BAM! Project

In the Noughties, I teamed up with my nephew Mark East (who was working as the breakbeat producer Deep Impact … and as a DJ in the UK, US and Ibiza ).  Together we collaborated on projects under many different names like BAM!  (short for Bruce And Mark).  Many of our successes came from vinyl ‘bootleg’ remixes made for club DJs on the dance circuit.

Later it was all done on a laptop.

At that time, artists whose work was sampled for dance remixes generally treated it as a promotional tool.  Some — like the Chemical Brothers, Gorillaz and the Prodigy — even posted bare vocal tracks online to help with these remixes.

But we also wrote original tracks, with Tasmin Archer and Diane Charlemagne (of Moby) among those who did vocals for us.  Our records regularly appeared in club charts, but pressings were limited to no more than five thousand of any particular track.

Usually the only ‘real’ playing on these tracks was my bass guitar track.  This would usually improve any programmed bass … and would often improve the drum track, too.  Computer sequencing, via synths and samples, was used for all the other parts — which I played in on keyboard.  Effects like filtering, delays, reverbs, reversing, time stretching and pitch shifting were combined to build new songs, arrangements and mixes from the ground up.

 

Here are a couple of early BAM! demos that were never finished and released … a ‘Dad’ House track … and a bit of old-skool Eurotrance …

 

last night : BAM! feat. Diane Charlemagne

 

‘I’m here to spread love all over the world,’ sang our friend Anita … being a northern lass, it came out as ‘luv’…

all over the world : BAM! feat. Anita Newhouse 

 

We also produced ambient and chilled music.  The new post-pop/post-classical millenium allows the medieval to mix with the modern, the primitive with the cosmopolitan … Celtic, Electronica, Mantras, World, Tribal, Gregorian and Tibetan … and allowed us to create music like ‘Silent Circle’ …

silent circle : brucethomas & Mark East