Dubstep duo Truth are approaching their new album in a fan-friendly way, releasing it as a series of free EPs. Love's Shadow will see the New Zealand crew break new ground in what they are doing, so we thought it only right to discuss how they have changed musically, and what to expect on the new album.
Tell us about the Love’s Shadow album – what was the genesis for the project?
Love's Shadow is all about the idea that everything has a dark side to it, a shadow if you will. This is the side which is often left untold or even hidden, but is probably even more interesting than the facade with which we are presented. This album is all about that darker side... it's not always what you see on the outside that really counts. If you want to see the hidden, the real, the Truth... you need to go a little deeper.
Why have you decided to release the entire album for free?
Over the past few years we have released a lot of music on some of the scene's most respected labels, so with “Love's Shadow” we decided it was time to give something to the fans directly from us. In some ways this is a new era for us, especially with starting our label Defy, and we feel the time is right to get this out there ourselves! Having said this we still aim to release quality music on other labels, and have already got some dope releases lined up further down the track.
For us it's not about the fact that this is a free album, we have treated this exactly the same way as we would for a release you would expect to buy. These are our favourite tracks, which have had a lot of time and work put into them. The quality is just as high, and there are collaborations with some dope artists, like Crushington, Kromestar and Datsik as well as some serious remixes to top it off.
Take us through the release schedule for the album.
Two weeks ago we dropped the 2 track album sampler (available on our soundcloud page) and from there the release schedule looks as such:
Wedneday September 5th - Love's Shadow EP #1 (4 tracks), Wednesday September 19th - Love's Shadow EP #2 (4 tracks). In early October the remixes compilation drops.
What has changed for duo since the last album, musically and otherwise?
Since the last album a lot has gone on for us both musically and otherwize. Musically we have kept up a steady release schedule which has included more releases on Deep Medi as well as music on labels like Tempa, Get Darker, Black Box, Wheel & Deal, Artikal, Boka etc. In addition to the album, we also have some dope new signings which we're very excited about releasing on a number of labels later down the track.
Our sound has continued to evolve, and is constantly influenced by what is going on around us, not least of which where we live, which has included places like Portland, Oregon, Christchurch, NZ and now San Francisco. When we released our last album there were three members in Truth. However, even back then, Julian's involvement was diminishing, and he left about 3 months after “Puppets” came out. Since then it has been two of us (Andre and Tristan) pushing things forward in every way possible.
As we mentioned before, we're currently residing in San Francisco which has been great for us musically. We've started a monthly night called “Deep, Dark & Dangerous” at one of SF's best underground clubs (literally underground, in a basement, with a soundsystem which was voted the best in San Francisco). The night is all about pushing the darker, deeper side of dubstep in the USA. In conjunction with this we have started a weekly radio show for Sub.Mission radio, which airs every Wednesday, also called “Deep, Dark & Dangerous”. Over the past couple of years we have beefed up our touring schedule, and are now pretty much constantly touring. As well as Europe, the USA and NZ/Australia, we also recently did a sick tour of South America.
Namecheck some of the other artists contributing to album.
As far as straight collaborations are concerned we have worked with Datsik, Kromestar, Crushinton and have done a couple of vocal collaborations with the very talented Yayne.
We have a big remix compilation also planned, for which we have had some great submissions from the likes of Biome, J:Kenzo, Perverse, Kaiju, Marchmellow & Riskotheque, Dutty Ranks, Megalodon, Babylon System, Dubtek, Vicious Circle, DJ Madd and Olie Bassweight. We have a few more still coming in from Supreme, Seven, Antiserum, Noah D, TMSV, Stylust Beats, Optimus Gryme and Ben Verse.
Tell us about the huge tour you’ve got coming up and some of the festivals you’ve been playing at.
We've got a pretty hectic schedule over the coming couple of months. We've just rocked Outlook Festival and Burning Man which were both totally amazing experiences. Following this, we're splitting up for about 6 weeks, Dre is doing a bunch of shows in the EU including Berlin, London, Barcelona, Geneva, Krokow, Copnhagen and loads more. Tristan is doing gigs in the USA, such as LA, San Francisco and New York as well as a New Zealand tour.
Fans can download the tracks here:
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