"BT mounts mesmerizing journeys with his compositions. He is not only a
virtuoso programmer, but an extremely gifted musician..." Peter Gabriel
speaking to the LA Times.
Initially known as the pioneer of trance music, BT has arrived as one of
the most cutting- edge artists and producers for a multitude of musical
styles. Whether he's crafting perfect pop hooks with *NSYNC, composing
intricate scores with eighty-piece orchestras for films like The Fast and
the Furious, collaborating with Sting on a track from his forthcoming
album, or remixing emotional and languid epics for Sarah McLachlan, Tori
Amos, Madonna or Seal, BT consistently balances creative and memorable
songwriting, sonic innovation, and the latest technology for a cutting-
edge, yet organic sound.
His new album, Emotional Technology, is the latest milestone in his sonic
trek and electronic innovation. "It's a huge leap forward for me," says BT,
"I've grown as an artist, a vocalist and a producer, which is all reflected
in the new album. Not only did I sing on six tracks, I also experimented
more with traditional and aleatoric/contemporary string writing, and break-
step beats, and learned more about coding for proprietary sound-design
systems such as Kyma."
BT felt compelled to sing on Emotional Technology as it is the most
personal and intimate statement of his impressive career, which now spans
over ten years. One listen to the album's first single, "Simply Being Loved
(Somnambulist)," gives a great perspective of the intense and dramatic
musical and stylistic growth of BT as an artist.
The euphoric and inspired "The Force of Gravity," his collaboration with JC
Chasez (*NSYNC), is reminiscent of some of his greatest dance floor moments
like "Godspeed," "Dreaming" or "Loving You More." There is also the 80's
synth-laden, "Superfabulous," featuring sexy barbs traded by actress Rose
McGowan (Charmed), Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys) and BT.
"Dark Heart Dawning" is a complex and compelling musical journey that mixes
BT's evocative, raw vocals, moody strings, the redemptive voices of gospel
singers, powerful instrumentation by Richard Fortus, Tommy Stinson and
Brain of Guns 'N Roses, and cuts by DJ Swamp. "I'd feel uncomfortable with
someone else singing a song like 'Dark Heart Dawning' because the lyrics
are so personal," BT says. "It would feel like dictating a journal entry to
BT, born Brian Transeau, grew up outside Washington D.C. where the first
evidence of his musical talent manifested as mastery of composers such as
Chopin and Bach by age six. A great break in musical direction came when he
heard electronic music as an adolescent. "This is what my heroes Debussy,
Stravinsky and the like were looking for. Technology-based music is the
only idiom that packs such infinite sonic possibilities. After being
introduced to artists like Cabaret Voltaire and Depeche Mode, I turned my
back on classical music for quite awhile."
BT's sense of individualism also inspired his scholastic decisions. He
dropped out of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1990
to shop his electronic music in Los Angeles. Many doors were slammed in his
face because few understood his new unique sound, but he refused to
compromise his vision. He returned to the D.C. area and launched Deep Dish
Records with long-time high school friends, and recent Grammy award
winners, Deep Dish.
Within the year, BT's first releases garnished the attention of English
dance pioneer, Sasha, who gave BT his first taste of stardom and the
rewards of dance culture. "The first venue he took me to was a barn in
Brighton, England," BT recalls, "It was the most amazing party. Three
thousand people were sweating and crying over my songs like 'Embrace The
Future.' I had found my people."
BT's mix of epic and classically inspired journeys and beats quickly took
on the name Trance, and became one of the most popular and dominant
electronic music genres played in clubs from London to Tokyo and New York.
BT's talent and persistence had finally paid off and he later released his
epic albums, IMA, ESCM, and the wildly diverse Movement In Still Life,
featuring the hit single, "Never Gonna Come Back Down."
BT has also gained the reputation as a talented and versatile film score
composer. He scored movies such as the blockbuster hit The Fast and the
Furious, Doug Liman's Go, Under Suspicion, starring Morgan Freeman and Gene
Hackman, and he's currently working on the highly anticipated Monster
starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci.
"To marry melody, harmony and memorable songwriting with the most bleeding-
edge technology possible is my passion. These are the things that excite