LOL Boys, what do say about LOL Boys? Unique, uninhibited, experimental, crazy, composed, freestyle, light hearted, playful electronic music from Canadian and LA based composers/ orchestrators/ musicians/ artists. I’m really no good at these intro’s but for reals LOL Boys are a big part of a more experimental brand of electronica making it’s way into this and the subsequent future.
Introductions first, who are you guys and where are you from originally?
Markus lives in Montreal, Quebec Canada and is a virgo. Jerome lives
in Los Angeles, California and is a Cancer. But we are both citizens
of the internet.
Now, I know you two met on an internet message board and collaborated for a remix competition. Is it a place you’d recommend to aspiring producers or up and comers?
Weirdly enough we didn’t meet on an actual music forum. See, We were both avid fans of fitness and working out and met on a forum for that kinda stuff. There was a section on tunes you play when you work out and we noticed we both were into dj-ing and producing from that…
Not really an ideal place for producers or up and comers. More if you want to get into power lifting or need a good protein shake recipe.
Any up and comers that you can recommend?
Floyd Campbell, Dj Soulja Man, Rhythm Method, Dj Funeral, Goldffinch,
Octo Octa, Mokona, Mess Kid, Baauer, Morri$
Total musical freedom is obviously important to you. Who have been some names that have encouraged this and helped get you exposure all in the same?
We just wanted to make tunes and have a good time. We both are crazy about music and pull influences from so many sources so our sound is really hard to define but there is a definite vibe and energy we try to put in to everything we do!
Blogs. How would you say that they’ve propelled electronic music to what it is today?
To a certain extent blogs/bloggers were very important and have changed the face of music journalism. Print mags like Fact, Urb and Xlr8r have become blogs now. They are definitely beneficial to the music scene as far as creating exposure and awareness. Things like tumblr and soundcloud have changed where people go to dig up music as well as sites that just pull info from every blog and re-blog. Now though as the internet continues it’s evolution we’ll just have to sit back and watch the progression.
Visually, your videos, your cover art, bills and overall web presence has a pretty distinct and unique style. Whats the influence?
Our visual aesthetic came from us just searching the far reaches of the internet. We really wanted to create a visual world for our music. Even if it’s not personally what the listener or fan visualizes when they listen. We wanted to give them something. It used to be if you liked a band you’d get a cd or lp filled with imagery. Or you’d get cool flyers or pins. We wanted to do the same, give the people something semi tangible.
The internet artwork is a reflection of our place in the music world. We are on the internet and we have an internet based moniker. We use the internet to make songs. We both also actually went to university for artistic related majors.
How big a part are visuals to your live sets?
We haven’t worked on incorporating it yet. We are definitely into the idea and often think about how to fit it in. We’ve also been asked to do art shows and have videos and print outs of our imagery. Something we’d love to do.
You guys are based hundreds of miles apart, there are no doubt some obvious advantages and disadvantages to this but how ofter will you meet for a live show?
Actually, it’s pretty easy for us to meet for shows. It’s just 2 plane tickets. We’ve done a bunch of shows together and bunch separately. We definitely prefer to play together. It’s just a lot of fun. Yeah, sometimes being far apart has it’s disadvantages but it’s best just to focus on the positive side of things and keep doing what we do.
Is production a higher priority for LOL Boys in the new year? Or live shows? To the point, what’s in store for the new year?
We’ll have at least 2 new eps this year. Probably a lot more collaborations. One of our collaborations will be out next month on Unknown to the Unknown. It’s a collabo with Hot City and the ep is called “LOL CITY”. Our highly sought after bootleg of T2’s ”Heartbroken” aka “Moments in Heartbreak” is out the next day (feb.14th). We’ll have a new og track on the templar compilation sound cd. We definitely want to play a lot more. And write a ton more music. So, both are equal priorities.
The intro track ‘List Them’ off Bubbes is something that I play all the time. It strikes me as subtle genius. Just curious as to what the thought was behind the making of the track.
When we first started the EP we had a track called “POP THEM”, then
we had ”ROLL THEM”, so every song we decided to name it “________ THEM”. So, “List Them” is just us singing the track titles to every song.
And at the moment I’m really digging Grown Folks stuff. How’d they come to remix your ‘Runaways?’ Did they contact you or vise versa?
Markus used to throw parties with Drew from Grown Folk. When Drew started Grown Folk with Brendan, We edited there first tune “Steady Moving” and they wanted to return the favor so, we sent over ”runaways”. They’re a really awesome producers/dj’s and good friends.
We’ve collaborated on a few tunes and will probably continue.
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