“It feels like the right time for us to be playing together again”, says bassist Dan Kurtz. “theNEWDEAL needed some time to find some new musical inspiration and get some perspective on what is important about what, and how, we play together”.
“We just needed a break to go do other things”, adds keyboardist Jamie Shields. “When the thing you love begins to feel only like work, it’s time to step away”.
Darren Shearer, theNEWDEAL’s original drummer, has decided not to continue in this next phase of the band’s career. In his place, Dan and Jamie are excited to welcome Toronto-based drummer Joel Stouffer. Joel is one of only two drummers who has ever managed to fill Darren’s shoes in the past, having played brilliantly with the band when Darren broke his hand in 2011. Joel has spent the last seven years touring the world with Dan in Electropop band Dragonette.
theNEWDEAL first began in Toronto in 1999, and came up through the American Jam scene in the decade that followed. Since the theNEWDEAL's beginning, it has been hard to categorize this band, which shows in the wide range of artists that they have played with (Everyone from Herbie Hancock to the Roots, from Moby to Fatboy Slim). A long-time staple of the Jam scene, theNEWDEAL’s improvisational interpretation of Electro House, Trance, Breakbeat and Drum & Bass has brought traditionally electronic music to the live music scene, adding a “human element” and vibrance that can sometimes get lost in the sea of computerized perfection.
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