It is indisputable that the internet has been very friendly to the progression of music, and most notably, dance music. For example, Caleb Cornett, also known by his Nom de Guerre, Amtrac, grew up in Kentucky with a hard-rocking father whose musical tastes included the classics: Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath.
“I’ve always been pretty active online and found most of my music from various outlets,” Cornett told Nest HQ in a 2013 interview. “But my dad was a hard rocker growing up and always had me jamming out to the greats.”
He played in bands, like many American teenagers, but thanks to unmitigated access to the limitless frontiers of online music, a resurgence in underground dance culture, and a refusal to become pidgeon-holed into a single-genre black hole, Cornett began producing, and the world is a better place because of it.
It wasn’t until his Came Along LP came along that audiences began noticing a unique talent gearing up for greatness. Since then, Amtrac has created his own sound, placing his musical fingerprint upon his productions. His production prowess belies a confidence other more established producers find refreshing. He’s worked with Kaskade, Two Door Cinema Club, Azari & III, Chromatics, Alex Metric, Chromeo and Kill the Noise. He vibes, and his sets are neither too aggressive nor too chilled-out. Rather, they mix a special intensity that discreetly quenches an urge to rage. Amtrac recognizes the interplay between the necessity for beauty in dance music and dancing-as-catharsis.
Amtrac shares the stage with Chris Lake and Satin Jackets this Saturday, July 11th at Exchange LA.