Caleb Cornett was born and raised in the small town of Morehead, Kentucky. Bluegrass and psychedelic rock were key components of his early years in the South long before Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder took over. “My dad was really into bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, and Tangerine Dream,” says Cornett. In high school, his musical projects were modeled from the aesthetics of “more dramatic music” like Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky.
Cornett’s exposure to indie acts, and eventually to house music, came from spending Friday nights watching MTV’s Subterranean. During the half-hour chunk of indie programming, he fell in love with songs like Dirty Vegas’ “Days Go By” and Prodigy’s “Breathe” and the “kick drum… high hat… snare” notably absent from classic rock and folk. With the then-nascent Napster, Cornett feverishly downloaded and digested records from the likes of Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers…Caleb had found the sound.
A decade later, a 25 year old Cornett is known to the world as Amtrac. With a few year’s worth of incredibly diverse remixes and originals under his belt, Amtrac has come into his sound at the convergence of deep house, garage, and disco. The vibe is part poolside, part lounge, part mainstage, depending on where the needle runs. If you’ve ever warmed up to house from a cautious distance – Amtrac is an opening to rediscover the genre.