One of the most important things of creating any type of art is branding your identity, in music it’s branding a certain sound as your own and mastering that field. A duo that has truly branded a distinct sound that they can call their own is Plastik Funk, a DJ/Producer group from Germany, who Mikio and Rafael. With big room bass kicks and heavy funk influenced horns, when you hear a Plastik Funk song, you know it’s a Plastik Funk song. You may know them for their hit song with Tujamo called “Who” and if you don’t know the song clearly you haven’t been to a club or a festival in the past two years. This song that showcases their musical identity as Plastik Funk has become a timeless track that can be played in DJ sets for the next 10 years and you will always get the same amplified reaction from a crowd. It’s become a stamp in DJ’s sets all over the world, and you still hear it in the clubs till this day.
The most recent remix EP for their song “Don’t Push Me” ft Grandmaster Melle Mel Plastik Funk showed that they can pretty much produce a variety of styles. Whether it be big room club, electro-house or even dub-house/tech-house. We were able to catch one of Plastik Funk’s recent sets at Pacha NYC and it had to be one of the best sets we’ve witnessed this year. Plastik Funk’s live sets are armed with tracks from electro house/big room house to tech house with a flavor of old school hip hop on top. We got to catch up with Rafael from Plastik Funk before his set and sit down for a chat and get to know Plastik Funk a little better, what they think about the scene and the future of Plastik Funk, check it out!
Voices from the Undrgrnd:
Q: How did the song “Don’t Push Me” with hip-hop legend Grandmaster Melle Mel come about?
A: It was like one of our favorite tracks back in the days, so we did a couple of edits and bootlegs before. One of our latest ones we sent to our management, and our management was trying to clear the sample use. But a couple of months ago we got the message and they told us we can do it officially because Grandmaster Melle Mel was actually down to record on the track, so we actually got to use his vocals which was AMAZING. And now it’s out and number 20 on the Beatport house tracks which we’re really proud of.
Q: The Remix package you guys released for “Don’t Push Me” did, multiple genres were touched upon from EDMish house to even dub/tech-house showing a very versatile side of Plastik Funk. Do you plan to expand your original productions other than remixes into other genres?
A: Well I mean the dub house and stuff maybe, but everything we do we like to make sure to keep if funky because that’s what we do. We want to always keep a touch of edm, but we’re also really old school house guys trying to blend and push our music to the next level with electro, house, and a touch of edm, but always will have the house groove and always messing with some hip-hop vocals as well. It works really well, and we’re happy people like that.
Q: What D.A.W. are you currently using?
A: We work mainly on Logiq, but when we’re on the road we use Ableton just to prepare ideas and edits. It’s really funny because that’s how the Don’t Push Me track came to me about. You can cross over between the two programs very easily, so we like to start the ideas and lay it out on ableton and finish it up on Logiq.
Q: What’s your favorite plug ins?
A: We’re huge fans of Sylenth.
Q: How do you feel about the current dance music scene?
A: There are a lot of people who have been in the scene for almost 10 years, some of them complain and some of them try to take the scene to the next step. I think everything got much faster, so much new music and artists coming out. It gives you more possibilities because you can release faster a
Q: What do you feel the dance music scene is missing?
A: I think its missing musicians; everything’s starting to sound too much the same with 3-4 note songs. Back in the day there was a lot of good house records with full melodies and vocals, and in this day and age people like Alesso and Avicii have proved that people really love full vocal tracks with melodies.
Q: How do you feel about Soundcloud being bought out by the major record labels? They’re pulling tracks left and right and accounts A: are getting flagged.
It actually happened to us, ha-ha. We got banned for like 10 days. The funny thing is we didn’t upload any edits or bootlegs; it actually happened to an official remix that we did. I was upset in the beginning, but at the end of the day they were really professional about it and took care of it. It took a while and that was bad because our channel wasn’t active, but it got taken care of. I see their side of it though, a lot of people upload tracks that aren’t theirs claiming it, so I think Soundcloud just needs to be faster with resolving official remix issues.
Q: What’s the future of Plastik Funk looking like?
A: Right now we’re trying to create more of our musical identity. Thank god we already kind of have that, so when people play our tracks people are like “Oh this is a Plastik Funk track”. We’re happy we have that because it took a while for make this happen. That’s the most important thing for an artist; you want people to remember you and your sound. So we’re trying to take this identifiable sound to the next level right now. We have the next 4 to 5 tracks ready, and let’s see how people react to that.
Q: Our website name is UndrgrndSound, so what comes to your mind when you think of Undrgrnd Sound?
A: Well when I think of Undrgrnd I think of Germany where we’re from, the real Underground.
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