In March of 2017, a group of musicians and dance teachers set out to create a live performance of the classic ‘eclipse dance’ by the group ‘The Eclipse Dance Orchestra’.
‘We started in June 2017 with an open-mic night, and we ended up with an entire studio full of music and visuals for the dance,’ explains co-organiser Jason Smith.
The result was the ‘Eclipse Dance Orchestra Live’, a 24-hour, live concert series, performed in a studio and live stage.
‘The concept was that we were going to be able to create something really special and memorable, and that was what we set out on.’
‘The EDAO Live’ series is now in its third year.
Each episode features performances from around the world, including from the UK, France, Italy, Japan and the US.
The series is currently touring around the UK and has been described as a ‘must-see’ event for any music lover, including many from overseas.
‘It’s a big, big deal for us, but it’s not our main focus at the moment,’ explains Jason.
‘We’re looking to get back to the roots of the genre and try to do something more contemporary.’
The EDAYO Live, which has been performing since March 2018, has been featured on ITV, ITV2 and BBC Radio 5 live, and is available on the web and on DVD and Digital.
The ‘EDAO’ is also available for streaming via Spotify, Pandora, Google Play and other digital platforms.
Jason Smith’s favourite moment in the ‘elevated’ scene Jason Smith is one of a small but growing number of artists who have turned to the ‘edge’ of music to achieve their music.
‘I have to admit that I was a bit of a loner when I first started making music,’ he tells New York magazine.
‘Music was a huge part of my life before that, but I was more of a traditional kind of musician, which was fine and all, but in some ways it just became harder to do.
‘In my mind I was kind of a very introverted person, and I kind of became a little bit more outgoing and outgoing and introverted, and now I am a really outgoing, outgoing musician, so I guess that is probably one of the reasons why I like to go into the edge.’
‘I’ve always loved music, but music has always been part of who I am,’ he continues.
‘When I first joined The Eclipse Dance Organization, I was actually a really introverted kind of person.
I was really into the world of music, and being a musician was very important to me, but there was always something about music that I could relate to.
‘Then I started seeing the rise of the electronic music scene and I thought that this was something I could be part of, and so I’ve always been interested in electronic music.’
‘It kind of took me away from my music, because I felt like I was sort of alone and I felt sort of disconnected from it, but the electronic dance music scene really appealed to me and I just really loved it.’
Jason Smith in London in 2016 Jason Smith was born in London, England, and has lived most of his life in the UK.
‘Being born and raised in London was the most amazing thing, and the whole point of living there was to make music,’ explains the 28-year-old.
‘There was a lot of music there, but when I was young, it was the opposite, because there were very few clubs and festivals in London and lots of really serious music.’
Then I moved to London, and my life just got bigger and bigger.
And then I moved back to England, because of course there’s a lot more music in London now.
‘And I’ve really been looking for new ways to be in a space where I can really express myself, and to really make music and really be myself.
‘But at the same time I have a lot to say, and a lot in my life, so being able to share that with the world has really been really important.’
Jason, who has a degree in psychology, also has a love of music.
He began to compose while in school, and in the year 2000 he started a label, Tribute To The Future, which produced tracks by artists including John Newman, James Blake and the Beatles.
‘He just wanted to make his own music,’ says Jason, ‘and so he recorded some of the most important music from his life, and he was really interested in doing things in a different way.’
Tribute to the Future has released a number of albums, including ‘The Great Escape’, which was released in 2016.
‘To make music in a really creative way was really interesting for me, because you can really have a really different sound to what the mainstream music is, and it’s a little more experimental and it really resonates with you, and you get to really think about what it means