- Vancouver, British Columbia - I remember when I first heard Rob Dougan's music, it was a song in The Matrix where Morpheus takes Neo into the program to teach him about agents and there is a sexy woman in a red dress. I wanted to find out what the song was and at the time I wasn't nearly as web savvy as I am now so I wound up not figuring it out. I was clearly not very resourceful because it wasn't top secret information by any stretch of the imagination, I just didn't know how to research things. But that song reappeared a few times in my travels, at one point someone mislead me into thinking it was a song by Moby. It wasn't until 2003 when The Matrix: Reloaded came out and my younger brother picked up the soundtrack. There were two songs by Rob Dougan on there, one was “Furious Angels” and the other was a track called “Chateau” from the scene where Neo takes on a whole group of program minions with every medieval weapon imaginable. That inspired me to check out more of Rob Dougan's work and I found his website that was promoting his full album Furious Angels, which contained the title track, but sadly not “Chateau” as that one was made specifically for the film. But also, it had a song called “Clubbed to Death,” which was the song from the first Matrix film that I had been looking for years earlier. I listened to the album and instantly knew that I would love it so I picked up a copy and years later, it is still as beautiful, dark, and poignant as ever.
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- Vancouver, British Columbia - I don't know if you're aware of this, but the kids these days are getting quite into the “dubstep,” though it's a genre I'm having a tough time getting into myself. Electronic music is expanding and being experimented with in various forms and one of the frontrunners in taking it into a sort of progressive house and dubstep direction is Deadmau5 (pronounced Dead Mouse), who has gained a very intimidating following over the last few years. Based in Toronto, Canada, he is a home grown artist who is gaining some international recognition. One of the things he is most famous for is wearing his iconic mouse head on stage as he performs. I guess that's one way to make your show memorable.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - The Night Lights are a collaborative project between Danny Peck and Kie Cochran, two independent electronic musicians with a noteworthy collection of their own. Danny Peck goes by the moniker Dep and has been self releasing material since 2006. I became a fan a while ago when I picked up his album Instructions for Flying at random through CDBaby.com. Dep has been making a conscious effort to keep in touch with his fans and share his music with them through the various social networks online. It's a wise practice to be in as there are countless electronic indie artists out there, so the best way to not get lost in the crowd is to invest in a real relationship with your fans... as real as a relationship can be over the web. This is how I found out about The Night Lights.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - 2011 started off very well for me when on New Years Day, I opened my email and found an update from Dep saying that he just completed his new album, which he made self-titled. It supplied a free download of the entire album. Dep is of the opinion that the music he makes should be given away without charge, which is becoming a common trend among artists these days. After all, it seems that getting the public to buy music is near impossible.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - While Tron: Legacy was still in production, it was announced that the French electronic duo Daft Punk would be scoring the film. Fans, both casual and hardcore, nodded their heads and agreed that it actually made a whole lot of sense. They were one of the frontrunners who helped turn electronic music from a genre that was strictly for clubbing Eurotrash and confused Grade 8s into a kind of music that could be appreciated universally, being both fun and eclectic. Besides, their music is no stranger to the film medium considering their second album, Discovery, had a cartoon motion picture created around the music called Interstella 5555. Furthermore, the duo has stated their appreciation for the original Tron and as such they have a passion and respect for the material.