Art Vs Science

Art Vs Science

There aren’t many rock bands around who’ll tell you they had an epiphany at a Daft Punk concert. But that’s exactly what inspired lead singer Dan Mac to convince old high school buddies Jim Finn and Dan Williams to form Art vs Science at the beginning of 2008. Having inherited a vintage Ensoniq keyboard from Williams’ uncle, the three twenty-somethings set about creating dance music made without computers or decks. Such was their inherent cheek, the group were booked to play gigs before they had any songs down. Undeterred, they wrote seven tracks in 48 hours. A few months later, the band’s ...

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Updated November 27, 2011
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Full Biography

There aren’t many rock bands around who’ll tell you they had an epiphany at a Daft Punk concert. But that’s exactly what inspired lead singer Dan Mac to convince old high school buddies Jim Finn and Dan Williams to form Art vs Science at the beginning of 2008. Having inherited a vintage Ensoniq keyboard from Williams’ uncle, the three twenty-somethings set about creating dance music made without computers or decks.

Such was their inherent cheek, the group were booked to play gigs before they had any songs down. Undeterred, they wrote seven tracks in 48 hours. A few months later, the band’s epic rock-rave track, ‘Flippers’, helped them win Triple J Unearthed’s Splendour In The Grass competition. Before they knew it, they were playing the main stage to thousands of newly acquired fans.

Their festival debut was followed by a dream run of gigs (Parklife, Falls, Good Vibrations) and the band soon became cult favourites. By June 2009 Williams admitted he was “averaging about three to four hours of sleep a night,” as the trio drove up and down the coast to please their ever-expanding fan base.

After finally hunkering down to independently produce and release their debut EP in May 2009, Art vs Science scored another coup by hitting number 6 on the Itunes download charts and number 1 on the Dance charts.

Towards the end of the year the band became so successful that Dan Williams had to give up playing drums in another Sydney outfit, Philadelphia Grand Jury, in order to concentrate fulltime on Art vs Science. He was rewarded with a sold out national tour and triumphant encore appearances at Splendour and Parklife.

Art vs Science’s unique style, which utilises dual keyboards and drums, has been likened to Muse, Daft Punk and The Presets, albeit, with a rockier edge. Their live shows, high on spectacle and energy, have been known to include inflatable penguins and other sea creatures, which fans notoriously bring out for performances of the song ‘Flippers’. As testament to their undeniable popularity, Art vs Science were nominated in the ‘Breakthrough Artist – Single’ category for the 2009 ARIA Awards.

By Jonno Seidler

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