Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ultra Fest Preview: Chemical Brothers - Still Awesome

Nearly 20 years after The Chemical Brothers started playing together, these pioneers are still taking electronic music to the next level.

Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands met in grade school in the United Kingdom back in the '70s. After getting involved in various music projects of their own, the 2 began to DJ together in 1992 under the name The Dust Brothers (after the US production duo famous for their work with the Beastie Boys). They released their first track, a Hip Hop song called Song to the Siren, in 1993 while they were still in university.

From there they started releasing original music & remixes, touring, and getting enough recognition that the original Dust Brothers threatened legal action over use of their name. And so in 1995 they changed their name to The Chemical Brothers, after their ground-breaking original track Chemical Beats, the song that epitomized the duo's genre-defining big beat electronic sound.

From there they released their debut album, Exit Planet Dust (the title inspired by their name change), entering the UK charts at #9. It eventually went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. And they haven't looked back since.

Over the next 15 years they would continue to pioneer their signature big beat sound, win 8 Grammy awards, 5 BRIT awards, and collaborate with the likes of Oasis, Fatboy Slim, The Flaming Lips, Q-Tip, and Michel Gondry amongst others.

They also became heavily involved in writing music for motion picture soundtracks, and contributed to such films as The Butterfly Effect, Hanna and Black Swan.

These guys have held it down over the years, and 7 albums later, they are still kickin' ass! They will be headlining at this year's Ultra Music Festival, no doubt playing tracks off their 7th and most recent studio album, Further. Further is the band’s first album to be released with corresponding short music video films made specifically to match each of the 8 audio tracks. We love this psychedelic groovy video for the song Swoon.

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