Artist Spotlight: Escort
This week we’re talking all Escort, all the time. Taking center stage for our Artist Spotlight, we cannot wait for the disco orchestra’s sexy dance party at #TheBigUp!
Dance music is enjoying a second disco revolution and Escort is unique in both size and approach. Bringing disco to the 21st Centruy, Escort is all about the organic sound. Their stage show is brought to life by living, breathing musicians playing their instruments for the good of the groove. There is no DJ on stage with them. “Disco never died, It was just hiding out in Brooklyn,” Rolling Stone proclaims.
Founded when guitarist Dan Balis and keyboard player Eugene Cho met at Vassar College and started making house singles in the early 00′s, Escort started as a studio project for the duo who, “wanted to make records in the spirit of the old ones we were sampling.” Quickly realized that creating their sound with live musicians was the way to go, the masterminds built out their disco army. Escort’s is tight live, an achievement made more surprising by the musicians’ wildly diverse backgrounds. Drummer Ben Herson runs the Nomadic Wax label, while sax player Jon Natchez is a member of indie-rock band Beirut. Lead singer Adeline Michèle also performs in the soul/hip-hop trio the Crowd, while violinist Hiroko Taguchi was in the “Spring Awakening” pit. Onstage, though, they’re all united by the glory of disco.
I would say that we are unique in that while we are not the only band flirting around this type of music, we are probably much more willing to self-identify as a disco band. – Eugene Cho
One of the things we’re trying to do is really write songs that will stand on their own outside of the packaging of dance music. There are very much verses and choruses and lyrics we spend time on. – Dan Balis
Check Them Out
Interview – with 1883 Magazine