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The Belgium-based duo speak on their upcoming lockdown-inspired project 'Yellockdown', who their favourite Belgian artists are and how they were first introduced to production.  

What was the process of creating your latest single ‘Frissons’ and how was working remotely on

the track with Nelick?

 

The process was the same as for the other artists that are part of the 'Yellockdown' project, we started from scratch through a video call and just found some ideas of drums and melodies. It was a lot of fun because we actually never met with Nelick, he is a really nice guy and he was super into the project and wrote two sick verses. 

 

What made you want to create a project like ‘Yellockdown’ and how has it been working with different artists in this new way?

All our gigs were cancelled, and our schedules were suddenly empty so we decided to create that project to keep ourselves busy during this period! It was an amazing experience to work with different artists in different styles and vibes. 

What has been your favourite track to create during the series, so far?

I don’t think we have one favourite; it was different with everyone and it was so cool every time, the results on the tracks were always surprising. 

"...all the tracks were created in one day and we wanted

to keep it simple."

How important was it for you guys to stay creative during the lockdown?


It was super important because we just released a new EP in February and it was frustrating to be stopped like this so suddenly.
 

How has the creative process differed whilst making this collaboration project versus ‘Goldress’ and what was the best thing you learnt from it?


The 'Yellockdown' project is a project based on spontaneity, all the tracks were created in one day and we wanted to keep it simple. 'Goldress' was a studio EP. 

 

How important do you think creative collaboration is for growth as an artist?


I think it’s the best way to learn things in production, songwriting, top lines, ideas, … for us it’s one of the best things to do when you grow as an artist.

 

What was the creative process of ‘Goldress’ and what were the main themes of that project?

We worked on it in multiple studios with musicians that are our friends, we really wanted to upgrade the sound of our music. The main theme of the EP is relationship but with hope, ‘Blame’ EP was also the same theme but in a more dramatic way. 

"...we really wanted to make some songs with proper structures ... instead of just vibing on a loop."

How do you feel that your sound has changed or grown from your earlier EP’s to ‘Goldress’?

I think now there is more soul elements in our music, and we really wanted to make some songs with proper structures (verses, choruses, bridges, etc.) instead of just vibing on a loop. 
 

When did you first get into producing and how have you found working together creatively?

It was with our friend Le Motel, he was producing before us and he’s the one that showed us most of the tips and things on Ableton. 


What would be your top three tips for producers starting out?

Digging, geeking and collaborations. 

 

"It’s really important, I think the cover of the 'Yellockdown' project is our favourite, so far. "

How important do you think a knowledge of instrumentation is for producing?


We don’t know any theory of music so for us it’s not really important, but I understand that it can be for some people. 


How important are visuals to your music and which has been your favourite to make, so far?


It’s really important, I think the cover of the 'Yellockdown' project is our favourite, so far. 


Being from Belgium, are there any local artists you would recommend?


Sure: Ashley Morgan, abrahamblue, dvtch norris, blackwave., Primero, Swing, Blu Samu, Saudade,… there a lot!

Which artists inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?


At first, the Arctic Monkeys, and today a lot of people but mostly the uk scene.


If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would they be?


Galimatias, Tom Misch, King Krule, Moonchild, Daniel Caesar, Jordan Rakei … 

 What’s coming up for the rest of 2020?

A new studio EP for 2021.

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