Basstownians

By DAVID DAY  |  August 7, 2007

The underappreciated creative scene in Basstown has producers like our trinity scrambling to get recognized. “I’ll search for my name to see who’s playing it,” says Rourke. Savant: “I just found out that my remix for the Faint has been cycling on Swedish national radio.” Perhaps the most confounding thing is the lack of commercial enterprise in our three new talents. “It’s a great feeling hearing from DJs saying that they would like to drop or have dropped a track of mine,” says Cyr. “I put time into making this simply because I love it. And if someone put my track in their mix, that means they chose my song out of however many they could choose from. It’s a great feeling hearing from DJs saying that they would like to drop or have dropped a track of mine.”

Rourke started off playing drums, and that led to a natural inclination towards beats. “I’ve been a drummer for 20 years, and into recording and production since high school. I’ve done a whole lot of rock, too. Big guitars, slamming drums. Not especially dance-y, but I really like doing it and would love to be remixing hot songs for loot regularly.”

It’s that regular loot that has a lot of local heads scratching for a place to perform. The multi-talented Savant plays when he can with the Hot Pink crew, but Rourke and Cyr are left with blogs and Internet on-ramps to get them proper gigs. “I’m not making any money doing remixes,” says Rourke. “I’m working on a bunch of remix ideas right now. Trying out different variations and stuff.” Savant too maintains his grind: “I’m working on some original tracks; right now I’m refining my DJ skills and I’m looking for gigs.” And Cyr: “I don’t have any gigs, but I’m mad busy. And I do plan on 100 percent continuing this well into my future, whether that means making money or just continuing to do it for fun. It’s such a great feeling seeing a dance floor full of people dancing to what you’re putting out to them.” In the new world of Basstown, that dance floor spans the entire globe — yet it finds a hub in Boston.

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