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Apexape: Drawing Influences From Across Genres

Apexape talk about their newest single, their production processes and a whole lot more.

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UK based duo Apexape have been creating a huge buzz around their name. With some serious firepower released from them, including the huge hit ‘Joy & Pain’, they have been performing some huge shows and releasing plenty of quality music over the last few years. Catching up with them, they talk about getting into dance music as well as receiving support from major artists, their studio tips and a whole lot more. Check it out below.

Apexape is a duo rising through the Tech House and House scene with some serious tracks being released over the last few years. Can you tell us a little about how the duo came about?

We’ve been good mates for over 10 years, we started by putting on club nights around Bristol and whilst Djing at our events we found that we liked a lot of the same music which was the start of us producing together. After hearing “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?” on Dirty Bird records that was when Tech House came to the forefront of our sets and we haven’t looked back!!

In terms of influence for your music, do you draw that from your home cities Bristol and London, or is there another influence which really decided what direction to go in?

Klaud – Im from South West London so garage was a big part of my life growing up. Lots of garage and grime artist lived around where I grew up  so that was a big influence on me. My Secondary school Elliott in Putney was home to acts such as Hot Chip, Mark Brown Cr2, Jamie XX, Joe Goddard, who all started off there. London & Bristol both have so many music scenes to draw from. We are in lucky position and try to take advantage of this as much as possible

Ben – Growing up in Bristol I was heavily into Drum&Bass which was an amazing thing to experience there back in the day – those sounds and vibes are still the blueprint of where I draw a lot of influences from.

I wanted to touch first on the huge single ‘Joy & Pain’ which was released in 2016. What was the feeling like to get such a good reaction to the track when it was released?

We were blown away by the reaction, you never know what tracks are going to connect, and when the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong, and Danny Howard are all championing your track, you can only smile and be happy. It’s an amazing feeling to know that the record is connecting with people.

Since then, you have worked with labels such as Nothing Else Matters Records and the huge Strictly Rhythm label. Would you say that you have learnt much from working with these labels in terms of your musical direction, or in terms of your career as a whole?

I think most artists can struggle with walking the line between the underground and more main stream tracks, which is something we can find hard sometimes, but working with labels like Strictly Rhythm & Nothing Else Matters helped give us confidence in that you can only do you, your sound, your vibe, and this has really helped with us honing our tracks.

The latest single to arrive from Apexape is ‘Whiskey & Cola’, again another single which has went down a treat with fellow artists and fans. What is it like to get support from across the music industry?

It has been great to get such an impact again with the single, and especially to see the array  of different DJs supporting on the radio and in their sets. We love it when our music goes out and pulls in different audiences than your track before. It’s great when not only house Dj’s but bass Dj’s and Tech Dj’s are dropping your track in their sets or mixes and you can see the tunes versatility.

Can you tell us a little about how the track came about? How did you produce the track in the studio in terms of melodies, bass lines etc?

Before we got Carla involved, we had the track in our sets with another sample on it and it was getting really good reactions when we played it out, the tune was bit more drum machine vibes back then. Once Carla delivered the vocal on it, we could hear it was going to work even before we’d even laid it out on the track. Ben jumped on the Moog and added the synth line which sounded perfect and gave it that computer game sound that made the track really click for us.

I also wanted to touch on your studio set-up. Is there a key piece of software or hardware which you always go to when in the studio?

We are big fans of the Moog Sub-37 and used it a lot for W&C, but there’s so much to use, software wise these days that every time you get a new plug-in you want to use it straight away. Native instruments has too much to offer, you can get lost in its sound banks for days!!

Looking towards the future then, what can fans of Apexape expect to hear in terms of tracks coming up to the Summer months?

We’ve got a release coming up with Armada Subjekt and Armada Deep this summer & we are kicking off our Label Monkey Temple so really excited about pushing our sound and others with similar vibes out for 2018/2019

Is there anything in the future months that Apexape is most looking forward to, whether it be club shows or festival performances?

We just got back from the mighty Snowbombing festival, this year we got to play alongside Sonny Fodera, Jax Jones, Disciples and the LEGEND ‘EZ’.. It’s always a good laugh  and we recommend to anyone who has not been, STRONG VIBES EVERY YEAR !!!!!

Finally, what do you both hope to achieve over the next few years? Is there a stand out achievement you hope to gain?

Just to keep putting out tracks and hopefully people still like what there hearing!!

