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Interview: Total Ape Use Scott Storch as Their Main Inspiration

Also talk remixing Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar.

Total Ape are a name we only started hearing pretty recently, but they've been garnering massive attention, especially since they just dropped a massive remix of Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar's "Don't Wanna Know." 

We sat down with the guys to learn more about their love of non-American sports, their infatuation with Scott Storch, and more! 

Hey guys, thanks for chatting with us! First things first, what can we expect from you guys in 2017?

Hey, thanks for having us. This year we're gonna up our coffee game, hopefully get one of those George Clooney nespresso things. So we'll be coming at 2017 with alot of energy and higher tempo.

And reflecting on 2016, what were your favorite moments?
Releasing our debut single and the massive positive response we got! Also seeing King Louie in The Jungle Book. So happy for him and wish him the best.

I'd love to learn more about innebandy. What exactly is it? Who are the biggest stars in the sport? What got you guys into the game?

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We both played ice hockey growing up and innebandy is like a crappier indoor version. It's less brutal though, and making music without a concussion is a plus. We definitely would put ourselves among the top players in the game, in Sweden at least. Not a career move though.

We've also heard about your love of Scott Storch. Besides being a brilliant producer, what draws you guys to him specifically?

He's such a legend. Going from 70 million dollars to completely bankrupt, that takes character. His amazing story combined with that brilliant mind, it's been a big inspiration for us. A lot of our lyrics is inspired by that feeling of having it all and blowing it on strippers and blow. It's like some glorious self-destruction. Really happy he's back on track now though and excited to hear new stuff from him.

You also recently dropped a remix for M5's/Kendrick Lamar's "Don't Wanna," how do you work on bringing a new take on a song that's so popular and catchy? 

We try not to listen to the original song before doing a remix, and just play around with the vocals. They forgot to send Kendrick's rap part and we didn't even know he was on the song until we were nearly finished. So we removed our original bag pipe solo and put Kendrick in instead, which turned out to be a good move.

What advice would you give to young kids looking to get into music out there? 

Find your own sound and just put stuff out there, put it on soundcloud or upload to youtube and anything can happen. Also stay in school.

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