Exclusive Fista Cuffs DJ Mix plus Interview

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Fista Cuffs has been on Magnetic Magazine's radar for quite awhile now. From our numerous free EDM download posts to our recap on their appearances at The Yost Theater and at The Shrine for Life in Color in Los Angeles, these two California boys have been making some big noise... and yes, we've taken notice. Peter Sims and GT, whom make up the materminds behind Fista Cuffs, are a dynamic duo that continue to evolve both musically and personally. Musically, they have started to branch out from their moombah roots to dabbling  into other genres from hip-hop to trap to really anything a fan would be interested in hearing… just ask! Personally, these two have built an ever stronger bond with music whether it's being patient with it or molding memories with it, to influencing other emotions by playing it.

We’ve been on a fairly constant build for awhile and we’ve been working endlessly to maintain it.

They recently released their track "Mollywood" with another duo KickRaux at the beginning of this month and did an exclusive "Run The Trap" mix back in Feburary. We at Magnetic are proud to announce and add ourself to these releases by bringing you a Fista Cuffs mix exclusively made for us. So enjoy getting to meet these two "normal dudes"  while  you listen to some fresh new tracks…. and possibly getting  to know a little more about them in addition to the written word.

What are you currently listening to, any particular song stuck in your head?

Recently we’ve been listening to the song “Oh Hai!” by the Killabits on repeat, as well as a fair bit of trap from people like Bro Safari, Valentino Kahn, Ookay and gLAdiator that we love to bump.

We’re normal dudes, we play Nazi Zombies, Get burritos and beers and go to Delores Park...chase girls and do hoodrat shit with our friends.

Where are you from? Do you think this has influenced your music style/ choice of music?

Peter is from Sacramento, and GT is from Malibu, but we met going to school in San Francisco, and I think meeting in San Francisco definitely influenced our musical style and ability, in that SF pushed us to do what we wanted with music.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t traveling or making music?

We’re normal dudes, we play Nazi Zombies, Get burritos and beers and go to Delores Park...chase girls and do hoodrat shit with our friends.

Do you discuss or exchange ideas with other producers?

Yes absolutely, without the help of others, we wouldn’t be where we are today.  Any artist out there saying that they don’t rely on the help of others, is just plain lying.  One of the coolest parts of being in electronic music is that there really is a community of producers who are constructively giving each other and others' feedback and advise.

If you had a producer wish list what would be some names? Any particular reason?

  • Figure

  • Feed Me

  • Clockwork/RL Grime

  • Baauer

  • The ones above are all great influences on us, and

  • gLAdiator

Because we like how our sounds feel side by side, and because they shell out consistent quality.

How and why did you get your start? Any interesting anecdotes there? Is there anyone you owe “big time?”

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We got our start through the combination of a lot of different things, but one person we do owe “big time” is Figure.  We entered his “Must Destroy” remix contest last year, and since winning the popular vote of his competition, he has really supported us a lot.  He’s been nice enough to give us a few production tips, shoutout some of our work and has even given us some exclusive tunes to beef our sets up with.  He’s the homie, and his support has been pretty crucial.

Moombahton can change the vibe of a situation really quickly, we love it for that.

What life activities are made better when listening to music? Talk about the last time you enjoyed one and the other. What were you doing, what were you listening to?

All activities are made better with music!  One time recently that I can remember where the mood was significantly brightened by music was a few weeks ago. We were at the park with our friends for a birthday party, and one of us was handed the iPod to pick music.  "Bootleg Fireworks" by Dillon Francis seemed perfect for the moment, and it really was.  Moombahton can change the vibe of a situation really quickly, we love it for that.

Moombahton is definitely a genre you guys identify with… Are there any moombahton tracks that have influenced your style or think, "I want to make something like that?"

Absolutely, when we heard Feed Me "Pink Lady" for the first time, we really wanted to be producing bangers of that caliber in moombahton, and it really got us to work a lot harder. Another tune that we’ve been really into is Griz "Blastaa."

What's your opinion on the trap movement that's been making waves on the EDM scene?

