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Pedro Winter, AKA Busy P, is the ringleader, running the label from a small office in Paris's hilly Montmartre neighborhood, where he has also lived for about a decade. The 31-year-old's English is flawless but musically accented and infused with a typically French, dry, world-weary wit. With long, shaggy hair and a wardrobe heavy on psychedelic-print hoodies and thrift-store oddities, even his appearance reflects the Ed Banger fuck-you to the world of slick, corporate dinosaur DJs.
"The mix between rock and electro is not new," Winter says. "The Rapture and DFA did it a few years ago. What they did was really rock for dance people. We are making dance music that rocks people. The music we are publishing is mostly electronic music made on a computer but the parties we throw look more like rock concerts, with people stage-diving, than a rave."
He performs Friday, March 23, at the Stones Throw Records party at the Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. The free party goes from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. Call 305-534-6300, or visit www.raleighhotel.com.
That night, Busy P appears again at the Fixed party, presented by Revolver. Other Ed Banger artists appearing there are So ME, DJ Mehdi, Sebastian, and Justice. The event takes place at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. Doors open at 9:00 p.m., and tickets cost $20 for those 21 and over. Call 305-358-7625, or visit www.studioamiami.com.
As a producer, Busy P infuses his own tracks with a heavy dose of hip-hop sass as well. Built around breaks sometimes pushed to breakneck speed, sample after chirping sample orders dancers into various body formations before cutting away to a guitarlike crunch or a squelching acid line. The result is irresistibly cheeky, down to song titles like "Colette, c'est chouette" (Colette being the high-minded Paris design/lifestyle store and chouette being a very uncool way to say something is cool).
As trendy as his sound and stable may be among early adopters with expensive bedhead, Winter is convinced of their staying power.
"I am here to propose something we will be able to talk about in five or ten years," he says. "We have a lot of influences from rock but also from hip-hop. We are a big mix of stuff instead of only putting together electronic music and rock, which was electroclash. It's like the ingredients of a pizza. Electroclash, that was like a two-topping pizza. But we, we have many ingredients; we are a king pizza!"