– Hey guys, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. How did you guys first meet? Was it through a shared love of music?
We actually grew up together in Cape Town, South Africa. We have known each other since the tender age of 10. It was only years later, however, after having produced music in different projects and genres that our mutual love for African house music brought us together and we started to play around with textures and sounds.
– So, what’s the thinking behind the DOOS project then?
After testing the production waters as a team in Cape Town for a couple of months, we both moved to Sydney and Seoul respectively. Due to our history as friends, our ability to work as a team and our similar taste in house music sub genre’s we decided to give the long distance relationship a chance J. Initially we wanted to create music for the dancefloor – big basslines and sharp synths – a sound that will kick the energy up a notch. Our style is slowly maturing and this will be manifested in a darker and more African future sound.
– Your new EP is a pretty diverse listen. Was there a certain sound or attitude you wanted to convey with that project?
Usually the tracks we produce have some sort of connection to our past and lives in South Africa. The track ‘Hookers and Dips’ is based around our affection for big bass house, but as the track progresses you start to hear some psy trance and prog influences which we used to really love as youngsters – i guess we just got a bit carried away that day hehe, but we liked the outcome and thought it was interesting. ‘Need you’ on the other hand is a lot more conventional and emotive and our production sticks within the boundaries of conventional house music. All our production is about making the dance floor jam.
– When you go to the studio then, do you just go with the flow and see where the day takes you? Or do you go in with a plan in mind?
We like to go into the studio with some sort of idea on where we heading. We usually will have some sort of inspiration, musically or emotionally, and then just go with it. Once a basic idea is down – then we will go with the flow and let the ideas take me away.
– Talk me through the production of the track a bit. Is there any story behind it?
For Hookers & Dips, we wanted to create something unpredictable enticing the crowd into a kinda up and down journey. Careful and thought out arrangement and chord progression decisions helped to achieve this. For most tracks, we try to make our initial bass drops very unexpected. We enjoy the shock value that comes with making tracks like these – leaving the crowd saying “didn’t expect that one coming”.
– What pieces of hardware and software do you always rely on?
Surely we couldn’t give our secrets away could we? But at the moment we working entirely in the box and plan to incorporate more analogue gear in our future projects J. When it comes down to software, we’re big fans of u-he and Waves products.
– So how long have you been producing? Where are you at now in terms of where it is you want to be?
We have been producing for about 5 years. Daniel used to release Psytrance records and David used to produce a range of different electronic material from minimal techno to Tech-house. We have been working on the DOOS project for about 18 months. Initially we started making African House, but as we developed, we decided to make more throbbing house styles. In the future we plan to take our music back to our African roots, getting a little darker and more tribal. We haven’t even scratched the surface of where we want to be – not even dipped a toe in yet J
– And who does what when you’re producing?
Daniel usually sticks to the creative side, usually starting tracks and setting a platform. David then takes it to a new dimension and does the mixdown. Sometimes this process is mixed up a bit, but generally we follow this pattern. Using Dropbox to send files is not an easy process.
– You’re from Cape Town in South Africa, which I believe has a really cool drum’n’bass and deep house scene. Is that something you were involved with?
We used to be very involved with the drum ‘n bass and psytrance scenes about 8-10 years ago, There was some exciting stuff coming out of Cape Town, but as we grew older and our music palette matured and changed we changed our focus to house music. The deep house scene is very new and under developed in Cape Town – but it has come leaps and bounds and the parties there have become world class. One thing about Cape Town – no one can beat the energy of the dance floors and in the parties there – We hoping to immerse ourselves more in the scene there in the next couple of years. The African house scene there is something very special and it baffles us how there has been such little exporting of the talents, we hope to become more involved in that scene too in the future.
– How influential has South Africa been on your music then?
South African is influential on every part of our lives. Anyone who has been there will attest to its energy and spiritual character. Everything we know comes from the heart of Africa – especially our love for rhythm and music. Going overseas only sculpted our desires and honed our energy into a more international brand of house music culture.
– What’s the scene like there then? How does it compare to that in Europe?
As I said, its quite new and under-developed. There are a few pioneers there at the moment who are taking it to the next level in terms of event production and artist tours and after being there during January, it was mind blowing to see how far the scene has come – world class events with fantastic acts and phenomenal energy. Very exciting stuff.
– You live in Australia and South Korea respectively. What prompted the move? Musical reasons? Or personal?
Personal reasons mostly – experience, growth, maturity, David definitely went for a girl J hehe. No, the scenes in Oz and Seoul are advanced and the move has definitely had a very important influence on our musical development. We both plan to be back in South Africa producing together by the end of 2014.
– How does working together work then?
It’s tough. Working long distance has never been easy, but we are immersed in what we do and we have a very unique and solid understanding of each other and our skills and music in general; so we have made it work. Dropbox has definitely been a life saver, but it hasn’t made it less frustrating. We reckon once we are in the same city, we can pump out tunes quicker and easier.
– What’s next on the agenda for DOOS?
We will be launching our own Label, Delish Music, sometime later this year. We will be concentrating on taking our music into a darker and more tribal sphere of the house music genre. We are also doing plenty work for Korean and International labels and producers. We are planning to tour late in 2014. Big things Ahead!
Interview by David O’Donovan