Trap production was an easy transition for us from moombahton production, especially since Peter has messed around with lots of hip-hop production in the past.  It’s fun to make and it’s really fun to play, especially in clubs.  Haters aside, the people supporting us have really seemed to enjoy the trap we’ve been producing so we’re happy to keep making it.

Which do you prefer, a smoky, low-lit club or a big stage with bright lights and colored gels?

After having played and gotten comfortable in both, we can honestly say that this depends entirely on the crowd.  There is no ideal stage setup.  Only ideal reactions to stages.  If the crowd isn’t feeling it, it’s wrong.  We love when stage setups are spectacular, but we’ve had crowds react better in dark grimey clubs, depending on the situation.  At the end of our set, we’ve had more fun if they crowd was having more fun.

How do you keep up the vibe of an audience? In other terms, what would be the difference in your set to open vs. to headline?

For us it depends a lot of the person we’re opening for, you don’t want to come out too hard and make the beginning of the headliners set feel off in comparison. At the same time, there are artists who like it when they come on stage and the crowd is already going nuts, like when we played for Designer Drugs, they were plugging their equipment in and encouraging us to play Knife Party "Centipede” as we were considering it; a track that isn’t aimed to calm anyone down. When we headline we go all out.  We spend a lot of time picking out tracks in advance and making sure we have songs that will fit for particular situations.  It’s really important for us that we be able to read the crowd and play specific tracks and BPM’s in order to effect how they’re feeling and get everyone moving.

How do you choose what tracks you remix?

We choose tracks in a variety of different ways.  Sometimes it’s obvious when we hear a track for the first time in awhile that it’s getting remixed.  Other times friends will ask us to remix their tracks.  We’ve had a lot of fun asking our fans on Twitter and Facebook for suggestions, we have smart fans.  We take them seriously.

Is there a process for putting together a mix? Does it start with one track that you want to build around.. or is it multiple tracks that you want to include and figure out how to make it work?

It starts with a feeling, if the goal is an aggressive mix, fill it with bangers, but if we want it to flow and feel natural, we choose songs that are in the same key and fit well together to make the mix tell a story as it progresses through each track.  A lot of it depends on how we feel that day.

If your life was measured in BPMs, what would it be? Lots of drops? Builds?

110 BPM for sure.  That’s where we’ve felt most comfortable since we’ve been producing.  We’ve been on a fairly constant build for awhile, and we’ve been working endlessly to maintain it.

What’s the hardest lesson you’ve ever learned? How did it make your life easier—or more difficult?

Patience is by far the hardest lesson we’ve had to learn in the music industry.  Some things take so much longer than you want or expect them to.  Often times you’ll want to get something finished and processed and posted to your fans quickly, for relevance sake, but it just isn’t always possible.  Learning that lesson has helped equip us to deal with a lot of things that have been thrown our way though, and we’re better off for it.

Tracklisting:
Dj Snake – Bird Machine
Slap Me (Griz Remix) – Kill Paris
Oh Hai! – The Killabits
Mollywood – Kickraux x Fista Cuffs
A Beautiful Mind – Butch Clancy
Metham Feta Cheese – Wrkd x The Krillionaires
Up & Down – gLAdiator x Crnkn
For the City – Fista Cuffs x Freefall
Nicki Minaj – Teez in the Trap
Bootleg Fireworks (the Rebirth) – Dillon Francis
Turnup – Gent & Jawns
The Brink – Figure
Jello – Gladiator
Hood Fantasy – Flosstradamus
Creator (Ookay Remix) – Santigold
You Should Know – Zooly
Coffee (Figure Remix) – Aesop Rock
Anitdote (Schoolboy Remix) – Swedish House Mafia
Molly (Loudpvck Remix) – Ree$e
Turn Ape – Herobust
Power – Big Gigantic x Griz
Titan (Fista Cuffs Remix) – Clockwork
Fuckin Problem (Feature Cuts Remix) – A$AP Rocky
Fallout (Fista Cuffs Remix) – Getter
Zombies Ate My Homework – Schoolboy

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