INTERVIEW: Powerhouse duo Mendo & Yvan Genkins

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! We’re glad to be here with you guys for the interview! We just got back from Point Blank Music School (London). We think it’s important to carry on learning new techniques, because the electronic music is constantly evolving, and even if you’ve been producing for 18 years, you need to “update yourself”.

Can you talk to us more about your latest EP “Buggsy”?

The EP has 2 tracks: Buggsy and Smashed. We think they are pretty particular tracks because of the work we did on the FX, vocals and bassline. For us they sound a little different than most of the tracks, and sometimes we like to innovate 🙂 Also, some of the great new artists motivate us to do all these crazy things!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this  ​EP?

Not precisely any particular event, but the fact that we listen to different kinds of music. You never know if these “inventions” will work or not, but the idea is to try something completely different. You can’t sit down and “get comfortable”. There’s a lot of competition and you need to stand out.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Usually we don’t release any videos, but indeed it would be a really cool idea to produce a nice and funny one for these tracks.

Why did you name the EP after this track in particular?

For us it’s always a headache to find nice titles for tracks and EPs – and I guess it is for others too, but in this case: Buggsy comes from “Bugs Bunny”, and Smashed from imagining him wasted! It’s not our best idea, but we think it was funny and it’s nice to share this secret with you all.

How was the recording and writing process?

We work in 2 different ways: together in the studio when we can, and through Skype when we are away. In this case it was through Skype. Yvan started the project and I finished it up by adding more elements and by mixing and mastering. I finally changed to Ableton Live completely, and now it’s easier because we use the same DAW. Before it was much slower to work with audio files between Logic and Ableton.

Having worked together in the past, would you call this a departure or more like a follow up?

We never stopped working together, but it’s true that last year I had a break to learn new things. It’s also funny that we met because Yvan was my fan, and when he showed me his music I loved it. Since then we haven’t been apart, and he is one of my best friends. I taught him all I knew, but… now he is my teacher 🙂

Any plans to hit the road?

At the moment, we’re working full time in the studio. We have many new projects that we are applying all the new techniques that we learnt at Point Blank. Some people might think that with all the releases we’ve had in the previous years, we would never go back to school, but we think different: we’re sure that you always have to be up-to-date with music production, because not only are the plugins and DAW’s evolving, but the music is too.

What else is happening next in Mendo & Yvan Genkins’ world?

In March a Mendo remix will be out for Zoo Brazil, at Knee Deep In Sound. Also, with Yvan, we’re releasing a few remixes of Mihalis Safras at Kaluki Records, CDC at Carpe Diem Musica, a new EP for Incorrect Music, and some other labels that we can’t reveal yet ;-)​

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