Cold Electric began as a solo recording project in Austin, Texas in 2006, by Mike the Electrician (aka DJ Cold Electric). It has since evolved into a team-effort of various devoted individuals, committed to breaking the barriers of genre and industry. The ideology of the mission is to establish a self-sufficient composition/production/recording/distribution channel.
Cold Electric's sound is a blend of electronic drum beats, synthesizers, samplers, guitar, and bass guitar. Most of the songs do not have vocals. With my productions, the drum sounds are hand-picked and manually programmed, the synthesizers are custom-designed, and the bass and guitar tracks are composed and recorded. Very few samples are used that aren't original recordings.
The end result? Melodic synthesizer compositions; powerful drum beats incorporating dance, rock, and hip-hop grooves; electro rock-ish energy balanced with a perfect mix of upbeat rhythms; mellow-yet-powerful arrays of sweeping strings, synthesizer flourishes, layered guitar riffs, and explosive production effects.
To date, through file-sharing networks and internet-based promotion, 25,000+ digital copies of Cold Electric albums have been distributed (given freeely, but encouraging/requesting small donations).
The first Cold Electric album (self-titled) was made available online in early 2008, and accounts for the vast majority of all downloads. In April 2011, the second Cold Electric album ("Restore the Commons") was finally ready, and I'm in the early stages of promoting this most recent album now.
At this point in time, nearly all of my work has been done solo, in my home studio, and I've only played a handful of shows. I'm working to make the computerized portion of the music more interactive, so that I'm not just pressing play in a live performance. More often, I've been spinning DJ sets solo, and working as In-House producer and Stage-DJ for Voice Mau, and ID Entertainment: http://soundcloud.com/voice-mau-id-ent
In the near future, my goals are to expand my fan base in every way possible. I'll be promoting my new album, continuing to assemble and improve my internet presence. Also, I'm working with a drummer and another musician (guitar, bass, synth) to put together an exciting & energetic live set - a performance that plays more like a rock show, and not as much like a DJ set. Check back often! I'm working my best to steadily move toward these goals, and if all goes as planned, Cold Electric will be in full force by the end of 2012. However, I'm a full-time engineering student at University of Texas @ Austin...