D:FUSE 'PEOPLE_3' LIVE ALBUM 2xCD (MOIST MUSIC, SEPTEMBER 20)
"The stereotype of â€œliveâ€ electronic music has long been about a DJ standing around spinning records or staring at a laptop. So when a DJ like D:Fuse really sticks his neck out, bringing with him scads of live-band experience and pulling all the stops for a top-notch show, you have to take notice.â€
- REMIX MAGAZINE
For PEOPLE_3, D:FUSE is taking the live DJ concept to a whole new level. This new 2xCD PEOPLE_3 continues the concept of "both sides of the picture" with Disc 1 â€˜People_Clubbing" (live in San Francisco): the club mix was recorded live in San Francisco @ Club Mighty on July 29, 2005 featuring D:FUSEâ€™s new live show with a full percussion set up, including his signature mix of Electronic Congas, Bongos, Tablas, and Timbales - as well as adding Tom Tom drums, Cymbals and live filter effects. The live show also included LA-based DJ/Producer Mike Hiratzka on guitar, bass, and keyboards and Austinâ€™s MC Flint on vocals. On the flip side, Disc 2 â€˜People_Chillingâ€™ (Live in Austin): a chill-out mix recorded live in Austin, TX at the Lift Room, providing the perfect atmospheric pre-party or after-party soundtrack.
â€œThe energy and feel you get when musicians work together in a live setting is something you just canâ€™t create with a computer. When the curtain went up on the recording everything meshed. Iâ€™m banging the drums like a maniac, Mike Hiratzka is bouncing up and down like a pogo stick with his guitar, and MC Flint is throwing the vocals down. The energy of the crowd that night was off the charts, and it worked through what we were doing on stage infectiously. We were very focused on bringing it for the dance floor. It was about keeping it funky, keeping it fun, and throwing in just a bit of spirituality for good measure. This is the mix CD Iâ€™ve always wanted to do.â€ â€“ D:FUSE
PEOPLE_3 is the third installment in D:FUSEâ€™s popular compilation series, following â€˜Peopleâ€™ released in February 2002 which immediately entered the CMJ Chart at number 9, followed by â€˜People_2: Both Sides of the Pictureâ€™, a 2xCD mix for System Recordings in 2003.
D:FUSE began his musical career writing and performing industrial music under the name "Culture Industry" before he turned to DJing. In 1998, he was signed to then premier electronic music label Moonshine releasing three mix compilations, and selling over 80,000 mix CDs for them. In 2001, D:FUSE was picked out of the Lone Star state for his DJ skills by Paul Oakenfold to tour with him on two consecutive North American Perfecto tours with over 50 cities and many sold-out dates. Then he followed up with a double CD mix compilation for Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto Presents series, beginning the â€œPeopleâ€ series. In 2004, he was voted URB Magazineâ€™s #2 Artist/DJ for Winter Music Conference 2004. D:FUSE released his debut artist album â€˜BEGINâ€™ to much acclaim in 2004 on System Recordings. The album features Motorcycle vocalist JES and twelve original tracks, plus two bonus remixes, including the hit singles "Everything With You" and "Living The Dream," with licensed compilation sales reaching well over 150,000 units.
As an electronic music pioneer in alternative media outlets, D:FUSE can currently be heard on his own DJ mix show â€œThe Peopleâ€™s Mixâ€ one of America's top nationally broadcasted electronic music shows on XM Satellite Radio 80 in the primetime Saturday night spot, heard by over 150,000 "people" every week. He will be celebrating his 200th anniversary show in Fall 2005 featuring live simulcasts at clubs across the continent. D:FUSE also has a weekly Friday night show on KBIG 104.3 FM in Los Angeles and on 101X FM in Austin and is flying high on Delta Airlines in-flight music programming with his very own 45 minute â€Chill Factorâ€ electronic channel.
â€œIt was electric from the get-go, a cohesive yet evolving journey complete with guest performers and visual entertainment that kept the energy in the club rocking all night long. D: Fuse brought producer/DJ/musician Mike Hiratzka to the stage, armed with a guitar, bass and a unique vintage keyboard to take the tracks up a notch: adding new flavors to the rhythm, illustrating the melodies, and riding the track transitions. Their chemistry was phenomenal, and itâ€™s no wonder that the word on the street suggests these two might be teaming up for more shows in the near future. D:Fuse also flew in MC Flint from Austin, TX, whose lyrical skills provided yet another live element for the audience to connect with. Starting off as a subtle undercurrent, he brought his purring yum-yum hip-hop vibe and a little bad boy funk into the mix.â€ -365MAG.com - JULY 29th live review
â€œHis debut artist album is sultry work with lots of enjoyable nuances. It dabbles in vocals and pop as much as dance music, while possessing more meaningful moments than you can count. D:Fuseâ€™s appreciation for life, love and music is undeniable in this genuinely lovely artist album.â€ BPM Magazine
â€œDâ€™FUSE isnâ€™t merely a producer, nor only a DJ. He is a musician.â€â€“THE PITCHâ€œ
[Begin] D:FUSE infuses his spacious sonic landscape with enough peaks and valleys for a range of emotions to run through it. Consider this one auspicious beginning.â€ â€“ BILLBOARD
â€œDebut full-length artist albums have the propensity to either propel a jockey to rock-star status or throw them back behind the decks, latched to a ball and chain. Well it looks like D:FUSE is free to spread his wings and fly, as he presents a well-rounded collection of downtempo pop ballads and near-perfect chart-climbing club numbers on â€˜Beginâ€™â€ -URB
WHAT ELSE THE PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT D:FUSE!
â€œsexy sophisticationâ€ â€“ DANCEMUSIC.ABOUT.COM
â€œHis debut artist album is sultry work with lots of enjoyable nuances. It dabbles in vocals and pop as much as dance music, while possessing more meaningful moments than you can count. D:Fuseâ€™s appreciation for life, love and music is undeniable in this genuinely lovely artist album.â€ BPM Magazine â€œGorgeous, ethereal solo debut from Austinâ€™s most successful global export. â€˜Beginâ€™ is the sound of a DJ all grown up, the full extent of emotional and vocational maturation, as if happy hardcore and candy raves had just been someone elseâ€™s bad dream.â€ -AUSTIN CHRONICLE
â€œThree years in the making, â€˜Beginâ€™ is a varied, yet rich experience.â€ â€“ DJ TIMES
â€œâ€™Beginâ€™ is far and away D:FUSEâ€™s best work to date, 12 tracks that resonate far beyond that ever-darkened dance floor and out into the real light of real life.â€ â€“AUSTIN CHRONICLE
â€œItâ€™s nothing short of amazing. D:FUSE showcases his songwriting and production skills across the track list. The shocker is the solid work displayed as D:Fuse crosses a variety of styles with what appears to be the ease of a master painter working in a new medium. With each new track like a fresh brush stroke across a blank canvas, the tracks on Begin travel from trance to downtempo to synth-pop and ambient with a collage of instruments, including saxophone, piano, cello and acoustic guitar.â€ -RAVES.com ***** Five stars
â€œD:FUSE changes the status quo with â€˜Beginâ€™â€ â€“ INSIDE CONNECTION
â€œâ€™Beginâ€™ is a subtle organic journey.â€ â€“COOLJUNKIE.com
â€œD:FUSE proves himself not only as a deft handler of multiple styles (down-tempt, house, chill-out, trance) but also a gifted songwriter. IN a perfect world, any song as dynamic as â€˜Everything With Youâ€™ would sit atop the playlists of radio stations throughout the land.â€ â€“TEXTURA
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