I know this artist is by no means new to the scene, but it recently came to my attention that a friend with strong musical knowledge had never heard of this mysterious, french-electro producer before. It made me wonder how many other people don't know who Franck Rivoire AKA Danger is...
A mysterious artist from the start, Danger got signed to EKLEROSHOCK in late 2007 when he released his first EP "9/14/2007". At the time, his myspace was the only source of "legitimate" information I could find. Then came "9/16/2007" in 2009 and "9/17/2007" in 2010. Most of his song titles are hours of the day. Apparently this is supposed to be the time of day when each track was finished. Strange, but clear that Franck wanted to paint this picture of Danger's life through his music. As if each release would be a timeline of Danger's life. Although if you look at the EP titles there's a date missing. Actually the "missing" EP has been advertised ever since the first one came out, but it never seemed to get released. Reading a more recent interview, it seems the next EP he does will technically be the "2nd" release we've been waiting for.
Off his first EP, this first track has a bit more of an "electro-pop" feel to it with the vocals. That's definitely not a bad thing especially with the array of synths and crunchy bass lines going on. While the second track makes me feel like I'm in an 80s Rambo/First Blood/Mortal Combat style video game.
These two tracks are by far the standouts of his 9/16/2007 EP and 9/17/2007 EP respectively. "4h30" is probably my favorite track he's put out thus far. From the start it has the vibe of a bad-ass Halloween track and that bass line that comes in around :16 is unreal.
In 2009, I saw Danger at the Avalon in Hollywood. I remember having to suffer through Drop the Lime and a Hot Chip DJ set before I got to see Danger come on around 2AM. [Backing up what I just said: DJ's should not sing over their own tracks during their set (Drop the Lime) and Indie bands should not do DJ sets (Hot Chip)]. By the time Danger got on, most the crowd had left at that point (which allowed for a very drunk/sleepy Connor to bust out all his questionable dance moves with plenty of space). We were front row and someone backstage handed Danger a beer. He looked at it like "how the f*ck am I supposed to drink this with this mask on you idiot"? So he handed it to my buddy. The music was amazing. He played tons of unreleased (now long since released) material and mixed them all almost flawlessly. Still to this day, it's one of my more favorite acts I've seen at that venue.
[EDIT: I want to point out that Drop the Lime currently tours as a live act with a full band. It's very impressive and if you get the chance, see him live! Also since this show in '09, Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip) has started a side-project called The 2 Bears and has since gone on to release an EP titled "Gabriel" on DFA. You can check it out below. Both these outfits' production is incredible and should not be overlooked. Sorry for hating in '09, but I call it like I see (or hear) it.]
But back to Danger... So what's this dude up to today? He hasn't released any original tracks since his last EP, but is currently working on a new one and ultimately a full length album. I'm guessing we'll see the EP early 2012 and the album maybe at the end of that year?? One can only hope.
The remixes above are two of the latest productions he's released. Can anyone help me find a 320??? Believe me, I've tried. Anyways, check out this interview below done in August. It's the first time I've heard the guy speak and he goes pretty in-depth on how he produces, his thoughts on dubstep, and what his new live setup entails.