Interview with Redroche
Redroche is a production duo of brothers based out of Ontario, Canada who are also known as Antoine and Gio. They are also the founders of Canadian based record label Eyezcream Recordings. They recently released their latest single entitled “Your Life”. The track is gaining popularity and has already hit the #8 spot on the UK DMC Buzz Charts. Let’s check in with Antoine and Gio for a quick Q & A Session.
When it comes to the business side of things, would you say that working with family is easier being that you are brothers?
This type of business is never easy whether you’re doing it with your best friend, brother, cousin, grandfather or anyone for that matter. Because we are brothers, it's easier to cross certain boundaries that you wouldn't cross with anyone else, sometimes good, sometimes bad. One thing is for sure is that working with family, especially your brother, is that you know at the end of the day you have the other person's back and best interest at heart. If you don't you'll end up busting everything up in your office and studio during the frustrating times of dealing with each other and this industry!
What new developments have occurred over at your label Eyezcream Recordings?
Last year was a great year for the label and Redroche, and this year has started off amazing as well. We really tried to focus on our sound the last two years in the studio and ended up releasing two amazing cuts on our label called MAKE YOUR MOVE and ALL I NEED in 2011. Two classic samples that got reworked and licensed like crazy but took up a lot of the labels time. We have regrouped for this year and have a new focus for the label, which means doing things the way we used too and doing it for us. We have signed some amazing tracks from some super talented and young producers and we are getting those releases packaged and ready for the masses. As for 2012, we have released Redroche - Your Life and are about to release the remixes package for this project and a new Redroche single titled 'Just Live' in May. For the summer we plan on releasing all the new material that we have signed and we are so excited cause this music KICKS ASS.
I hear you are working on your first album? How far along are you with production at this point?
To be honest, we have so much material that we could probably release three albums at once. We are making sure that when we do put one together that it will be full of our best material and not something that is just whipped together to say that we 'did' an album. We feel we have a great sound and we are working with some amazing vocalists like Sam obernik, Chanel, Ollie James, Amanda Wilson, H-Boogie, Laura Kidd (to name a few) and the main thing is that it's a fun time and process right now so the material is getting better and better. So yes, we are building the material for an album and will probably release it next year with the 10th Anniversary of our label.
What are some of your goals for the remainder of 2012?
We are finishing up some new materials and we are currently in the studio getting some vocals on these projects as stated above. We have licensed a bunch of big tracks to some major labels and these are set to come out for summer time, as well as some remixes for some really awesome tracks. Last year we did so many remixes and it took up a lot of time on top of everything else, so this year we are going to be slowing that down to focus on Redroche, some new aliases, the label and touring. There are remixes coming forth by Redroche and plenty of new originals in the next few weeks, so stay connected to our social media for updates and once in awhile we giveaway some FREE unreleased material to our fans!
What do you personally feel was the best year for house music?
That is really hard to say, as we have been around for awhile and have seen many different stages go by in the growth of the scene and the technology that has transformed studios, to the way we DJ. For us, I think mid 90's was a great time and very influential. It was a time for change in all aspects in music, technology and internet. Rock, Hiphop and country music ruled the North American landscape but things were getting boring fast. With the release of Daft Punk's Homework album, for us and the underground scene that spawned during that period was amazing and life changing for us as it opened a new world of influences of house such as Olav basoski and his Amplitude series, Eric Morillo and his Subliminal records, Defected and countless others during the vinyl days and the intro to Cds. During the last decade we seen technology go into the bedroom with amazing results on computers and new fresh artists bringing their sounds to the underground and the masses that follow and making it more 'cool', free and easily accessable which built what we have today. That time was important as it got a lot of the artists today into the scene. In terms of success, there is no better time then NOW. Electronic music is a worldwide phenomenon and the most popular it has ever been and people still don't quite understand the culture behind it but they are into the sounds which is great as well as the clubs and festivals that now play mostly this type of music. Important years for sure have to be years like 2004 with Eric Prydz "Call On Me" which was massive around the world and gained a lot of fans to the music. More importantly, 2008 with David Guetta's "Love Is Gone" and Deadmau5 breaking into the scene and causing people to notice that something big is happening in North American. This leads up to today, where we see that it's so big and influential where guys like Skrillex win three grammy's and nominated for five for Electronic Music and Ultra festival has grown into one of the biggest festivals on earth. Definitely, these are the biggest years for house/electronic music but it has been a long road.
What are the latest trends you have noticed in the House music genre?
Biggest trend with Electronic music is that it has become the 'most popular music on the planet' and it's not about to go away, it's only going to get bigger. All major artists are recruiting these sounds from top artists like Madonna, Pit Bull, Kelly Rowland, Flo Rida and every other hiphop artist wanting to stay at the top of their game. Companies and products are licensing tonnes of material for their advertisements with Electronic music, the movie industry and even video games are following this trend. It's becoming mainstream, especially here in North America so when that happens expect it to be everywhere you hear music. Which is a good thing for all artists and labels.
Can you describe your studio set up?
Four walls, high ceilings, leather couches, purple custom Aurelex Sound proofing system, RME sound card, UAD-1 DSP Card, Custom super computer sporting Cubase & Ableton, Access VirusTI, Maudio Midi controller and a shit load of pluggins that we use for our music. God bless the digital age!!!
Who are some artists that you feel we should look out for?
There are so many new artists, it's really hard to keep up but we really like the stuff coming from Amsterdam via Andy Callister (who had demo of the week on Hardwell's show last week) and from Belgium the Bootik guys who we just remixed on Bob Sinclar's label for the track Bootik feat. Christina Skaar "Ain't gonna fail". Killer stuff from both artists that we love.
Do you have any gigs lined up for the next few months? Can you tell us more about them?
Over the next few months we will be in Jordan, Dubai and some surround areas while over in that part of the world. A North American tour starting off in Canada during the festival session here and branching off into the United States during end of summer is in the works now and more details will be given on our websites and social media as they unfold and announced.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
We just want to say that we love you guys and thank you for all your continued support. We do this cause of you and for the people reading this that do not know us, take the time to check us and our music. You might probably have heard our tracks but didn't know it was us! Stay connected as big things are coming out of this camp and Redroche. Cheers for now!!
Thank you for your time!
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