In anticipation of the Glamcult + Zalando afterparty tonight, we spoke to the DJs lined up to impress. Supplying their own contemporary music style by merging an eclectic mix of genres, we asked the deadHYPE to delve into the process behind their mastery. Counting their first priority as making “music that makes you want to dance” (which we highly approve of), the British duo—formed by Bernard and Christopher—reflects on keeping an open mind and mixing the sounds they gathered while trotting the globe.
You incorporate a lot of different genres into your sets. How do you manage to bring it all together?
B: I think the common theme is music that makes you want to dance, regardless of genre. Experimenting with dance music over the 20th/21st century, across the globe, very emotional, highly melodic music.
C: The reward of enjoying music is that it comes from literally any source, any genre, and any period in time. We merge all of these sounds into what we stand by: energy, emotion and rhythm.
What made you want to move to Amsterdam / start creating music? Being British, what do you incorporate from the UK music scene into your sound?
C: Having been around for the years of Club 11, I saw so much of what I had learned and experienced back home, but all with a distinctive Amsterdam twist. It always stayed a fertile breeding ground for creative innovation, with doorways open to the rest of Europe. Taking everything from beats, bass, grime, breaks, post-dubstep, techno and broken beat from the UK felt very natural, and deadHYPE became an expression of not just the UK, but also a global community.
You made a series of sets called Cameron’s Britain—can you elaborate on this?
B: Cam’s Britain was a satirical political statement. We started the series because we thought of David Cameron as quite the clown as a politician. By the time we got to Zone 4, the Brexit drama started, and as British expats, we wanted to raise awareness with the mix as to how devastating Brexit was for most people.
You recently did a video for Glamcult, a recap of our launch party at De School. How does your video work relate to music?
C: The power and emotion that music arouses is a force on its own, but the element of visual display gives such realness to the sound. Capturing raw and unadulterated moments everywhere we go just has this synergy when combined with music. For us, they really live together as art.
What artists inspire your music a lot / what current artists do you like listening to?
B: As I recently moved to Berlin, I am really inspired by the scene over here. Artists like Dis Fig and Ziúr, but also I’m really into UK road rap, like M Dargg and Grizzy. Salute is a staple when I play.
C: This summer I spent a lot of time in Seoul, and the wealth and diversity of the artists out there was unbelievable. The Alter Ego crew, JNS, APRO, J.fitz, Akimbo—so many sounds from one small but amazing community. On the regular, I always keep my ears on what the likes of someone like GIRLUNIT is pushing out. It’s all about the diversity for me, and he does it masterfully.
What do you have planned for tonight’s party?
I think we are going to do a classic deadHYPE set; going through a range of BPMs, and probably ending the night with dancehall.
What song (old or new) do we really have to listen to?
B: I don’t even have words for how beautiful I find this track.
C: This track…over and over again: