1. Growing Up
Amine Edge: I was very young and curious about this art called music – was fascinated about house garage, techno, ambient and all the electronic genres.
Dance: My big sister taught me about rap music when I was 12. Then I started to get interested in rap and R&B from the USA. I was listening to it every day, until I decided to produce my own music.
AE: My favourites are the classics – from Prodigy and Chemical Brothers for big beat to Armand van Helden and Todd Terry for house. I’m very nostalgic about my childhood passion for music. The hip hop scene now influences me more – [artists] like Problem, A$AP Rocky or Tyga.
D: My favourite musician ever is R. Kelly. He’s like my dad [laughs]. I’ve listened to him every day since I was really young. Otherwise I love hip hop, and A Tribe Called Quest. Slum Village was the first rap group I was into.
3. Your Crew
AE: My crew is only Dance and me. But we work with many homies on tracks, like Kenny Dope, MK, DJ Sneak, Roger Sanchez, Tough Love, et cetera. My ‘shitty day job’ is when I go home after gigs and work on my computer to organise some logistics shit like remix schedules or label organisation.
D: Our crew is Amine, me, and Max our agent/manager/father/big brother. We work with a lot of house artists like Amine said, and I’m actually still working with French rappers like Deen Burbigo. I do some secret shit with my homie Ikaz as well – shhhh!
4. The Music You Make
AE: All we play is house, dirty, hip hop-inspired, real and ballsy. We play lots of unreleased bangers from us and from our label CUFF; most of the tracks we play now will be out one year afterwards. Just enjoy the moment.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
D: There are a lot of amazing producers in this game who inspired me, like Justin Martin, MK, Chris Lorenzo… but I actually listen to rap and R&B all day long. So at the moment I’m into Drake, R. Kelly, Jhene Aiko and Gucci Mane.
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