Hey guys, how are you, what’s good and bad in your world?
Gilberto: Thanks, I’m doing fine! Unfortunately, the situation in the world could be better, but one must focus on the positive.
When and how did you get into dance music? What parties, labels and sounds turned you on?
Gilberto: I got into dance music at a very young age, around 12 I think. And out of all the different genres, there were two that I think, attracted us the most: House and Drum’n’Bass. By the early 2000s, Basel had a vibrant underground Drum’n’Bass scene and at that same time, House was everywhere. So, we always knew where to go to party on weekends. Roni Size, The Prodigy, Bob Sinclar, and MAW are just some of our favorite acts of that era.
How do you evolve your own sound while staying true to your roots and own signature and not jumping on new hype bandwagons?
Gilberto: To be totally honest, we don’t really know what the latest hype is. So, jumping on a new hype bandwagon would be quite difficult and we would probably miss it. We listen to music we like and try to make our own interpretations and creations.
Do you make music that suits certain labels, or do you create first and worry about that later?
Gilberto: That totally depends on the project. If we do a remix for an artist or a label, we try to blend in with their style, while maintaining our sound – If there is even such a thing as “our sound”. But normally we just seek to make music we like.
What are some of the key bits of music making gear in your current set up?
Gilberto: We aim to keep it as simple as possible. No fancy or even expensive gear, just the usual software and a midi keyboard. Which is quite boring if you think of it? Sometimes when we have an idea for a bassline or some chords, we test it on one of Dominiques old keyboards. And if it sounds good, we transfer it to the DAW.
Where is your best environment as a dj? A small dark club or a huge outdoor festival stage? Late at night for the weirdos or early so you can play slow and eclectic etc etc?
Gilberto: That is a hard question, since we have never played a huge outdoor festival. The biggest location we played at was “Nordstern” in our hometown Basel, which was awesome! But when it comes to DJ’ing, I personally don’t have a favorite environment. I think a small dark club at three in the morning can be just as fun as playing in a friend’s back yard in the afternoon.
How do you work; do you have an idea in your head you work towards, or do you just experiment and jam and see what happens?
Gilberto: We have different approaches when it comes to making tracks. Sometimes we create a tight beat and work sort of “around” it. Sometimes it’s the other way round, where we have a simple melody or bass pattern and try to come up with the right type of groove for it.
Tell us about your new “Lilefo” EP for Afroterraneo Music – what inspired or influenced it, where and when and who was it written for?
Gilberto: Dominique was the main producer of the title track “Lilefo”. I remember going to his apartment and him coming up to me with a big smile saying: “Dude, I think we have a hit!” We didn’t intend to write it especially for Kiko or Afroterraneo Music, but I think Kiko liked it from the start. Since our first release “Les morts et les vivants” on Afroterraneo’s “Genesis1” we have talked about releasing an EP. And so, we decided to do one after he heard “Lilefo”. Then came Corona and everything was put on hold for a few months. We took tracks which we had in our drawers, waiting to get released, polished them up and added them. In the end I think they complement each other very well and make one hell of an EP.
What else have you got coming up/are you working on?
Gilberto: We are currently working on some remixes for different artists, which might be coming out soon. At the same time, we are working on another EP with a cool Italian label. However, we don’t know when to expect that release.
What hopes, and dreams do you have for 2022?
Gilberto: We would love to play more venues, big or small. Maybe then I can answer your question about playing a huge outdoor festival. So, book us!