Two Friends, the Los Angeles, CA natives sat down with me to talk about their successes, as well as what they have in store for us in the future. Matt and Eli, the young masterminds have quickly revamped from high school bedroom producers to one of the most promising dance music duos of 2016. With their Spotify and SoundCloud views now exceeding 35 million and with nineteen #1’s on Hype Machine, the boys are well on their way to becoming the next big dance act to come out of America. With support now coming from the iconic DJ’s such as Tiesto, The Chainsmokers, Krewella and much more, let’s find out what their future has in store.
- Your new release seems to be taking a new approach compared to your other recent releases, what has influenced you guys to enter into the future(ish) house wave?
I think it all goes back to our motto that we’ve been adhering to recently, which is “if it sounds good, it sounds good.” When we start a new idea, whether that’s a guitar lick or a cool chord progression or a lyric idea, we try not to be so boxed in by tempo or even by genre. We just wanna make music that is catchy, is emotional, and that resonates with people hopefully on a long-term, deeper level.
- Tell us a bit about your upcoming EP, what was the motivation behind it?
We are so insanely excited for you to hear the songs on this EP. Some of the songs were started way back in the day- I think we found a voice memo of us singing one of the lyric ideas from over three years ago- and it’s really exciting to finally be able to share them with everyone. The songs on the EP span the map, but all go back to Two Friends- our goal has always been that listeners will capture that Two Friends spark, no matter the genre or tempo of a song. We didn’t want to keep holding on to these songs and playing the waiting game, so we thought an EP would be a perfect, special way to share what we’ve been working so long and hard on.
- You guys have been traveling a lot this year, what would you say influences how you change your set based on each show?
Each show is always different and that’s honestly what makes it so fun. Sometimes it’s a traditional ‘venue’ venue, other times a night club, or a college party, or a pool party. So I think the set depends on what vibe we think makes the most sense, and how much of a performance it should be. And then we’re constantly looking for and downloading new music, as well as making cool edits and mashups, and obviously releasing our own stuff as well, so our set naturally evolves and changes because of that.
- Can we expect any more remixes from friends like The Chainsmokers or Blink 182?
Definitely, we have a bunch more remixes up our sleeves. We love remixing songs that span all sorts of genres, whether that means an EDM song, a pop song, an alternative/indie song, etc. We have even more originals in the pipeline, and those excite us even more. But remixes are always super fun and they’re good content to put out in between the originals, so you can definitely expect both.
- Out of all the cities you perform, which one would you say is your favorite? I know you guys hangout in San Fran a lot!
That’s such a tough one to answer haha, because so many cities have been so memorable. San Fran definitely shows us a ton of love, and those shows have been really special. We’re both Los Angeles natives, and we actually haven’t played too much here, but we have a big one coming in LA in 2017 and I have a feeling that’ll rank right up there at the top.
- Which track did you guys have the most fun making?
Hmmm, that’s another tough one haha. These songs on the upcoming EP were all so fun to make. Awesome writing sessions, awesome vocalists that we collaborated with, and all of them also include live instruments, which is always fun to record and use. One specifically, called ‘Out Of Love,’ just happened so organically and beautifully, and we knew each step of the way that it would be a special one.
- Judging by your Instagram it looks like you have an awesome time. Halloween looked like a dope time, any good stories from that night or any other time??
Haha, we’re just lucky that we get to do what we love and treat it as our job. And on top of that, we get to do it with our best friend. Halloween was an insane week of shows. Matt actually turned 24 during one of the shows, but he may have been too drunk to even realize at the time.
Casulin Quick Fire (Don’t Think Twice!)
- Favorite Movie?
Eli: Like Mike or Good Burger
Matt: The Big Green
- Favorite Ice Cream Flavors
Matt: Mint Chip
- Most Embarrassing thing that happened on tour.
Eli: Matt told me to say “Give your moms a big hug and wish them Happy Mothers’ Day from us” on the mic at the way end of a show that we did the night before Mothers’ Day. But I guess he didn’t hear me… cuz twenty seconds after I said that on the mic, he grabbed the mic and said the same exact thing, literally word-for-word.
Matt: Oh my god, I still cringe thinking about that haha. Well, one time the mic wasn’t turned on and I think it was actually Eli’s first time saying anything on the mic ever. He went all out, yelling “Let me see you on this one!” or whatever and was proud that he finally crossed that hurdle of saying something on the mic at a show. But then I let him know it wasn’t even on. More sad than embarrassing honestly.