Interview With The Upbeats!

13529082_10154284139853540_5272053727565152364_nIf you don’t know who The Upbeats are, then you should stop what you’re doing and check out some of their music already! The legendary drum n’ bass duo who have been around for more than a decade have helped pioneer the genre with their groundbreaking sounds that have truly escaped sonic boundaries!

Making their second return to the Indian sub-continent this past weekend, the veteran acts took over circuitGROUNDS on Day 2 of Budweiser presents EDC India. Following a lethal performance which truly stood out as one of the best amongst the entire bassRUSH experience, we caught up with the duo for an insightful interview to discuss their growth, friendship with Noisia and much more!

Read on.

 

TBB: First of all Dylan, as we all know you didn’t like drum n’ bass music until Jeremy introduced you to the realm. So, how has the entire journey been so far?

Dylan: It has been pretty good! Can’t complain.

 

TBB: Jeremy and Dylan, you guys are nicknamed Terror Snake and Downie Wolf respectively. What’s the story behind that?

Jeremy: When we first signed to Bad Company, we sent a bunch of tunes to them and they were really into it. But we had written so much of music, that they didn’t want to release all of it. And they said there’s a bunch of music we like and would want to release. And you can release it but it has to be under a certain pseudonym. So we thought okay we’re badass dudes, we’re gonna come up with a badass pseudonym, and call our band Bad Cave, and the members of Bad Cave was gonna be Downie Wolf and Terror Snake. I am obviously “Terror Snake” because I’m a terrifying person, but the reason he’s Downie Wolf is because the day we came up with the name, Dylan had washed his hair and it was all fluffy and downy!

 

TBB: If you had to describe The Upbeats sound to a layman, what would it be?

Dylan: Melodic, aggressive, and hopefully progressive.

Jeremy: I think that we kind of look and do something that’s not being done currently in drum n bass. And the energy we try to convey through the drums, and try to keep it really organic and make the feel of it sound like it could be played by a drummer. And we really try and focus on the melodic content. And like, play aggressive music but still try to evoke an emotion or a feeling.

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TBB: The production value of your tracks have been incredibly high. What is the entire creative process like behind a record which comes to life inside your studio?

Dylan: Well, it’s different every time. We don’t have only one thing that we go through. It’s not a process or it’s not like a formula we do. We might start a tune individually or even together. It all depends really. I might start something and he’s like “Whaaat, I’m into that!” and finish it off! Other times, it’s just us in the studio jamming out and we come up with something.

Jeremy: It’s changed though in the last two to three years, since we signed to Noisia, it’s really changed! And I think the way the theme is structured now has really changed as well. The level of production that is expected now is really high. So we’ve had to change the way we approach production and our mixdowns and everything else. And for the last three years, we’ve really tried to step up our overall production, and hopefully it shows in what we’ve released recently!

TBB: You guys have previously worked with Noisia. How was it like working with them on the ‘Dead Limit’ EP?

Jeremy: So we’ve known Noisia for a very long time. The very first time we went to Europe was the first time we met those guys. We got in the studio and we wrote a tune with them. So we’ve been really close friends for 12 years or something. And it’s always been inspiring to know them and to work with them and also, it can be kind of overwhelming, or like daunting when we started music with them. Because there’s an expectation that each time we get together, we’re gonna write a really big tune. Our first collaborative release was “Sacrifice, Dustup” and then we did “Dead Limit“, so there’s kind of a precedent that when we get together under a collab, it’s gonna be something really big. So it’s tough but it’s exciting at the same time. It forces us to try and think outside of the box and work hard to come up with something really special.


TBB: You guys released Part I & II of The De-Evolution Series this year. What’s next on the horizon for The Upbeats?

Dylan: We’re doing De-Evolution Part III which is gonna come out soon and will feature 5 tracks or probably even more. After that, we’re working on some big remixes which we can’t give away much information about just yet. After that, I guess we’re gonna start off on new music for the new year.

Jeremy: There are a couple of labels that we’ve been eyeing up that we would like to work with for next year. And we would like to do a couple of projects for them. But at this stage we’ll keep you guys guessing!

 

TBB: Any names from the current breed of DnB producers fans should watch out for?

Jeremy: Urbandawn and Malux have been ridiculous! I think they are really underrated dudes but are so sick! Same with Aggressor Bunx. Fucking Ukrainian dudes that have been smashing it. We’re currently working with those guys on a collaboration that’ll be coming out soon!


TBB: Top 3 Bangin’ Tracks at the moment?

Ivy Lab – Ghee
Siren – Snorkel (S.P.Y Remix)
Dimension – UK


TBB: How was it like to make a return to India and perform at the inaugural edition of Budweiser presents EDC India?

Jeremy: For me it was the first time! And it was amazing. So I came to India twice, first when I was 9 and then when I was 11 and I have very strong memories of India. Coming back and seeing that so much has changed and so much is still the same is amazing. And coming and getting to perform like I never thought I would ever get to play what we play i.e drum n bass in India. So it was really, really special. And I’m really grateful to be here.

Dylan: It’s pretty much the same sentiment! It’s one of those spots where you mention it to other people around the world and you say you’re playing in New Delhi and people are surprised! But hopefully, things are going to pick up in India; and even the bass music scene. I know it isn’t a huge thing at the moment but this should get the ball rolling.

Jeremy: I think it’s a good sign having the EDC thing happening here. Even thought the BASSRUSH stage was not super well attended, seeing the mainstage is packed! So I think given a couple of years and really educating the crowd, it could be really good thing here.

Dylan: I know it always starts off with the popular stuff, and more like the things that are easily accessible. And then after people discover and get used to that, they try and find out what else is going on in the scene and they dig for more underground stuff. It just opens your eyes to what else is going on. Fingers crossed!

 

TBB: And finally, can you tell us how your career and music is #AlwaysBrewing?

Dylan: It’s tough to keep things relevant. Certain things are changing so quickly all the time with the Internet. Maybe ten years ago, things were moving at a lot slower pace, but now it’s tough. It’s like if something’s a trend right now, the next month it’ll be completely different. So you need to be with the pace all the time. Our career has been #AlwaysBrewing and has been slowly bubbling up!

Jeremy: I think we’ve been very fortunate though! We’ve always been very faithful about what we’re passionate about. And we haven’t ever tried too much in our careers to try and pander towards what’s popular and have always done what we believe in. Also we’ve been very fortunate to have a very loyal fan base that has grown over the years and likes what we do. We get the opportunity to write some really weird music and there’s an audience of people that love that. It isn’t what you expect to hear on radio or on the mainstage, but we just do our thing and we have a very loyal and supportive fan base! And we both are incredibly thankful 🙂

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