JA: Just saw your set on the main Hard stage, all I can say is David Fucking Hasselhoff! Can you explain how you were able to get the Hoff to film your intro?
A: Yeah, shout out to Loren he’s a great dude and he worked with our label Vicious Records back in the day. We were at a bar for Taco Tuesday in L.A. getting drunk. I saw Loren and we started hanging. He introduced me to his friend, who happened to be the Hoff’s manager. We end up drinking Tequila all night and becoming kool.
R: So we are known for doing these intro’s before our sets, our last one was with this famous Australian comedian named Shooter Williamson who loves to say cunt, as do we. So we had to one up that. And we reached out to Hoff to see if he was into it.
A: His manager said yes let’s get it popping and was like “Not only that but we can get the KITT car from Knight Rider” which is also in the video.
JA: Damnnnn! That’s fresh, especially catching the Hoff just as he did Kung Fury, which every person who has the internet should see by the way.
A: Yeah and he used some of those clips in the intro, so that was dope.
JA: Epic fucking way to start your set, you guys rocked it! Played everything from Hip Hop, Rock, Dub Step, Big Beat. And I loved how you were so into it, both of you just banging the epic hair do’s and going for it.
R: Well that’s how we look rocking the two man show. Some set’s we have an orchestra playing with us, some set’s it’s vocalists and guitars, drum pad’s all of that good shit.
A: We try to make it a party, you’ve got to get amongst it and that’s what we do.
R: Well, it all started at a bar with Alex here meeting the Hoff’s manager.
JA: Both of you come from a live rock background yes?
R: And hip hop.
JA: And hip hop ok. I have a theory that the decline of rock directly correlates with the rise of EDM. I think a lot of kids who would have been metal heads have instead switched to EDM particularly dub step. What do you think about that?
R: I agree, the kid’s who would have been metal heads definitely became dup step heads in that era.
A: I think as far as rock stars go in the DJ world, really a lot of DJ’s are fuck boy’s. They won’t drink, stay up late. They are very proper and whatever.
R: I am not saying Nicky Romero is a fuck boy. (Nicky Romero is a Dutch DJ/Producer currently ranked 8th on DJ Mag’s top 100) but he’s a well polished man that doesn’t drink and he kind of epitomizes that style of what some DJ’s prefer. Very clean cut, very into doing things by the book in a way.
A: Some DJ’s claim they are rock and roll but they don’t drink, don’t party, don’t get amongst it. That’s not fucking Rock and Roll!
R: But then there’s Legends like DJ Snake who may not drink often but he will be amongst it 24/7. Snake will go to every set at every festival doesn’t drink but he gets amongst it.
A: That’s fucking Rock and Roll! Snake is a great friend of ours and we’re Blessed to know him. He’s a fucking champion.
R: Doesn’t matter if you drink, it’s about getting amongst it! Like there’s other DJ’s, say Nicky Romero for instance who does not go see other act’s at festivals.
JA: Wow I can’t help but to remark about your seeming disdain for Nicky Romero. I smell a beef brewing. What transpired between you all that you have this reflection of him?
R: I have Love for Nicky Romero-
A: I don’t-
R: For example you see Tiesto will go to the side of the stage and watch every DJ that he even remotely likes.
A: Tiesto is the man, me and him shared a bottle of Jager at Stereo Sonic in Sydney. He’s still about it.
R: He was side of stage when we were playing and I looked over to Adam and was like “There’s big T just right there chilling”. He stayed, watched our set and then stayed around for DJ Snake who was on after us.
A: The more I think about it, the more your question makes sense. Big T is rock and roll , DJ Snake is rock and roll and they are the big dawgs right now.
JA: What about a guy like Deadmau5?
A: Yeah, he’s always running his mouth on people, calling people out. Some people hate him, some Love him. That’s pretty Rock and Roll.
JA: Word! So I’m a collector of Aussie slang, I have a lot of Australian friends and I’m always looking to learn a new word like Heaps or Crooks. Can you share some of your favorite OZ slangs ?
R: We still don’t really know what Australian slang is because it’s just talking to us so-
JA: Things you would say like, Fuck Boy for instance, that is not part of the proper vernacular.
A: Things like that’s a bunch of Cod Swallop!
R: That cunt’s talking a lot of Cod Swallop, means like he’s talking shit.
A: It’s funny in Australia because calling someone a swear word is like a compliment.
R: That’s definitely the biggest cultural difference. Like if I were to come up to you and go “What’s going on cunt?”. In Australia you would reply like “Ahhh bro.” It’s a good thing-
A: Like if I were to say to you “This Fuckhead over here” it would be like “I Love ya bro!”.
