After nearly a decade of producing iconic drum & bass, with a slew of top tier releases under their belt, the trio better known as Bachelors of Science have recently joined forces to create their own Code Recordings imprint. We sat down with the BoS boys to get the scoop on all things Code and what they've been up to this year and beyond.
After so many years of successful releases on independent imprints, what made you guys decide to move forward and start your own label, Code Recordings?
Luke: We really wanted to have more control of our music - What comes out, when it will come out, etc. When you have the ability to put out whatever you want and aren't dependent on someone else to decide if your track fits their label, it gives you more artistic and creative freedom.
Rene: It's about having a home for all things BoS. We are still shopping tunes to other labels but we like having a home base where we can explore and do some weird tracks if we feel like going there.
With your first release 'Beast' / 'Morning Sun' dropping mid-way through 2012, how did it feel to get your first official vinyl release out under the Code imprint?
Luke: it felt great! The vinyl sold out in a pretty short amount of time. We decided to go digital on our second release but we're looking forward to getting more Code releases out on vinyl in the future.
Rene: For me it really felt like the culmination of a lot of events and the start of a new chapter for Bachelors of Science. It felt like we were re-committing to making new music and pushing what the scene was known for in San Francisco.
Your inaugural release not only featured BoS, but included some slick collaborations as well. Can you tell us a bit more about who worked with you guys on the single and how it came to be?
Rene: The first release featured Emcee Child on Beast and Maria Remos on Morning Sun. Mikey Child is often labeled as the fourth member of BoS and a guiding figure in our crew. Outside the USA not too many people realize this, but around our way, everyone knows him as a performer in his own right and a core part of nearly all our live performances. So it really was fitting and meant a lot to us to have him be a part of the first single on our new label. Again it really came at a time where a lot of things had been changing amongst friends and we were just thrilled to be able to bring everyone back together for this project.
Luke: Maria is a friend of mine as well as a studio client. I had been working with her for a while producing some of her projects - tracking, mixing, etc. Her voice hits me in that special part of my heart and it was a no brainer to have her work with BoS. We did this session pretty quick and it turned out really nice I think. We have some more forthcoming music with her and are excited to get I out there. In fact the first tune the Code promo mix is a track with her singing on it. Hopefully her vibe will reach our audience the same way it's reached us.
What was the overall response to guys going off on your own and being able to release the type of music you choose vs. what the labels were after?
Rene: It wasn't that the music we were making was necessarily "different" to what labels were after, but it was very much about having Code be a home for everything we're doing, all the way from the very first tracks of Science Fiction to non-dnb music and new signings.
Code had a brand new release out last week, single featuring more deep and soulful vibes from you guys in 'Ainokea' and 'Upside Down'. Can you introduce the release to our readers and what they can expect?
Luke: Ainokea is a soulful jungly jam with Ben Soundscape from the Insiders and Kemo MC. That one is great on the dancefloor but totally listenable in any situation. Upside Down is really minimal. Not really designed for the dance but has a lot of vibes and some nice smooth vocal samples.
You mention some new collaborations on this single, names like Ben Soundscape and Kemo MC. How was it working with them, and how did you guys all link up?
Luke: We started Ainokea with our good friend Ben Soundscape while he was in San Francisco on one of his many US tours. That guy is over here so much he might as well be a citizen! We had all been wanting to do something with Kemo so we sent him the track and he was into it. He was living in Hawaii at the time and wrote the lyrics and vocal melodies out there. We did a show with him in SF and were able to get in the studio to record the vocal parts. It was a great experience. Ever since "The Raw Truth" I've been a big fan of his work so it was a true pleasure to collaborate with him.
With two strong releases under the Code imprint, what's next for the label?
Rene: We've recently picked up some tracks from an incredibly talented up-and-coming duo by the name of Conduct. They're producing tracks that have that Skeptical / early Noisia sound and have been getting support from the likes of Synkro, Blu Mar Ten and more. Look for tracks called "Cyborg", "Tyrant", "Breathing The Black Smoke" and "Come On, Dan!" forthcoming on CODE. Check out their remix of our track "Lost Inside" available now on our Facebook page.
Besides breaking ground with all things Code Recordings, what else are the Bachelors up to for the near future in 2013?
Rene: Well we recently finished up a drum & bass remix of Justin Martin's "Ghettos and Gardens" for Dirtybird and now we're doing some more remix work with some names (gotta keep that hush hush) as well as running the regular Code nights at Monarch in San Francisco.
Luke: Hopefully lots of touring both stateside and in Europe. We are going to put out a lot of music this year. Lots of free tunes, lots of Code releases and some other stuff we can't mention just yet.
Words: John Methodus
Photo: Flatblackoverchrome Photography
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