Throwback Interview: UNER

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LUCKY 7: UNER 

UNER gives us his Lucky 7.

This Spanish sound-maker arrived on the scene in 2009 under Diynamic and made sure that he put in all the elbow grease necessary to become the highly sought-after DJ/producer he is today, following the success of his debut album ‘Tune 432’ last year. The stage is where UNER really flexes his creative muscles. This year fans can catch him headlining stages in Australia and Asia during April; followed by performances in Miami (for WMC), Athens, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Berlin and Bucharest. His unique brand of kick-ass deck dominance entails the sonic versatility of a personal DJ session fused with the creativity of a live act.

UNER’s journey into the world of EDM has truly come full circle, as the artist that stole his record-buying virginity, Laurent Garnier, recently reached out to collaborate on his latest remix; which will be hitting the airwaves this February/March. Other artists swinging for the opportunity to add a little UNER magic to their tracks include; Guti, Chus & Ceballos, Nic Fanciulli, Felix da Housecat and Sasha. So if you don’t know, now you know that UNER is about to become the household name for 2015.

In addition to his “mixture” shows and a string of red-hot remixes, UNER has also announced a B2B series with Technasia for later this year. He will be returning as the resident DJ at Ibiza’s notorious Ants venue and appearing at the opening Ushuaia fiesta; cementing his five-year reign as one of Ibiza’s most innovative fixtures. He will also be mixing the Blue Marlin official Defected CD over May/June and will be one of the few Spanish artists chosen to speak at key global conference panels including; Capetown’s Sonar, Holland’s infamous ADE and at Ibiza’s Burn and IMS conferences. Ahead of his busy schedule, the techno prodigy sat down with DJ Mag USA to provide us with the soundtrack to the songs that helped shape him into the international rock star he is today.

Which track really sums up your childhood?

I have a lot of tracks in mind from my childhood because my father used to play music at home every day. And I always used to listen to everything with him. I remember that there were two special tracks: Status Quo’s “Whatever You Want” and Kiss’ “I Was Made For Loving You.” I was in love with those tracks and I usually tried to play along with my guitar!

What was the first record that you ever bought?

The first record I ever bought with my own money was “Crispy Bacon” by Mister [Laurent] Garnier!! I can also remember the first time I saw him play the track live. It was one of the best moments of my life.

What’s the most embarrassing record in your collection?

Oh for me nothing is embarrassing because every record is a part of my life and my music collection, but [tracks] like Nacho Dogan’s [music], [it’s a] shame he died at just 37 years old, or Enrique y Ana’s “Coconuts” [are pretty cringe worthy].

What track is guaranteed to make you cry?

No doubt, Michael Nyman’s “The Sacrifice.”

 What album are you currently into?

The last album I listened to this week was “A Night At The Opera,” [which features] one of my favourite songs ever (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and “Kind of Magic“… QUEEN! [I became] a bit of a rock and roller [a few] months ago.

What’s the most valuable record in your collection?

Also without a doubt, Mozart’s “Requiem“, Vinyl Edition.

What’s your all-time favourite track?

It’s difficult to choose just one, but I will try to [name] three. As I said, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of my favourites, with Mozart’s “Lacrymosa” and Jean Michel Jarre’s “Magnetic Fields”, among others.

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Throwback Interview: Bill Patrick

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Take 10: Bill Patrick

We asked Bill Patrick, affectionately dubbed the ‘working class DJ’, for his top ten tracks.

The self-confessed Nu-Romantic began his musical journey in New York City, debuting his DJ skills at venues like The Limelight and Vinyl & Arc. This earned him the opportunity to join forces with the folks at Robot Radio to create the infamous Robots parties and entertain his fellow New Yorkers by hosting a weekly radio show.

In 2008, the hopeless romantic moved across the pond to Berlin, Germany, to “challenge the European state of mind and how sexually active they, as a people, can become.” This move has since proved to be quite the stroke of genius on Patrick’s behalf, as he went on to play at mega festivals like Romania’s Sunwaves, Art Basel, BPM and in super clubs like DC10, Fabric and Paris’ Rex.

