BT on an Enduring Dance Music Career: "My Motivation Is to Have a Very Tangible Emotional Impact"
As American audiences continue to shell out hundreds of dollars for an EDM experience, many producers see a chance to make a lot of money. Maybe they put out a lot of music really quickly, it all kind of sounds the same, they have their run, and then they're done.
But what if you want to make the kind of music that lasts decades, or hell, even hundreds of years? Well, then you've got to start taking a little more time, getting a little more intimate with your materials. BT is that kind of musician, and he's been that kind of producer for 20 years. He's built his own synthesizers, forged his own path, and shared innumerable moving experiences with fans.
We caught up with him to find out more before his show at Off the Hookah on Friday, September 27.
New Times: I was listening to the preview of your album that's coming out, ASAW, is that an acronym for something?
BT: It is. It's funny, before I announced the album title, I hashtagged it and my fans were all like "what is ASAW stand for?" It stands for A Song Across Wires, and it's my ninth studio album so I hashtagged it before I announced the name all my fans were freaking out. Everyone was guessing and stuff, it was pretty funny.
Why A Song Across Wires?
I have some friends who did a social media experiment called "I Wrote This For You." It's a collaborative effort between two South African guys, one of whom is a photographer and the other is a poet. It's a book of poetry and photographs, and they're stunningly beautiful. I derive a lot of inspiration from prose and poetry. There's a beautiful poem in it, and one of the lines said, and I'm paraphrasing, "a song across the wires." I contacted them (one of them made the album cover for The Stars Are Eternal, So Are You and I) and they were like, "oh, we're so flattered, of course, no problem."
I just think it's a beautiful metaphor for a lot of things, but I liked the ambiguity of it in that it reflects the subjective experience of listening to music. I think one of the most powerful things about music is it means different things to every person. In the title for my albums, for my songs, I like to conjure up strong imagery that can be easily subjected to personal interpretation. I get fans all the time saying "what is this lyric from this song mean?" And I say "it means whatever it means to you," and not because I don't want to explain it to them, but I've had songs spoiled for me by artists that I love and asking the same question.