Today we have the pleasure of premiering a very special track from some of our favorite rising artists. DROELOE and Taska Black (both of which may be recognizable from the bitbird Mega Collab and Gouldian Finch 2), have each been making a name for themselves over the past few years and today the bitbird labelmates link up on their new collaboration “Running Away” featuring CUT_. In addition, we had the pleasure of having DROELOE and Taska Black interview each other and give us insight on their favorite tracks of the year.
While both DROELOE and Taska Black sound fantastic on their own, this latest offering is truly something else. Starting off slow with some bright distant synths and vocals from fellow Netherlands-based duo CUT_ (who were featured DROELOE & San Holo’s “Lines of the Broken”), both DROELOE and Taska Black’s hard-hitting production styles blend together perfectly throughout the track. Filled with vibrant, high-pitched synths, warbling vocal chops and pulsing, distorted bass, the emotion and energy packed into this track is incredible. Check out “Running Away” (ft. CUT_) below and make sure to keep an eye on DROELOE and Taska Black, as they’re both growing very very fast. Enjoy!
DROELOE's favorite tracks of 2017
1. Cashmere Cat - Europe Pools
2. Taska Black - Dreaming (ft. Nevve)
3. San Holo & James Vincent McMorrrow - The Future
4. Kendrick Lamar - Element
5. Boombox Cartel & QUIX - Supernatural (ft. Anjulie)
Taska Black's favorite tracks of 2017
1. Post Malone - I fall apart
2. DROELOE x San Holo - Lines of the Broken
3. Kendrick Lamar - Humble
4. Lauv - I Like Me Better
5. Cashmere Cat - 9 (ft. MO & Sophie)
DROELOE Interviewing Taska Black:
DROELOE: Besides “Make My Day,” which you’ve been on record saying was what you got you into our music, what is your favorite DROELOE record and why?
Taska Black: It’s so hard to name 1 favorite. I gotta say “zZz” was very refreshing and has been the top of my list for a long time. When “In Time” came out I listened to those vocal chops in the bridge a dozen of times, cry for days. And now “Kintsugi” is once again game changing.
D: Technically, this isn’t our first time collaborating because we worked on “If Only (Mega Collab)” together for GF2. How would you describe working on something as crazy as that?
Taska Black: I never expected it to turn out as compact and cohesive as it is. San did a great job orchestrating it all and he made sure everyone had their input in the track. It’s really cool to shape an idea and see it slowly evolve while other artists put their flavor to it.
D: You released on Lowly Palace for the first time the other week, your first ever non-bitbird release. What other labels are you thinking of working with through 2018?
TB: Although bitbird will stay kind of a home base, we’re definitely planning on branching out a bit more. I’d love to do something with Monstercat some time. OWSLA would be great too!
D: What was your favorite single moment of 2017 and why? Was it getting to put out a track with us?
TB: I see what you did there, Hein this was your question wasn’t it. No, for real, it’s crazy when looking back, just realizing it was only January of this year that I first came to the Netherlands and got to meet with San and Thorwald (bitbird founders). It’s been great to meet everyone in person finally and getting to work with you guys, of course. Favorite moment would be bitbird label night at ADE, and the crazy B2B2B2B (?!?) to close it off.
D: If you could collaborate with any non-bitbird artists who would you pick?
TB: Alessia Cara, Cashmere Cat, Julia Michaels, Flume, RL Grime, EKALI, Louis The Child, … It’s a long list
D: Finally, what are your least favorite San Holo and DROELOE records?
TB: Next time I see you you better buy me some ramen to make up for this question.
“Lines of the Broken” by you and San sounds terrible, you really screwed up there (totally trolling here btw).
Taska Black interviewing DROELOE (Vincent Rooijers & Hein Hamers)
Taska Black: I know you guys meet up in school together working on a project for school. But was there a turning point where you guys realized, “hey let’s turn this into a real music project?”
Hein: I think it happened after we released our first two tracks on bitbird, “Make My Day” & “zZz”. They both did well which we didn’t expect. And at that point we were like ‘damn, we might just be able to turn this into something more than a joke that got out of hand haha.’
TB: How do you keep up with making music while on tour? Would you say it’s more inspiring all of the new experiences or just harder to keep focused and in touch with collaborators and more?
Vincent: Seeing a lot of cool things and places definitely inspires us to make music, so we try to make as much as possible, but I have to say it can get hard sometimes with the lack of sleep and the constant traveling. We never make music in planes (and you shouldn’t either!), because I don’t trust my ears while we’re in the air. Besides that, It is very nice to finally meet the people in the flesh who we’ve been collaborating with.
TB: What’s been your favourite single region (or show) that you’ve played and if you could give me one piece of advice for before I hit the road, what would it be?
H: I personally really love Southern California, the people are nice, the weather is nice. It feels like the crowd knows what they are listening to and are kind of cultured so to say. I don’t know, i just really like it there.
V: I feel the same, love Cali!! Taska, my advice would be; know where you are at… sounds pretty standard but when you are on the move all the time, and pretty tired, It can happen you just don’t remember in which city or state you’re in…. Definitely make sure you know this before you get on the mic during your set because it might get awkward haha.
TB: How drunk were you guys when you came up with the name DROELOE (which means tipsy in Dutch slang!)?
H: hahahahaha not that drunk to be honest. Maybe a little bit.
V: I think we weren’t drunk at all actually, but a late night playing GTA5 with the boys almost has the same effect lol.
TB: What are your three biggest goals in 2018 for DROELOE? I want one joint-music related goal, one joint-touring related goal and one personal goal from both of you guys.
H & V: Music wise, make more, obviously. Touring wise, do a solo headline tour i guess. That is what seems like the most logical step.
H: For me personally, try and workout more, especially on the road. And more DROELOE related, really try and see how we can involve more things then “just” music.
V: Also need to workout more. and I want to start reading again, I used to love that! Also really keen to experiment with more sounds recorded on the fly, so I’m thinking of buying a good portable recording thing.
TB: What’s your favourite track to play live and why? Is it “Core” by RL Grime?
H: Because i feel like Rafiki holding Simba every time i press play on that track.
TB: When are we gonna start working on our next collab?
H: Ja snel, die B2B set moet wel wat tracks van ons beiden er in hebben.
V: ja! let’s go boy!
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