We speak to rising Tech House duo Black Girl/White Girl on their latest releases, how they started off in the scene and what 2017 has in store for them.
How did you both get into DJing/Music Production?
T: For me, music had always been a main thing in my life. I studied musicology and from there I kind of just realized that house music was my main interest. So, from there I started experimenting with DJing and music production. Cut to 2012, I met Karin in Amsterdam and as they say, the rest is history.
K: When I used to go out, I wanted to be the one taking the crowd on a journey, to be able to express myself through music and DJing. Music production wise, I felt like it was important to understand the art form, to know the essence of what it means to make house music and translate my own experience into that. When Ty and I met, we just started experimenting with sound, looking towards the future of our project, while also trying to understand what makes the dancefloor tick.
Could you tell us a bit about your studio setup?
Yeah, we mainly use the Maschine Studio to lay out the drums & inject weird effects into them, plus we frequently use the Arturia Microbrute for synths and stuff. We use a Macbook Pro 13”, couple of KRK Rokit 6s and a Native Instruments soundcard. All our other stuff is VST based so minimum clutter in the studio. And we use Pioneer HDJ 2000s and AKG K271s for the mixdowns.
Your latest EP on Smiley Fingers entitled “Petty Bear” Seems to be doing the rounds at the moment with support from the likes of Hector Couto, Yousef, Dennis Cruz, Mark Knight, Paco Osuna, Shiba San and many more. You have also released on Hector’s label ROUSH in the past, how does it feel to get such support from big artists?
Yes, it’s been great. It’s good to know your tracks work on the dancefloor, but to be honest, we love getting feedback from everyone. Big, small, medium, unknown DJs, we take it all in and let it serve as motivation when we’re back in the studio. We’re super thankful and hope to continue making cool tracks for a damn long time. And as for Roush, we’re very excited to be returning to the label for a full release later this year. Hector and the Roush fam have been very supportive of our music and that means a lot to us – the Roush label is one of the best out there right now, and we’re very lucky to have their support.
For DJs/producers that are just starting out in the scene, what advice would you be giving them and why?
It depends on what your goals are. We set out to develop our own sound, which is why we don’t do collabs. We feel like that’s an ongoing process, and it’s been working very well for us. So, we’d definitely advice this to beginners. Another good one is to get feedback on your music from others (preferably a super honest musical friend). Always make a lot of music and finish your tracks, no matter how you think it sounds. Finish it, you will benefit from this greatly in the long run. Lastly, know that it’s not an easy road but 100% one worth walking if you’re serious about music. There will be many, many times you’ll want to give up. But the secret and key is to never give up, no matter how hard it gets. That’s what will get you there.
Do you have any gigs coming up in the near future?
Yeah, we’re playing Chicago Social Club on Friday August 11th, it’s in Amsterdam and the party is called Over The Moon. It’s actually our 3rd time playing here, and the crowd is one the best we’ve ever played for – proper excited for this one! We have a couple of gigs during Amsterdam Dance Event as well, details are to be announced very soon on our social media, so keep an eye out. We hope to see you guys on the dancefloor!
What more can we expect from you in 2017?
Many new releases for sure! Highlight is definitely our EP dropping at the end of the year on Hector Couto’s Roush. It’s going to be massive, so we’re really buzzing about that dropping later on. And we have some really mind-blowing news to announce later this year as well, but unfortunately, we can’t give anything away just yet. It’s proper huge, so make sure you stay tuned.