UnionElectronic, Ink Promotions and ( ( ( ( transMission ) ) ) ) presentBT
with live performance byChristian Burns OFFICIAL
plus Adam K
locals: Paul Alexander & Simon Future
DOORS 9 PM - TWO PIECES OF ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
Given his enviable resume and illustrious fifteen+ year career, it is difficult to imagine that platinum-selling artist, visionary producer, film composer and technologist BT may only now be beginning to create the best work of his career. An internationally-renowned recording artist himself, he is trusted by superstars such as Sting, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Madonna, Seal and Peter Gabriel to produce modernist and memorable hits, with a bleeding-edge electronic flair. He has composed unforgettable scores for films The Fast and the Furious, Partysaurus Rex, Go, Stealth and Oscar-award winning Monster. With his latest two-hour, double-disk opus, These Hopeful Machines, BT definitively weaves both the technical prowess and compositional mastery that reminds us all why he’s the composer that all other composers and producers study. On his last full-length LP, This Binary Universe, he created an entirely new genre of evocative electro-acoustic music. As Keyboard Magazine wrote in their review of the album, “In a hundred years, it could well be studied as the first major work of the new millennium. It’s that good.” Throughout his illustrious career, BT has been able to seamlessly weave together complex, groundbreaking musical elements into compositions that resonate with listeners of all types without seeming academic and incomprehensible. BT joined the Armada music label in May 2012.
He’s written for the likes of Tiësto, BT, Armin Van Buuren and Benny Benassi and is one of the most in demand lyricists and vocalists in dance music. As one third of multi-million selling Brit band BBMak he conquered the UK Top 40 and the US Billboard Top 100. Now, the spotlight is set to turn on Christian Burns once again as he prepares to release his long player ‘Simple Modern Answers’ on Armada Music.
The writing was on the wall for Christian to be involved in music in some form from an early age. Christian’s father was part of The Signs, a UK band paying their dues at the same time as The Beatles and signed to Decca Records. “I always remember the house being engulfed with music as a child”, Christian said. “Me and my dad built a makeshift studio at the bottom of our garden with a four-track tape machine. I was always in there. I was fascinated by the whole process of making music.”
It was a sonic love affair that was to reach dizzying heights early on, when Burns formed BBMak with fellow singer/songwriters Mark Barry and Stephen McNally. Their first single ‘Back Here’ soared to the top of the American radio charts, hit the #1 spot in Japan and scooped countless awards including ‘Song Of The Year’ from ASCAP and ‘Most Played Song Of The Year’ from PRS. Going on to sell over 3 million records worldwide, Christian took to touring the world, performed on national TV, gracing the covers of magazines and became a certified teenage pin-up and not least, a household name.
Post-BBMak era, Christian headed back to the studio, albeit now in LA rather than his dad’s back garden. It was here, on a random demo, that he heard the blend of rock and electronic for the very first time. “It was ‘Somebody Told Me’ by The Killers. I was completely hooked on the sound, the use of synthesizers in a rock song.” Experimenting with synths back in the UK, his early work with The Bleach Works collective caught the attention of arguably the world’s biggest electronic artist, Tiësto. The Dutch icon asked Christian if he could remix of one of his tracks but Christian declined and offered to write a song with Tiësto instead. “He sent me a backing track that instantly inspired me and in minutes I was able to write a song.” The track, ‘In The Dark’, became the lead single from Tiësto’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Elements of Life’, scored over 5 million hits on YouTube and saw Christian join Tiësto on a massive world tour, introducing him in one fell swoop to some of the planet’s finest dance producers.
From that moment on the collaborations and hits began to pour in. Working with electronic giant BT, Christian co-wrote and sang on three tracks from Grammy-nominated long player ‘These Hopeful Machines’ – ‘The Emergency’, ‘Forget Me’ and lead track ‘Suddenly’. Teaming up with Armin van Buuren on his ‘Mirage’ album, Christian wrote the #1 smash hit ‘This Light Between Us’, touring with the record-breaking five-time winner of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ Chart across 2010 and 2011 while still finding the time to write and perform ‘Love and Motion from Benny Benassi’s ‘Rock N Rave’ album.
