Interview


Don't Sleep On THEY. : Genre-Blending Hip-Hop Duo

Don't Sleep On THEY.

This is the first in our new “Don’t Sleep On” series which aims to highlight rising artists who have been putting out continuous, amazing music. The goal of this series is to give a more in-depth look at up-and-coming artists that should you should know more about. An artist you shouldn't be sleeping on.

Although most artists take time to develop their sound, some hit the ground running and make a statement with their debut release. Forward thinking duo THEY. have caught our full attention since their introductory three-track EP, Nu Religion that dropped in Oct. 2015. They've kept a steady flow of impressive singles leading up to their forthcoming debut full-length album Nu Religion : HYENAdue Feb. 24. We've decided to highlight what they've done leading up to their most ambitious project to date.

THEY. - Nu Religion EP 

THEY. reside on the independent, tastemaker label Mind of a Genius alongside the likes of ZHU and Gallant. The LA-based duo pairs the talents of Colorado native Dante Jones on production with Washington D.C.'s Drew Love handling the vocal duties. 

While the phrases “genre-blending” or “genre-defying” get tossed around pretty frequently, THEY. embody the terms to a tee, blending a futuristic approach of R&B and Rap with incredibly unique production mixing hip-hop and rock with a splash of electronic elements. Their raw energy is matched by gentle emotion as they manage to somehow create music that’s hard-hitting and melodic at the same time. 

THEY. appeared on ZHU’s “Working For It” Collaboration with Skrillex that’s racked up over 100 million streams on Spotify alone. Since this release we’ve heard a string of album singles “Deep End”, “Say When”, "What You Want" and "U-RITE", which is a favorite of ours and was accompanied by an incredible music video filmed entirely in Colorado. Continue below for our interview with THEY. and stay tuned for Nu Religion : HYENA. on Feb. 24.

THEY. - Say When 

THEY. - Deep End

THEY. - What You Want

THEY. - U-RITE | Official Music Video

Interview questions:

What made you guys decide to create a collaborative project?

There was a mutual desire to wanna create something people hadn't heard before . It's easy to talk about how weak the music scene is without doing anything to shift it . 

What is your approach when you hit the studio together, do you have a consistent ritual or is it different every time?

It's different every time and it should be , can't get too stuck in your ways it only limits you .

How did you connect with the Mind Of A Genius record label?

Zhu is a close friend of ours and upon listening to our first demos he urged us to play it for David Dann (MOAG label owner). Not too long after that we were a part of the family .

How did your collaboration “Working For it” with ZHU and Skrillex come about. What was the creative process like?

Zhu approached us and played us the record and told us it was still missing something . We threw on a little sauce and it ended up being a huge record . The song was already awesome . We were just glad to be able to put our 2 cents in . 

What was it like for your first tour being in front of sold out crowds with Bryson Tiller?

Completely unforgettable . You can't describe or match an experience like that or  the vision and perspective it gives you to  further hone your craft . We're the new definition of what it means to be a band . The tour was a great launchpad and were forever thankful to be a part of the whole thing .

What is the story behind your debut album and how does it feel to get this out there?

The album is about freedom of expression, believing in yourself, and not holding back. Drew and I took a lot of risks on this album and covered a lot of genres. We are excited to display the diversity an artist can have in one project.

[PREMIERE] Big Wild Delivers "Empty Room" Ft. Yuna Off Debut EP + Interview

Big Wild Invincible EP Press Shot

With Big Wild’s debut project Invincible EP right around the corner, we now have the premiere of "Empty Room" feat. Malaysian vocalist Yuna. Leading up to the EP, he’s shared singles "I Just Wanna” and the title track “Invincible”, which was accompanied by an epic music video.

His latest single has an uplifting energy throughout as he combines shuffling percussion with mellow keyboard melodies, glitchy vocal chops and gentle distorted horn bursts. To celebrate Big Wild's upcoming debut EP, we’ve asked him a few questions about the release and his Big Wild project as a whole. You can also view his EP tracklist and tour dates below. Enjoy! 

Big Wild - Empty Room (Ft. Yuna) | Purchase + Preorder EP

What instruments did you play prior to producing?

I played trumpet, but it wasn't until I started producing and writing songs that I really connected with music.

How did your relationship with ODESZA and their Foreign Family Collective start?

They initially heard my music on SoundCloud and from there they asked me to do an official remix for Say My Name. I opened up for them for three shows in California and then they asked me to go on tour with them early the next year. During that tour, ODESZA was just starting FFC and I showed them Aftergold as a potential single to release. It was a big break for me.

