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Exclusive Interview With DFUX: Meet George & Joss

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Exclusive Interview With DFUX: Meet George & Joss

What first drew you into music production and house production in particular?

We both started from the bottom with no idea on how to produce music, we knew what we wanted to write as the ideas were in our head, so it was only a matter of time before we acquired the skills to write exactly what we hear. We have both had our fair share of late nights hibernating in our room studying writing production techniques online, YouTube was our main source of information giving us inspiration to a higher level. House music is the core of our writing as it’s our favourite genre and we are drawn to it. The hardest part was trying to find our signature sound and after weeks of experimenting, we managed to find a happy medium between Deep & Future house. We focus on keeping our tracks commercial but also club worthy at the same time, although house is our main genre this doesn’t mean we won’t release other genres in the future 😜.  Our influences are Disciples, DJ Snake & Niko The Kid.

Coming from one of the greatest cities on earth (London) do you feel inspired by the heritage and beautiful historic scenery? Also, do you have any favourite clubbing spots?

Although we don’t live in the city of London, the studio is based on the suburbs but we are in and out of the city all the time and we love the fast paced lifestyle, the historic buildings are sight and you cannot help but see them every time we visit! Our inspiration for writing music has been a mix of different cultures, after living in Spain for many years we are open to all styles of music!

Our favourite clubs in London are Electric Brixton/ Fabric and Ministry of Sound.

 

Your latest track “Vacancy” is produced to perfection! how did you manage to develop such great mixing skills in such a short time?

We both discovered we suffered from OCD in different ways throughout our lives and it still rubs off in the studio, down to the smallest detail, it will eat at us until we get every element of a track perfect.  We could spend hours mixing a single kick drum!  Our best method to get our track to sound the way we want is by comparing them to other professionally released tracks in the same genre.  We will compare our track against three others on the monitors/ car stereo/ surround sound/ headsets and earphones.  It’s strange when we listen to our track on different sound systems because you can forever hear issues in the EQ, so you have to come to a happy medium where you sacrifice certain frequencies for the sake of a balanced track.

What is your studio setup like?

Our studio is our sanctuary, it has only what we need to write music. The heart of the studio is the Apple MacBook Pro Laptop which is plugged into a 27inch LCD monitor, for sound we have a pair of Yamaha HS7’s which are plugged into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 soundcard, A Rode M3 Condenser Microphone for recording vocals and we use a Roland D-50 Keyboard for midi and that’s it! Majority of the tools we need are on the software (VST’s/ FX).

 

How did you meet?

We met in Spain over 10 years ago.  We attended the same school and became really good friends! Although our common interests were different we both had a passion for electronic dance music, we’ve always expressed our ideas by beatboxing and humming melodies.

After we finished school we returned to the UK to continue our studies and went our separate ways in life.  Six years later we decided to catch up and met in McDonald’s, after 10 minutes we were both shocked on how our interest in music had developed, both studying writing and music production we knew we had to collaborate after we completed our first track we decided to join forces and project DFUX was born!

 

Could you tell us more about your creative processes?

All our ideas are original and made from scratch. We normally start by humming a melody or a bass pattern in our head, every day we are sending each other voice notes on Whatsapp, It’s funny because we will literally start humming loud in public places and we’ve had a few looks aha 😂.  Once we get back to the studio we write what we hear in the DAW (Logic Pro X).  Over time we have learned to become destructive and not to get attached to a certain sound, we are always prepared to delete an entire project if we feel that it’s not up to standards.

 

2017 has just passed us, how would you summarize 2017? Did it turn out the way you expected it to?

We officially started project DFUX late November 2017 and we honestly can’t believe how fast we have put everything together.  Our original goal was to finish two tracks by January 2018 but somehow we managed to complete and release four tracks! Also building our online presence on social networks/ YouTube/ official website/ professional graphics artwork and photos which has now given us a solid foundation to build on!  Our support so far has driven us to succeed and will not stop until we grow our fan base exponentially and get our music played internationally.

 

2018 has just began, what are your goals for the new year. Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?

Our main focus this year is to launch our music to a larger audience, to do so we will be branching out by collaborating with other known artists and also cutting a few remix’s which will really help with exposure.

We are planning to shoot two music videos this year which we are really excited about! We will also be organizing clubbing events which will be scheduled on our website, so if you want to be part of this movement please support us by following us on Instagram and Facebook and watch out for our latest release!

 

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