Songwriting, production and DJ duo Gamble & Burke specialize in melodic, genre-blending electronic music. Inspired by soul, disco and R&B from the '70’s & '80’s, the bicoastal (Boston meets LA) musicians have an ear for the latest production wizardry along with traditional & timeless pop sensibilities.
Of the duo’s initial influences and style, Gamble says, "My dad taught me how to use his record player before I could walk. When I was 5 years old, my uncle who worked at a club would borrow records whenever the DJ didn’t show. He also had me make a playlist of what to play and in what order! This all seemed very natural. As a thank you he let me go to the club during the day and play with the DJ equipment and the lighting system. The disco ball has had me in a trance ever since.”
Burke continues, “I come from a long line of musicians. My grandparents had a successful family band, The Burke Family Singers, that toured performing spiritual songs and folk music from around the world, eventually appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1963 and other popular variety shows in the 1960s. Singing and playing instruments comes as easy as speaking. My taste in music was pretty sophisticated at an early age - listening to James Taylor, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and stuff like that. I started playing piano at 10 and guitar at 14. Started lead singing in alternative bands in high school and decided to attend Berklee to build my piano and composition skills."
Daniel met Kaz in 2010 when he was working on an 80's electro film scoring project. The chemistry was immediate and they decided to form Gamble & Burke. After beginning work with Kaz, Burke concedes, “I really re-introduced myself to my original loves of R&B and electro pop (Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie, Bobby Brown etc.)”
Daniel had been in a hipster indie rock band (Walter the Orange Ocean) but wanted to make soulful pop music for the radio while Kaz had been in a number of bands that had been on the radio (i.e. Cooler Kids) but wanted to make something more hip & eclectic.
Gamble continues, “The creative bond was instant. It was love at first listen. Our skills complemented each other and once we started writing - a whole new universe was created.” The universe they found themselves in proved to be irresistible and more important than other considerations.
Gamble & Burke quickly did two songs for fun and both ended up garnering unexpected attention they were not quite prepared for. The duo made an impressive debut with their “Let’s Go Together” EP on Parisian taste-making label, Kitsuné Music. They received radio play on BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM London, College radio in the U.S., and were championed by DJ’s such as Tiësto, Benny Benassi and Kissy Sellout.
"It all happened very quickly and we weren’t ready to capitalize on it. I’ve been in other bands that never quite stayed together. Stylistically we didn’t fit in anywhere at the time and our vibe was a bit off trend but we just kept doing our thing.” explains Burke.
Fast Forward to today’s musical climate and it appears that people’s tastes have caught up and moved comfortably into the Gamble & Burke zone!
The hard-working duo have continued to release a steady stream of productions and collaborations such as TjH87’s Daft Punk-esque Top 40 hit "Good Life", the 1.5 million viewed “All on Me” w/ Case & Point (released on Canadian dubstep label Monstercat) and have been co-writing a number of toplines for respected, well-known DJs and performers around the world such as German house legend Boris Dlugosch, Brooklyn indie discofunk goddess Megan Vice, American drumstep and bass music pioneers Terravita.
Gamble gets to the heart of the matter and the group’s manifesto of sorts, “Ultimately we want to make wedding anthems, jock jams, & holiday hits! Music that transcends language, culture, geography and time. The timeless playlist is very small and you’re competing with the greatest music ever recorded but our approach has always been to stay true to the mission of the song - whether it’s slow & sexy or upbeat and uplifting. As long as we keep aiming for true emotion, we’ll keep connecting with listeners. Production fads come and go but people will always need a song to transport them to a better place."
Gamble & Burke’s individual musical tastes vary greatly so collaborations are exciting since it allows them to explore different genres, topics, tempos and parts of their personalities that might otherwise be restricted. Gamble & Burke’s original productions exist at the point where their personal tastes intersect most strongly. Genre-wise this usually means something like Future Soul or Electro-soul. Production wise - Lush synths, hot beats, big bass, some funk, and lots of soul with big pop hooks. Philosophically, both their originals as well as projects with others have a pinch of melancholy, a cup of humor, and an ocean of optimism. Even their thoughtful music is carefree and optimistic!
After scoring a few TV shows the past 2 years - Gamble & Burke are returning to the airwaves, mixtapes, playlists and dancefloors by releasing a host of forthcoming new music. First up, a poptastic collaboration with Australian EDM superstar DJ’s, Rave Radio and the Summer lilting, feel-good anthem “Carry You.” Out Nov. 3. on Vicious Records