These days, when he’s not over-sharing on social media with the intent to educate the masses on his unique view of contemporary dance music, he is sourcing new artists as the head of A&R at Guy Gerber’s Supplement Facts label; or hosting his wildly popular ‘Private Stock’ show on Pulse Radio. Fans can catch him dominating the decks at London’s Fabric nightclub on February 28th. Here are his 10…

  1. Burial – “Archangel

“I didn’t expect to lose my shit so quickly. Hairs stood up, chills, disbelief and envy all proceeded to overtake my universe. This was basically everything I loved about music, life, love and sadness all wrapped up into one song and, subsequently, one album.”

  1. Radiohead – “How To Disappear Completely

“I mean, how can you pick one Radiohead song? ‘Kid A’ was the album that shifted the poles, took this band into another dimension and changed everyone’s idea of what a rock band should sound like.”

  1. Grizzly Bear – “Ready, Able

“It pretty much put me on a different musical trajectory. I started my radio show quite soon after, in an attempt to introduce this type of music to more people in the dance scene. The video took this song to a whole other level. Super creative, visually and artistically stunning.”

  1. Ricardo Villalobos – “Quizas”

“2003 was [the] year that I was cutting my teeth in NY as a DJ and really started to make a name for myself; this album helped [me to] do that. I was a resident at Vinyl/Arc in Tribeca and playing stuff like this on the main floor was something that helped me carve my own sound.”

  1. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Goin’ Down

“When I was in high school, my friend Lance Doucet and I took the ferry to Staten Island to check out the new Wu-Tang store that had just opened up. I knew all the words and for that one day in February I felt like an honorary member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Ol’ Dirty Billy?”

  1. Quicksand – “Landmine Spring

“Quicksand was a very influential band for me. They blurred the lines of hardcore, punk and emo, incorporating a more melodic side that eventually took me into my full-blown emo stage. Walter Schreifels (lead singer) was someone I really admired.”

  1. Nirvana – “Lithium

“I used to put this song on in my bedroom, get totally amped up and jump around in anticipation for the weekend and kissing girls. Kurt Cobain was a hero of mine. This album defined a generation.”

  1. Erasure – “River Deep, Mountain High (Private Dance Mix)”

“The band that thrust me into electronic music was Erasure. This was a cover of an old Ike and Tina Turner song and the top line was “sampled” (ripped off) by Prince in “If I Was Your Girlfriend”. Controversy!!”

  1. Sunny Day Real Estate – “Shadows

“I was coming out of my teenage angst phase and started to explore [my] feelings. I was great at getting my heart broken, like the Drake of my generation. This song was the soundtrack to many of those shattered hearts.”

  1. Pink Floyd – “One Of These Days

“My shrooms started to kick in while I was in the back seat listening to this song. At 2 minutes and 50 seconds shit gets official and then the voice comes in with “one of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces.” I fucking passed out. My friends had to pull over and I proceeded to throw up on the side of the road.”

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Throwback Interview: Digitalism

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Wax Lyrical: Digitalism

Hamburg duo Jens ‘Jence’ Moelle and İsmail ‘Isi’ Tüfekçi aka Digitalism introduce us to their world…

When asked to describe their sound, Jence eloquently compares their tracks to “simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted baselines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation.” Their latest single ‘Second Chance’ certainly falls in line, with its punchy, building instrumental laced with falsetto, futuristic vocals that preach seizing the moment.

‘Second Chance’ follows last year’s dancefloor smash ‘Wolves,’ which featured Californian indie singer Youngblood Hawke. ‘Wolves’ served as an ode to all the insomniacs, who take inspiration from the twilight hours. Both tracks boast their own remix EP and represent the pair’s growth since their debut offering ‘Idealism’ in May 2007, which saw the pair more restricted when trying to find their voice in the midst of two equally strong genres, rock and EDM.

Their new sound has matured into something more fluid, reminiscent of the colourful glam rock era in the 1980s, but with a modern electronic twist. Since their formation in 2004, they have left their mark on remixes with everyone from Daft Punk to the White Stripes and it has just been announced that they will be bringing the same je ne sais quoi to Lollapalooza’s first European edition in Berlin on September 12th 2015.

First ever rave experience?

Both: “2006’s I Love Techno festival in Belgium and a few big parties like Bugged Out or The Warehouse Project in Manchester.”

What is the most crucial dance record of all time?

Isi: “Too many good ones…”

Jence: “Hard to pick, but for me really crucial and important is ‘Together’ by Thomas Bangalter & DJ Falcon.”

