DJS, PRODUCERS, LIVE ACT/MUSICIANS
ACID, TRIBAL & CHICAGO HOUSE
Describe your past year in one sentence...
How did you end up as a part of the music industry?
Wow this is a hard question to answer! We have been involved in quite a few different areas of the industry but I guess it started at MAINZ - a music institute in New Zealand - where we both studied and built our first industry relationships who later went on to give us our early opportunity's to perform and work.
Tell us about your sound and practice...
Our sound is constantly evolving, as long as it's good and we enjoy it those are pretty much the only prerequisites. We started off in a rock back which evolved into working together in a RnB band and now we are an electronic producer duo. So you can hear our songwriting background, rooted in groove in our new hybrid productions.
We are quite lighthearted and free people and our friendship has always been built around having fun and being dipshits together, we are now just best friends who make music.
We love the roots of house music and understanding where it all came from and paying homage to that (black people did it first!!!). Whilst also creating new ways of expressing old ideas e.g Chicago and acid house from the 80's is some of the most innovative music and inspires us. It's turned us into such gear nerds, we love incorporating the sounds of the genre-defining synthesizers and drum machines of the late 20th century in our music. Because we are also musicians we build our songs around jamming out and playing them live. Electronic live performance is such a major part of what we do so it's more organic to our process to create in this way.
We love the roots of house music and understanding where it all came from...incorporating the sounds of the genre-defining synthesizers and drum machines of the late 20th century in our music.
Do you have any new work coming out that you'd like to tell us about?
Our newest single 'Mating Call' was released last Friday on the 5th of February. We currently have our first EP in the works, along with travelling around NZ performing a combination of DJ and Live Sets.
What is your most memorable performance to date and why?
Club 121 in Wellington is definitely our most memorable performance. It was our first live electronic set in a club environment followed by a DJ set. Fuck, it went off! The house music scene in Wellington, especially around the institute that is 121 is so phenomenal. You could feel the passion in the crowd and peoples genuine love for the music.
How do you practice self care?
We love skincare! Our friend Maka makes the most devine all natural skincare products (Shoutout to Sesa Mathlo Apothecary). We love sitting down together and having a giggle, especially over a J on a Sunday evening. We also have a mutual respect for rest, if we need space we both give each-other the time to do that. No questions asked. Jess is like a cat, she loves to lie in the sun and soak it all up, but Carly can't sit still so she likes to do Yoga or have a little tap tap on the drums.
What’s your favourite record at the moment?
Jess' favourite record atm is 'Untitled (Black Is)' by Sault. Carly's is 'The New World Order Level 3' by Armando.
What's the best part about being in the music industry?
The best part is getting paid to express ourselves! Jks we are still figuring out the getting paid part... :') Good thing we do it out of passion.
What inspires you?
Everything honestly, we are just little sponges! All of our experiences seem to trigger ideas that come out in our music and sets.
...it's really important that our club culture continues to diversify and be a safe an inclusive space.
What are your predictions for the future of dance music and the industry?
We feel like right now there is a lot of excitement and experimentation happening within our scene. There are some really great innovative kiwi tastemakers - we hope to see more of this spread throughout festivals and clubs. It's quite special when you see a crowd opening their minds to new types of music. So much of falling in love with house music is about the environment in which you experience it, so
we think it's really important that our club culture continues to diversify and be a safe an inclusive space.
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