The New Deal

The New Deal Biography

Since turning Toronto’s live and dance music scenes on their end, the New Deal has been taking its brand of live improvised breakbeat house music on a steady rise throughout the US and Canada. Formed in 1999 after the recording of an impromptu show in Toronto, the band realized its potential to bridge the live music and dance communities with performances that play like a DJ set—seamless mixes from one song or style to another—with the ability to ride with and steer an energetic dance crowd. The response has been phenomenal. With the help of an active web-based fan network, word has spread quickly across the continent, giving rise to tours up and down both coasts, including a successful opening tour with UK’s Mad Professor. Now mainstays in New York’s live music scene, the New Deal have garnered significant attention that has resulted in feature articles in SPIN Magazine and the Village Voice, as well as in CMJ Weekly and many Canadian and American dailies. A feature spot on MuchMusic’s NewMusic program has begun the band’s entrance into network television. With three live cds released so far, the New Deal is now preparing for mid-2001 release a full-length studio-quality album, as well as a 12-inch single aimed at the dance market. The New Deal are Dan Kurtz (bass), Darren Shearer (drums and beatbox), and Jamie Shields (keyboard).

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