The Bunker 3 Year Anniversary Party with Frivolous at subTonic
January 13, 2006
As a school teacher, it seemed easiest to link the unconventional behavior of Daniel Gardner to a learning disability; prooving to be the first in a series of failed attempts to categorize this undefinable young artist. Grades were always mediocre at best for the young suburban Vancouverite, until one semester a mysterious new course emerged into a normally less than progressive curriculum; Electronic Music Composition. Suddenly discovered were honor roll grades, and a means to merge a captive young mind with over a decade of communist-style classical piano training. In 1996, won over by unified dance floors and the Detroit sound, the 16 year old Frivolous engages in a long term love affair with the loop and takes his first weekly residency at a downtown Vancouver afterhours. After two successfully directionless years in electronics and then design, and after dabbling with some white label releases, Daniel decides to put his pride aside and send out a demo. A CD of incomplete works were sent out as an experiment to 5 of the most technologically innovative 12" labels in Germany and received back were 3 requests to release the material. "I told Andy [Vaz] that the work wasn't finished, and the day I received his reply was the day that the test pressings arrived for the Crankkongestion EP (Background Records), it's just been a chain reaction since then." Today, after a long evolution in his sound, Daniel's recording alter-ego Frivolous captures a romanticly influenced montage of the most cutting edge production techniques with an old soul mentality. Alongside his still rather bizarre performances, is the incorporation of classic instruments and vocals into an environment built on experiments with glitchy cut-up funk and found sound. We've been told that Frivulous's live set is a very unique not to be missed show, and we're psyched to celebrate our 3 year anniversary with him.