkable range of artists, including top performers and BMI songwriters Britney Spears and Sting. Hit blockbusters Go, The Fast and the Furious and Monsterare all scored by BT, whose ability to play the guitar, piano, bass, glockenspiel and drum machines, in addition to his prolific technological and programming skills that create the software needed to perfect his craft, rank him second to none.

BT searches for complex mathematical and musical patterns in everyday life to create music that connects to his audience on a deep, emotional level, creating a lasting impression. With almost 20 years in the business and a new TanZ Group-produced tour, Electronic Opus, kicking off in Miami in March, featuring top symphony orchestras around the world and a hyper-synchronized lighting and video show for an unparalleled immersive concert experience, it’s safe to say BT’s legacy is both here to stay and still expanding.

Recently, the multitalented artist took time to connect with BMI via email about his latest projects, musical journey and advice to aspiring composers.

How did you get involved in the Electronic Opus project?
This was an idea I have been slow-baking for over ten years. As my background is initially in classical music and via film scoring and incorporation of orchestral and acoustic elements into my electronic music work, I’ve always fantasized about doing full blown orchestral versions of my many years of music. In short, it’s been a dream of mine for years. That was one of the longest run on sentences I’ve ever written, LOL.

The show has so many moving parts: an orchestra, lights, video, and, of course, your music. How do you prepare for an event like this?
It’s an absolutely mind blowing undertaking. I’m lucky there is a phenomenal team around it bent on winning that is smart enough, and hard working enough, to successfully execute anything. These are very smart people! The show producer is Tommy Tallarico (of Video Games Live fame). Tommy has played more orchestral music to people between the ages of 18-25 in the last 10 years than in recorded history. That has to be one of my favorite data points about a friend. What an accomplishment!

At any rate, Tommy understands how a show like this can work and has been instrumental in getting every aspect of it off the ground. Additionally, there is a brilliant venture capital group the Tanz group that has believed in this project since its inception. We’ve now brought in (since our successful kickstarter) a team of 3D visual designers that are designing some of the most incredible volumetric projection I’ve ever seen. The sum total of this stunning group of people is really going to be something exciting to behold. It’s amazing to participate in.”


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