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Concert Reviews:
Electronic star bt has full plate of projects for 2012
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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bt's success as an electronic dance music artist and producer has taken him all over the world and into all manners of situations -- including collaborations with Sting, Peter Gabriel, *NSYNC and others and film scores for "Monster," "The Fast and the Furious" and others.

But he holds a special place in his heart for Detroit, where he remembers having an "exceptional" show in 2011, "one of my best shows ever.

"What's so amazing about playing in a place like Detroit, that has such an incredible history with dance music, is that people are very educated and open-minded," says bt (ne Brian Transeau), 40, who hails from Maryland and remains based on the East Coast. "I can come to a place like that and play all over the map and people are accepting of it.

"So we're just gonna come in and rip people's faces off. I can't wait."

bt isn't waiting around to unleash new music, either. In the wake of his Grammy Award-nominated 2010 album "These Hopeful Machines," bt has three projects in the works: a mix collection called "Laptop Symphony" coming in the spring that's designed to "grab the vibe" of his live shows; an EP of "more experimental and...quiet stuff;" and a full-fledged album of "straight-up dance stuff" that he promises "my fan base is going to be excited by."

There's also a "very top secret project" that bt says is "unlike anything else I've ever worked on," a new Pixar short called "Partysaurus" that he scored and providing music for an unidentified Fortune 500 company's User Interface.

"I've just been writing a ton of music, honestly," bt says. "Things have changed in such an amazing way now, with the amount of music you can release and get to people -- and that they're interesting in engaging in. They have the appetite for it. You don't have to release a record every three years, you can put out music all the time.

"But my own personal kind of bar is very high. I want to give people things that are fully baked and reflect the level of quality I'm known for. You don't want to just dump out your little noodlings or things you're working on. But now the tools exist to give people these wholly baked things in a much quicker fashion -- when I'm still totally excited about them, too."

bt and YOS perform Friday, Feb. 3, at Elektricity, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 248-599-2212 or visit www.elektricitymusic.com.

Web Site: www.elektricitymusic.com

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