Dan Crowdus

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Dan Crowdus is the mastermind behind The Icarus Kid, the futuristic, live electronic music project that brings the classic sounds of the Nintendo Entertainment System to the dancefloor.

After studying both music and computer science at the University of Kentucky, Dan abandoned lifelong aspirations of becoming a video game developer to fully focus on his greater passion: music performance. Following a move to Seattle, he began playing with bands and DJing house music at nightclubs, which provided a solid foundation to blend these worlds together into a live show that twists and warps familiar themes into entirely new soundscapes. An endless obsession with software and technology has given birth to a deviously programmed live setup, including full keyboards and a synchronized LED lightshow that responds to live events.

2010 has been a big year for The Icarus Kid, with a booking to play a 4-city tour with acclaimed orchestral show "Video Games Live", a first place finish in the Seattle Laptop Battle, and the release of his self-titled debut album on September 15th.

The album takes its 8-bit roots on a journey through many genres of electronic music, evoking comparisons to Daft Punk, Crystal Castles, and Aphex Twin. The music’s strong focus on melody and extensive use of the orchestra has yielded an overwhelmingly positive critical response:

"Whether he's in whimsical-knob-twiddler or serious-composer mode, The Icarus Kid displays a superb mastery of his tools. Expect more grandiose things from him." - Dave Segal, The Stranger

"10/10… This Kid is a force to be reckoned with." – Michael Rhodes, Indie Music Digest

"I really like this... and I don't even like electronic music!" - Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden