‘I didn’t even know who Sasha was at the time, but he told me the music I was making was important and that people in his country were going to appreciate it. It was a very exciting time, I performed at festivals all over Europe and my music was on the radio.’ He says. BT quickly built up a large international following, but the US was still largely unaware of his success. ‘It wasn’t until I began composing film scores that I really returned to my home soil and began composing things that people started to hear in America.’
Fast forward to 2010 and BT is a household name in not only the music industry, but the film industry too, where BT made name as a composer, creating the film score of some of the biggest box office success stories, such as The Fast and The Furious, Monster, Blade II, American Pie and Gone In 60 Seconds. His music tapped into main stream culture through film and started making it onto American radio.
‘It’s something I like oscillating back and forth between, when you’re composing for a film, you’re serving a greater creative vision- working with a team of people trying to create something compelling, moving or whatever it may be- but it’s very much a specific and unique sort of challenge.’ He says on how working as a dance music producer and working on film score allowed him to stretch creatively. ‘When you’re making an album you’re just kind of off on your own, trying to make something that’s meaningful and digestible- that the end user can relate to and enjoy.’
But for all his good musical effort, BT isn’t much of a clubbing fanatic himself, ‘It’s just something that’s never particularly appealed to me, I love dancing and going out with friends- and I love listening to dance music in a festival kind of situation, but for me the attraction to electronic music culture has always the music, it’s never been other than that.’ He says.
BT’s 6th artist album has just been released- the first since The Binary Universe in 2006. These Hopeful Machines is a new exploration into sound that took him almost 4 years to put together. A music scientist by nature, BT believes there is still much more to be explored when it comes to making music and discovering more sounds. ‘Several points of interest have come up in my study while making These Hopeful Machines, which I think will develop over the next 10 years or so.’
In fact, his voyage into sound gadgetry has seen him develop his own software- soon to be released under Sonik Architects. ‘There are three applications; Sonifi is basically a remix engine for the iphone and we’ve already lined up some amazing artists to release content on there. Break Tweaker is the first micro-rhythmic composition tool that addresses surround sound- it’s amazing for composing anything that has glitch or futuristic and modern rhythms. Stutter Edit is a live buffer cutting tool for anyone that edits live- from a singer to a guitarist to a laptop dj- it like you’ve spent 10 hours in the studio fine-tuning it. Its astonishing sounding!’’
Astonishing too is also the fact that BT is ambidextrous- a rare condition that means he is both left and right handed and can use both hands equally. ‘It’s great and it’s weird too because you’re always getting confused, but its nice being able to use both your hands to write music and use the mouse.’ – Which might just explain why BT’s been able to do more than the average human-music making machine in the span of his career- and it sounds like he’s still hopeful to do much more.