Eight and One Half (8 1/2) was David Floodstrand, R. Lewis Floodstrand. David and Lewis had been a song writing team for over 20 years with over six hundred songs to thier credit. Together the brothers handled writing arranging and producing, as well as all instruments on their recordings.
Eight and One Half has toured extenstively throughout the mid-west as headliners with sold out shows in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. They have also toured with New Order, Killing Joke, The Thompson Twins, and Lene Lovich, just to name a few. Perhaps their most memorable show was opening for Roxy Music at the UIC Pavilion in front of a sold out house of over 10,000 in their home town of Chicago.
Eight and One Half was managed for a number of years by Prospect Park's Peter Katsis, who presently manages Korn, and Limp Bizkit and began his career managing Ministry.
Al Jourgensen of Ministry produced a number of tracks for 8 1/2 at Chicago Recording Company in Chicago. These tracks are due to be released in the near future, samples on the MP3 Music page.
8 1/2 garnered national radio airplay, on college radio, as well as power radio stations, and DJ pools with thier debut E.P. on Criterion Records.
Eight and One Half/Criterion International, has been mentioned or interviewed in the following publications; Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, Illinois Entertainer, Option Magazine, Matter Magazine, Alternative Press, Dance Culture, Rockpool, Trouser Press, Downbeat, Jazzis Magazine, Billboard.
After the formation of their record label Criterion Records (now Criterion International), and publishing company Kitty Dog Music BMI, the brothers have continued to produce music for other artists including the Chicago house music group Barnhouse, alternative rockers Deep Blue Dream, and jazz trumpet player Rex Richardson.
R. Lewis Floodstrand passed away in September of 2012. Presently David continues to work on solo projects, remixes, producing other artists, voice-overs, and commercials.
David is also a nationally recognized club DJ, his top # 10 have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Rockpool, and DJ Times magazine. He began his DJ career in 1981, and over a period of approx 15 years (1981-1995) spun vinyl, or had residencies at the following Chicago clubs: Shelter, China Club, Esoteria, Outakes, Octagon, LimeLight, Metro, Neo, Exit, Avalon, The Bridge, Berlin, Union, Club 950 / Lucky Number, The Riviera, and The Park West. David has shared booth space with the finest of Chicago DJs including Mark Farina, and Johnny Fiasco. David, born in Anchorage, Alaska, presently works as a DJ and musician in Chicago.
Nu Jazz, Downtempo, Acid Jazz, Jazzanova, Bugz in the Attic, Portishead, Peter Katsis, Floodstrand, 8 1/2, Sinatra, Portishead, Rex Richardson, Kurt Elling, Chicago Industrial, Chicago Jazz, Wax Trax, New Order, Eight and One Half, Vocalese.
Ableton Live, Propellerheads Reason, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, Cubase, Mackie Universal Control, and various keyboards and outboard gear that are constantly changing.