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Bridge Theory is a Bass duo comprised of production partners Kiran Notez and Bill Hankins III. They share a unique philosophy on music and sound; and chose to emulate the theory of Albert Einstein (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbwvTBaLLqo) to build a bridge with their music and production styles.
Kiran Notez’ Mother played piano, while Bill Hankins III is the son of notable Bluegrass guitarist Bill Hankins Jr. Bred, born and raised on music, the two share a passion for the avant-garde and both members of Bridge Theory embrace any and all open-minded attitudes toward sound, musicianship, Bass and theory. Bill’s parents introduced his young ears to tunes from Ben E. King, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater, and Bill Hankins Jr.’s own Bluegrass guitar playing. But it was Bill’s sister, Brandie, who would change the course of Bill’s musical future forever when she played him a Megadeth song. “Heavy metal quickly began to envelop my musical life. I started taking guitar lessons at age 10 and began learning percussion in band class at the beginning of the 7th grade. My major metal influences include Opeth, Nevermore, In Flames, Soilwork, Megadeth, Joe Satriani, and others.” Bill would go pro in Metal himself, as the lead guitarist / vocalist for metal band "Definition Unknown" in Ukiah, CA. Also in 2005, Bill began producing electronic music, which is where he and Kiran Notez shine as producers, remixers and DJs in their own right. Kiran was influenced heavily by Hip Hop, Roots Reggae, and Rock music as a child. “I looked up to artists who had a positive message. KRS ONE, Pharcyde, Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Beastie Boys, Sizzla, Dan the Automator, and for electronic music I was definitely inspired by Tipper.” Circa 2002, Kiran Notez began making music on his own, experimenting heavily with the MPC 3000 and segueing into producing with Logic, to which he became addicted.
Bridge Theory’s unique sound is an amalgamation of all of these music influences, plus the many years Kiran and Bill have spent honing their production skills, respectively. According to Bill, the teamwork aspect of their production duo is perfect for the electronic style they both employ. “Working with someone on electronic music is much different and can be done in many different ways. This has become something I like better than just working alone. I enjoy hearing what Kiran does with the music I start and I really enjoy adding to and working with his music,” explains Bill. However, after all of the technological advances such as emailing .wav file stems back and forth to add more sounds, play off of one another’s vibe, and build a sonic bridge; there IS something to be said for making musical magic the old-fashioned way. “It is always nice when we can get together and work on music in the same room for a week or two.”
The Bridge Theory credo and goal is to go as far and wide as possible, physically and musically, to relate to a broad variety of people's interests using variations of familiar sounds combined with the unique & creative foreign template of dubstep-esque electronic music. Kiran Notez explains it best… “We are a production and performance duo who explore all realms of Bass music, creating a theatrical performance set for sonic pleasure and to satisfy the urge to dance. We are a fusion of organic sounds with the diversity of electronic production and Bridge Theory provides an original experience through our sound design.”
An expert sound designer, Bill prefers to utilize as little hardware as possible to create the music. “I like to use the computer by itself a lot of the time. This is especially easy when using Cubase DAW, which has a great musical keyboard that attaches directly to the keyboard of the laptop allowing for non-velocity sensitive human interface that most computer users are already familiar with,” Bill explains. “As far as software goes my favorite plugins, by far, are Native Instrument's Battery (Percussion), Future Audio Workshop's Circle (All Bass and Synth) and RGC Audio's Z3ta+ (Synth). Bill Hankins III was responsible for creating the first-ever Dubstep preset pack for FAW’s Circle entitled “Drawing Circles” which is available for sale via loopbased.
Bill Hankins III, Kiran Notez and/or Bridge Theory as a duo have shared stages with Shpongle, Beats Antique, Zeds Dead, Nitt Gritt, Siren, Kraddy, Knowa Knowone, Stephan Jacobs, The Black Rock City Allstars, & David Starfire among many, many other talented musicians, bands, DJs, groups and sonic artists.