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Q+A: Walker & Royce

The NY duo dive into the process behind their upcoming debut album

  • Valerie Lee
  • 14 July 2017
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Musically, there are some really interesting elements you guys added. Were there any specific musical influences that pushed your sound on 'Self Help'?

Well in keeping with the album theme, we wanted to use some overtly religious sounds, like choirs or organs. Other than that, we like to have some sort of glaring synth on a track. Doesn't matter exactly what it is, but something to grind the ears a bit in certain spots. We like that feeling. From there we wanted to use the sonic palette to write some other tracks that were a little off-beat or special and not just house tracks. Like for some more pop or accessible tracks but still involve the house sound as it is. We feature several vocalists who really nailed it.

Some might be surprised to hear that Papa Dirtybird himself Barclay Crenshaw actually had a big hand in working on this album with you two too. Tell me how he's been involved.

Barclay was the one who believed in us the most and pushed us to do it. We weren't thinking about doing an album at all until he suggested it. He is also very hands-on and honest about what we have been sending. He is obviously an amazing A&R and we listen to every suggestion he makes, as he's usually right.

Finally, when is the album out and what will you two be up to for the remainder of the year?

Album comes out in October. We have been putting together a tour for the album and are looking forward to taking a break from music to concentrate on some touring. At the end of the day we were DJs first and its why we do it all in the first place.

'Self Help' is out October 20 on Dirtybird. Buy their first single 'Take Me To Your Leader' here

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