R: If you call someone a piece of shit that means you Love them.
A: But if you switch it and make it G rated like “This guy, he’s a fucking Peanut”. That’s explicit and that hurts.
R: In Australia if you go “You know what? That bloke is an absolute Banana Head! That stings!
R: Like if you say to someone sternly “You’re a Pelican and I don’t want to talk to you!”. That’s a shutdown, complete shut down.
JA: So when I next go to Australia stay away from calling people Peanuts and Pelicans, but do call them Cunt’s and Fuckhead’s and every one will Love me, is that right?
R: Yes basically. But you can’t call anyone an asshole. That’s just telling them, that they are one of the worst people.
A: Or a Loser. In Australia swearing is part of the every day language so calling someone a swear word is not a real shutdown. But Loser and Asshole, that is how you chop someone down hard.
JA: Thank you for that lesson, I feel thoroughly informed. Moving on, I wanted to get into the deep well of talent that has emanated from Australia for the last 10 years, particularly on the electronic music frontier. From Cut Copy to Van She to Chet Faker, Flume, you gents. What is uniquely Australian about the rise of your scene?
R: There’s a nation wide radio station in Australia called Triple J that does not stick to one genre.
A: Massive shout out’s to Triple J!
R: Like in America it’s broken up by region and genre. One station plays rock, one hip hop. One maybe Alternative, which for some reason includes a guy like Aviici. Triple J play’s not what sells records but what sounds good.
A: And they play shit that sells records too, thanks to Triple J.
R: So the kids, they are very switched on. Like if you went to a party and they played Katy Perry, or who ever’s big right now-
A: They would fucking leave that party!
JA: Word and kid’s here end up hearing a song on our corporate radio stations 50 jillion times a day and it becomes like a mantra in their head, fucking brain washing them.
A: Real quick, shout out to Katy Perry!
R: Yeah, we actually Love Katy Perry, that was a bad example. I have a massive crush on her and I think she’s a dope pop writer. Actually everything about Katy Perry is awesome.
JA: Can we replace Katy Perry with Ariana Grande, I hear she’s a real cunt, and not in the good way.
A: But wait isn’t she Big Seans ex-girlfriend? I can’t talk crap about her because I Love Big Sean.
JA: Yeah, I think they hate each other now. Plus she hates Americans.
A: Oh ok, well fuck her then, we Love America!
R: Yeah Cappuccino Grande go fuck yourself!
A: I’m Loving the vibe we are creating here by the way, I feel like we can take over the world.
JA: Yes our hair is all quite epic, I feel like we can each take a continent and be it’s Overlords.
A: You know what it’s like? It’s like Pokemon. He’s like Squirtle, I’m a Wartortle and you’re a Blastoise. (In the world of Pokemon you start as a Squirtle, evolve into a Wartortle starting at level 16, then evolve into Blastoise starting at level 36.) Your a fully evolved Pokemon right in front of us, shooting canons out of your fucking tortoise shell!
JA: Wow I am truly honored!
R: Why do I have to be the shit one you start with?
JA: But you’re the most popular one because no matter what, they all start off with you!
R: Well I remember when your evolving as a Squirtle, if you want to stop yourself from turning into you two, then you can just keep pressing B.
A: That’s a fucked up process, it’s like your choking your Pokemon saying, “Don’t change, cherish your youth, cherish it!”
R: It’s like you stop it from growing, like the Chinese feet binding. It’s like a subtle reference to bind your kid’s feet, so they stay small.
JA: Or someone really loves how their kid looks as a child so they decide to not feed it so it stays small.
R: Whoa, we’re getting a bit dark are we?
JA: Yeah, weren’t we talking about dance music?
A: Dude we’re talking real talk!
JA: You know what I think just happened here? Future opening for your set. The Hoff is all good, but next level, evolution of a fucking Pokemon!
R: Fuck yeah. I come out as Squirtle, play 20 minutes then woahhhhhh, Adam you hatch out of me into Wartortle then another 20 minutes and “I’m evolving, I’m evolving!” then you explode out of Adam’s head into a Blastoise!
JA: Wow, if this doesn’t happen you know the Universe will shed a tear right?
A: It will happen, faith synergy, that’s what it’s all about. Crazy, I feel like we just went on a journey and we didn’t even have to take anything.
R: Indeed, it’s like as faith in religion begins it’s decline, we have established something holy between the 3 of us.
JA: Indeed a holy trinity. We should start our own religion!
A: Yeah Scientology is falling off, we can totally take their spot, I think we are ready!
R: People are ready for a new alien entity to enter their lives and I think it can totally be us.
JA: World I hope you’re ready!
Hey world, I hope you are ready to party!