Just recently we shot these fellas The Interns an email to tell them they would be in an upcoming Twerkin’ Trap Tuesday. They were stoked on the feature, apparently so stoked they wanted to get to work with us right away! That being said we got the ball rolling real fast on this one, after just bringing you their bootleg of Crookers new track ‘Trillex’ they also wanted us to bring you their DEBUT EP ‘YOTO (You Only Trap Once)’. So we got to chat these guys up a bit, find out a little bit about where they’re coming from, all along with a fresh stack of trap track to thump on your eardrums as we roll into the weekend! These guys have been nice enough to give this EP out for free so be sure to give them some love.
TD: Plain and simple to start things rolling, can you tell us a little about yourselves (Name, age, where you’re from, etc) to familiarize the unknowing viewers out there?
The Interns: The two of us—Mickey/Shlomo are 21/22. We go by, “The Interns.” We both grew up in the city of Chicago. We’re cousins.
TD: How did you two wind up getting into the music scene in the first place? Is this your first project?
The Interns: This is not our first project. We used to kick freestyles over acoustic guitars when we were 10 years old. Our first official project was our rap group (when we were 16) “The Windy City Kids.” Towards the end of high school we got really into the underground house scene around Chicago.
TD: What about joining forces to produce, how’d that come about?
M: I’ve been working on production since 2005 on fruity loops. Came up on a stolen copy like most people and fell in love.
S: I was, and always have been really into hip-hop, and so when our rap group dissipated I started making little beats of my own to flow over.
The Interns: A couple months ago, we were at Mickey’s house in Chi looking through our acapella list. We found this old school cut we loved (Trick Daddy’s “Shut Up” which later became our first single). Mickey said “Hearin’ a trap joint for this pella’?” Shlo goes “Absolutely”. We Sat in the studio for 2 days straight, put in 20 hours of work. In the end we had a rough draft of our first single.
TD: You claim to hail from Jukecity, can we expect a little juke madness from you guys at some point?
The Interns: Peep the 2nd drop in our “Trillex Bootleg”.
TD: What kind of influences pushed you guys towards producing the kind of tunes you do today?
The Interns: Straight up, Hip-Hop and House. 90’s house has all those super funky piano lines, and Shlo is a trained Jazz pianist, so it came naturally for him. Hip-Hop drum loops have always been where it’s at, so the 2 coming together is what we’ve been hearing in our heads forever.
TD: What would you say is your guys’ goal ultimately when pushing out these tunes and sharing them with the interwebs?
The Interns: We love giving out free shit. At the end of the day, we just want to make music that can make a person’s day a little better, in the club or not.
TD: If you could chose one producer to collaborate on a track with who would it be?
The Interns: Let’s use 2. Whoever made the beat to Ginuwine’s “Pony” *Static Major and Timbaland*, and Blockhead.
TD: This has become a pretty standard question of ours, what kind of equipment/software do you sit down with to produce in the studio? What about in a live show setting?
The Interns: Studio: FL Studio 10, all day. Represent.
Live: Technics 12 Hunnits, That young DJM-400 mixer, Traktor Kontrol X1 midi Controller, and good ol’ Traktor Scratch Pro (We never upgraded to Traktor 2).
TD: When you aren’t making beats like crazy, what are a couple thing you might be found doing in your spare time?
S: Fixin’ bikes, Playin’ piano, Kickin’ freestyles.
M: N64 (Smash Bros).
TD: If you guys could pick a song to represent how your summer was what would it be?
S: Trouble Is – Common Market
M: Trapped in the closet (The whole series) – R. Kelly
TD: So you guys have been kind enough to left us put out your first EP, can you tell us a little about what we have here today for everyone?
The Interns: Our EP YOTO (You.Only.Trap.Once) has 3 tunes, plus a bonus track.
We tried to put a little bit of all the sounds that have been coming out of EDM for the past couple years in each track. Then we just let our natural feel for Hip-Hop take over and threw some Drum Loops that’ll (To quote Mista’ Busta’ Bust) “Break ya’ neck.”
TD: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, any last words for those people out there on the other side?
The Interns: Shout-outs to all our supporters, we love ya’ll. & Shout-Outs to:
Josephine and the Mousepeople (Dannyberry and Avicado)
Last time you were in the studio:
Last time eating something weird:
Ever had Red Bull & a Spoonful of Peanut Butter?
Last CD/vinyl you bought:
The Family Sign – Atmosphere
Birthday present from Mickey.
Last track you listened to:
S: Spitfire – Doseone
M: Bands’a Make Her Dance – Juicy J
Last time you were forced into something:
Paying a $120 ticket for fishing without a license.
Last impressive music video you watched:
Josephine and the Mousepeople’s new video for “LSD” coming out soon.
If you haven’t heard, check it… we got a remix coming out for them.