TRENTEMØLLER at the Mod Club (722 College), Friday (October 12). $18.50 advance, more at the door. www.ticketweb.ca. Rating: NNNNN
Getting a reputation as a sought-after remixer is a double-edged sword.
Anders Trentemøller is loved by DJs for his knack for twisting pop songs into edgy dance-floor destroyers. But he's aware that the strength of those remixes may obscure his own compositions -- one reason why his current tour is focusing on live interpretations of tracks from last year's critically acclaimed artist album, The Last Resort
"That's why I've been saying no to a lot of remixes. A lot of DJs and producers end up only being remix artists, spending all their time working on that instead of their own music," says Trentemøller from a San Diego cab as he tries to locate a good café for lunch before a gig later that night. "My own focus has always been on writing my own music and doing my own stuff.
"Remixes are great fun to do, but I'm very aware that they shouldn't take too much of my time. Maybe next year I'll start making them again, but right now I'm on a break from that. Remixes are mainly aimed at the dance floor, and sometimes I miss good melodies."
For this tour, he's put together a small band, including an acoustic drummer and a bassist/guitarist, to accompany him. At first it seems a bit odd that he's working with traditional instruments. But a closer listen to The Last Resort reveals that it's not nearly as electronic as it seems.
"With that album I was trying to get something really warm and organic, and then mix it with some very electronic and cold sounds. It's interesting to me to work with those kinds of contrasts and combinations.
"I'm not thinking so much about whether it's dance music or rock or whatever. For me, it's just music. I'm a bit bored with being put into small boxes and being told, 'This is minimal, this is techno, and that's rock.' For me, it's about playing good music."
This tour may be focusing on his more experimental and eclectic side, but those who mainly love Trentemøller for his floor-filling club-friendly tracks will be pleased to know he's just released The Trentemøller Chronicles, a two-CD collection of his best remixes, b-sides and rare singles. It's a good primer on his sound and captures his downtempo moody side as well as his party mode.
As far as his next album goes, even he's not sure what persona will be at the forefront.