Now Christian is ready to rewrite the dance music rulebook with his upcoming album ‘Simple Modern Answers’. Working with the cream of the electronic crop, the co-production credits read like a who’s who of EDM; from Armin, Paul van Dyk and BT to Ferry Corsten, Paul Oakenfold, Kryder, Marco V, Scumfrog, Maison & Dragen to Chicane, Conjure One, Michael Woods, Kryder, Jes Brieden, Alex M.O.R.P.H, Jean Claude Ades, Stefan Dabruck, Antillas and Paul Harris & Vern. With Christian Burns on the songbook and behind the microphone this stellar cast has been brought together to create a truly incredible piece of music. In an industry where vocalists and songwriters remain almost entirely in the background, for not the first time, the spotlight will be shining squarely in his direction.
For Toronto, Canada's Adam K, it's tremendous amounts of skill, creativity, hard work, and years of perfecting his craft that have catapulted him into the upper echelon of dance music.
Fueling his stellar live sets is over 15 years of experience in mastering sound design, audio engineering and producing. His keen ear for shaping sounds and knack for composing emotional hooks fuse together to create his trademark style. Adam's solo and collaborative projects have dominated the underground including landmark tracks such as "I Can Feel", "You're Not Alone", "Question", and "From The Speaker" which melded the minds of Adam, long-time friend Soha, and Toolroom frontman Mark Knight. Of course it was another collaboration with Soha that captivated the world with "Twilight". Named an Essential New Tune on the legendary BBC Radio 1, Pete Tong set the tone for one of the biggest records of 2008, which was confirmed by landing at #2 for the best-selling tracks overall on Beatport that year. More recently Adam's collab with international superstar Kaskade called "Raining" hit #1 on iTunes Dance for the US and Canada and was the top single off Kaskade's latest album "dance.love". Adam's music is a favourite of the world's top DJs seeing current releases such as "Complicated", "My Love" and "Wake Up" be a staple in sets from the likes of Tiesto, Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery, Markus Schulz, Mark Knight, Funkagenda, Rank1, Judge Jules, Matt Darey, Cosmic Gate, Robbie Rivera, Menno de Jong, and more.
Not just an original composition mastermind in the studio, it's Adam's mind for remixing, along with partner Soha, that has catapulted him into superstardom as the duo's remixes are some of the most pinnacle dance records of the past few years. Kaskade's "4AM", Benny Benassi's "Come Fly Away", Deep Swing's "In The Music", Heikki L & Ercola's "Deep At Night" and most notably the Adam K & Soha Remix of Reflekt's #1 UK Dance Chart tune "Need To Feel Loved" raised the duo to astronomical heights. Adam has reworked singles from dance icons Tiesto and Deadmau5, to mainstream chart-toppers Keri Hilson, Shiny Toy Guns, and Robyn, to one of the most legendary bands of all time in U2. It is his vision, passion, and technique that keep them in high-demand from international hit-makers and underground sensations alike.
Travelling around the globe, Adam's mastery in the studio translates directly into the art of DJing and he has rocked single-show crowds upwards of 10,000 for legendary promoters and venues such as Ministry of Sound, Godskitchen, Global Gathering, The Guvernment, and Privilege Ibiza. From festivals across Europe, North and South America, Adam's definitive sound blows up dance floors and pushes the hands to the rafters. Though primarily known for his melodic blend of progressive house, Adam's style is much more diverse, and showcases his love for all things house, tech to electro, deep to banging. It's this affection for many genres and his ability to manipulate a crowd into a frenzy that cements his status as one of the world's most memorable performers.
Not just a producer and DJ, Adam is also the founder and head of Hotbox Digital. The label has been a vehicle for Adam to break into the industry and has released a multitude of incredible tracks from some amazing talent including Soha, Addy, Dataworx, Macca, and JELO. For 2010, Adam has a renewed focus on Hotbox, and will be expanding the label's international reach both with fresh new original material and new signings from upcoming and established talent.
With collectively over 4 million plays on You Tube and support from the world's DJ elite, Adam has seen his music effect the lives of music lovers around the world. With the rise of Hotbox Digital and a full slate of touring, solo projects, collaborations, and remixes on the horizon, this is the year of Adam K.