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Jam Central Station: Break Science

March 16, 2019 | Posted by Jeff Modzelewski

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The explosion of the electronic music scene over the past decade has led to an influx of artists in the genre. They’ve come from various backgrounds and levels of experience to break out in a quickly growing genre. However, few artists were as prepared to lead the pack as drummer Adam Deitch. With over 25 years under his belt as a professional drummer and unparalleled experience, Adam Deitch has put Break Science at the forefront of modern live electronic music.

While many people say that they’ve been playing music for their entire life, in Deitch’s case it’s true. He’s the son of two drummers and was playing in his parent’s funk band from childhood. He branched out into hip-hop in the early 90’s as both a producer and a drummer for local artists, including emerging artists like Erika Badu and Mos Def. He attended the Berklee College of Music, and from there began collaborating with a range of musicians in funk, jazz, hip-hop, and R&B, and it was there that the roots for future projects such as Lettuce and Fatbag were planted. He performed as a member of John Scofield’s band and as a member of the Average White Band as well.

Lettuce became Deitch’s primary outlet as a songwriter starting in the late 90’s. The band gained a strong following in the funk scene around the country and they released four albums starting in 2002. Deitch served as producer and primary songwriter for the band, and the members also continued to pursue other projects as well. Deitch continued to perform and produce with other musicians including Xzibit, Redman, 50 Cent, John Scofield, Ledisi, and many others during this time.

By the end of the 00’s, Deitch began to focus on a new project. He was looking to blend his drumming and production work in something new, and he was also looking at what up and coming producers like Pretty Lights were doing. He teamed up with Borahm Lee to begin putting the vision together. The result was a blend of electronic and hip-hop, with heavy hitting beats, room to improvise, and some great guest vocals as well. Break Science burst on the scene and was quickly hitting the club and festival circuit, using Deitch’s extensive history to get the band some breaks early on. In 2011 the duo released their debut EP Further Than Our Eyes Can See featuring guest appearances by Talib Kweli, Paper Diamond, Gramatik, and others.

2012 saw the release of their second EP, Monolith Code. By this time the duo was also touring with Pretty Lights, and they used the tour to play numerous Pretty Lights after parties. They finally released a full-length album in 2013. Seven Bridges was again very heavy on guest vocals including Redman, Citizen Chance, CX, and others. Lettuce also guested on a song, and Dominic Lalli from Big Gigantic has a spot on the album as well. The success of this album, as well as their increased visibility from touring with Pretty Lights, led to the band headlining their own shows and getting bigger crowds at festivals.

The toured off and on without much focus on new material. Finally, after 6 years, the band released “Grid of Souls,” another very collaborative album that saw the band trying out numerous different styles. They revisited some early electronic from the 80’s while updating the sound to better fit the modern style they’re known for. The result was another exciting, eclectic release that transcends what electronic music is.

It’s never clear how much time Deitch will be able to put into Break Science. He obviously has numerous other projects to focus on. However, when he’s able to turn his attention to this project exciting things always happen. If you have a chance to catch Break Science, you should always take that opportunity.

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