Audio Artist Spotlight: BT, Jack Beats & Kevin Saunderson

It’s finally Thursday, and we all know what that means – it’s time to jump into the weekend. Tonight we’re kicking things off with trance artist BT. Tomorrow night, London duo Jack Beats are in the house. And last but not least, techno leader Kevin Saunderson is behind the decks on Saturday, 12/2.

Get a taste of this eclectic mixture of genres hitting our Funktion Ones this weekend here.

Thursday, November 30: BT

Brian Wayne Transeau – known by his artist alias BT – is one of the leading names that shaped the foundation of the trance and intelligence dance music styles to pave the path to where these genres stand today. He’s a jack of all trades: he has been nominated for a Grammy Award, worked with a massive roster of artists including Depeche Mode, The Roots, Tiesto and Britney Spears, and even composed film scores for movies including The Fast and The Furious.

BT is also the creator of the stutter edit, a music production plugin. To put it simply: a stutter edit takes a particular audio segment and repeats it numerous times. You’d recognize it in any track – keep an eye out for it tonight.

 

Friday, December 1: Jack Beats

Jack Beats returns to Audio for another night of bass wobbling beats! The duo, which consists of British DJ Beni G (Ben Geffin) and Scottish artist Plus One (Niall Dailly), has been releasing for years. They found themselves gathering ample attention from the industry after their remix of boy 9-Bit’s track “Fogbank” was released in 2008.

Since that time, Jack Beats has released on some of the most well-known labels in the electronic music industry including OWSLA, Rinse and Night Bass. Their sound does not tie to a particular genre but rather intermixes between inspirations of bass and g-house, trap, deep house and more.

 

Saturday, December 2: Kevin Saunderson

Kevin Saunderson is an unstoppable force, with over 35 years as an artist under his belt. He first found his kicks in the electronic music world when he and two friends – Derrick May and Juan Atkins – became the Belleville Three and spearheaded the adventure into what the world lovingly knows now as Detroit techno.

Today, Saunderson is a platinum-selling recording office, a festival promoter – he spent years producing Movement Detroit – a DJ and even a label head. He’s been called “The Elevator” for the immense role he played in bringing Detroit techno to a global stage.