"Dance music doesn't need to be generic, functional and boring," says Ryan Brokenshire, the chief composer and humble leader of Galapagos Records. Being a classically trained pianist who later discovered electronic music, his foundation was built upon the music of the past yet he simultaneously embraces the future. More often than not, he's locked away in the studio toiling on one of his many music projects, including record label Magnotron and several other endeavors that have yet to be officially announced.
Despite founding electronic dance label/production company PITS and DJing in a multitude of venues throughout Detroit, John Joseph (aka John Coyle) has not lost touch with his drummer roots. Perhaps this is because music has been instilled in him since birth by his father, a freelance music producer. Before segueing into electronic music, John performed and recorded with a variety of bands around mid-Michigan.
It's easy to believe that Mike Dreg is a student of Larry Fratangelo (one of George Clinton's percussionists) when you take a look at his collection of drums and percussion instruments. His studio, know as "The Belly", is an encyclopedia of drums housing congas, bongos, timbales, shakers, djembes, maracas, etc. And that's just scratching the surface. When he's not recording drums for Galapagos Records he's likely rehearsing or performing with Detroit-based rock band The Dregs.
While Peter Croce is known more these days for DJing and running the Rocksteady Disco record label, there was a time where he was just as busy gigging on bass. From big bands to indie rock to jazz fusion Peter managed to find his role in a variety of outfits. These days Peter is mostly playing bass in the studio for Detroit house and techno producers, from Pontchartrain to Ryan Brokenshire.