After 25 years in the entertainment industry writing, directing, and producing video games, animation, interactive narrative and audio projects, Brooke Burgess, the award-winning Canadian creator kills two bucket-list birds with one stone: 1) make an epic cross-genre music + video project and (far more importantly)…become a Dad. While others baked quarantine sourdough or caught virtual fish in Animal Crossing, Burgess (Electronic Arts, Broken Saints, The Cat’s Maw, Buddha and the S**t) wrote, produced, shot, edited, recorded, and mixed the lion’s share of the DADBOD album while stuck in Southeast Asia during ‘peak pandemic’.
And now? Nearly two decades on from a win at the Sundance Film Festival that launched a storied interactive narrative career, these 20 songs and videos are more than just a mid-life singer/songwriter flex — they are the legend of an incredible boy, the man transformed by his love, and the kind of bond that comes around one in a thousand lifetimes. Oh…and dinosaurs. When Brooke is not getting spiritually schooled by his toddler super-Buddha or pushing back the date of his next novel, he is the Narrative Director for a groundbreaking ‘wellness technology’ firm in the Netherlands.
Written and produced in a far-flung corner of Southeast Asia during this whole pandemic thing, DADBOD: The Album is the culmination of three years of inspired songwriting, creative collaboration, and remote production alchemy. It is father-meets-son, father loves son, father freestyles increasingly hip tunes to son, Father records sweet birthday versions and videos for son, until the father is humming and drumming lines into Garageband and cashing in every last favour from musicians around the world to make an insane double album for son.
Working with acclaimed Canadian talents including composer Tobias Tinker (various), Chrystal Leigh (Sons of Daughters), and many, many more from every continent without a pole, these 20 songs and videos pull a Voltron to form a sword-swinging, head-bopping, genre-busting epic that is an undeniable testament to creative passion, and parenting, and (at least on one track) palaeontology. With spring starting to flex and travel to sunnier climes back on the menu, Brooke Burgess has come up with a sweet summer dance remix to Dadbod’s ode to the ladies: SHE ROLLS! in the DADBOD album series. Originally written and produced for the artist’s little man’s big sis’ (and featuring cool synths and layered vox by the one and only Tobias Tinker) this trance tropical track is just what the doctor order to get that thang shaking on the dance floor and beach sand around the world. Spread the good word, share the good vibes, and let your special lady know that you are in on the secret ways of how…SHE ROLLS!