Dance music titan and innovator BT, aka Brian Transeau, has been left reeling after his studio was burgled by scumbags who made off with $150,000 of his state-of-the-art electronic gear.
What should have been a momentous time for BT - who is shortly to release his 4th album 'Emotional Technology' on Dutch label Black Hole Recordings - has been marred by this shocking turn of events. Having lost works in progress, components of live shows and much of his career's work, BT has offered a $20,000 reward for any info leading to the recovery of his equipment.
As well as offering the monetary award, he's taken the more unconventional method of offering an alternative - his services as a producer for the equivalent time. And in a typically pro-active move, he's decided to take a stand against thieves, starting a non-profit, subscription service where producers can have all their gear 'thumbprinted' with unique markings and serial numbers, so in the event that the equipment is stolen and sold on, it can be identified and hopefully recovered.
Another positive role of the organisation is its commitment to donating old or unused equipment to musicians who cannot afford to buy it. BT is also looking into the possibility of setting up workshops to instruct new producers in the intricacies of electronic music production. Currently sorting all the legal aspects of his new organisation, he hopes to be able to help fellow producers and prevent studio robberies from having such a devastating effect.