Name three tunes that never leave your bag?

Isi: “Daft Punk – Homework, Digitallism – Zdarlight and Soulwax – Miserable Girl.”

Jence: “Vitalic’s ‘Pony EP’, ‘Zdarlight’ too of course, Felix Da Housecat & Miss Kittin – ‘Silver Screen Shower Scene and the Thin White Duke Remix’.”

What is your lights-up, end-of-the-night tune?

Both: “We trust our musical backgrounds… Nothing [is] planned.”

If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be?

Isi: “It changes daily.”

Jence: “Meeting up with Ennio Morricone would be great.”

Imagine the world is going to end tomorrow. What are you going to do tonight?

Jence: “Fly some friends in, go to my local bar.”

Isi: “Spend time with my inner circle.”

Please give us three words to describe your life.

Isi: “Urbanism, Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill documentaries.”

Jence: “Music, travel and tasting.

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Throwback Interview: Ricky Vaughn

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Wax Lyrical: Ricky Vaughn

The certified “Twerk Ambassador” of Brooklyn waxes lyrical.

Ricky Vaughn is a unique talent in his ability to produce a completely fresh sound through his use of standout drum patterns laced with a plethora of musical genres. This is evident in his former work as half of underground sensation duo Sazon Booya, who single-handedly pioneered a little thing called moombahton, when he went by the alias Mr Vega.

The affectionately dubbed “Trap Lord” has grown in leaps and bounds since then and manages to blend not just genres, but cultures too, through his aural mash up of multilingual sound bites and multi-ethnic rhythms. Careful not to be put in a box sonically, Ricky describes his music as something “that makes people dance” and after fans hear his latest release ‘Art of Moombahton Vol. 5’ dance they will for 47mins straight.

This mix marks the end of an era for the NY based artist, as the final instalment of the critically acclaimed series that began back in 2013. It features fourteen unreleased productions and collaborations from the likes of Maxx & EJ, Otis Clapp and Ackeejuice Rockers among others. Thus far the previous four chapters have racked up five Top 20 singles on the Beatport Chart and scored famous fans in the shape of Diplo, Doctor P and Bassnectar to name a few.

Ricky Vaughn has since been busy in the studio cooking up a storm for his debut solo album and fans can expect a new untitled EP to drop in late spring via Babygrande Records.

First-ever rave experience?

“My first rave experience was actually my first gig as well. I was spinning at an abandoned warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, with Codes, who was known as The American Dream Team, and Mixpak’s Jubilee. I had no idea what a rave was, besides what I saw on TV or in the movies, [which] were pretty accurate lol. From the furry boots and neon colors, to the cops shutting down the party three times and us still continuing. I was nervous as hell playing my music in a smoke-filled room with tons of sweaty ravers, [with] no clue whether they liked it or not, and [I] ended up totally dehydrated by the time my set was over.”

What is the most crucial record of all time?

“This is a hard question lol. For me there’s a bunch that really shaped me as an artist. I would say from the beginning of my career it would be Special ED’s ‘I Got It Made’, Big Daddy Kane’s ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’ & Eminem’s ‘Slim Shady’ LP. Then as I explored electronic music, it would definitely be Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ [and] Justice Cross & Boys Noize’s ‘Oi Oi Oi’.”

Name three tunes that never leave your bag?

“Ricky Vaughn – ‘Mal De Ojo’, Ricky Vaughn x Paul Lee – ‘Original Kings’ and Ricky Vaughn ft Michele Wylen – ‘Heroin’.”

What’s your lights-up, end of night tune? And why?

“My end of night tune’s really very dependent on the crowd. One night I might end on Outkast – ‘Bombs Over Baghdad’, the next it could be Collie Buddz – ‘Come Around’ or even, my favourite, some of DJ Rashad’s footwork stuff. I like to feed off the crowd’s energy and I never play the same set.”

If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

“Timbaland.”

Imagine that the world is going to end tomorrow. What are you going to do tonight?

“Wow this is tough. Probably dinner with my circle and family, spending the remaining time with my five-year-old son.”

Please give us three words to describe your life?

“Underestimated, evolving [and] exciting.”

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Throwback Interview: Rene LaVice

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Take 10: Rene LaVice

Canada’s next big producer gives us the lowdown on his top 10.

