Dragatis


Dragatis

Dragatis

Dance, Techno, Trance
From: Edmonton, AB, Canada

About Artist

Jimmie Dragatis – a musician of diverse tastes with an eclectic history in many genres – to show off his prowess in creating electronica. Even here, within the broad scope of electronic music, Jimmie reveals his diversity. Everything from downtempo to bright, melodic techno to world-tronica to trance is on display. "Eyes Wide Shut" is an eclectic collection of Jimmie's explorations of electronica under the moniker Dragatis Inside the Mind.
       The first single from "Eyes Wide Shut" is called "Frantic" and uses its instrumental trance flavors to explore the heady energies of the sexual encounters of lovers. With its lack of lyrics, the song, of course, lends itself to many interpretations. But regardless of a listener's take on the song, it's a formidable track. Focused but filling up the space, the song segues through stages of progress, always holding to its aesthetic of trance meets technologic inorganica meets psy meets electronic melody. It's an evolving song where time collapses into a mating of futuristic and retro-based sensibilities … a cosmos expands from sound.
       "It's a bit of a naughty contour for sex," says Jimmie. "It seems to explain the whole 'frantic' behavior we have in a very intense and passion-driven affair with a wife or girlfriend."
Jimmie has been playing drums since he was five years old. Coupled with schooling in theory and a sheer drive, this experience have enabled him to open or perform with such acts as BO DIDDLEY AND BO DIDDLEY'S BAND, JEFF HEALEY, PRISM, TROOPER, GLASS TIGER, HONEYMOON SUITE, B.T.O,  BELLAMY BROTHERS,  GOOD BROTHER'S, PATTI LOVELESS, MARK CHESNUTT,  DR. HOOK, APRIL WINE, HEADPINS, BTO, HARLIQUIN, PLATINUM BLONDE, NICK GILDER, SWEENEY TODD, ALFIE ZAPPACOASTA, JOHNER BROTHER'S, NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, DWIGHT YOAKAM, ALABAMA, PRAIRIE OYSTER, FARMER'S DAUGHTER, POVERTY PLAINSMEN, BIG VALLEY CRAVEN, BIG VALLEY CAMROSE, BUD COUNTRY JAMBOREE.  And the list just keeps growing!
Having performed rock, country, pop, dance and other types of music, Jimmie has a very versatile style and a hard work ethic. This has also enabled Jimmie to have been a part of demo session recording for a number of artists. Jimmie is the pulse of the bands he performs with and he takes great pride in his craft. Jimmie's showmanship shines through in every performance and he loves a rowdy party crowd.
Musical influences include Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Steve Pocaro and Gene Krupa. Jimmie has performed with such acts as Old Stock, Pryde, 911, Journeyman, Silent Movies, Prisoner, Juno nominee and CCMA Winner Gurney Anderson, and 3-time Aria Award nominee Tommy Rogers. He has charting songs on Canadian Music Charts. Jimmie has filled in with such acts as Millions, Joyce Smith, Jimmy Orden, and even Edmonton's own "The Models" Jimmie has had the honor and privilege to play with Calvin Volrath, nephew Tyler Volrath, Tony Michaels and the "North American Fiddle Champion" Bruce Blair. Jimmie has opened for Bo Diddley with Looker and then joined Bo Diddley to perform his 75th Birthday tour gig. This lead to other tours with Mr. Diddley.
"It was the best and an absolute honor!" exclaims Jimmie.
Recently he performed with Canadian Classic Rock group Prism.
 Jimmie has been in the Edmonton music scene for 26 years playing anything from jazz to country, heavy metal to pop rock and swing to ethnic traditional music. He grew up heavily influenced by listening to Brazilian music and exotic Latin beats. This can be distinctly heard in his live performances.
Dragatis Inside the Mind is the evolution of a man on a musical mission to share his dream. "Evolution is always ... like our musical fathers and Mother," Jimmie ruminates cryptically.
Besides preparing for the release of "Eyes Wide Shut," Jimmie is busy touring with his band.

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