This year in 2014 we’ve seen more shows become more live oriented, giving you more theatrics and a show. A trio that has been garnering some hype and delivers with an impactful live show is FIGHT CLVB consisting of SAV, Carly M Burns, & Mystereo. Each plays a pivotal part in the group and contributes a factor that makes FIGHT CLVB who they are. They produce, DJ, perform live, SAV does all the video work, Mystereo is the hype man even VJ’s for the group too. That’s what you call team work to bring together a great project like this one. Named after one of the greatest movies of all time, SAV and Mystereo were actually part of a group called Sazon Booya before that exploded with the rise of Moombahton. Although the group came to an end, SAV and Mystereo continued working together and made FIGHT CLVB with Carly M Burns
They gathered attention quick from the get-go with their first releases “Shout That” with Aire Atlantica that was signed to Afrojack’s record label Wall Records which is a sub label of Spinnin Records. The track gathered major support from the DJ circuit and even had David Guetta dropping the track. They continued to releases with a catalog of big room records that gets any crowd jumping. We were able to catch up with them before after one of their sets and get to know more about the group, some stories of all the funny shenanigans Mystereo gets himself into with that mask on, and the future of FIGHT CLVB, check it out!
Voices from the Undrgrnd:
Q: Production-wise what are you guys using right now?
Sav: We’re using FL Studio and built-in plug-ins, using Nicky Romero plug-ins, Massive. You know nothing too crazy, just pretty much a lot of producer homies put me on to stuff, a lot of cool VSTs and plug-ins, I’m never up to date with any of that stuff, but I really like FL Studio and all the built in features. It’s a great program, its user friendly, and its super simple. I’m actually teaching Carly how to use it and she’s already pretty much got it down packed you know.
Carly M Burns: I started using Logic two years ago, so FL is different. I like Logic because you can color-code everything and it looks really pretty, so I’m teaching Stephen how to color-code his drums and his bass and white noise because I’m very visual. Its fun combining our different techniques and trying to make a sound that we feel fits and works for the both of us.
Q: What’s your favorite plug-in right now?
SAV: I’m a big fan of Nexus. I just love the synths. Nexus feels really organic, especially the horns.
Q: You aren’t just a DJ group on stage, and it’s great to see the aspect of a live performance. Can you break down your live act?
Sav: Well today Carly played an intro for one of our original tracks so she was pretty much playing her own rendition of the track. The track is called “Blood is Beautiful” and for the time she just created her own synth, so she essentially recreated the bass line but she actually I think changed it up today which was pretty cool. She created a different bass line, which was still in the same key and worked perfectly.
CARLY M BURNS: I use Ableton Live when I play with the midi keyboard so it gives me a lot of freedom. For example if I want to play a piano with a pad like what I did with Blood and play on top of the track, I’ll do that. But then with time, I can change through bass line or I can change to a synth and I play along with the track, so it gives me a lot of room to do what I want with each sound.
Q: The song, “Shout That” that you released with Aire Atlantica. How did that get signed to Afrojack’s Wall Records?
SAV: I’ve actually known Afrojack for couple years. I met him before he released his single, “Take over Control”. I’ve kept in touch with him and I’ve been sending him a lot of our music. I sent him a lot of Sazon Booya stuff. He was actually going to sign our first Moombahton record. He was actually going to put that on Wall Records. Yea, he was actually going to put out a Moombah record on Wall but a couple of the people that run the label with him refused. He was really going to hold by it. This is actually the first time I’m revealing this, but he was going to mix down the album at one point and all those plans fell through because we got a deal with a bigger label and he just didn’t have the time for it. But yea, Nick’s been a huge supporter and I sent him “Shout That” on a whim and he loved it and decided to sign it, which was cool.
Q: Why do you feel the major labels aren’t giving Moombahton much support anymore?
SAV: You know, it’s interesting, but all it really takes is one really important producer to push it forward. For example DJ Snake pushed twerk music to the mainstream with “Turn down for What” and that genre is called Twerk. Twerk music it’s 100 BPM. I feel like Diplo tried that several times, and he was somewhat successful with the Bumaye record, but it wasn’t enough, and it’s not, there’s only so much only one man can do you know. A lot of producers had the opportunity to do it. I don’t think it’s over for Moombahton. I heard a Tiesto record recently; I think it’s with Matthew Koma, that’s a Moombahton record you know. If you really listen to the percussion on that record and the BPM, it’s Moombah. It’s the pop version of Moombahton, but it’s still Moombahton, you know. And Dillon Francis is still a huge advocate of the genre; he’s still playing it at festivals. You know, the genres resurface is still possible.
