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INTERVIEW: Electro House Duo Epikker

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
HI! Thanks for having us, We’ve been fabulous 😉

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Joy Ride¨?
Joyride came right after we had done a remix of the song “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins and that song had marked a stylistic landmark for us. We realized after we made that tune what our future sound should be. So Joyride came from us pushing for a synergy of funk with a uncompromising hard and well… Epik sound. Once the track was done and we were discussing names, our homey Frances suggested we name it Joyride so she could bump it while she drives her Lamborghini Aventador.

Did any event in particular inspire the song?
I was listening to the Isley Brothers and I loved one of their bass lines. I tried copying it, but by the time I sped it up to 128 and put it to the straight beat it had morphed into its own entity.

How was the recording and writing process?
I started the track in my home studio and once I got Henry’s “F**k Yeah!”, I brought it over to his studio where we set about developing it. We definitely spent awhile getting that Drop to go as hard as possible. Many revisions were involved.

What have you learned from your previous musical backgrounds?
Well I’m a guitar player originally. I came up as a kid in Orange County playing in rock bands. It wasn’t til I heard The Glitch Mob’s original mixtape that I knew I had something to offer the Electronic Genre. So I really learned a lot about melody and songwriting and the utmost importance of making a great song. Henry came up in hip hop and has been a DJ in the underground Bass Scene forever. He’s been a recording engineer and producer and drummer forever as well. So he really brings this fierce neutrality which is absolutely essential to our writing process.

Does your musical approach tends to change depending if you are writing for someone else than when you are writing for the group?
When we’re producing for someone else, in a way we are wearing different hats in that our number one priority is making THEM shine. So we’ll do things that we wouldn’t ordinarily do in Epikker. Epikker’s sound has sort of…rules, and we constantly check the rulebook to see if the track we’re working on is fitting the mold. When we produce for another artist it can actually be very therapeutic and inspiring because now we get to explore different territory. We get this feeling too when we score for film and television.

How´s your new album coming along?
Well, Henry has been on tour with A$AP Rocky as his music programmer since June. So we’ve been working through Dropbox and now have tons of material in the pipeline. The Rocky and Tyler Tour just ended, so we’re looking forward to cranking on it January and February!

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 
Not enough of the album is solidified yet to name it, but we’re thinking of dropping the first single around February followed by a summer album release.

Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely! We love playing live. We’re getting our live show together now actually. We’re working on both a live set as well as a DJ Set.

What else is happening next in Epikker´s world?
Actually, we’re building out an Epikker Coffee Trailer! We’re coffee fanatics and we’ve found a serious lack of quality coffee at festivals and events. We figure too, its a great way for us to connect with people directly sharing what we love most – Epik Beats and Coffee!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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