Hello Swingers, its been a few releases that “Stranger Danger” has made me click on his jackin sounds, the quality of the sampling, and the simplicity and finesse in his tracks have made me nuts lately, so I really wanted to share with you. Hope you enjoy just like I did, and go straight away discover his stuff ;)
Hello, can you introduce your project “Stranger Danger”?
Stranger Danger is just about my love for house music. I think initially the name was supposed to be a play on how as kids we are taught to fear strangers and be wary of them…and then we never really un-learn that to a certain degree as adults and move into a more excepting and open mind frame. I think that’s kind of funny and sad, but in the end I just decided the named sounded cool to me so I stuck with it.
How do you see your music?
I see my music as really fun and not too serious. I think that’s why I gravitate towards the Swing genre because it is so fun and light hearted compared to what we may have on the radio nowadays. I guess it could have been considered the pop music of the 20’s and 30’s but it was just so much classier. Makes you feel good and gets your body moving.
You’ve followed the house music scene for a while, you’ve been a dancer, a promoter, a dj, and now into production, this has probably given you a special look and feel about the scene, correct?
Yes, I think I’ve been around for a bit, since 1991. Most of my good friends are “retired ravers” who graduated to House music once we turned 21. To us it was a whole new thing at the time since we were so used to dancing all night to Breakbeat. I found House music refreshing, musical and uplifting.
I’ve seen the scene go through all sorts of incarnations over the years and now be picked up under a whole new generation under the EDM moniker. Change is the one constant in life. Always popular media has taken from the underground scene and rehashed things to sell their products and movies but I don’t want to sound bitter. That’s what happened to Jazz as well. It’s the way of the world. I’m just glad to be making a few tunes that some folks like.
What are you’re influences?
As far as Swing House music I’d say those folks who have been doing it well before me and have been knocking it out of the park ever since. If I had to run down a few names I’d say Mike Dixon, Wattie Green, Tommy Largo, Biboulakis, South of Roosevelt, and DJ Mibor. On the international scene I enjoy Bart and Baker, Parov Stelar, and Cab Canavaral. These guys make great tunes and I hope one day to get my skill level up to par.
What is electro-swing for you?
When I was young we had no cable and so I watched this old TV that got only like 3 channels clear enough to watch. Lots of old movies came on and I soaked those up. Swing music gives me that nostalgic feeling of my youth.
When I was older with our dance crews we used to spend hours watching old movies to pick up swing and tap dancing moves from the likes of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, John W Bubbles and the Nicholas Brothers. It just seemed like a natural progression to start incorporating some of those old tunes into the club, and I think the dance floor has reacted to that.
Electro –Swing is capturing some of that old magic and making it relevant again.
A best memory, or story you’d like to share?
Played at an event recently that was a themed party with everyone dress in 20’s and 30’s outfits. People went all out and the venue was old and majestic. We had these flapper girls comes out and do a dance performance while I spun. A really fun time getting into the swing of things (pun intended)
What are you’re future projects?
Look out for new projects coming up on Central Music Recordings and one that just hit on the Caboose label.
Anything you’d like to add?
Thanks for listening!
Its a pleasure for us to be listening, thank you for you’re time, and cant wait to hear more, here’s a really cool exclusive track Stranger Danger’s done for us, and go check out his stuff on the internet….
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