Frivolous - Red Tide
Classifying the unusual character of Daniel Gardner is a challenge. His school-teachers all tried and failed and finally attributed his unconventional ways to a learning disability which was never formally diagnosed. Born and raised on a farm in isolated rural Canada, disassembling appliances and building strange gadgets where the only past-times that garnered young Gardner’s full attention until one semester a mysterious new course emerged into his stale and traditional school curriculum; Electronic Music Composition. Suddenly discovered, were honor roll grades, and a means to merge an imaginative young mind with over a decade of fiercely enforced classical piano training. In 1996, captivated by Electronic music, unified dance floors and Detroit sounds, the 16-year-old embarked on a life-long love affair with the loop and took his first DJ residency at a Vancouver afterhours. After two successfully directionless years studying electronics and design, and after dabbling with some independent releases, Daniel decided to put his pride aside and demo his accomplishments. A CD-R of incomplete works were sent out as an experiment to 5 of the most esthetically innovative labels in Germany, and received back were 3 requests to release the material. The encouragement and new-found confidence led to the birth of the project FRIVOLOUS Now with more than 40 releases and over a dozen 12"s to his name, Frivolous has toured the globe playing an eclectic array of venues and festivals along the way. His live shows have been hailed for their energy, originality and ingenuity as he's taken the stage next to some of the most respected names in the business. Never compromising the art of showman-ship, these spectacles feature live keyboards and vocals as well as the incorporation of his DIY aesthetic. Integrating homemade devices such as the "Frivolous Patented Electromagnetic knife", the "Broken-Ruler Music Box" and the Double "Cable-Tub" Bass, his music is injected with a sense of fantasy, imagination and personality scarcely found elsewhere in modern electronic dance music. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.