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BT Turns Pop to Gold

You probably heard of BT cuz he worked with *NSYNC on their smash hit Pop but BT has been involved with electronic music for years. He makes his own music, does remixes for other artists and is a producer too.

Brian Transeau (a.k.a. BT) was born and raised in Washington, DC and began playing piano when he was just four years old. He started classical piano training when he was 13 and listened to '80s electronic bands like Depeche Mode and Yes.

In 1993, BT released his first singles on Deep Dish Records called Relativity and A Moment of Truth and the songs became club hits in Britain. In 1995, he released his first album titled Ima and had a couple of hit songs in Britain with Embracing the Future and Loving You More. Actually, the whole album was a hit in Britain but BT was pretty much an unknown in the US at this time.

Life changed for BT in 1996 with a remix he did for Tori Amos called Blue Skies. The song became a major club hit in Great Britain and the US. The style of music BT played - with synthesizers and a chugging beat - would soon become known as trance music. Many artists believe BT played a huge part in pioneering the genre. He followed it up in 1998 with another album, ESCM and moved to Nettwerk's recording label in 2000. He soon released Movement In Still Life and critics consider the album to be one of his best.

Over the years BT is had the opportunity to do remixes for such artists as Seal, Madonna and numerous Sarah McLachlan tracks. He is recognized as an electronica artist and a producer. He produced *NSYNC's song Pop and he was the one who insisted on using Justin's beatbox skills which is one of the things that helped to give it a fresh new "garage" sound. It's also rumored he may be teaming up with Britney Spears for her November, 2001 release. The same year BT also contributed a song of his own to the techno soundtrack for Tomb Raider.

"Dance music is about one thing," he says. "It's about making people dance. I want to try to get people to dance but also to feel and think at the same time."

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