Dirtyphonics are an electronic music band from Paris most well known for their drum & bass output but they also make dubstep and electro. Famed for their heavyweight music and an incendiary live shows, they've risen through the ranks in the last few years and this looks set to continue in 2011 with a slew of impending original releases and remixes. We spoke to them to get the latest...
The name Dirtyphonics is pretty unique, how did you guys come up with it?
When we started brainstorming for a name we wanted a name that showed the contrast between heavy distorted sounds and the precision, quality and attention we like to give to what we do. We also wanted to include a word that represents our lifestyle: we are Dirty.
Did you ever think that name would be so well known around the world just a few short years ago?
We didn't know back then, yet we already knew we wanted to take this project to the top. We hoped for the best and worked for the rest.
Being from France and with the similarity in logos, are they any ties or connections to Daft Punk?
We really love what Daft Punk do but we don't have the same approach of music. We are probably influenced by a French culture / touch, and we choose not to pay attention to it more than any other cultures in the world, there are lots of inspiring artists around the world. Our logo is a new take on the Dirty Dancing logo and we chose it as we wanted a different look from classic drum & bass iconography.
What prompted you all to starting working together, more so how did you come about forming a live band that played drum & bass, dubstep and electro?
We all were friends before making music together. We had solo projects and we wanted to go further and blend our energies and ideas as a band. We are four very different individuals and we think it's very healthy for creativity to mix all our cultures, influences and tastes together. This is what we do in our productions and on stage. We all played in metal / rock bands when we were younger and it just felt natural to play our music all together on stage and feel this high together.
It seems as if Dirtyphonics became an internet sensation over-night which transpired into worldwide fame; obviously a lot of that is to do with your talent as well as Shimon's support on his label Audio Porn, but another big factor in spreading your name were the YouTube videos of you rocking huge venues. How do you feel about the use of YouTube for free promotions?
From the beginning we wanted to share what we do with the world. As much as we tour all over the world, there are places that we'll probably never play at, yet we want to share our music and stage energy with everyone. YouTube and similar sites are definitively a new media you can't ignore and instead of being afraid of it we embraced it. What we do on stage is very visual so it just made sense to make a video and spread it.
Recently you've been doing a lot of remixes, but when can we expect to see a new Dirtyphonics original release?
Yeah, we've definitively had a huge demand for remixes. We've done the Polygon remix, Warp by the Bloody Beetroots, Electroman by Benni Bennassi featuring T-Pain and have a bunch of other ones to come out. We've had to turn a lot of them down yet we've chosen to do the more unexpected and the more inspiring ones. We give our remixes the same attention as our own tracks so it takes us quite some time. At the same time, we kept working on our own material and new ideas, we have a bunch of unreleased tracks under our belt and you can expect our album for 2012 with a lot of brand new stuff!
I read that you'd like to remix Brown Paper Bag by Reprazent or Rollin' & Scratchin' by Daft Punk, any luck on being able to work on those so far?
Haha... not yet. To be honest with the amount of work in the studio and touring we've had recently we had our minds on other things. New proposals of remixes come every day so who knows what tomorrow will bring?
This past summer you guys toured the USA. How was your experience in the States compared to your Europe and UK dates? Also, any plans on going back over there in the near future?
The tour was insane! We had so much fun. The main difference is that everything they do in the States is bigger – sound, lights, crowd... The crowd there might not have the same specific electronic knowledge yet they learn fast and they are a bit more open minded to listening different genres of music. They're coming to have a good time no matter what genre of music you play. We're going back for another tour in March, playing at the WMC and all over the country and we'll go back in the summer as well. We love it there and it's going to be hot and Dirty again.
I think with our overall tastes in EDM we all have a bit of nerd in us somewhere, whether it's building programs on the computer, video games, sci-fi buff, what have you... what's in of your deep dark nerd closets?
We've programmed our own plug-ins, broke a couple bones skateboarding, read hardcore philosophy books, and discovered the mystery of women... Anyway, spending days, months and years in a studio in front of our computers is already a nerd thing.
Anything else you want to tell us about?
We've spent a lot of time in the studio recently and have lots of new tracks to be released: remixes of Skrillex and Does It Offend You, Yeah?, a track on Tali's album and on Mustard Pimp's album and some more things in the making. We're also working hard on our debut album and are very excited about it. Our touring schedule is also insane, we're going to be everywhere and we're so looking for it! We want to thank Guy, our manager, the Jungle Juice team, Mainstage Artists, Circle Management, all the Dirty people working with us, and everyone we meet on the road.
Words: Ragga Scum
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