how has your year been, what have been the highlights?
m: this year was something else. we played a lot more than ever before and had so much luck with people and places, the garden festival in croatia with the wolf boys, the nights at corsica studios, our live set at fabric, everything in the uk has been super fun. then the whole crazy north america trip. the retreat nights at loftus hall, a beautiful year it was.
i wonder why it took you so long to go from being a dj pairing to producing – close to ten years nearly…
m: well, we’ve been hanging out and spinning since we first met in ‘98. that’s when we both got into mixing. i’ve been producing a few years longer, so djing came after that. it was december 2006 when we were at my place and said “let’s make a beat together.” it was so fun that we made a second one right away and just continued from there.
and how have your sounds, influences and techniques change in that time if at all?
h: we have learned a few tricks and might be able to make a better sounding mix, but the technical side is not very important to us. with our ten 12”s and the lp, we have released quite a few tracks and that means a few things have been done and certainly do not need to be repeated. we are constantly discovering great music, which influences us when we sit down in the studio. so yes we need to keep evolving, but it’s still nice to hear when people tell us that something sounds like session victim
do you think all producers should take more time to learn their trade, learn the history, before they start putting music out there?
m: you only get good and versatile in what you do if you learn your trade. if you practice and try to improve your skillset, you ’ll be able to express yourself in a wider range, more multifaceted over time. that can’t be bad, can it? i’m sure there’s a few high profile djs out there who leave the “technical stuff” to the “studio geek”, pay him a visit every few days, check if the vibe is right and end up telling everyone how they just wrote an album.
as far as learning history – i don’t know. it ’s good if people come from different corners, i don’t think everyone has to listen to every kerri chandler, ron trent, moodymann whatever record to be real about it.
obviously your debut lp landed last year… how long was it in the making, when and why did you decide the time was right to start one?
h: we took a whole year to write the songs for the lp. when delusions of grandeur first approached us, we were not sure if we are ready to do this. we love challenges though, so when we realized that they are serious about it, we put everything down and focused just on this project.