10 Questions with ... DVBBS
October 27, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
1) Who are DVBBS?
Chris: My name is Chris.
Alex: Alex, and we're brothers. I'm 18 months older. More a love child, first, (LOL) named after both my grandparents because I'm special ... nah, I'm just kidding.
2) Before we get into some questions about music who won the arguments?
Alex: He's pretty good at arguing.
Chris: He'll use violence, and I'll use my brain.
Alex: He likes mind games, and I'm like, I'll just kill you or something. You know? (LOL)
3) I asked Krewella the same question, and they started arguing about who won the arguments.
Chris: That's why our business is A1, so we'll fight it out but still come together in the end.
Alex: I think literally, the only person who knows is Greg. He's seen us arguing in front of other people and they're like, "These guys are about to break up." But we're not like, nah, it's not even a big fight. It's about nothing.
4) How did the two of you end up deciding to make music together?
Chris: We did everything together. We were kind of forced into it.
Alex: Yeah, our parents, after they split up, were just lazy; they didn't want to split up their duties, so we had to play soccer at the same time. Chris got a guitar, then I got a guitar. He didn't want to play the guitar so he got drums, I didn't want to play drums so I played guitar, then we started a punk band.
5) Did Chris start DJing, then you Alex started DJing?
Alex: No, he went to the University so we had period of time where were kind of like split off. He was learning more of the production, and I was still songwriting, so I was sending him my a cappella vocals. We were doing more reggae stuff then, so it was like remixing kind of reggae vocal Sublime-type tracks. It was cool; it was interesting.
Chris: Growing up in Canada, the dance scene there, there was no such thing as dance music -- the only thing we knew about dance music was something called Gino beats -- and it would be kind of like a joke. We would laugh at people when we were like eight, nine, 10 years old. If someone (imitates beats) ... listens to Gino B's it was like Euro music. Because we were European, we grew up in Europe when we were young, so we knew it, but to all our friends, they had so much ignorance towards anything that wasn't Rap or Rock.
Alex: Or Mainstream ... Eminem.
6) One of the biggest songs a couple years ago was "Tsunami;" you guys did that with Borgeous? How'd you end up meeting?
Chris: Yes ... and with Tinie Tempah as well.
Alex: We moved to California four years ago and John, who is pretty big in the promoter world, was introducing us to a lot of cool people in the scene way back in the day when we first moved to the U.S. We were just Canadian kids trying to make it, and he was just really cool and he was already in the DJ world. Hollywood is a pretty big hub to get into; it's pretty interesting, like the whole world. He sent an idea over that we loved and worked on. It came out of nowhere, to be honest, that's the coolest part about it.
Chris: It was kind of ... fate. We were probably living in a new house in California for about three months at the time, every day just sitting down writing songs, and why I say fate is because we had just written the demo for what was to be "Gold Skies," so that was sent off to the label. We love it, Sander van Doorn loves it and he's going to work on it. Then the song ends up getting released a year later. So what happened was, when we finished that song and sent it off to Spinnin' and that song got us signed for the future. Then, we were working on the next song to get released because we didn't know the release date, so when we finished "Tsunami" and sent it to them, we had just sent them a hit a week earlier, and then we just sent them this next hit. So Spinnin' was like, "Whoa! we're putting this online tomorrow ASAP!" so it was really kind of fate how these songs got signed to Spinnin', like "Gold Skies" and the next week, "Tsunami." It was really fate because we've been working so hard in L.A. to write hits...
7) "Gold Skies" was big! Talk about delivering hit records to Spinnin' ... "Never Leave" is the new single...
Chris: Yeah, it's doing really, really well. It's already charting on a number of iTunes Top 100 charts across the world. Right now, we're not really focusing on positions where the song is. This is more of an iTunes record, so it was a real new experience for us going in with MTV, iTunes and Apple Music. We're just collaborating with all these new upcoming companies. 2016 is going to be so interesting -- especially with what happens with the album.
8) You did a tour with the Adventure Club? They're crazy ... you guys seem crazy. I had Adventure Club at an event in Atlantic City that I do every year called Summer Sessions and before they're getting ready to go on stage, we had about 50 radio programmers with us, and they start saying, "Let's do shots of Jagermeister, but it wasn't normal shots, but like half a cup!
Alex: Those guys are fucked in terms of drinking. Stay away! They will drink and play for 10 hours at a time. They drink a lot.
Chris: Jagermeister especially! I hate that and they love it.
9) I saw a post on Twitter, I guess you guys were kind of mad at Uber for a second and you were going to create your own driving company called Weezy on wheels?
Chris: We were little drunk! Maybe! We can! We have a lot of dreams and goals we want accomplish. Some might happen, some might not because we're stoners ... and stoners like to talk a lot about their ideas when they're high. It has potential. We'll see where it goes.
10) For your fans who are not "follicly challenged" like I am, hair-care tips?
Chris: Moroccan oil if you have curly hair!
Alex: There it is!