Yesterday Underground Sound introduced to you, Turbo Swag, the high energy duo DJ/Producers from New York, Mike and Dylan. We know that these guys have an incredibly busy schedule as play and tour all over the place, so we thank you Turbo Swag for being so chill as to take time out and answer our inquiries.
-Creating an image for oneself is tough nowadays how did you come up with your artist name?
The first song we ever remixed was “Pretty Boy Swag” by Soulja Boy. Yea, that’s right…Soulja Boy (we were young and foolish, don’t judge us.) Once we took a listen to the finished track we thought that it was rather “turbo” and not so much “pretty boy”. And now here we are 2 years later with a name like Turbo Swag. So to answer the question, I believe we went into the studio one day, blacked out in our thuggery and emerged with the name.
-What music were you both raised on and is it influencing you today?
We were raised on The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, U2, and classical music. Once we turned 13 or so we got into hardcore and pop-punk. We always try to incorporate hardcore elements into our drops and stage presence. We might write instrumentals with real violin and composition similar to Frederic Chopin, but when we are on stage you can expect plenty of headbanging, jumping off speaker cabinets, and over the top everything.
-What inspired you musically to move into the EDM scene and fall into the Dubstep and trap genres? Was it an artist or an event you saw or attended?
We have been attending hardcore shows ever since we were 14. We loved the intensity and the relationship between the band and the audience. Our absolute favorite was the heavy breakdowns that would cause crazy moshpits to break out. Once we started getting into EDM we saw serious potential for the hardcore dynamic. We are also really into Hip Hop, so the Trap is a natural hang out place for Turbo Swag.
-Being as you both come from a punk and hardcore background, Moshing or dancing?
Neither. Wall of death. Google it. But we always appreciate moshing. Not only is it how we prefer to dance ourselves, but we feel a special connection with fans that mosh at our shows. Anyone can “dance” to a beat but it takes heart to throw down in a pit.
-Coming from an instrumental background how easy was the transition to the computer production programs? What do you currently use to produce? Is that the same program/s as when you started and any opinions and improvements you would like to voice and see.
As far as music writing goes, the transition was seamless; performance wise, we had a little bit of a bumpy transition. When you play real instruments and something doesn’t work it is usually relatively easy to diagnose and fix. Ie. Guitar doesn’t work, it has a broken string, replace the string and the show goes on. However, now that we deal in computers, complicated mixers and theoretical physics everything has changed. When something isn’t working all we can do is cry and beatbox.
We use Ableton Live 8 to produce and DJ. We have brilliant concepts for the next version of Ableton. We are hoping that our requests are met by the wonderful Abes team over in Germany.
-Before becoming a duo did you two both DJ and or perform separately?
No. Turbo Swag has always been and always will be Mike and Dylan.
-What is it like DJn as a two person team? Upsides and downsides(if there are any) and what do you think your strong points in the team are? Do you feel either of you excel in any specific area such as crowd hype or DJn?
We complement each other very well. In the studio Dylan writes and Mike produces; on stage, Mike does the majority of the DJn and Dylan hypes. Across all levels of life Turbo Swag is in perfect balance…even sleep cycles. Dylan is the night owl and Mike is the early riser. There is usually only about 2-3 hours a day when both members of Turbo Swag are asleep, we are working on making Turbo Swag a 24-hour operation. We are always trying to maximize our efficiency for our quarterly reports.
-What would your dream collaboration be? Who in general would you want to collaborate with in the future?
Our dream collaboration track would be as follows:
Turbo Swag – Curb Stomp (ft. Rick Ross, Bring Me The Horizon, Nero)
-Where do you see EDM going in the future? Any opinions on Brostep( the americanization of dubstep which is just crazy noises mashed together at 140bpm)? Do you think Trap is poised for a bigger explosion now that rap and edm are meeting finally?
It’s all about moving; our favorite direction happens to be forward. Genre bending and pushing envelopes is the only way to keep fans interested and the scene alive. Our prediction is that Trap will continue to rise in popularity but will reach a ceiling since everyone doesn’t have commercial subwoofers at home or in their car. Haters love to complain about Trap not hitting as hard as Dubstep meanwhile they are listening through laptop speakers. We hope to see more fusion of Hip Hop and EDM because that is what we do, and lets be real…it gets you hyped.
-How has your interactions with your growing fan base been? Any cool/funny stories?
We like interacting with our small and growing fan base, but we LOVE our haters. Matter of fact, our truest fans know to send us hateful messages or posts just because we find them funny.
As far as a funny story goes: we had an interesting experience at one of the first house parties we played. The party got so packed out that it was literally wall-to-wall bodies. We had peeps grinding so hard. Like we are talking NC-17 dance moves. When the party cleared out (by the police of course) there was a mysterious blue streak on all the walls at waist level. It took some hypothesizing before we realized that the blue streak was denim dye from peoples’ jeans. Apparently Turbo Swag makes people grind so hard that walls change colors.
-Last but not least what do you think of when you think of an Underground Sound?
The hustle. Turbo Swag’s studio (The Fame Factory) is in a basement. A lot of our early gigs were in basements as well. That is just where you have to start; underground both literally and metaphorically. To us, the name “Underground Sound” reps that struggle.
Like Turbo Swag said, “Whether they are taking the stage in a club or packing out a house party, Turbo Swag means high energy and good music delivered fresh and loud. Always.”
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