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Elizabethtown duo enters electronic dance music scene

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By Robert Villanueva

At one point in his life, Central Hardin High School graduate Jordan Logsdon wanted to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band.

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“I really enjoyed rock ‘n’ roll music,” Logsdon said.

That was before the now 21-year-old DJ/producer went to his first electronic dance music event.

Once Logsdon went to such a party and saw the crowds getting into the music produced onstage, he was hooked. He knew he wanted to produce the same kind of music and see the event from the perspective of the DJ.

It wasn’t the fist time Logsdon felt that way about wanting to be onstage.

“My first show was a metal show,” he said.

When he attended that concert, he realized he wanted his perspective to be not of the crowd but of a musician.

In late 2010, Logsdon began his solo electronic dance music project, Guns and Glowsticks. In 2012, the solo act became a duo with the addition of Todd Olson, a friend and fellow Central Hardin graduate.

The two were roommates in 2011 in Louisville, and Olson liked what he heard when Logsdon worked on music.

“He started getting better and better,” Olson, 21, said.

The two began working together, producing mostly original electronic dance music, but Logsdon lives in Louisville while Olson lives in Elizabethtown. Each owns software and hardware to produce the music.

The two are in the process of becoming roommates in Louisville once again to make working together easier. While they sometimes work on music individually, they agree the end result is better when they collaborate.

Both recalled music playing a role in their young lives.

Logsdon remembered receiving his first CD player when he was 6 or 7 and learning to play guitar when he was about 12. Olson joined band in middle school, where he played the flute.

“I played a little trumpet, too,” Olson said.

That band experience, he said, taught him a lot about music theory, such as keeping time and reading signatures.

“Now I’m able to implement those things in the kind of music we make now,” Olson said.

That involves creating music using virtual instruments, modulated and manipulated by computers. The beats and sounds produced are limited only by imagination, Logsdon said.

“It’s really amazing how it comes together in the end,” he said.

Olson said he tends to be more involved in the production aspect of the music.

“There’s so much fine tuning that can be done,” he said.

Electronic dance music — and its long list of subgenres, including dubstep, drum and bass and electro house — is performed onstage by the composers using equipment to modify it even further for the crowd.

The subgenres, Olson said, are avenues they could pursue in the future. Logsdon indicated that kind of freedom was appealing.

“I don’t think I want to be labeled to a genre,” he said.

As they continue to create music, they are finding offers starting to come in to do shows. They foresee putting one together in the future, but the biggest obstacle right now for both of them is time.

Jordan and Olson have full-time jobs. Olson said he is taking a break from a full schedule of college classes to free up a little time to devote to the music.

The duo hopes to be successful enough to see a crowd of thousands enjoying their music.

“I enjoy making something that people are going to like,” Olson said.

Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743 or rvillanueva@thenewsenterprise.com.

FOR MORE: To find out more about the Elizabethtown electronic dance music duo Guns and Glowsticks, find their page on Facebook. To listen to their music, visit www.soundcloud.com/guns-and-glowsticks.