Matt Halper and Eli Sones, which together form Two Friends have been making waves in the dance music industry for quite a while. The guys have continued to impress with their original productions, as well as with their remixes and have quickly becameÂ one the most promising dance music duos 2017. Tomorrow, they will be playing at the debut Dial It In event in Los Angeles and for this occasion, we’ve had the chance to have a little chat with them.
If you want to find out more, you can check out our exclusive interview below!
1) Hello guys. How have you been lately?
Been great! Really cannot complainâ been working on a lot exciting stuff this week and really looking forward to the shows this weekend.
2) So, letâs begin. Youâve already been in this industry for quite a while. How has the journey been for you up until this point?
Itâs definitely been an extremely fun journey, and weâre lucky that weâre each able to do this with our best friend. We grew up together in Los Angeles and even though we met when we were 12, it wasnât until the very end high school that we decided it could be fun to make music together. The past six years have been an amazing adventure. Weâre really excited for whatâs ahead, and we have so much to be grateful for. Itâs pretty crazy that what originally started just as âHey, youâre my best friend, letâs mess around with music and see what happensâ has turned into our careers and taken us all over the globe. We try to never take that for granted, and work as hard as we can to take advantage the opportunity we have in front us.
3) From your point view, right now, what is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
We order the same exact salads from the same place pretty much every single day weâre in the studio haha. But musically-speaking, maybe that we graduated college two years ago but neither us majored (or minored) in anything related to music. Matt did Product Design, and Eli did Human & Organizational Development.
4) Youâve recently released a brilliant remix for The Chainsmokersâ âBreak Up Every Nightâ. Can you tell us more about your rework?
Thank you! Itâs been awesome getting to know Drew & Alex from The Chainsmokers over the past few months- good dudes making good music. And when the opportunity to remix Break Up Every Night was presented, we knew it would be a great song to try to put our own Two Friends spin on- the vocal lent itself to some fun re-imagining. Matt whipped out the guitar, we had our friend Dave record a quick little sax part, and it all fell into place.
5) Typically, how long does it take you to make and perfect a remix/track until youâre ready to release it?
It really depends. In general, remixes are wayyyyy faster than originals, just cuz you already have the vocal to work with, and we typically already have a rough blueprint for how we want to re-work it whenever we take on a new song to remix. For original songs, youâre working with a totally blank canvas, which is course challenging, but at the same time extremely fun and rewardingâ going from writing a song in our basement studio to playing it at shows and having people sing along at the top their lungs is a pretty special feeling. For remixes, Iâd say they typically are in the range two to six weeks, and for originals, the quickest ones have been only a few months, but sometimes the initial ideas actually get started two or three years before itâs finally done. But itâs not like weâll work 24/7 on those individual songs for the entire two years haha- weâll bounce around between a lot projects simultaneously, or put it on the back-burner for a bit, or go through several re-imaginations.
6) Weâve seen that in just a few days, you will be performing at the debut Dial It In event in Los Angeles. What should we expect from your show? (tickets for the show are available )
So excited for this one. As we mentioned we grew up in LA (and we still live here now) so itâs always special playing here- nothing better than being able to have all our friends and family join us and get to see us do what we love. In terms the show, I think one word that could best describe it would be: energy. Of course a ton Two Friends music, some fun bootlegs and edits, a lot feel-good vibes, and overall just a night full energy.
7) Aside from this, what else do you have in store for the following months?
Itâs definitely an exciting time- weâve been writing and working on a whole boatload fun stuff, and we cannot wait to share it all with everyone. Doing a fun little remix next week, then we got our next single coming in the middle November (which we are insanely stoked for), and then a TON more music in the pipeline. And on the touring side, weâre also very pumped for some the upcoming shows in some new cities. 2017 has already been an amazing year, and weâre excited to keep all the momentum going into the new year and beyond.
8) We have one final question for you. With 2017 being almost over, can you tell us what has been your most memorable moment this year?
Thatâs a tough one. Iâd maybe say releasing the Out Of Love EP at the beginning the year. It was a great way showing what Two Friends is all about, which is how we wanted to come out the gates to start this past year, and weâve been humbled by all the feedback and love so far. Of course releasing our follow-up singles Emily & While Weâre Dreaming was also extremely memorable, but, especially since it was at the very beginning this year, the EP was a big moment for us that helped us know that 2017 would be special.
9) Thank you for your time!
Thanks for having us, canât wait for Saturday night!
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