Meet Marlon and Ralph, the electro house masterminds behind Bassjackers. We got a chance to pick their brains about upcoming releases, memorable tour moments, and their favorite summer jams. Brace yourself, things are about to get out of control as Bassjackers take over the soundwaves. Get to know our Saviors of Sound in this interview and dance the summer night away to their awesome summer playlist.
SR: So what do you guys have planned for the rest of the summer? Any tours, new releases, or vacation plans going on?
Bassjackers: We just had a release on August 18th on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s imprint Smash The House. After that we have a remix coming up for Dannic on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings. On the touring side the summer is always packed with festivals and club shows.
SR: After all the summers you've spent working on music, what's been your most memorable music related summer experience?
Bassjackers: Back in the days when we would go on vacation with our friends in Spain we would always play the same songs and albums on repeat. When chilling at the pool, before club, at the after party. After the vacation Ralph always made an aftermovie and used those songs as a soundtrack. These songs would be stuck in your head forever. The music varied from rock to hiphop to dance.
SR: How did this musical pairing come about? It seems like a lot of DJ duos were first friends in college or something like that.
Bassjackers: Marlon started DJing in college and Ralph had been producing music on his computer since high school. At some point we decided to join forces. This was the start of Bassjackers.
SR: We want to know a little more about what kind of artists you guys are into lately. In your opinion, who's really killing it and producing great music?
Bassjackers: New kids like Jay Hardway and Thomas Newson are releasing some serious bangers lately. We play a lot of their stuff.
SR: Got anything particularly interesting on your tech and hospitality rider?
Bassjackers: Not really. Our riders are pretty basic.
SR: We're really interested in what you guys have in store next. What are you guys working on now and when can we expect to see some new music?
Bassjackers: We are always working on new music. Besides the releases we mentioned before there is another solo track due for October. We have lot of unfinished projects/collaborations that we hope to release later this year.
SR: I'm sure you guys have experienced some pretty crazy or memorable things behind the scenes at your shows. Are there any moments from before or after a show that you'll never forget?
Bassjackers: Sometimes we do meet and greets before or after the show and its amazing to see the impact that our music has on our fans. For example sometimes fans burst out in tears of happiness. This is probably something we’ll never get used too but it is a great feeling to know that what we do makes people happy, gives them strength or motivates them.
SR: Do you have any pre-show rituals? Even if it's jogging around the stage, there's got to be something you do to get the blood pumping.
Bassjackers: Before a show I (Marlon) usually want to chill for like 10 minutes in the dressing room have a drink and just clear my head. Then 10 mins before set I want to check out the stage and the vibe. And then its GO time!!
SR: Now describe your sound in two words. Choose carefully.
Bassjackers: ENERGY BASS
SR: So what does an average day look like for you guys?
Bassjackers: A random Tour day would be: Wake up, go to the airport, fly out to the next location and get your pickup to the hotel. Get some rest and exercise. Do a lil preparations for the show. Then have diner and go to the venue. Maybe some interviews or meet and greet. Then it’s showtime. After the show interview and or meet and greets and then back to the hotel or after party or straight to the airport for the next show.
SR: Where in the world can we catch you next?
Bassjackers: You can find our tour schedule on our website. Check it out.
SR: There's so many up and coming producers out there trying to put themselves out there. What advice do you have for the new kids on the block?
Bassjackers: Work hard, have fun.
SR: A huge part of music these days is how you market yourself, how do you guys set yourselves apart from the hoard of producers in the industry?
Bassjackers: We try to take ourselves not too seriously while at the same time we take this very seriously. Get it?
SR: As technology becomes more prevalent and more advanced, it's becoming easier for people to make hit music out of their bedroom. What are your thoughts on this?
Bassjackers: It’s good that there's easier access nowadays to make music. This way more people will be able to do it and the bigger the chances that great talent will expose themselves to the world.
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Luke OKAY impressed Wilson's team with his cartoon depiction of a skeleton beach party.
Crowned with the winning design of Julian Wilson's Signature Master Tracks,Surfer, skater and talented artist from Australia - we picked his brain on what inspires him, his process and more. Read on:
What environment do you work best in?
My home studio is my favorite work environment. There's no one around which sets a better mood for getting creative. I have a big wooden desk I built myself from recycled timber and on the desk sits a row of inspirational books, magazines and an encyclopedia on birds. A few skulls, Spongebob Squarepants and designer toys live on the desk with boxes and jars housing pens, paints, brushes, pencils and other tools.
What inspires you to create art the way you do?
My friends in the art game inspire me on a daily basis and are constantly pushing me to be better. I'd say the punk music I've grown up listening to has helped shaped a certain part of my style and helps me express certain messages through my art.
Every artist has his or her own creative process - what's unique about yours?
I wouldn't say there's anything too unique about my creative process, when I want to get creative I like having isolation so I'm not distracted or feeling any kind of pressure.
I like comfort so I can explore my soul and put pen to paper or brush to canvas, and let it all out. Music is always on, it always helps me get in the right frame of mind, which usually takes a lot of coffee and procrastinating or "getting inspired" before I get rolling.
Who are some artists that have inspired you and have influenced your style?
In primary school it was Van Gough and Picasso, then guys like Ozzie Wright came out with punky surf art which kinda took my art style away from those older classical roots. Now it's the revolution of street art that is taking over the world. It's hard to not be influenced by the here and now and what's blowing up around you.
My best friend Trait is probably my biggest motivator and influencer, it's always awesome when someone you look up to is also a mentor and a soundboard for progression.
What led you to become an artist?
I really don't know, I've always painted and drawn since I was really young. No one in my family did art but I guess I just had something inside me that needed to get out. The progression of being an artist and making it my profession is something that just happened.
Your art is colorful and has a lot of personality. If your art could speak, what would it say?
I feel my ART does speak. There are messages in most of the things I create, it's not even that subtle, in fact I like having it more in your face. If I can make the audience think and question topics then I'm happy. I don't really care if they buy the piece or not.
DESIGN on the other hand is different, design is about making people happy, the trick is to sneak messages into designs so you can subliminally influence people haha.
If your life were a music video, what songs would you play throughout the day?
If my life were some sort of music video I'd be like a male Mary Poppins and fly in on an umbrella, no screw the umbrella... on the back of a flying tiger in a haze of punk and hardcore. The video would mellow out with electro, and build back up with hip hop. I'm out again on that flying tiger of punk and hardcore.
It'd be hard to single out individual songs but it'd be a blur of Rise Against, Gaslight Anthem, Architects, Brand New, Refused, M83, Naked and Famous, Flume, Run the Jewels, Mos Def, Shabazz Palaces, Radiohead, and Alexisonfire. Something along those blurry blurry lines.
You also tend to create really captivating monochrome pieces, how do you decide whether or not to work in black and white or in color?
I don't really have to decide... (I don't think). Some idea's will just suit one style or the other and it naturally progresses as an image in my head and I'll know straight up how to execute what I'm thinking.
What do you do when you're not creating art?
Most of the time it's just the usual day to day stuff. Try and have fun, share some laughs with my lovely girlfriend, go surfing, hang with friends, grocery shopping, cook dinner or be immature in interviews.
What's your Soundtrack of Life?
The album 'The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me' by Brand New would be the soundtrack of my life. I don't know why but I just seem to have an affinity with this band. Their music and their lyrics are just so damn genius it is something I constantly connect with. Even though it's a pretty melancholic album it's something that totally makes me happy and I have a lot of awesome memories that have happened with this album as the soundtrack already. So it makes sense to me.
What's one thing you want people to know about you?
I like ice cream?
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