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With his debut CD Zero Ground, Vancouver-based musician/composer Chad Nantais dares to push the boundaries of music using technology as both an inspiration and a tool.

The whimsical and eclectic soundscapes that Nantais weaves are a hybrid concoction of jazz fusion, electronica and multi-layered synthetic instruments. Zero Ground is the soundtrack to a modern world where machines allow one person to re-create what was once accomplished by an entire band, and technology can create as emotional a connection as a human. It’s Frank Zappa meets the cyborg replicants from Blade Runner’s Tyrell Corporation – a synthetic musical creation that’s eerily “More Human than Human”.

It’s a sound and style that comes from the natural evolution of Nantais’ strong background in both music and computers.

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Nantais bought his first guitar when he was just 9 years old. It wasn’t long before he was playing in neighbourhood heavy metal bands and experimenting with the recording and producing process. Later he took up the drums, and also began a career as a DJ, laying down hip-hop, techno and house music at parties.

Meanwhile, he was also immersing himself in the emerging world of computer programming, exploring virtual worlds and discovering new modes of expression.

Living so close to Detroit, Nantais was heavily influenced by the Motown sounds coming from the airwaves when he was growing up, along with Gospel, R&B, jazz and soul. Later, heavy metal, progressive and techno music would help shape his musical sensibilities, as would the midi-sampled soundtracks to video games in the 80s and 90s.

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  • Veev

    This music is UNREAL

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • atoga

    this is pretty cool though i have no idea who an adequate similar artist would be. david axelrod is the closest comparison i can think of, and that's probably a bad one. also this doesn't really sound much like fusion to me, more like funk? must listen to more later

    3 Apr 2007 Reply