It’s not everyday you get to interview some of the most influential artists in the music industry. Lucky for us here at The Dankles, we got the opportunity to ask PANTyRAID a few questions. As hardcore PANTyRAID fans we made sure to ask the questions that fans are dying to know. PANTyRAID has been making some serious moves within the last month. Whether it was the release of their new album, PillowTalk, or their amazing performance at Spring Awakening Music Festival we just had to catch up. Plus, if any of you Colorado homies are reading this, PANTyRAID have a show coming up this Saturday at The Boulder Theater! Check out our Facebook page to enter to win tickets and purchase tickets to the show here!
The Dankles: Is it difficult finding time for Pantyraid while still maintaining your other projects (MartyParty, Glitch Mob, etc.)?
PANTyRAID: We are getting really good at focusing our time when we are together. We alternate studios on each coast for week stretches here and there and in between work together over Dropbox.
We both just know when a song we compose is meant for PANTyRAiD – its a feeling.
TD: How is performing with Pantyraid different than performing with your other groups?
PR: PANTyRAiD has always been special to us in that it is a spontaneous set.
We are both constantly playing something, either one shot effects, vocal stabs, random loops, anything that flows with the
song that’s being played in that moment, the result is truly unique.
We also both have a good time jumping around and playing our music so that helps!
TD: If you could go back in time when you first started producing music, what would you tell yourself now that you
have more experience?
PR: Gosh – not much – we have learned a ton technically but as a whole – our sound is still sexy club hip hop.
We wouldn’t change that direction – its what we love and where EDM seems to be going.
TD: Who were some of your biggest influences within the music scene growing up?
PR: Aphrodite, Trentemoller, Aphex Twin, Depeche Mode, Tipper, Si Begg, late 90s DnB, Blues, Jazz and Bjork;
but it was the composition of the greats like Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin that really made us want to write songs and not
TD: If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
PR: Bob Marley definitely, and in the present we would both love to produce radio hip hop artist.
TD: When you aren’t producing, what’s you favorite thing to do in your free time?
MartyParty: Basketball, cars, BBQ.
Ooah: Cook, motorcycles, travel the world in search of the best beaches.
TD: Some of my favorite tracks by you guys are the classics like, “Beba” and “Enter The Machine”,
what was the inspiration behind those?
PR: Beba just came to us real easy – it was one of the first times we used Massive (the synth) and the second
it was drafted we knew it was special. Enter The Machine was just an epic morning effort one day, it just appeared and
by dinner it was done. Talking synths, synthetic hip hop – thats what we do.
TD: What’s behind the name of your new album, PillowTalk?
PR: It is a voyage through the seduction, the excitement, the aftermath and the reminiscing of the party night with
sexy interlude. Something for everyone.
TD: What track off of PillowTalk is most important to you?
PR: Brooklyn Angel for us means a lot just because it takes another perspective on the genre and demonstrates how
no 8 bars ever need repeating in EDM. Composition is key and this track shows that perfectly.
All the emotions in one 4 min stretch.
TD: Why did it take so long to come out with another album?
PR: The writing was actually pretty fast – it was just hard to fit studio time in together with our ferocious touring schedules.
Its something fans don’t realize – all the travelling and touring takes us out of the studio, we produce less –
its just a feature of the modern DJ/producer process. Need to balance touring and studio.
TD: After listening to PillowTalk, I noticed the MartyParty/Glitch Mob influence; can you tell us more about that?
PR: Every PANTyRAiD song is influenced by everything we have both done – you can’t help it – when you are creative you tend to want to experiment with the techniques, sounds, feelings you are most familiar with,
so you bring that experience into the session, its always going to be a perfect mix of all the projects,
now and going forward as we all mature and continue to produce what we see as the next level in EDM.
Rapid Fire Questions
TD: Age you started producing?
TD: Favorite track you’ve ever produced?
OOAH: The Glitch Mob’s “Drive It Like You Stole It”, PANTyRAiD’s “Like That”, Of Porcelain’s “Here For Now”
MartyParty: “Leverage” and PANTyRAiD’s “Superior” and “Theories” (new unreleased song coming)
TD: Favorite show you’ve attended that you didn’t perform?
OOAH: White Zombie (when I was about 15yrs old) & probably one of the times I saw TOOL
MartyParty: Red Rocks
TD: Track that’s been on repeat lately?
OOAH: Daft Punk – Get Lucky
MartyParty: Memorial Day
TD: Favorite artists you’ve performed with?
OOAH: Pendulum & Prodigy
MartyParty: Skrillex and Salva
TD: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
OOAH: Island hopping in Belize with my 2 brothers
MartyParty: Europe after college
TD: Celebrity crush?
OOAH: Christina Perri
MartyParty: Rye Rye
TD: Favorite movie?
OOAH: Moulin Rouge
MartyParty: Hustle and Flow
TD: Favorite TV show?
OOAH: Boardwalk Empire
MartyParty: Breaking Bad
TD: Boxers or briefs?
OOAH: Briefs (the longer ones, not tighty whiteys)