Was there a specific moment in time when you realized that you were gaining success; a moment where you thought, ‘Wow, this is really going somewhere and people are listening’, or was rising to prominence a subtle experience for the group?
All three of us always believed that hard work combined with passion and consistency will end up bringing you somewhere. It’s something that was progressively validated as we kept putting more efforts in our music and label and that plays kept growing. However, I think our first show in Europe was a defining moment. Jean e La Plastique and the Busy Bitch Crew brought us to Rimini in Italy. The moment at the airport when we reached our planes and all sat down, waiting for the plane to board, was really special. At that point, we kinda all looked at each other and said, ‘Well…’ and then we all smiled.
I feel that a personal motivating factor, albeit a superficial one, is that I want to create music to leave a legacy. To be able to materialize something in this life that lastingly affects people. Would you say legacy is a motivating factor for you individually?
I can only imagine the impact that certain top musicians have on people lives. So yes, it is a superficial motivation factors but it’s just amazing to see impact you can have, even as small artists, on people lives for something you love doing.
DJ 3Lau tweeted once: ‘Bottom line, most people see the partying, the booze, the booty. No one sees the grind, the self-pressure and the fear of failure.’ What’s your opinion on this statement?
The EDM-sphere is a constantly shifting thing. How do you make the choice to make music in the what ever is big right now genre and that of staying true to the style you have already forged?
This has become more and more true in the last 6 months as we have developed our live show. We want to produce tracks that will fit in the BTSM show, if the tracks fit in other DJ’s sets, then so be it.
When you sit down to produce, do you actively engage your mind and think about what you want to create, as an artist thinking out a scene to paint, or do you just let it flow and see if something arises out of the ashes?
You have recently started incorporating live elements into your live shows, namely percussion and keys. Do you feel that incorporating live elements is a path that more electronic musicians should evolve into using, instead of the common DJ setup that most artists use in their live performances? What was BTSM’s personal motivation to start using these elements?
For us, the challenge of going live was to keep the same energy that is present in our DJ sets and to maintain the sound quality that pre-recorded tracks have. This really motivated us when we created the live set; the ability of displaying live instrumentations, improvisations and doing live versions combined with the sheer power of pre-recorded, well-mixed tracks and the versatility of a DJ.
How do you feel when you witness an artist gaining immense success while making music that is of perhaps a lesser quality than your productions, both technically and structurally, or because that artist has simply ridden the bandwagon of a popular genre? For instance a number of trap producers have gained huge popularity by simply adding drums and a tempo change to another artists work.
When producing, how do you ensure that all three of your individual creative inputs are realized? How do you make sure that each ones creative ideas live in harmony in a track?
This is a easy one – How did you come up with literally the best group name in history?
Lastly, if one had to strip away all your ego and you were left with just your own self, or soul (for lack of a better analogy), what would you describe makes up the essence of who you are individually?