By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY – Dirtyphonics began with fairly simple goals: make music and always try new things. The electronic trio consisting of Charly Barranger, Julien “PitchIn” Corrales and Julien “Pho” Lignon formed in 2004 and began touring four years later. The Parisian act was fuelled by a collective love of drum and bass, alongside their individual passions of heavier music, coupled with the emerging sounds like Daft Punk and Pendulum.
“We wanted to bend genres, blend vibes and sounds together and take it a notch further. Back then, we were really excited about the perspective to release music on [United Kingdom] labels and share our music, show who we are,” writes the group, answering collectively via e-mail from the road.
“We wanted to create a unique show and tour the world. All of this we can check off of our bucket list. The back bone of it hasn’t changed, only the scale of it has.”
Now, having recently celebrated a decade of touring, they’re grateful that they have been able to share their music with millions of people, travel the world and experience other cultures.
“The best of all is that we inspire people to follows their dreams, be better people and we have created something bigger than us, a medium for people to escape, get energy from and take life a little less seriously. Once you’ve accomplished yourself, being able to take people with you on a journey is the best reward.”
Successfully melding their seemingly disparate loves of metal and electronica, the group is malleable enough to have been featured on numerous record labels. With releases on heavy hitters like Atlantic, Warner and Sony, to classic drums and bass labels like RAM and Viper, all the way over to deadmau5’s own label mau5trap or Buygore, they’ve been thriving. Additionally, their heavy-hitting adaptable sound has caught the ears of a huge range of artists from across the genre spectrum for the purpose of remix work.
“Each collaboration or remix has been very different from one another,” they write. “Once again it’s all about the human connection and the music. It goes from taking three years and many different versions to write “Watch Out” with Bassnectar to remixing Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” in 48 hours. And then out of no where Marilyn Manson’s team reaching out to say he wants you to remix “Slo-Mo-Tion.””
Dirtyphonics latest release Vantablack EP also showcases their collaborative, adaptable nature. The trio befriended Los Angeles based artist Sullivan King several years ago, and clicked right away, aided by the fact they all speak French. The quarter knew they wanted to get into a studio together. After penning their first song, ideas flowed forth. Much of the resulting EP was released at the same iconic studio where Metallica wrote 1991’s Metallica, known colloquially as The Black Album.
“We chose to push the envelope further and really mix the metal and rock vibe, sounds, and recording techniques within the bass music environment. We tried some new things and it gave us a platform to showcase who we really are.”
With all this already under their belt, the group is determined to continue to continue pushing themselves and their work to new levels, and seem well equipped to accomplish whatever new goals they may set for themselves.
“What started as a couple dudes making music together opened so many more horizons and the dream grows bigger – we’ll never set a limit to what we can do.”
Catch Dirtyphonics at the Palace Theatre on July 14 [Calgary]Dirtyphonics, Palace Theatre