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  BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM GRAMMY

 

  

 

 

 

 


 

   At the Los Angeles Grammy Event: Carmen Rizzo+Jason Bentley+Ken Jordan+Scott Kirkland+Leslie Lewis+Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy.
Photo: Marc Goldstein, courtesy BPM

 


 

 


 

 

Jennifer Warner (Editor of Raves.com), Angelique, Alexandra Greenberg, Eve Falcon
photo: Marc Goldstein,
courtesy BPM

 


 

 

 


written by The G-Man

A new GRAMMY Award category for "Best Electronic/Dance Album" excites electro-pop composers and performers around the world! Creators of sonic masterworks, including such influential innovators as BT, the Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold and Deepsky, can compete against similar artists instead of having to fit into other musical categories.

Until very recently, the aural excitement of a BT album like "Emotional Technology," a Crystal Method album such as "Legion of Boom," or a Paul Oakenfold album like "Creamfields" could get overlooked in the GRAMMY balloting. In fact, you can find spine-tingling electronic pop and dance music being made in all parts of the world that might easily miss out on a chance to have the kind of high-intensity spotlight that results from a GRAMMY nomination.

But this year, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), the organization that controls the GRAMMY Awards, has changed everything for electronic artists with the introduction of the "Best Electronic/Dance Album" category.

"This is an exciting event for everyone in the world of electronic and dance-oriented music," stated two-time Grammy nominee producer/mixer Carmen Rizzo, who is a NARAS Los Angeles Chapter Trustee. "It is fitting that such a vital form of music receives some of the recognition it deserves." Appearing at a pre-concert party to officially announce the category, Rizzo added, "As someone involved in the creation of this music as well as a listener, I feel this is a giant leap forward."

NEW GENERATION OF MUSICIANS.

The attraction of music with a technological slant crosses many boundaries. Brian Transeau, or BT, as he is professionally known, is a classically-trained musician who embraced the electronic music world at an early age. "This is what my heroes Debussy, Stravinsky and the like were looking for," BT stated. "Technology- based music is the only idiom that packs such infinite sonic possibilities," he added.

Jason Bentley, widely known for his hosting of radio programs on KCRW and KROQ in Los Angeles, is involved with electronically-generated rhythmic music in many ways, as radio personality, club DJ, music supervisor for films (including the "Matrix" series), and producer. "It was high time for the industry to acknowledge electronic and dance music with this album category," Bentley stated. "For a long time, the electronic and dance categories have been in stealth mode in the USA, so it is exciting to be a part of this new effort to shine a light on a vital aspect of the music industry."

Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, better known as The Crystal Method, were both pleased at the announcement. "From my first year as a voting member of the GRAMMY Awards, several of us from the electronic music genre have been working towards this goal. We never thought it would happen this fast and were just thrilled with the result. We're just so happy that this style of music can now be recognized by our industry's premiere awards show," Jordan stated.

AN EMERGING FORCE.

The acceptance of dance and electronic music around the globe has been phenomenal, except in the United States. "It's somewhat similar to the situation with soccer," Bentley stated. "Soccer is a global force with millions of followers, intense fans, and tremendous marketing resources, but it is just not as widespread in the U.S. The same thing may be said about dance and electronic music, which makes this GRAMMY category so much more important."

Bentley sees the emergence of underground dance music into the mainstream as healthy and inevitable. "A lot of people who started getting involved in this music in the eighties and nineties are now taking their place in the business. People like BT, Carmen Rizzo and the others who worked on the committee at NARAS represent something of a changing of the guard." Bentley, drawing on his background as producer, music supervisor and DJ, is totally committed to this form of music. "This has been my rock and roll, my punk rock, my movement. This was always something that moved me, and it is gratifying to see so many people, performers and companies coming together to back it."

BACKERS AND SUPPORTERS.

Among the sponsors of an Official Event celebrating the new Grammy Award in Los Angeles were BPM magazine, DTS, Life's Good, and musical equipment manufacturer Roland, which had several pieces of gear on display, including their SP-606 Sampling Workstation, the MC- 909 Sampling Groovebox, and the new MV-8000 Production Studio. "Electronic music is finally garnering the respect and recognition it deserves, and we're excited to be a part of that," says Doug Hanson, Roland Director of Product Management and Marketing. "It is an exciting time for this genre and we look forward to working with BPM in the future to co-develop events that will generate additional public awareness of this music style," Hanson added.

The official announcement of the new GRAMMY category came during a reception at the Spider Room prior to a show at the Avalon Hollywood featuring sets by Oakenfold, Junkie XL, the Crystal Method and BT. More than 250 attended the reception, including DJ/producer DJ Irene; DJ/producer the Angel; Second Sun's Antoine Toupin and Adam Cavarelli; the Postal Service' Jimmy Tamborello and Jenny Lewis; James Lamb of Skychurch; DJ/producer David Alvarado; producer David Aude; Jason Blum and Scott Giaquinta of Deepsky; Jes Brieden of Motorcycle; DJ Eve Falcon; producer Charles Feelgood; DJ Mea Fisher; Jan Johnston; DJ Christopher Lawrence; Tommy Lee; DJ "Colette" Marino; and DJ producer Richard "Humpty" Vission.

THE G-MAN http://www.gmanmusic.com

RECORDING ACADEMY http://www.grammy.com

Continuing on the Grammy tip, Sasha, Paul van Dyk, BT, Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method and others will perform at BPM Magazine & The Recording Academy’s celebration for the new “Best Dance/Electronic Album” category at Crobar (530 West 28th Street, between 10th & 11th Ave, New York City). Click to view the online invite

 

 
 

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