Jeff Bujak is about to bring his mix of progressive-electronica with a hint of familiarity to the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St., at 8 p.m. Saturday.
"Expect something different in that place come Saturday," Bujak, 32, who hails from Northampton, Mass., said of his upcoming performance. "I played there a few months ago and I loved it."
To pin down Bujak's style of music requires a little bit of explanation. It is hard to find a specific name to call what Bujak said is "progressive electric."
Jeff Bujak will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St.
Bujak said, "I try not to put my music into too many corners, but progressive electronica would be the best genre name, even though it goes far beyond that and sometimes isn't that at all."
When asked how to describe his music, he answered, "I can put my music into many electronica genres, into progressive rock genres, as well as jam-rock genres, so I try not to market my music to one demographic, but I try to keep the common theme of 'different' yet familiar. I use electronic-based rhythms and beats and throw in looping synths, whompy basslines, and crunch piano tunes and create a full band sound with a one-man setup. And being instrumental, I use samples from other songs once in a while and I put a different spin on existing songs," Bujak said.
Bujak started playing music at the young age of 7, and said he has played music every single day since then. Citing talent shows and recitals as his first music experience, as a teenager he leaned more toward the live rock experience.
"Piano has always been my favorite instrument of choice," he said.
Bujak has released one full-length album on Harmonized Records and two full-length albums independently.
He has released 16 live albums and 3 EPs on his own as well.
"As a solo artist with a studio, I can literally record something and have it for sale and free streaming online within minutes," he said. "I can let people know on Facebook and the word spreads. Record labels are tough to justify these days unless you're going for mass physical distribution to CD stores and need radio airplay. I tend to stick to the most efficient way to do things and I've found that labels don't work as well for me."
Keeping with his theme of "Something Different," which is the title of his most recent project, Bujak decided to cater to his fans and release 36 tracks in 12 months.
"That's six tracks every two months," Bujak said. "Of each of the six tracks, two are completely new original studio tracks, another two are new original studio tracks of existing commercial songs and the final two are live tracks from performing in the studio."
This project came together from a personal problem of Bujak's: "I get bored with music ... fast," he said.
Just so new listeners aren't totally in the dark, Bujak has sampled from well-known songs from The Fat Boys, Public Enemy, Amy Winehouse and Bjork, just to name a few.
"My goal is to cater to everyone's ADD and release mass amounts of music in an organized fashion. And since I have three different tracks I release, studio, remix and live, I want to offer them at the same time," he said.
Although his music may be more fit for the club scene, Bujak branches out in the arenas that he plays in.
"I play large venues, small venues, music bars, dive bars, house parties, hotel rooms, basements and anywhere I can fit and people can go," Bujak said. "Playing in large venues is great for reasons of organization and easy production but there's something about pulling up to a place that doesn't expect a full on raging electronica show with many, many lights and LED hula-hooping, which is all part of my shows. It's catching people by surprise and spinning a place on its side for a night."
For more information about Bujak and "Something Different," go to www.jeffbujak.com.