Fresh from touring with UK act Spor, the Toronto-born DJ is currently touring Europe promoting his debut album ‘Insidious’ and his latest double-sided single ‘The Calling’ (feat Ivy Mairi) / ‘Freudian’. The 2013 LP set the tone for his unique approach to beat sorcery, which involves a melting pot of dance music flavours from DnB to jungle.

Rene first arrived on the scene in 2009 under Canada’s Stride Recordings with his four-track EP ‘The Future’, which led to various remix projects with Gremlinz and an appearance on DSCi4’s ‘Amen Warfare’ LP. The subsequent years were a blur of single and EP releases under the wing of hotshots like John Rolodex. But it was only when he hooked up with Ram Records in 2012 that his music really began to blow internationally.

The skateboard aficionado’s biggest single to date was ‘Headlock’, taken from his ‘Dimensions 5’ EP, which showcased his eclectic sonic direction to critical acclaim. Not only has his impressive catalogue caused a storm with fans worldwide, but industry heavy weights like Nick Grimshaw, DJ Andy C and Total Science (to name a few) are also lining up like Oliver for some more of whatever Rene LaVice is serving.

Stay tuned for the artist turned filmmaker’s second album, which may put Rene in the doghouse with his fans if it doesn’t make an appearance soon. In the meantime, here is his top ten…

  1. Squarepusher ‘Do You Know Squarepusher

“I was already a huge Squarepusher fan before this was released, but when a clip leaked, followed by the release of the track, I was floored. Even today it seems to represent UK culture, merged with sounds and techniques, beamed in from the future. Jenkinson hints at vocal hooks and loops [while] the track progresses, edits and [almost] destroys them. [Its ability to] occupy such a beautiful line between technicality and expression makes this a masterpiece.”

  1. Prodigy ‘Break & Enter

“I was the first person in my family to get a CD player, and I remember them being interested to see what I’d bought to play on it. This kicked in from ‘Music for the Jilted Generation’ and I remember my mom scrunching her nose in distaste, in response I thought ‘brilliant’. I was a fan from that moment on really, but this and subsequently ‘Fat of the Land’ are both timeless in my opinion.”

  1. Tenebrae ‘Miserere’ 

 “I don’t really get on with contemporary radio, but I drive a lot with Classical FM on. I headed out one morning just as this started and it totally changed the tone of my day. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and execution, and it’s basically a repeating motif. I like repetition. Apparently, as a seven-year-old, Mozart transcribed it without mistakes from memory.”

  1. Placebo ‘Nancy Boy

 “I watched Placebo being broadcast from Glastonbury in 97 or 98 and was hooked. It stood so strongly in opposition to the culture around me at the time and the tuning they used, combined with Molko’s sweet but nonchalant drawl, was a symbol for apathy and disenchantment to anyone who felt as isolated as I did throughout my teens. I worked in a bar and hotel for a few years, I remember drinking after my shift, playing darts and singing along. I went to see them at the Coronet in London in 1997 too, one of my favourite shows.”

  1. Queen ‘Who Wants To Live Forever

 “This seems [like] a fitting life-soundtrack choice. ‘A Kind of Magic’ was given to me by my Dad when I was very young on cassette. I think I almost wore it out. Soaring strings and classic Yamaha DX-7 back a song that provokes a lot of philosophical questions. It’s actually a topic that has fascinated me my whole life.”

  1. Radiohead ‘Everything In Its Right Place

 “Me and my friend bought ‘Kid A’ when it came out in 2000 and both went home to listen intently. I miss that jarring feeling of committing to a record so fully before ever hearing it, and from the very first cascade of ‘Everything’ I was unapologetically pulled into a world I didn’t know existed. I didn’t enjoy my school life at the time and struggled a lot emotionally in general; ‘Kid A’ quickly became something I would fall asleep to every night, a real means of escape.”

  1. Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Other Side

“I took this with me on a school trip to Canada [in] around 1999. ‘Californication’ was my musical anchor throughout the whole experience. I’m instantly reminded of looking at snowy Toronto through smoked coach windows, or the blast of crisp air as we walked towards Niagara Falls. This track was a standout to me.”

  1. Burial ‘Archangel

“This track is the rainy night bus window, or the pale sky as you step out of the rave, skin like sweat and cigarettes. It’s the orange fade in [and] out of passing streetlamps that stubbornly refuses to synchronise with the beat. That smudged half-reality viewed almost from the third person – I think anyone that has been a part of the UK dance culture in any sense can have these feelings evoked from this record. Beautiful.”

