Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Intro To Music Theory

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Our latest single is ‘It’s an Attitude,’ our homage to the Old-School House masters. We wanted to bring the sound and feeling of our live shows to a track that any DJ could spin.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

Our first single titled ‘Joyce’ was released in mid-2020 while we were quarantining in Los Angeles after spending a couple months hanging out and performing in Thailand and New Zealand. It was our first opportunity to take a breather from performing and focus on production, drawing on the talents of our friends to record the drums (Jordan Henry) and the opening voicemail in Portuguese (Mia Ventura Lucas). We loved the sound we achieved in that track and it’s influenced our outlook as we evolve as musicians.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

‘The California Almond’ off of our album ‘First Inversion’ is definitely one of our favorites. We composed the groove, bassline and vocal sample during another 4-week quarantine when we returned to China in separate hotel rooms in dreary Zhengzhou in October 2020. A lot of that album was composed then, part of a 90 minute live set we toured with for a year. The whole vibe of the track was inspired by Brasstracks, and we tried to encapsulate a midsummer night drive down PCH in SoCal.

Your favourite song to play live:

Our favorite song to play live would have to be our recent track ‘It’s an Attitude’ – we have a stripped down version in Ableton that we work into our live sets, which gives us a little freedom to improvise with our horns based on what the crowd is vibing to.

Your most emotional track:

Our most emotional track is a tie between ‘Date Shakes’ and ‘Look What You’ve Done’ off our album ‘First Inversion.’ Both are tracks that are inspired by memories made a long time ago with people that aren’t in our lives anymore. Matt Preston lent his ethereal vocals to ‘Date Shakes,’ absolutely bringing it to that next level.

The best lyric you have ever written:

We are both instrumentalists, so we aren’t well versed on writing lyrics – we mostly think in melodic lines and textures. Our favorite line we’ve written would have to be the horn breakdown in ‘The California Almond.’

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

The hardest part is the wait before we jump behind the decks! Getting into the groove and gelling with the audience is the best part, but sitting around for a couple hours before we have to start is always the most difficult part. We focus on keeping a clear head and staying in the moment during that build-up. Once we step up to the plate, it’s a huge rush and shows seem to go by in the blink of an eye.

The hardest track to play live:

‘Full Phat’ off our recent album ‘First Inversion’ always has some fun twists and turns.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Our horns, for sure, and some practice mutes if we’re in a hotel. We always have a Zoom recorder on us if we want to lay down a line or sample something.

Describe your fans in three words:

Amazing, loyal, mustache-lovers.

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Oh, that would definitely be ‘Lebanese Blonde’ by Thievery Corporation. We are huge fans and love how they create a sonic universe in every album, and always seem to be stretching the boundaries of genre.

What we can look forward to from your band this year :

A few new releases and hopefully a long stint in Europe! We’d love to perform as much as possible and meet people from all over.

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