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Interview: Bits n’ Bobs

Hailing from Canada, the duo Bits n´ Bobs joins the new SNOEflakes with their banging tune “Fell To Dust”. Slightly dirtier in their style, the track is packed with energy and prime time drum work creating the perfect space for a tight synth and playful elements. We had a chat with the guys about their approach for making music, how they met and the music scene in Toronto.

 

Hei Bits n’ Bobs. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, how are you?

Hey guys! Thanks for having us! We’re buzzing about Monday’s release!

We are very much looking forward to your track “Fell To Dust” that is released tomorrow as part of the new SNOEflakes. What would you say is the essence of the track?

We wanted to make a track that was dirty and club-ready, while keeping an interesting and melodic atmosphere. The airy vocal chop blended with a mix of playful synths allowed us to achieve this goal. We’re very excited to have this track as the debut of this new collaborative project.

How did you start making music together?

We’ve been in the Toronto club scene together since 2013, going under separate aliases as solo projects for years. We frequently collaborated on tracks across a wide range of genres from trap, house, hip hop, and even experimental electronic. We recently decided to unite under the alias Bits n’ Bobs to explore a new tech-ier area for us, and we’ve been loving it.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?

Fun, bouncy tech house that mixes club energy with experimental sounds and atmospheres. That’s actually our tagline: “Experimental Energy”.

You have a very special name, is there a special story behind it?

We have always loved having silly names that are rooted in inside jokes, so an explanation would take away from the mystery 😉 . We can, however, tell you that Ronen is Bits and Eli is Bobs.

And can you tell us a bit about your musical background?

We have both been very passionate about music from a young age, listening, collecting, playing, and creating. Eli is actually a piano teacher, and is classically trained from a very young age. This definitely helps a lot in creating harmonies/melodies/rhythms as we don’t spend as much time figuring out the musical theory side of music composition.

How much time do you spend in the studio?

This varies greatly, to be honest. Sometimes we hit gold and spend hours and hours for days and days creating a song. And of course with that comes listening to the song in the car hundreds of times until our ears are numb. But then sometimes we hit a creative block and don’t make music for weeks. We usually try to mess around in a blank Ableton file a couple times a week.

What is your favourite toy for making music?

It’s so hard to pick one that stands out from the rest, but Omnisphere is a fantastic synth (with a gigantic file size) that probably out-performs all others we know about. And of course everyone loves Sausage Fattener!

What is the one thing you can’t be without in the studio?

Motivation. You probably were expecting a material item but honestly no will = no music. It’s a process we don’t like to force.

 

And what is the one thing you do not want in your studio?

Other responsibilities! It’s the worst when you have an idea in your head but you’re busy for the next few days so you put it off until you forget it. We like going into the studio with clear minds and no “background issues”.

What are your guilty pleasures?

EURODANCE. Seriously… how did that genre die out? It’s so melodic and funky and there are so many eurodance tracks that are way more interesting and well-made than some generic techno we hear today. Shame that no one appreciates it as a genre! (At least here in North America)

How would you describe the scene where you live?

To be honest, Toronto is a pretty bad scene. We have maybe 3 venues that kind of get worse and worse. The city shuts down indie venues, so we mostly have Top 40 clubs. There is a lot of great Toronto local talent, it’s a shame that no one gets a chance to shine due to poorly managed promotion companies who place the actual music last and money first. We’re hoping to maybe change that in the future.

Any place you would like to play that you haven’t been yet?

There are many places we’d love to play in but Berlin probably shines the greatest. We’ve heard many great things about the clubs (including the infamous Berghain!), and we think it would be a great experience.

What do you drink when you play?

Water! Then a nice craft IPA when our set is over.

How do you balance music and everyday life?

With full time jobs, we sometimes struggle to find time to focus solely on music, but we get it done. It’s our passion so any chance we get, we hop into the studio. We also live a little bit far away from each other so we mostly collaborate over Splice, but also meet up for those long 8 hour sessions once in a while.

What’s in store for you over the next few months?

We have tons and tons of new music, from completed projects ready to go, to simple loops of ideas. We’d love to put together an EP in the near future. Fell to Dust was actually written many months ago, so we feel like our style and sound has made a lot of progress since then.

What is your favourite Norwegian word? 😉

Skål!

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