  1. Jai Paul ‘Jasmine

“When I moved into my house we installed Sonos gear all over it, and I did the majority of the decorating with Jai Paul playing. As I understand, he was really upset by the leak of this record. Who wouldn’t be when there’s so much innovation and raw talent crammed into it? Either way it’s all synonymous with change for me; it was my soundtrack to that.”

  1. Drake ‘Marvin’s Room

“My good friend was drunk ranting and said something to the effect of “you can tell through someone’s music whether they’ve been through much [and] had their heart broken, no matter what the genre.” I think there’s some truth in that. If you believe his lyrics, then by this definition Drake must be in really tiny bits by now. Humour aside, in more recent times these records have been a totally different direction that I’ve learned a lot from. I hope I keep finding more in the future.”

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Throwback Interview: Joris Voorn

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Lucky 7: Joris Voorn

The Green/Rejected label boss plays us his Lucky 7.

The Dutch DJ started his journey to the EDM holy grail in 1997, experimenting with synth sounds and drum loops on his MC-303 Groove Box. Three years later he began mixing magic in his small studio in Rotterdam, which led to his first release ‘Muted Trax Pt.1’. Following this release, he produced a series of EPs, singles and mixes resulting in his debut album ‘Future History’ in 2003. Little did he know that this album would establish him as one of the hottest techno producers of our generation!

In 2006, together with the help of his friend Edwin Oosterwal, his second record label Rejected was born. This label focused on the contemporary wave of EDM artists, which proved to be a winning formula for international success. His remixes scored him cool-points from the likes of Sven Vath, Dubfire, Pete Tong and John Digweed. By 2007, his label Green dropped the sophomore album ‘From A Deep Place’, which became a crossover hit attracting fans across the EDM spectrum from minimal to trance.

Ever the creative genius, Joris has appeared on mixes for everyone from Steve Angello to Nic Fanciulli. His musical resume also includes a Resident Advisor Podcast and a series of club shows that aimed to mesh the worlds of visual art and music. Joris Voorn is currently on a worldwide tour, US fans can catch him in NY and LA towards the end of May. He also has a remix album in the works for ‘Nobody Knows’, so watch this space.

What track really sums up your childhood?

“Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’. I got to know the ‘The Wall’ album through the parents of a friend of mine; I was fascinated by the atmosphere and story that seemed to be present throughout the music. ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ was the album highlight for me and when I listen to it now I think it’s even better than I could have ever realised as a kid.”

What was the first record you ever bought?

“I’m really not sure, but it could have been a Queen or Dire Straights album, on second hand vinyl of course. I loved both of these bands to pieces and to be honest it’s the Dire Straights I’d still listen to today. Queen not so much, even though they will always be a unique and highly influential band in the history of pop music.”

What is the most embarrassing record in your collection?

“Well not sure if it’s that bad, but I do have a 1995 German trance compilation called ‘Behind The Eye’ [via] Sven Vath’s Eye Q Records; which I (ahem) still play in the car [every] now and then. It’s borderline Goa-trance and has the classic ‘Orange Theme’ track by Cygnus X, which I found [to be] a fascinating piece of music back in the day. It wasn’t cheesy, just good solid underground techno trance.”

Which track is guaranteed to make you cry?

“I really love Aimee Mann’s ‘Save Me’, most of all because it reminds me of ‘Magnolia’, one of my all-time favourite movies. If I had to choose a techno track then it would be the full 13.5mins of Choice’s ‘Acid Eiffel’. It just doesn’t get any better than that!”

What album are you currently into?

“The latest Flying Lotus album is amazing. It reminds me so much of DJ Shadow’s first album, although it doesn’t have the same depth to it.”

What is the most valuable record in your collection?

“It used to be the Dave Angel ‘Handle With Care’ EP, with the stunning ‘Airborne (Carl Craig’s Drums Suck Remix)’, until I dropped it on the floor one day and it broke in half.”

What is your favourite track of all-time?

“There’s no answer to a question like this, but I’m a real sucker for Weezer’s Undone ‘The Sweater Song’. I can drive my car and sing this out loud like there’s no tomorrow!”