For more information on Apexape: 
https://www.facebook.com/apexaperecords/
https://twitter.com/ApexapeLDN
https://soundcloud.com/apexape

Apexape Long

Apexape

UK based duo Apexape have been creating a huge buzz around their name. With some serious firepower released from them, including the huge hit ‘Joy & Pain’, they have been performing some huge shows and releasing plenty of quality music over the last few years. Catching up with them, they talk about getting into dance music as well as receiving support from major artists, their studio tips and a whole lot more. Check it out below.

Apexape is a duo rising through the Tech House and House scene with some serious tracks being released over the last few years. Can you tell us a little about how the duo came about?

We’ve been good mates for over 10 years, we started by putting on club nights around Bristol and whilst Djing at our events we found that we liked a lot of the same music which was the start of us producing together. After hearing “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?” on Dirty Bird records that was when Tech House came to the forefront of our sets and we haven’t looked back!!

In terms of influence for your music, do you draw that from your home cities Bristol and London, or is there another influence which really decided what direction to go in?

Apexape.

Klaud – Im from South West London so garage was a big part of my life growing up. Lots of garage and grime artist lived around where I grew up  so that was a big influence on me. My Secondary school Elliott in Putney was home to acts such as Hot Chip, Mark Brown Cr2, Jamie XX, Joe Goddard, who all started off there. London & Bristol both have so many music scenes to draw from. We are in lucky position and try to take advantage of this as much as possible

Ben – Growing up in Bristol I was heavily into Drum&Bass which was an amazing thing to experience there back in the day – those sounds and vibes are still the blueprint of where I draw a lot of influences from.

I wanted to touch first on the huge single ‘Joy & Pain’ which was released in 2016. What was the feeling like to get such a good reaction to the track when it was released?

We were blown away by the reaction, you never know what tracks are going to connect, and when the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong, and Danny Howard are all championing your track, you can only smile and be happy. It’s an amazing feeling to know that the record is connecting with people.

Apexape.

Since then, you have worked with labels such as Nothing Else Matters Records and the huge Strictly Rhythm label. Would you say that you have learnt much from working with these labels in terms of your musical direction, or in terms of your career as a whole?

I think most artists can struggle with walking the line between the underground and more main stream tracks, which is something we can find hard sometimes, but working with labels like Strictly Rhythm & Nothing Else Matters helped give us confidence in that you can only do you, your sound, your vibe, and this has really helped with us honing our tracks.

Apexape.

The latest single to arrive from Apexape is ‘Whiskey & Cola’, again another single which has went down a treat with fellow artists and fans. What is it like to get support from across the music industry?

It has been great to get such an impact again with the single, and especially to see the array  of different DJs supporting on the radio and in their sets. We love it when our music goes out and pulls in different audiences than your track before. It’s great when not only house Dj’s but bass Dj’s and Tech Dj’s are dropping your track in their sets or mixes and you can see the tunes versatility.

Can you tell us a little about how the track came about? How did you produce the track in the studio in terms of melodies, bass lines etc?

Before we got Carla involved, we had the track in our sets with another sample on it and it was getting really good reactions when we played it out, the tune was bit more drum machine vibes back then. Once Carla delivered the vocal on it, we could hear it was going to work even before we’d even laid it out on the track. Ben jumped on the Moog and added the synth line which sounded perfect and gave it that computer game sound that made the track really click for us.

Apexape.

I also wanted to touch on your studio set-up. Is there a key piece of software or hardware which you always go to when in the studio?

We are big fans of the Moog Sub-37 and used it a lot for W&C, but there’s so much to use, software wise these days that every time you get a new plug-in you want to use it straight away. Native instruments has too much to offer, you can get lost in its sound banks for days!!

Looking towards the future then, what can fans of Apexape expect to hear in terms of tracks coming up to the Summer months?

We’ve got a release coming up with Armada Subjekt and Armada Deep this summer & we are kicking off our Label Monkey Temple so really excited about pushing our sound and others with similar vibes out for 2018/2019

Is there anything in the future months that Apexape is most looking forward to, whether it be club shows or festival performances?

Apexape.

We just got back from the mighty Snowbombing festival, this year we got to play alongside Sonny Fodera, Jax Jones, Disciples and the LEGEND ‘EZ’.. It’s always a good laugh  and we recommend to anyone who has not been, STRONG VIBES EVERY YEAR !!!!!

Finally, what do you both hope to achieve over the next few years? Is there a stand out achievement you hope to gain?

Just to keep putting out tracks and hopefully people still like what there hearing!!

For more information on Apexape:
https://www.facebook.com/apexaperecords/
https://twitter.com/ApexapeLDN
https://soundcloud.com/apexape

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