Born and Raised in Philadelphia, Dances with White Girls has been a musical force in the making since his earliest sonic experiments. The alchemy for this sound happening, could be found in grade School Drum Kits, fledgling rhyme books, block party hits and a booming late 90s hip hop landscape. As a teenager, sounds moved beyond early curiosities and began to form his identity.
After finishing high school Dances headed 90 miles north to New York City. The Giuliani crackdown machine rumbled along and the last gasps of the club land were sputtering out. This was not the New York of old, but there surely was new life to be injected. One fateful night the ingredients came together, as a 10-hour set by Danny Tenaglia convinced him that he simply needed to make this music. In Dances own words “ Watching Tenaglia I saw a DJ moving people at the top of his game. I was making music and I wanted the power to move people on that level.”
Bringing with him a thick Philly musical pedigree and a newfound supply of New York flash, a string of productions and remixes quickly followed. Working with acts such as Kudu, The Rapture, Team Facelift, Hail Social and The Dead Kids showcased what he had been building since his earliest days. Combining a pounding dark beat with a catchy party vibe; the Dances With White Girls esthetic spread quickly, far and wide. Likewise boisterous DJ sets with heavyweights such as DJ. T, Felix Da Housecat, Busy P and Mstrkft have certainly added second dimension to the Dances experience.
In early 2007 work began on New Crack Swing. Hip Hop Mentality with house music storytelling. A sound blending of raw house and unhinged party anthems. As Dances says himself, “ from the projects to Pacha, this is thug –house.” Not missing a beat, early fans The Rapture were quick to sign him as the first artist on their new imprint Throne of Blood Records.
New Crack Swing tells the story of a out of town kid who made New York his oyster, smashing a hole in what dance music has been and can be along the way.
Throne of Blood releases New Crack Swing on 17 Nov 08 (less)
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