How did you develop your signature future house sound?
Honestly, the sound I'm making right now is just a result of my musical influences and producing styles over the years. I started out with electro house where I learned how to make sick basses with Distortion plugins and after that I got into making some groove tracks. Those projects really helped me to develop the sense for layering, programing cool drums, and getting a solid sense of groove and energy.
The first track I tried all of these techniques on was "Malaka." With this track, I really wanted to do something that hadn't been done before. It was really just a matter of putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together and that's how the sound came about. It took about a little over a year, but it was the release of our remix of "Paralyzed" by Kill FM that made us realize that we had hit the spot by putting our sounds in a future house track. Currently I am really into a lot of funk and soul music, and I think you'll be able to see those influences in my upcoming productions!
Another interesting performance we had this year was at Arena Riga in front of six-thousand people! We were on stage with a live orchestra and some of the biggest Latvian artists! We've played in Poland a few times as well which was interesting because that crowd certainly knows how to party hard! There are so many talented producers from Poland, like we've played alongside Guy Arthur, previously known as ak9, and Cold One which were both fantastic experiences.
Apart from those larger gigs, we also visit ADE every year which is always the craziest week of the year. The first time we went, someone shot a video of me talking with Hardwell and it went viral! A lot of my classmates had seen it and recognized me from that clip which was really funny to have come back to school to. The next year, we had the privilege of getting positive feedback on our tracks by Kryder, Dannic, Corey James, Holl & Rush, Mightyfools and Dave Winnel. We felt like that was really the year that put us on the map because from then on, the DJ support has only kept growing bigger and bigger.
In 2016, Vion Konger played our track at Fonk Party at ADE and that marked the first time that we heard one of our tracks played on that legendary dancefloor. The track is still an unreleased ID but we'll release it someday! That week, we had a crazy fun time with our brothers, Loris Cimino and Math Sunshine. 2017 was the first year I was eighteen so I was finally able to get into some of the events that I wasn't able to attend before, like the Fonk Recordings Label Night and OWSLA Night. That year we managed to sneak into a private party where Merk & Kremont, Madison Mars, D.O.D and Blinders were playing which was super sick. This upcoming ADE should be the craziest one yet! Can't wait to go to back to Amsterdam!
What happened with your label, Reverse Recordings?
When we set out to start a label, we were not aware of how much work we would need in order to sustain the growth of the label and make it an established choice for producers to release their big room, groove, or future house tracks with us. In 2017, it became apparent to me that school would take too much of my time for us to be able to continue the time-consuming process of a running a label. We also wanted to focus our time and energy into producing better music, which has definitely paid off now that I'm looking back on it! The way we see it, there are so many people who are dedicating 100% of their time and effort into the business and label side of the scene. People like Robin Blaauboer from Chill Planet & Olosai, Jean-David Gandjeto from VXII & Trap Nation, Florian from Sick & Sound, and Lucas Pot from Break It Down are all doing amazing work supporting artists and promoting their music. Then there are people like Steve Void who is a beast, running Strange Fruits while also maintaining his solo career!
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
There are too many great people to name in this scene at the moment! From Sweden, we got Jonth who is totally killing with his latest tunes, and his unreleased tunes are even more sick! Definitely keep an eye out for him. From the UK, Conor Ross, Reece Taylor are two of the young guys who have shown that age isn't a factor in creating quality music. Tom Wilson has managed to turn his sound completely around and is making moves in the trap scene but in trap, my favorite trap producer is definitely Vosai. His music is just on another level and he has showed that you can come from nowhere and make big moves in the industry. I also love the stuff that Dirty Palm is doing because it represents its own niche of future bounce. I've seen a lot of people passing around rumors that we're working together on a track or two, but only time will tell if those rumors turn out to be true! Other producers who are doing great things right now are High 'n' Rich, Loris Cimino, Domastic, Joey Rumble, Tommy Jayden, Aiobahn, Laszlo, Jay Eskar and the list just goes on and on. Lastly, I would like to mention our manager Camille who has done a great work together with us to get me where I stand today!
Tell us about the future of RudeLies. What's coming next?
Right now, the other half of RudeLies, Daniel, is on a break for personal reasons. We will reunite in the future but for now, I'm carrying forward the RudeLies brand and sound. After "Animal" releases on Friday, there's going to be a new track with Reece Taylor called "Can't Stop" which will be coming out on Neon Fruits on the 2nd of November. Around the same time, there's going to be a huge remix dropping as well. I've also got some really big releases planned with some fantastic labels but I'm currently not able to share any of that information just yet! As far as DJing goes, I'm planning to go on tour very soon, so keep an eye on my socials to be the first to know when there's new RudeLies music coming out and which cities I'll be playing at next!
A huge thanks to Kristaps from Rudelies for taking the time to answer our questions. Be sure to follow him on social media using the links below!
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