Welcome Chris and thank you so much for taking time out to be with us.
Chris Brann: Thank you.
First question is a basic…you're from Atlanta, so how did you get started creating this beautiful music you're making?
CB: I don't know, it's difficult because I came out of a scene that really wasn't supportive of house music. So it was a struggle to say that, you know, I'm a dance producer and working with these people who are just kind of, anti-dance being from the South. It all got diverted into, like, booty-shake or bass music... 'club' music. So, I don't know. It's just kind of an interesting struggle but I think that I've created more space for me to create freely.
Is there a market for your music in Atlanta?
CB: Yes, but it's small. There's little pockets of it. It's up-and-coming though.
Are there clubs that cater to dance music or is it all a mix where they'll have reggae going as well?
CB: No, there are clubs. But again, it's like, [there's] always this thing where they think that rave drug music is always more popular than, you know, the real soulful essence of where the music came from. That's kind of more what I am about and supporting of; the true essence of where dance music is from.
So what inspired you to get started? Who were you listening to get you into this vibe?
CB: Well house music-wise, the obvious people from the late eighties, nineties… Mr. Fingers, Ten City. Stuff like that. Marshall Jefferson.
What do you play at home, right now?
CB: I'm playing this new artist named Santessa a lot. She's produced by Stuart Matthewman; one of my favorite producers…he's from Sade. Santessa is a new artist from the U.K.
You're appearing in Florida at Groove Jet, is this a debut for Florida or anywhere? It seems that you guys don't perform all that much.
CB: I think we've DJ'd down here in the past. But this is the first official Ananda Project performance so…
Talk a little bit about Ananda Project, who's in the band with you, what's the project about?
CB: Well, my main project has always been Wamdue, or Wamdue Kids, Wamdue Project. So the Ananda thing started as kind of an off-shoot of that; to concentrate on experimenting with more Afro-Caribbean rhythms, or Brazilian rhythms and still coming from like a deep house context. There are a lot of vocals; a lot of emphasis on the song. [The group] features Gaelle Adisson, who sings "Cascades of Color"…
CB: Heather Johnson. Terrance Downs - who's with us tonight, will be on a song called, "Glory, Glory."
Is that from the new project?
CB: From the new album which will be out, I think, summer (2000).
What is it called?
What kind of message are you trying to deliver in your music?
CB: Well it's not much of a conscious, stream-lined effort to say one thing. It is… music is magic. If you can hit at the right time, and the right space, [with] the right people, and the right vibe - if it all comes together correctly, then that's good. That's always what I'm trying to achieve, all be it, non-consciously. It's something that has to evolve - you have to feel it. We don't go into the studio and think we have to be this or that… that we have to be formatted a certain way or it has to have a certain kind of message. That's just not what we're about.
So what's your process like for creating music? Do you wake up late at night needing to run into the studio?
CB: I'm just a very impatient person, so it's like whenever the feeling hits, I have to do it. Whenever that may be.
And with that, he was gone. Thanks Chris!
Creating music since the mid-nineties as the Wamdue Kids or the Wamdue Project, Chris Brann has released successful albums and singles with underground's most prolific labels including STRICTLY RHYTHM, GUIDANCE, UBIQUITY, and STUDIO K7! In the process he's created ethereal classics and helped put Atlanta on the dance music map with his distinctly soulful vibe.
But like most things brilliant, the man behind it all would much rather let the music stand on its own and interviews, while undoubtedly necessary, are suffered with polite reservation. Still, if you're going to be a man of few words, it's helpful if those words are carefully chosen and carry a lot of impact. With Chris, that's exactly what you get and that's all good with us. Now let him tell you about himself, his music, and what he was doing at WMC 2000.