The Wax Sessions : NIGHTOWLS
NIGHTOWLS is returning to Texas this Saturday at Foam Wonderland in Dallas, TX to follow up on their massive success in Austin, TX. The Texas Rave Community definitely cannot get enough of this dynamic duo!
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I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with Andrew and Scotty from NIGHTOWLS when they flew into Austin to play their first festival Foam Wonderland alongside big names like Crankdat, Lookas and Borgeous in Austin,TX. I had been following them online for awhile and was an avid fan so I grasped at the opportunity to sit down and chat with them. They were nice enough to give me some of their time for a quick interview. We met up at a local favorite place called Whip-In before they headed to the event to crush 5000 eardrums and put on a hell of a show.
1. Is this your first time in Texas?
(Scotty) This is our fifth time in Texas. We’ve only been touring for 11 months and we’ve already hit Texas 5 times. Its pretty incredible to experience.
(Andrew) Yea, Foam Wonderland will actually be the biggest crowd we’ve ever played to so we’re a little nervous. We’ve played a lot of club shows with over a thousand people but Foam Wonderland will have about 5000 people present. We have a lot of festivals lined up for the year but this is the first one.
2. How long have you guys been in the “Game”?
(Andrew) In the music scene respectively like 5 years each but Scotty has probably been doing it longer
(Scotty) I’ve been making music since 2009 but I haven’t been good at making music till recently.
(Andrew) Yeah, I grew up playing drums and guitar but I was never really good at structuring songs or sound design till 2 years ago. Thats when this project started popping off.
(Nelson) Do you play any instruments Scotty?
(Andrew) He knows how to play Serum pretty well 🙂
(Scotty) I can play Serum pretty well yes. I don’t but I am really looking forward to getting piano down and learn this year. At Icon Collective, they teach you piano and keys so I had 9 months of training. They teach music theory, ear training and provide you with resources but they don’t really hold your hand. All the resources are there but its really what you make of it.
(Andrew) Ear training just comes with being a fan or playing music.
(Scotty) A lot of people don’t realize how good they are at ear training and recognizing key.
3. Its interesting. I find people who have usually been in bands or play an instrument write better with other people. How do you collaborate with somebody and how do you have that workflow with someone else to the point that both of you are happy?
(Andrew) Any artwork or form of collaboration is a good thing. Teamwork makes the dreamwork. For us having a collaborative team of artists that are all around the same level, work together and come up together really helps things pop off much faster.
(Scotty) Jimmy Hendrix wouldn’t have been who he was without all the other people around him.
“Two brains are better than one. Art doesn’t need to necessarily come from a single entity. That is the beauty of art and its cool to be able to work on a song in my environment and Andrew works in his own environment. We both have these two separate perspectives but it meshes really well together.”
(Andrew) Everyone thinks as a duo you need to write together but we send projects back and forth like 5 times in a day. Shoutout Splice! Personally, I like to be comfortable in my own studio and space. I have nice monitors and stuff but sometimes I don’t even use them and I like to write on my laptop sitting on my bed or couch. You don’t hear all the little nuances when youre writing that forces you to go and mix a song but I definitely encourage people to mix a little while they write as it helps the flow of things. Just remember not to get too lost and carried away mixing.
(Scotty) We use Splice a lot. Nowadays you don’t necessarily have to be in the studio. Sometimes when I go to the studio, its just producers taking snaps of themselves and then they’ll say “That was a good studio session. Send me that project file!”
4. So I was wondering if one of you guys had a kick you wanted to use but the other has different opinions, how do y’all decide on what to go with? Do you make bets?
(Scotty) We were working on a song last night and I sent Andrew a project file. He told me he had just deleted all the drums! But it’s fine.
(Andrew) Also goes to say for us, we have two totally different tastes. We like the same music but we like different shit too and it somehow comes together in the end.
(Scotty) Its like that fusion where its the best of both worlds. Being able to mesh genres together is the coolest thing ever and the meshing of different pivotal points in each genre.
(Andrew) Genre blending and genre bending. No one wants to hear the same dubstep song over again. Even the OG Dubstep guys are branching out.
(Scotty) I think music is at the point where it needs to be more innovative. Its at this point where there needs to be much more emotion in dance music and we totally want to be the ones to bring that to the table. Now I can tell when someone is using Serum in a song or a certain preset. Even if you make a sound in Serum, you can tell when they are using Serum. A lot of people now are using Reason and rewiring into Ableton to sound different because its getting to a point where everything is sounding the same. So now the only thing separating a musician from others is either they’re branding or their ability to sound completely different.
5. So I work in the industry and do a lot of online promo for artists. I have a burning question for you. Do you guys pay for promo?
(Andrew) No, we’re lucky enough to where we both have a lot of good friends that help promote our music. I’m not really against and I’m not saying we won’t do it in the future but where we are right now, we have not spent a single cent on promo.
(Nelson) Do you think its necessary today?
(Andrew) I think it is for certain releases. We haven’t released with many labels and we’ve been self releasing all our own music but we are moving towards releasing on labels and we finally have a management team. We did it all on our own for the longest time.
(Scotty) Eventhough its extremely stressful, I would suggest to other upcoming producers to manage yourself. We ran into a lot of barriers and obstacles. Its definitely worth it to wait and find the best match so you don’t get somebody who blocks you from potentially getting something greater. We’re not in any particular promo group or anything either. Andrew on occasion will go the extra mile to get our friends and other artists to support our track.
(Andrew) I guess were just really personable and we’ll usually try to answer our messages as soon as possible and suppor tracks we like.
6. I was reading Christina Boemio’s interview and she had mentioned that Andrew had given her a writing spot at a blog and that was how she had started her career in music. Could you elaborate on how that happened?
(Andrew) Oh yeah! Shoutout Boemio! That was actually how we had all met. We were making music and we all had also been blogging at the same time. We brought Christina on to help us and look at where we all are right now. Shes an artist manager for Slvyvll which is one of my favorite management companies.
(Nelson) Yeah and now shes managing artists for Buygore and stuff right?
(Scotty) She does day to day for a lot of artists now. It just goes to show that you never know who a person might become. You scratch someones back and some time down the road they’ll scratch yours.
Some follow up questions that were answered over email…
7. What are some practical goals for NIGHTOWLS in the next year?
Practical goals. hmmm. We definitely want to start releasing some of this music we’re sitting on, we’re exploring a lot of new sounds and are excited to share what we’ve been working on. We’d also like to tour outside of the US. Think Australia, New Zealand, South America, India and possibly China could all be attainable in the near future!
8. Who are your top 3 currently underrated producers?
Wow there are so many. Off the top of our heads, would definitely have to pick Fransis Derelle, Sunday Service and KLAXX. We’ve made a few tracks with Fransis, and he’s one of the easiest people to work with and is so talented cannot say enough good things about him. Sunday Service makes some of the dopest bass tunes out there and is on the brink of taking that project to the next level and we’re excited for them, and KLAXX is soooo good. They remind us a lot about ourselves coming up, good music, solid brand, really love the dudes and want to help them grow however we can!
9. Have you noticed any emerging trends of music that could really be a gamechanger in the future?
Definitely would be the emergence of mixing a DJ set with live instrument performance. It’s something we would like to adapt to in the foreseeable future and think it adds a great element to a show. Genre-wise, really think psy trance is going to make a big impact in mainstream EDM very soon.
Posted By: Nelson Mak