GRAMMY-nominated electronic/dance producer BT recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview discussing the artist he's currently listening to, the importance of paying respect to the people who have contributed to electronic/dance culture and the unique connection between electronic/dance artists and their fans, among other topics.
"[With] electronic music you're always riding on this very thin edge of improvisation and watching people's mannerisms and body mechanics … and seeing how people react to certain things," said BT. "It's one of the coolest things about dance music — that iteration between the artist and the audience."
Born Brian Transeau in Rockville, M.D., BT has worked with artists such as Britney Spears, Seal, 'N Sync, and Sting and cites GRAMMY nominees New Order and Depeche Mode as influences. In 1995 he released his debut album, Ima, which featured "Blues Skies," a collaboration with GRAMMY-nominated singer Tori Amos that topped Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart. He followed with 1998's ESCM, which featured the dance hits "Remember" and "Love, Peace And Grease." Subsequent releases include 2003's Emotional Technology, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart, 2006's This Binary Universe (No. 4) and 2010's These Hopeful Machines (No. 6). The latter album earned BT his first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album for 2010.
BT is currently in the midst of an international tour, with select dates scheduled through August.