Over the past few years,
there hasn't been another success story quite like
Gabriel & Dresden. With nearly a dozen #1 Billboard
Dance chart hits in 2003 as well as their international
pop hit with "As The Rush Comes" by Motorcycle
(their collaborative project with vocalist Jes) to
their credit, Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden boast
one of the most impressive resumes in contemporary
dance music, and they've only just begun. Britney
Spears, Sarah McLachlan, New Order, Annie Lennox,
Jewel, Duncan Sheik, Depeche Mode, Evanescence and
Dido are just part of a shortlist of major artists
that have received the GABRIEL & DRESDEN remix/production
treatment. Bloom is the pair's debut
long-player and the first of a two-compilation deal
with Nettwerk America. You can read more about this
amazing release below.
But first, watch our exclusive video interview with
this duo outside Nettwerk's LA apartment just as their
CD was about to be released:
Watch our Gabriel
& Dresden video interview
A little history... way back when, Josh was working
at his Mixman software company with his wife. This
was before they had any kids or mortgage payments,
so they decided to take a risk to give Josh a chance
to really do what he loved. His wife got a corporate
job which gave Josh the ability to focus on producing
music. One of the tracks he made during this time
was called "Wave 3." A close friend told
him, "man, you have to just press up 100 vinyl
of that to take to Winter Music Conference."
Josh delayed until just 3 weeks before, but on the
insistence of this friend, sent them to a place in
Poland that turned around in just two weeks. The year
was 2001 and Josh took the vinyl and, like hundreds
of other DJs and producers in Miami, walked around
handing the records and CDs out to DJs he thought
would dig the minimalist trance vibe. As he was handing
one to the DJ playing on the rooftop of the Giant
Hotel, a local DJ from Connecticut named asked him
for a copy. Yep, that was Dave Dresden! Dave went
right into his hotel room to play it, and immediately
came back out to tell Josh he wanted to give it to
Pete Tong. Pete had been using Dresden's incredible
ear for hit songs as a scout for undiscovered music
in the US. He had Josh hand Pete a copy on the URB
boat party and the rest is history...
Dave Dresden and I met in Miami that same year, and
he turned me on to the "Wave 3" track as
well, which I immediately put on the top of my chart.
I wasn't the only one! Renamed "Wav 3"
it would become a huge hit in Europe, and soon Tong
was inviting Dave to do a remix of New Order's
"Something Like You," and Dave invited Josh
to partner on the remix This would become the first
of their many high profile works that would cement
the path to their Gabriel & Dresden production
career. While it was on a steady climb upwards, it
caught an incredible updraft when they added singer
Jes Breiden to the mix and formed their band Motorcycle.
How their first international hit "As The Rush
Comes" came to be is the stuff of legends –
they had spent two straight days locked in their San
Francisco studio, and in the last rush before Jes
had to be at the airport, in one hour, they pulled
together the soaring, epic track that embodies the
rush of life, sex, creative energy (and perhaps something
else) that overwhelms you as the music crescendos
across the dancefloor.
-- words & video by Jennifer Warner
GABRIEL & DRESDEN - BLOOM
Due out September 7 on Nettwerk America, Bloom
is a double-disc mix album from GABRIEL & DRESDEN
(G&D) that intends to stand the test of time.
For it, the remix/production team of Josh Gabriel
and Dave Dresden chose a handful of tracks by other
artists they felt passionate about (Sarah McLachlan,
Junkie XL, Dido, Lily Hayden), as well as select gems
from their own catalog ("Lament," "Dub
Horizon," "Alive" [Gabriel only]).
Then, using those cuts as pivotal points, they round
the program out with new original compositions, encompassing
all aspects of production in electronic music which
makes Bloom much more than a traditional mix.
More than half of the songs on the album were produced
by GABRIEL & DRESDEN or by Josh Gabriel. The majority
of works are exclusive to Bloom including G&D's
remix of Dido's "Don't Leave Home" (Gabriel
& Dresden Mix); original G&D tracks "Arcadia,"
"Serendipity" and "Athena"; Josh
Gabriel originals "Switch" and "Alive"
(Bloom's radio single); and cuts by Andian, Motorcycle
and Big Top (Gabriel & Dresden with the Bassbin
Twin's Pete Houser).
BLOOM CD REVIEW BY ANNALEE
Gabriel & Dresden's album release, Bloom,
is by far one of the best mixed CDs I have thrown
into my stereo system in a long, long while, really
out performing any expectations one could have when
picking up a mixed CD. There are amazing remixes of
tracks like Sarah Mclachlan's "World On Fire"
and Lily Haden's "Anything", and then there
are the AMAZING original tracks by Gabriel like "Lament"
and "Dub Horizon". This 2 disc set is sure
to be a major weapon in your arsenal of masterpieces
for years to come. Both CD's are equally good, always
keeping you grooving and never dull or too low. G&D's
remix of Dido's "Don't Leave Home" is as
catchy as they come and Gabriel's original tracks,
"Switch" and "Alive" are seriously
amazing and brilliantly pieced together. This album
is sure to set the standard of mixed CD's for years
to come. Obvious musical geniuses, only Gabriel &
Dresden can get away with ending a slamming album
with an acoustic version of Motorcycle's "Imagination"
and make it fit to perfection. I HIGHLY recommend
this album and give it a 4 star rating! -- review
by Annalee Stone
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