Q: With the Fight Clvb movement, do you guys plan to strictly stick to 128?
SAV: Not necessarily, I’m starting to play a lot of Jersey Club stuff.
Q: And I saw you experimented with a little bit of a trap drop as well
SAV: Yea, actually one of the new tracks we played today was a track called Maga. And that’s collaboration with 4B, that was the first time we dropped it.
Q: Do you have any plans for that release?
SAV: Actually, yea there are a lot of really big artists that are really interested in the track. We’re trying to find a home for it. I think it’s going to come out.
MYSTEREO: A couple of labels are really interested.
MYSTEREO: They say in life you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but we want to be that group that has a cake and eats it. We want to appeal to the club, the underground motherfuckers, but still be friendly enough for radio, but hard enough for the club. They say it’s not possible but Fight Clvb does it.
Q: What made you guys keep Mystereo as the concept of Fight Clvb?
MYSTEREO: They don’t even know! They wondered that every day; they were like we should have dropped that motherfucker after Sazon. CMBs got a beautiful voice, this guy’s one of the best producers out there right now in New York City, what the fuck
Q: But you’re a DJ too.
MYSTEREO: I’m a DJ too, but you don’t need another DJ when you got this guy spinning all the genres.
CARLY M BURNS: You know, tonight Mystereo was VJing which was incredible he’s doing all the visuals. I mean I’ve tried to put on the mask once and it gets so hot, I can’t see shit so for him to be raging and VJing, it’s incredible.
MYSTEREO: I just want to say tonight was, not the first time was I VJing here or anywhere for that matter but it’s early, you’re going to see a lot more visuals. Me and SAV and CMB we’ve been going out in the public and we’ve been shooting some sick shit. We didn’t have it all ready for tonight but you’re going to see a lot more visuals.
Q: So what’s it going take in this entire world to take off your mask?
MYSTEREO: Well basically man you would have to have a chainsaw, couple of needles, and a knife to rip off the skin and tear it off.
CARLY M BURNS: He’s had serious conversations where he says if anything ever, you know if I crowd or stage dive and I break my neck, I mean god heaven forbid, but he’s looked at me and said don’t ever let anybody take my mask off even if I die. Swear to God, he’s so dedicated.
SAV: Tell him about the police situation at the airport.
MYSTEREO: On the way to the airport I was stopped by the police, there were a couple of fans around and they grabbed me they said remove your fucking mask. I pulled it over they said put your hands up. And I had my hands over my face I said guys do what you have to do, I don’t care if you shoot me I cannot take this off, this what I do. I understand you’re doing what you do, you’re doing your job but I’m doing mine. We’re going to have to take you in then, I said then take me in and I put my hands behind my back, they cuffed me and they threw me in. And I had had a conversation with these two, (9:47) SAV and CMB. I don’t care if I’m getting arrested I don’t care how intense, how dramatic, if you don’t get the fucking picture off I’m going to be mad at you guys. Don’t sit there and cry for me, you can’t help me at that point. At least get a fucking picture show our fans what the fucks happening.
CARLY M BURNS: Yea, the whole time, take a photo, take a photo. No but I think two days before that incident or three days before we were playing a small show in Brooklyn and I don’t know he went out and I think he was going to smoke and banged on a DT’s car or something and they were inside the car and they came out and all of a sudden the bouncer of club came out and was like yo your friend the cops got you outside. And I walked out and they had their guns pointed to his head, they were like what planet are you from, I don’t give a fuck who you are we’re going to fucking blow your, like the cops.
SAV: Our friend Alex Rose, the promoter had to come out and try to diffuse the entire situation, it was that intense.
CARLY M BURNS: It was terrifying
MYSTEREO: It should be said; I didn’t just walk outside and start banging on cop car windows like some kind of hooligan.
CARLY M BURNS: Yes you did
MYSTEREO: No I did not
CARLY M BURNS: Yes you did
MYSTEREO: I was smoking a bog; actually I was smoking a bowl
CARLY M BURNS: In front of a DT!
