Redstorm’s dance music interest started in the mid 70’s with a weekly DJ show called the "Record Hop" run by Stewart Sherman. Stewart’s shows were usually held at high schools and churches in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding areas. These were great days doing the Hustle and dancing to KC and the Sunshine Band, Brass Construction, Earth Wind and Fire, Soul Makossa, Atomic Dog, etc.
In the 80’s more progressive dance music was hitting the scene most coming out of the UK. Some was mainstream and could be heard on the radio, but much of what was hot was being played in the gay bars. Even though straight, Redstorm spent a lot of time in those clubs listening and analyzing the wonders of that electronic energy. The Synthesizer with its rich and thick limitless sounds was totally captivating.
In the early Eighties Rick Connor formed a band called Liquid Visual and played local venues for several years in Phoenix, AZ.
In the mid 90’s Rick Connor went solo and took on the name Redstorm. Check out the music video "Artificial Love" on youtube and keep an eye out for another album currently in the works.
Redstorm is one of the most refreshing groups I've heard in a while! His music is like a hybrid of the forefathers of techno, like Kraftwerk, pop idols of the 80's, like Duran Duran, and more recent Erasure or Midi Rain.
The style of the tracks vary quite a bit, from tracks that could only be described as 4/4 disco, complete with the octave bassline riff, to totally tripped out tracks using bizarre vocal tricks I haven't even ever heard before.
One song in particular,entitled 'Space', totally rips - a solid 9.5 on my scale! A straight ahead 4/4 beat,but with really wild pitch bent vocals, and nice light piano and string sounds. While all of the songs tend to have a minimalistic feel, it's more by the choices of sounds and EQ'ing, than by the more common lack of any real content; one of the few times I have felt that a minimalistic approach really worked.
*** Mark of AnalogX ***