Has your relationship with ODESZA helped shape you as an artist?

ODESZA has definitely given me good advice and support on how to represent myself as an artist. That's super important and they have a great eye for that.

Your music seems to capture a unique sound with percussion elements that are non-traditional. Where do you find inspiration to explore and experiment with your sound?

It really comes down to listening to all different types of music, having an open ear, and stepping outside your comfort zone. This allows you to make connections between styles and sounds that you wouldn't otherwise have made.

What is the story and meaning behind your “Invincible” EP?

Invincible EP is a culmination of many things. I wanted to begin working more closely with vocalists and put my own ideas for vocal melodies and lyrics to the test. I really wanted to get more involved with songwriting. Having a generally positive and uplifting theme throughout the project was important to me as well. The Invincible EP is an important artistic step for me and putting it together was a huge learning process.

Is there a particular song on the EP that you enjoying making the most?

Crickets might have been my favorite to create simply because it was the quickest. All of the songs on this project except for that one went through a ton of renditions for months but Crickets was very straight forward. I love it when things click quickly.

Can you tell us a bit about your live setup and how it came together?

My live setup consists of a hybrid drumset, a cajon, a MIDI controller, a keyboard and me whistling. It came together because I wanted to have live elements while also keeping things electronic and dance focused. Combining elements of performance with production is what I focused on to create my setup. I also have a few surprises for the Invincible tour this spring ;)

What’s been the most exciting thing about your Big Wild project so far and what’s coming next?

This EP is the most exciting thing so far for me. It's a big milestone and I'm so stoked to put this music out. I also have plans to keep the music coming throughout the year. The Invincible Tour is next and that's something I've put a lot of time and effort into. It's definitely a step up from the last tour.

 

Invincible EP tracklist:
1) When I Get There 
2) Empty Room (feat. Yuna)
3) I Just Wanna
4) Invincible (feat. iDA HAWK)
5) Crickets 

 

Big Wild Tour Dates: (Purchase tickets here)
Fri. March 10 – Sat. March 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Buku (Festival)
Thu. March 16 – Vancouver, BC @ VENUE
Fri. March 17 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sat. March 18 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Sun. March 19 – Eugene, OR @ W.O.W. Hall
Fri. March 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Sat. March 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Sun. March 26- San Diego @ Quartyard
Wed. March 29 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Fri. March 31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Sat. April 1 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Wed. April 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Café
Thu. April 6 – Madison WI @ Majestic Theatre
Fri. April 7 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Sat. April 8 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Sun. April 9 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
Wed. April 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
Thu. April 13 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Sat. April 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thu. April 20 – Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
Fri. April 21 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Sat. April 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Wed. April 26 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Druid City Music Hall
Thu. April 27 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
Fri. April 28 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
Sat. April 29 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Tue. May 2 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
Wed. May 3 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Thu. May 4 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
Fri. May 5 – Sun. May 7 – Todd Mission, TX @ Middlelands (Festival)
Wed. May 24 - Mon. May 29 Lightning in a Bottle Festival
Thu June 15 - Sun June 18 - Firefly Music Festival
Thu. June 22 – Sun. June 25 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
Fri. June 23 - Sun. June 25 - Bonzana Campout
Thu. June 29 – Sun. July 2 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival

Maggie Rogers Shares New Single "On And Off" From Upcoming EP : Indie Electronic

Maggie Rogers Press On And Off

Maggie Rogers has seen rapid growth following her breakout hits, "Alaska" and "Dog Years", and continues her quality output of releases with with "On And Off". Rogers premiered the single via MistaJam on BBC and mentioned in her interview that her upcoming EP is titled Now That The Light Is Fading and is due Feb. 17. 

During the interview Maggie talks about how she was making folk music and was inspired by house music while studying abroad in Europe where she was hearing house music and "totally fell in love with dancing”.

"On And Off" further builds her signature sound, blending folk music with electronic aesthetics. Rogers' beautiful voice soars atop a catchy chorus built on laid-back piano melodies, punchy percussion  and guitar licks. All these instruments are combined with rolling synths and background vocal chops that give the song an electronic edge. We’re excited to see what her forthcoming EP brings as the first few tracks have been sounding amazing. Enjoy!

Maggie Rogers - On And Off | Purchase

Maggie Rogers - On And Off + BBC Interview 

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