Earlier this week, Dead Exit released what must be one of the heaviest EPs so far this year. Producers and fans alike have been clamoring for the mysterious IDs that had been floating around for months, getting played out at EDC and other major festivals. It's no surprise either. With 'Snake' and its eerie similarities to the intro of Knife Party's 'Centipede', the hype was real. The dubstep/big room switch up was done well enough that it shouldn't throw off any die-hard haters or fans.
On the other side, you've got 'Murder Tune' which has been getting huge praise from many producers like Must Die! and Firepower head honcho Datsik. And if you missed it last Friday, you can catch the exclusive Magnetic Mag Dead Exit Firepower DeadCast.
Aside from the huge release, I was able to ask the guys a couple of questions about their success, their tunes and what it's like making such a monster mix.
How did you two get involved working together?
We have always been involved in music, making it, playing it or promoting events. Figured that if we put our heads together we could build something that could one day outgrow our solo stuff. 2+2 doesn’t always equal 4 and all that. We grew up in the same area and have the same social circle (most of which also do music) Come to think of it our area is pretty talented!
Sammy, you have a pretty successful DJ/producer career on your own. What drove you to wanting to work as part of group?
(Sammy) – As much as I love doing my own thing I have always wanted to be part of something bigger than just me. The scene I’m involved with personally is a million miles from the scene DeadExit is in, I like too many styles and genres of music to just stick to one.
You've been active for more than a year. You've released on Circus Records and this newest mix and EP are on Firepower. How do you feel these labels have helped to push your sound forward?
Massively! Before the last release on Circus and the Snake EP on Firepower, there had only been remixes and a LONG string of free downloads (almost 2 years!). There is only so much you can do yourself without a label getting involved. With these guys on board things are moving a lot faster, in the right direction and to a much larger audience. The free downloads got us out there in the first place but the labels are taking things to the next level.
Arguably, you guys reached mass appeal with the Mario Bass series. Whose idea was it to use Mario and just ... why?
(Crissy) - It was thought of at about 5am when I got into bed (early for me!) Usually I think of ideas around that time but am too tired to get up. This time I dragged myself out of bed and made what become 'Mariostep’. 4 hours and 3 coffees later (and I don't even drink coffee), my sleeping pattern was ruined but the track was done. The rest is history.
Your latest remix of Calvin Harris is a lot less heavy than your other tracks, taking on a more melodic dubstep feel to it. The sound has been growing lately mostly thanks to Seven Lions and others. Do you think it provides more of a general appeal, or would you rather stick to the heavier side of things?
Their “Worlds Apart” EP is unreal. As much as we love the heavier side of things it’s not always about catering for that one specific sound. Its music, it’s not always about mad synths, screaming noises and growling basses made to tear up a club or festival system. It’s nice to hear and make something more musical sometimes, and if you are capable of it, show it. A lot of people like to say 'you sold out' when you make a sound that’s not 'hard enough' from the previous release, after all this is 'music' so we will make 'music'.
Is the Snake EP any different from your past work? How?
The Snake EP has been a long time coming, it look us a while to find the correct home for it and we believe we have done so with Firepower. When the track was finished we made edits and specials for a hand full of DJ’s. This is something we have never done before and the intro made it perfect for it. Straight away the track was popping up in EDC and other festival videos with “trackname? ID?” all over it. From there the all we received was Facebook and Twitter messages asking for more info and a release date. We have never had such a big hype around our previou work.
Lastly, the Firepower DeadCast is truly deadly. There's a bit of everything. Do you throw everything together on the fly or is it more of a carefully crafted, curated set? (The amount of double drops in the first 13 minutes is mind blowing.)
Ok so planning the beat structure and cue points for double drops takes a while, but it depends on the gig or what we are recording. Its best to go in all guns blazing as per usual, but then again when you have time to record a mix like the DeadCast you can start over again as many times as needed to get the right flow of music. Obviously thats not the case with a live show, you can't go back on yourself in front of a crowd. We have some mixes we like to do occasionally with specific tracks that go hand in hand but nothing prepared.