Meet the McFadden Brothers, Houston's EDM Accountants
But many Houston musicians do work for the man. Admirably, they create and perform music by night, then do the day job. For many, it's changing tires at the auto shop or stocking shelves at Guitar Center.
Or, in the case of the McFadden brothers, Kyle and Ryan, it's the staid corporate work of accounting. Over the past year, these honest-to-Pete siblings have joined forces to create original, Houston-based electronic dance music. Under the banner of Kyle Dux -- yes, that's a nod to Bloodsport's larger-than-life hero, Frank Dux -- they focus on house music and hope to help advance a local EDM scene that seems too small for a city this large.
According to Ryan, it surprises some people when they share their musical pursuits.
"There's such a stereotype with accountants," he says. "You think of accountants as very straitlaced bean-counters, crunching these numbers. I guess we take that to a different extreme after 5 o' clock."
Kyle writes the songs and older brother Ryan is the sound engineer, mastering the music Kyle sends him to make it production-quality.
They agreed to discuss their musical ambitions one night after work, but they work together by day, too. Both McFaddens are accountants for a multifamily property management company, who over Mexican food told us how this all fell into place. We had to time-travel back to junior high school for the origins of Kyle Dux, which was a quick trip, since our margaritas were strong.
"I got into rap in junior high," Kyle says. "I wanted to be a rapper really bad."
He's interrupted by Ryan's machine gun of laughter, but it doesn't faze him.
"I did! I thought I could be a rapper. I was really into [Dr. Dre's] Chronic 2001; I was listening to it all the time," Kyle adds. "I thought, 'I could be a rapper.'"
He began the tale of how he tried to rap in his advanced Speech 3 class back in the day, and all Ryan can add is, "You were in Speech 3?"
Kyle says he formed a crew that was "horrible," one that devised a gambling racket that got them all suspended from school. However, they'd already swindled more than $100 from classmates to fund enough studio time to produce a single track, which they posted to Kazaa. Their song? A dis on the class of 2005 from the 2004 graduates.
It was a basis for the DIY ethic of self-producing music. Kyle's interest in rap was a natural step away from house and he started listening to artists like Bad Boy Bill and Daft Punk. But school and career came first. Once he began to realize some professional aspirations, he returned to music.
"To me, accounting is so uncreative," offers Kyle. "If you're going to be a creative accountant, you're probably going to wind up in jail. I have to get a fix in another way."
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