2BEEPS + MING - KING KONG EP
CHECK OUT 2BEEPS & MING – ‘KING KONG’ EP! RELEASED 21st AUGUST ON DIM MAK RECORDS!
LISTEN TO 4 BANGER TRACKS WHILE READING THE LITTLE Q&A WE HAVE FOR YOU!
● Hey 2Beeps! Why is your EP called „King Kong EP“?
Because King Kong is a giant gorilla that climbs tall buildings and smashes airplanes out
of the sky! Most of my songs get their title after they’re done, and we were sitting in Ming’s
studio trying to think of a name that would match the energy of the track, and when we
looked up at the Empire State Building, it was obvious :). The EP is full of big tracks,
but I think King Kong stands out a little bit, so it was decided to name the EP after it.
● You have some nice cover art! Is that the face you expect the people to
make when listening to your EP?
Haha. I love the cover art, too! I’ve seen some pretty ugly faces on people dancing,
so nothing would surprise me at this point.
● You produced the EP together with Ming from Ming & FS. In how far did
Ming’s „hip hop past“ influence the work on the EP?
I don’t know if it did too much, to be honest. The EP does have some old school breaks
and scratching sounds here and there, but I think his influence was broader than that.
He comes to the table with a lot of experience and a good ear for what moves people.
● How would you define your EP in just three words?
Big Hairy Gorilla
● What were (other) major influences when recording the EP?
I get a lot of inspiration from the Electronic Music I grew up with, like chopped vocal
hooks à la Fatboy Slim, and big breakdowns like in Prodigy or Chemical Brothers tracks.
I think I tried to bring some of that to the EP, and I think the combination sounds pretty
cool. There’s so much room for Electro to evolve, and I really want to bring something
new to the genre and open the audience’s (and other producers’) ears to the possibilities.
Too often I’m hearing tracks that are sounding more and more manufactured, like they
were made in order to do well on Beatport. My goal is to make awesome music, and if it
happens to do well on Beatport, then fuck yeah! Let’s party!
● So we’ve heard you rely on green tea to make great tracks. The King Kong
EP tracks are really great, but how does it work with green tea? ☺
You guys have done your research, haha! Stop stalking me on twitter! Everyone has their
ritual. Mine changes all the time, but right now it’s been hot and humid here in Brooklyn,
so I grab an iced green tea (not too much ice), open the curtains, turn up my headphones,
and start plugging away at my music. Sometimes the process is frustrating, because I have
standards and I get upset when I know a track isn’t where I want it to be. But other times
I get seriously amped and excited, especially when I finally nail the buildup going into the
drop. That feeling is awesome, and I’ll literally throw my hands in the air even though I’m
by myself, ha! Getting to that point takes a lot of mouse clicking, critical listening, and
honesty, and the tea is just one small part of the process :).
● What are your plans after the EP release? Any tour dates?
Keep producing! This release is the first time a lot of people are hearing me, so I’m going
to follow it up with even more great music. I have some gigs planned for the fall, and who
knows what the future holds? I love to be in front of a crowd and watch them make ugly
gorilla faces, so the more often I can do that, the better.
● A question that is not about the EP: What is the story behind the name „2Beeps“?
I found a dead mouse in my computer...no wait, never mind. My girlfriend came up with it, actually.
She heard some strange noises coming from my studio and called me 2Beeps, and I thought it
sounded kind of perfect, so it stuck :).
● What profession do you think you would have taken up if not that of a Producer?
If I hadn’t taken this path, I would probably be doing sound design and mixing for film.
I went to school for that and I’ve done some of that work before. It’s a fun and creative
element of storytelling, and would still allow me to play with all my favorite toys.
● Vinyl or MP3?
MP3! I love vinyl, love it, but it’s just not dependable or mobile. As far as sound quality
goes, I have little patience for audiophiles. Music isn’t about frequencies and bitrates,
it’s about feeling. If you can get your audience to feel you while they’re riding the subway
listening on their iPhone, who gives a shit about anything else?
● If you could only listen to one song, which one would it be?
Orbital - Halcyon + on + on
Thanks for taking the time!