Bio: Greenskeepers are a band that is forever changing in form and sound. At the inception of the Greenskeepers in 1999, the name represented James Curd and Nick Maurer. James Curd ... (more)
Bio: Greenskeepers are a band that is forever changing in form and sound. At the inception of the Greenskeepers in 1999, the name represented James Curd and Nick Maurer. James Curd and Nick Maurer grew up skateboarding together in Chicago. When Curd began establishing himself as a talented and up and coming DJ, he invited Maurer to join and work with him in his studio. The two gained wide success despite their limited resources, courtesy of Curd's creativity on the MPC and Maurer's unique voice and clever song writing abilities.
In 2001, Maurer moved to Germany and the Greenskeepers name evolved to represent Curd's solo productions. Curd went on to release an array of music under Greenskeepers. This included his first full length album "The Ziggy Franklin Radio Show". He made his impression on the music world by infusing swing music and Chicago house to invent the term G-Swing, short for Greenskeepers Swing. This sound was synonymous with Greenskeepers at this time and audiences could not get enough.
Curd used his international success to collaborate with and feature many different artist. Mark Share was added to write and co-produce and Coban Rudish was added on bass to create the Greenskeepers' second album "Pleetch". Four songs off "Pleetch" have been featured on "Grey's Anatomy", while others have appeared on T.V shows such as C.S.I Miami, Point Pleasant, MTV Real World and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Although Maurer did not return to Chicago until 2005, he did appear on two tracks on "Pleetch", most notedly "Lotion". With Maurer back in Chicago, the band began touring internationally while writing their third album "Polo Club". "Polo Club" was a double disc. Disc one contained 17 tracks which showcased the band's originality with tracks weaving through various genres, while disc two featured a live mix highlighting Curd's extraordinary DJ abilities.
The latest album "Live Like You Wanna Live" goes back to the original cast of Greenskeepers but with a surprise addition. This album was written by Curd and Maurer, with Curd producing it from his Chicago studio. He focused on creating upbeat hooks using an array of vintage analog keyboards, fusing together guitars and Maurer's vocals. With the music laid down, Maurer and Curd began the song writing.
To give the album a twist, Tommie Sunshine was brought into the mix. Tommie took all the separate song parts and put them back together adding live drums, sharp cutting synths to add an overall edge to the album. The result is a new Greenskeepers sound that takes the listener on an audio journey to many different places. With catchy choruses, clever lyrics and non-stop energy, this album inspires you to encapsulate it's title to "Live Like You Wanna Live".
Watch out for the exciting new single, “I Am Trying” featuring remixes from The Juan MacLean and Flosstradamus as well as edits from Tommy Sunshine and James Curd out September 21st ! (less)