How do you handle music requests?
Dejan: Since we are not playing DJ sets we don’t have many music requests but here is a funny story: we were playing a live set in a club in salt lake city, some guys next to us came to request music with some singing, later they fired confetti on us. they were celebrating a birthday and didn’t care about us!
What do you do when equipment goes on strike?
Andreas :We also go on strike ahaha no for now our live setup is mainly focus on 2 computers and a bunch of controllers so it’s not that risky but we always have a Ableton session with spare tracks from the other one if one of us as a problem during our live set
Dejan: It is usually a heat problem, we are working on it in anticipation of next summer. My computer stopped at the start of a live show in Montpellier last August. Andreas had to play alone the whole set, big moment of loneliness.
What are your musical influences from childhood?
Andreas :In my Childhood I used to listen to very different stuff, a lot of Cat Stevens and Pink Floyd thanks to my dad but also a bit of electronic music, actually the first CD I bought myself was « You’ve come a long Way, Baby » from Fatboy Slim.
Dejan: I listened to Jean-Michel Jarre’s music on my father’s vinyl turntable (live in China). Then I bought my first K7 at 10 years old, Techno compilation vol 10 – lol – then the CD of Robert Miles – children. I was only listening to electronic music actually. Is it even possible to argue about musical tastes?
Dejan: Impossible, the mystery around certain popular musical genres remains intact.
Andreas: Not really, there are probably as many musical tastes as humans on earth.
Which track would run when you moved into your boxing match?
Dejan: Danger – 4:30, this is a remix of the exorcist theme, very cinematographic and very frightening to scare opponents!
Andreas : I’m not a fan of fighting/boxing but if I have to pick one it would be
Massive Attack – Angel
What was the worst job you ever had?
Andreas : Actually it was not a bad job but the hours were shitty, I worked as a member relationship agent for a ridesharing company. It was fine because I was able to do that remotely but I had to work during weekends and evenings. During my Sunday Morning shifts I was hungover most of the time trying to make sense with my answers…
Dejan: I was a waiter in a restaurant in the English countryside. as a Frenchman I didn’t understand anything about customer orders, I sometimes served the wrong dishes. Shame
Describes your sound to someone who has never heard it before.
Dejan: Dowtempo with a blend of acoustics and electronics, enough chill to relax, enough nostalgic to contemplate, and enough groovy to move.
Andreas :Though question, It’s a chill electronic music sound, a blend of organic and synthetic elements.
Do you have any good tour stories from clubs or festivals?
Andreas: As Dejan said In August we played a Festival in the south of France and it was super warm and our computers were slowly dying during the show. We had some huge problems with some sequences not starting, it was frustrating, a nightmare to not be able to play normally. It was also the first time that we were meeting our Manager Max in real life because he is based in Mexico. After the show I was super tired and drank a lot of beers and because of the heat and probably the tiredness I was really tipsy and kissed Max on the forehead… Between that and the technical issues during our set it was maybe not the best 1st impression that I could give him!
Dejan: During an American tour in 2020 we used to play our track « Reine » with a trumpet solo in the middle, I used to go in front of the stage and play the « air trumpet », really good memories.
What would you do if you weren’t a musician?
Andreas : I’ve studied sound design so I guess back to this field, not so different from Music at the end.
Dejan: Market gardener. I would also like to know how to make bread
Which style of music should have the most followers? And why?
Dejan: If I say downtempo I’m not going to be objective. then I would say folktronica or afrohouse. it’s music that mixes ancient cultures with electronics. there is everything in it, the past, the present and the future.
Andreas : For me music shouldn’t be about followers, but about listeners and the feelings that they get when they hear some music. As I like most of the styles of music, I cannot pick a specific one .
What is the most important musical equipment invention of all time – and why?
Dejan: Pioneer CDJ turntables, no I’m kidding.
Andreas : Tough question, I would say a computer because once you have one you can find a lot of free synths, plugs, free DAWs to start producing. It really helped a lot of musicians to be able to put out their music without having to pay for some expensive studio sessions.
What would you advise to become a professional?
Andreas : Resilience and passion. Sure some people found their audience and success super quickly and that’s great for them but most of the time the music industry is a really complicated world and it takes time to find a place. So the most important thing is to continue trying to make the best that you can and have fun, and maybe at some point it will be your job. For example, it took us nearly ten years to make a living out of it…
Dejan: maybe you don’t want to turn professional and one day…