INDEPTH001: Gran Calavera
We have some exciting things planned for 2015, and we’re so stoked to present you our new series ‘INDEPTH’.
This series intends to delve deeper into the depths of our featured artists musical taste, influences, own productions, secret gems, and dubs, and with no further adieu, we present to you:
INDEPTH001: GRAN CALAVERA
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, there’s no doubt these guys are one of Perth’s finest talents on the rise. With some serious tight mixing, and a distinct deep and atmospheric sound in their production, we thought we’d kick this off in style with our favourite locals!
We took a few minutes to talk to the guys, have a look below!
What’s good Josh/Tony! Let’s get straight to the point, for those who don’t know you, what is ‘Gran Calavera’ ?
Just a couple of blokes from the Southwest coast of WA exploring the boundaries of 170+ bass music. Trying to convey our sense of fun along the way!
Awesome, that puts things in perspective! How did you guys meet? Did you initially meet with the interest of making music together?
J – Well I met Tony when we were both still at home in the south west as a couple youths, but we never considered working together until much later. It was only when we were both studying and living in Perth that we discovered that we both share an interest in both, bass music and in the production of music.
Can you give us a quick walk through your mix?
The start is a bit of a sample of the genres we like to listen to outside of the world of bass music as well as a few of our musical influences. The second half is more 170 based, but each artist included has specifically had a long influence on us whether it’s a current track from them or a classic. A few exclusives in there too!
It’s a strong selection guys! It’s no doubt you guys certainly have a niche taste, which we froth! Has it always been this way or has it developed over the years?
J – Our sound has certainly developed over the years. We dabbled in different genres for a while but I think it safe to say that we feel right at home making D&B.
T – Yeah we kinda came full circle from where I started DJing in my teens. After exploring a lot of different styles and techniques, we were stoked that we ending up back at the place of rugged, groovy 170. I was obsessed with labels like Ninja Tune in my early teens, so the UK influence has always been fundamental.
On the note of groovy 170, if we were to give you $50 and the number to Pizza Hut, what would you get?
J – 15 Hawaiian pizzas. Deep pan.
T – I have an agreement with Josh that I cannot say anything about Hawaiian Pizzas…
Man knows what he wants, maybe we shouldn’t ask! I think it’s pretty agreeable across the boards that you guys are heading in the right direction, has there been anyone special to influence this?
Hugest of shouts to Ekko & Sidetrack for their (love) and guidance over the years. Even though our styles differ quite dramatically at times, it’s exciting to mould elements of our sounds together. They have a huge year coming too.
Also to Tom and the family Flexout Audio. They are open to anything fresh, and a real quality label on the rise!
And the Perth crew and promoters who know who they are!
Its so cool to see the city buzz so hard off your vibe! Moving into your production though, is there any sense of vision you guys are trying to push forth with your sounds?
J – It might not be much of a ‘vision’ but I think just keeping it fresh with our production and sound is what we are always trying to push. I feel proud to be apart of the D&B genre and the people associated with it and I want to do my best to bring different sounds and styles to the genre to help continue its evolution.
T – Josh definitely nailed it. We always tend to look back a bit to get that proper rough drum & bass sound that we love, but at the end of the day, to us, it’s all about groove and weight, and conveying a sense of fun that I believe sometimes the more minimal of bass music genres can lose a bit of.
Speaking of evolution, if you guys were to allocate each other an animal to represent your interpretation of one another what would they be? Why?
J – Tony = Cheezleshark
Get a box of Cheezles and find out…
LOL! Again, not sure if we should ask, but we will definitely put the theory to the test. Do you guys know the feeling when you sit there listening to a song in utter awe, analysing every sound in the production, are there any songs that stick out to you off the top of your head?
J – Synkro – Progression
Just one of those songs for me that I find another detail almost every time I sit down and listen to it.
T – Anything by Lapalux for me. The way he swims in textures and pitched vocals is astounding to me.
So this year is proving to be pretty awesome already for music, do you guys have any movements? Or we keeping it ninja?
Stoked to announce we are kicking off with a 4-track EP on Flexout Audio! Which is phenomenal considering we have yet to have a solo release, and an exciting collab with Ekko & Sidetrack forthcoming!
We have a feeling there will be a lot of cool things to come out of you guys in the near future that is for sure, furthermore, where do you hope to see yourselves heading in the next couple of years?
J – I hope we are able to continue releasing music and spending time in the studio and I plan to enjoy every minute of it!
Hypothetical situation, time in the studio is now time in a cage ring. Who’d win in a cage fight?
T – Easily Josh, have you seen the giant?
J – I wouldn’t be so certain.
It’d be some proper David vs Goliath business for sure! But seriously, again thank you so much for your time guys, what a mix to kick off the series with, you never fail to impress!
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
Strategy – The Bleep Test
Skittles – Shottin’ (ft. Fox)
Cypress Hill – Illusions
Jehst – Poison
A/T/O/S – Run
Mick Jenkins – Vibe
? – ?
Om Unit – Understand
Chimpo – Bun It (ft. Fixate)
>>>Hyroglifics – Set It
Temple – Knuckle Head (Gran Calavera Remix)
? – ?
Spectrasoul – Glimpse (ft. dbridge)
Survey – Inhale
Dub Phizix – Narrow Eyes (ft. Fox & Chimpo)
Bredren – Source Code
Response – Surveillance
Ivy Lab – Twenty Questions
Alix Perez & Sabre – Solitary Native
Break – Out Of Nowhere
Dub Phizix – Rainy City Music
Lenzman – Open Page (ft. Riya)
Stray – Matchsticks
Lapalux – Forgetting and Learning Again
Rob Dougan – Drinking Song
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