Reaching music’s upper echelon

Reaching music’s upper echelon<strong></strong>

MUSIC producer Echelon is about to launch the result of four years of work with an album he describes as electronic with blended styles of industrial rock.

Techno, break beat and dubstep feature in Redemption and Glory along with US-style hip hop and down-tempo synth-pop sounds.

Los Angeles rapper Crisis Mr Swagger, who has shared the stage with NWA, Akon and Sean Paul, and lives in Perth, contributed the majority of the album’s rapping component.

Echelon is the studio alias of Dane Jolly, a classically trained musician-producer, who by day works as a new homes consultant in the suburbs of Ellenbrook, Aveley and Brabham.

“I haven’t played in an orchestra or jazz band in years, but my classical training forms a big part of the sound on my new album,” he said.

“There are complex orchestral arrangements, along with big church pipe organ intros and even violin solos, all mixed in with pumping modern, electronic music.”

Echelon collaborated with Ryan Reynolds, lead singer of Detroit hardcore band All Hands Lost, and Ceelay and Miss Paula, a staple of Perth’s live music scene.

Popular local singers Danah Mitchell and music teacher Ben Bowden also feature on the album, mastered by Rob Grant, who previously worked with Lenny Kravitz, Tame Impala and Eskimo Joe.

The Doubleview-based muso said his sound and style is broad, therefore hopefully of wider appeal.

“These different genres have allowed me to utilise my full set of musical skills, from guitar and drum recording, through to complex synthesizer patches, vocal layering, sampling and, ultimately, mixing.”

He found the biggest challenge was working and collaborating with other artists.

“It’s also the most rewarding,” he said.

“The logistics are hard, using drop boxes and emails to record and sample musicians from the US, then making everything sit right in the mix.”

His formative years in music began early on piano, flute and saxophone and he has played guitar for more than 20 years.

As a teenager, he performed with many bands and went on to release various LPs and albums with his peers.

His debut solo album Parallels of Paradigm hit the airwaves in 2012 and he has recorded different bands and singers in his home studio, along with creating music for film and dance.

His new album will be launched on October 15 from 7.30pm at the Astor Lounge in Mt Lawley.

There will be live performances on the night from Crisis Mr Swagger, Danah Mitchell and Ben Bowden, hosted by Andre and Kat Pagano from My Kitchen Rules.

Entry is free and no bookings are required.