MYSTEREO: Ok, fair enough. But I didn’t go Hey DT’s, what’s good, bang, bang, bang, bang. No they called me over to the car and I guess they expected me to take my mask off.
SAV: It’s not just another gimmick; it’s a lifestyle for real. Props to Mystereo, I would not be able to do what he does at all seriously.
Q: You’ve been known for your video work, music videos for Skrillex, documentaries and stuff like that. You’ve done the Major Lazer hype man documentary as well. Are you taking a break on video work for now while you focus on Fight Clvb or you’re doing both?
SAV: No, not at all, I just produced a video for Def Jam Island for up and coming artists Keisza, she was actually on David Letterman recently she’s blowing up man. I worked with Jason on it, I worked with Khyzas brother who actually DPed it and her producer and it was cool you know. A lot of gigs come to me and sometimes I turn them down it just really depends on the caliber of the work you know and I’m doing a lot of the video stuff for Fight Clvb at the moment too. Whenever we do viral skits on Instagram or Facebook that’s all me.
CARLY M BURNS: We try not to take ourselves too seriously.
SAV: We’re really big fans of Dillon Francis and, Dillon’s a good friend of mine. I actually directed Dillon’s first video IDGAFOS. We share the same sensibility. He actually liked one of our videos the other day which was cool. Shout outs to Dillon, but yea video stuff is still a really big part of what we do.
Q: So what’s the future of Fight Clvb looking like?
CARLY M BURNS: I think we definitely want to evolve our sound, which I think we’re finally starting to do and fine tweak our sets and hopefully drop a track on the radio or you know, just keep evolving. I definitely want to start incorporating my electric violin into our sets and just keep going up.
Q: Is there any song releases that you guys can announce or talk about?
SAV: Not at the moment, but like Mystereo said we sent a couple of tracks to DimMak. They’re really interested in signing some tracks, nothing official. They’re actually going to put two of our new tracks on their next mix for Tomorrow World, which is next week. Shout out to Keith for showing a lot of support for the tracks. We have a new collab with Aire Atlantica that’s in the works too. Nothing official yet but a lot of cool things are in the works.
MYSTEREO: We have a big video coming our actually. We haven’t released it yet or announced it. It’s not actually a music video, it’s a documentary a Fight Clvb doc and we basically explore vocal samples in electronic music. Who are these motherfuckers dropping these sick ass vocal samples Alvi? You hear them all over the world.
SAV: Like who’s the chain-smokers girl from “Selfie”, like who is that, well we found her. We interviewed her. Why isn’t her name on the song? You’ll find out when you watch the doc.
Q: Our website name is Undrgrnd Sound. What comes to your mind when you think of Undrgrnd Sound?
CARLY M BURNS: I think that’s real music
MYSTEREO: Non Phixion
Q: Wait Nonfiction the underground hip-hop group or like actual nonfiction?
MYSTEREO: Non Phixion the hip-hop group.
SAV: You mean artist or genre? Definitely, punk rock, for sure yea. Doesn’t get more underground than that.
Q: Is there any artist you want to shout out real quick that you’re really into right now?
CARLY M BURNS: I’m really proud of Porter; you know his new albums going to be incredible. I love the new music video and I respect him so much for having a specific sound and deciding to change and do something very, very experimental and fresh and its really daring because his fan base is supporting him. It’s a completely different sound and I really respect what he’s doing, I’m really excited for his new album.
MYSTEREO: Well I’d have to say, being that I mentioned Non Phixion, one of the producers of Nonfiction was Dave 1, Chromeo he did cult leader. I’m loving Chromeo’s shit right now. That to me is a producer, someone that can make a sound like Cult leader and listen to like Chromeo’s new shit now. Oh my God it’s amazing, that’s a fucking producer right there switching it up, so Dave 1, Chromeo.
SAV: I’ve got a couple people. I want to shout out Aire Atlantica, next to me right here. This guy is future. Aylen, 4B, Wiwek, Rawtek, Retrohandz, Kandy, and so many. Definitely some of the veterans, Afrojack, he’s reinventing himself all the time, even though he’s getting into the popular stuff now. I love what he’s doing. He’s my all time favorite.
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