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Throwback Interview: Hermitude

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Watch Out America, Hermitude Are Coming.

The Aussie top-dog producers are ready to take their piece of the American Pie.

Meet Luke Dubber (aka Luke Dubs) and Angus Stuart (aka El Gusto), collectively known as Hermitude, one of Sydney’s hottest producer exports. Since being signed in 2002 by Elefant Traks, their four albums and two EP releases have ranked them alongside Australia’s most sought-after touring acts. Most notably 2012’s ‘HyperParadise’, which won the Australian Music Prize among other awards, grabbed the top-spot on the HypeMachine chart and notched up over 7 million listens on its Soundcloud belt.

Sonically their music fuses hip-hop, EDM and bass; which reflects their dedication to the vibe of each song and its unique progression. Considering Sydney’s big hip-hop scene, the pair believes that “having a bit of both styles in our music helped” them to build such a strong following. Their latest single ‘Through The Roof’ bounces from light to shade on its journey; driven by the horns, it rewires a typical mariachi beat against a strong synth riff, drums and the chopped vocal fragments of Young Tapz to create a tune so epic that even the most reluctant of ravers cannot help but shake a leg. The single comes in anticipation of Hermitude’s upcoming album, which is set to drop in early May 2015.

Suffice to say, they’ve caused quite the stir down under and now they are taking their veteran performance skills stateside, fuelled by “star jumps” and “tequila shots,” for their US and Canada ‘Through The Roof Tour’; which kicks off this March and includes Austin’s very own SXSW.

First of all congratulations on your new single, we love it! Talk us through ‘Through The Roof’, where did your inspiration for the song come from?

“Thanks a lot! We wanted the first single on the record to be really fun and also to be a nice bridge between ‘HyperParadise’ and our next record. The inspiration for the track and lyrics came from this massive warehouse party we went to in Sydney. There must’ve been 1000 people in there. There was condensation dripping off the ceiling from all the sweat and every new room you walked into had a different sound system. As you made your way upstairs, you had a feeling that the building could collapse at any moment! When the cops came, it took them over an hour to evacuate the building; they had to shut down the six-lane highway where the party was. It was all over the news.”

Is there a possible video on the way? What can you tell us about the visuals for that?

“There is! I don’t want to let the cat outta the bag, but we wanted to retain the energy of the song, but change the context. All I can say is that it’s high-energy and has a lot of smoke!”

What can fans expect from your upcoming album? Are there any collaborations we should know about?

“We haven’t announced them yet. Some of the singers are lesser known, but have beautiful, unique voices that just slot into the music perfectly. There are some great vocal moments amongst that instrumental heat we’re known for.”

You are known for your high-energy stage performances, how are you hoping to step your game up with your upcoming North American tour?

“We’ll bring out some classics and throw in some new jams to road test too. We love bringing the party and like to think our music activates a gravitational pull towards the dance floor too, so the more getting down the better!”

How does touring internationally differ from your home-crowd in Australia? Where has been your favourite country to perform in?

“The home-crowd obviously brings so much love, so it’s hard to beat. Having said that we had some cracking shows last year in the US. Brooklyn was redonkulous! Japan is also a fun audience because they’re so enthusiastic!”

Were there any local Australian acts that you admired growing up?

“Hip-hop crews like Koolism and the Hilltop Hoods and Urthboy, rock bands like Regurgitator and Vicious Hairy Mary; DJs like Dexter and Danielsan and Sampology, live electronic bands like The Avalanches and The Bird, all the way up to electronic music today like Ta-Ku, Waveracer and Flume.”

Your platinum single ‘HyperParadise‘ was remixed by fellow Aussie Flume, have you guys got any plans to collaborate again in the future?

“No concrete plans, but you never know, the last collaboration went down pretty well…”

Who would be your dream collaboration for a remix be with and why?

“Love to get a Lido remix, that guy is just so tasteful and musical. His remixes are bad-arse! We’d love to get Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean together on a Hermitude track; that would be crazy!”

What’s next for Hermitude (other than the obvious world domination)? 

“Haha, well right now we’re listening to a bunch of tunes that didn’t make the record and they sound really good. Who knows, maybe once the record drops there might be some more music sneaking out as well; besides that just heaps of touring. We’ll be in the US a lot this year, which we’re pumped about, and also Australian and European tours galore!”

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