Hailing from Orange County, Minaya & Vikus take a big leap towards the big leagues with their much anticipated debut track “Overdrive”. Already boasting a remix to Archie’s “Desire” on INTOTHEAM Records, Minaya & Vikus prove that they are not afraid to get filthy. With collaboration efforts from fellow Orange County producer Spiro, this team has successfully composed a big-room track sure to melt dance floors. Undrgrndsound sat down with these two to discuss the fruition of “Overdrive”.
What is the story behind the creation of “Overdrive”? What did you use (software, hardware); and the name, how did that come about? We use both Ableton and Logic when we produce the majority of our tracks. They’re both good for their respective reasons and we like to utilize each for what they excel at. Overdrive came about quite naturally actually. Once we all got in the same room together we knew exactly what kind of track we wanted and it was just a matter of finding the right sounds at that point. Needless to say we had a ton of fun working on this track together and we think it really shows. The name came about the same way the majority of our tracks do. We find random words and tweak them. There’s never any real thought behind it. While we were producing “Overdrive” Logic kept saying the program was overloading because of the lack of RAM for all the automation we were doing. We decided instead of calling it “Overload” we would call it “Overdrive” because it flowed better.
How did you two go around creating a track? Melody or Beat first? It changes with each track and remix. Sometimes it’s the percussion that inspires us or the melody. For example when we did our remix for Archie’s “Desire” the inspiration really came from the bassline. We knew exactly what the track should sound like the minute we heard how powerful it was. For “Overdrive” specifically we wanted a really heavy sounding electro track so we started with the drop and built the track around that.
Since you are a duo, does that lead to any issues during production? Or do you feel you complement each other? What was Spiro’s input into Overdrive? Two heads are always better than one we say. We both bring completely different ideas to the table which we find only benefits us in the studio. We definitely feel that we compliment each. We both have a huge passion for what we do plus what’s better than sharing your dream job with your best friend? We also have a ridiculously similar style of music so usually if one of us feels like something works the other will agree.
Spiro definitely has that hard hitting electro sound that we love to his productions. We knew going in what we could bring to a track creatively and how that would fit in with his style. We were constantly all bouncing ideas back and forth. You can definitely hear all three of us in there in different ways from a musical standpoint.
Do you guys feel “Overdrive” has room for improvement? Absolutely! We’re perfectionists and we always think each track we work on has room for improvement. With each track we work on we always go in thinking that we can do better. It’s what helps push us every time we get together. We want to make sure that we’re always improving and learning from each song. Knowledge is power after all.
If you guys could chose, who would you have remix your track? That’s easy, Rick Astley. But in all seriousness, there is a pretty big remix coming out soon. Keep your eyes peeled. You won’t be disappointed
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