Archive for July, 2009

DJ/Producer Spotlight – John B

Every now and then, I will post a bio of some of my favorite talent in the electronic music industry.  Notable and noteworthy producers will be given attention to as well.

So for my first artist bio on my blog I want to introduce you to…

John B

This producer has been one of my favorites for almost 10 years now. He has been producing and remixing tracks for many years, spanning many different genres of electronic music. His career started in producing drum & bass, more recently progressing to the styles of techno and electro (I will touch on genres later).  His more recent remixes and DJ sets have punk and retro-rock influences, making me like his style even more.

He is very much plugged into the social networking scene, twittering, podcasting, myspacing and facebooking (if those are even real words) all of his activities.  He also has a radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio, called Redux.  His website john-b.com is loaded with social network links, tour photos & dates, and most importantly, downloadable podcasts of pretty much everything he does.

I highly recommend giving John B a listen, especially if you are into techno and drum & bass. He is truly a talent that I have enjoyed for a long time.

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Music and physical pleasure

My wife will sometimes comment on how I can’t stop listening to music at any time and any place. Something always needs to be playing whether I’m at home, on the road, on the beach, at a hotel, etc. It’s not a nuisance but an observation.  I don’t know, I can’t help it, it just feels better to be somewhere when music is playing, it just feels like a better time that way.

Now I don’t know if you are like me, but sometimes when I hear a piece of music that I really enjoy I get a cold chill shoot down my spine. It is a very good feeling that lasts for about a second or two, and it always goes down the middle of my back.  I always wondered what that really was.

I found that many scientific studies have concluded that listening to music does in fact produce positive reactions in humans that can be compared to those experienced while having sex, eating good food or ingesting a drug for example.  Music is in fact, a pleasurable experience to humans.

But I found it really interesting (according to one study) to learn that the chills I feel are actual physiological reactions that my body is having.  Pretty freakin cool if you ask me.

Here is a scientific study article done on the “spine chiller” sensation I describe, if you are up to some nerdy reading:

Intensely pleasurable responses to music

So that shudder you get when that bassline drops or that chorus kicks in is just your brain pumping out some  dopamine into your system.  I didn’t realize I am one of those people lucky enough to be programmed this way.

So the next time you feel like lighting up that crack pipe put it down and turn on some tunes! Its much healthier that way, and almost just as pleasurable.