Interview with RAVE GAME music producing duo BEAUZ

Pioneers of PsyPop, DJ duo, and brothers BEAUZ have shared their latest EP RAVE GAME via Fabled Records. The duo have worked with labels such as Monstercat, Ultra, Spinnin’Records, Armada Music since their inception a few years ago. The EP brings the upbeat energy and spirit of a rave in the comfort of your own space. Chopped basslines infiltrate and adventurous electronics collide this three-track work. The result is free-form dance music for all the party animals looking to move their hips against vibrant and pulsating beats. We chatted with this world-renowned producing act and got their thoughts on genre and inspiration.

EP title track ‘RAVE GAME’ features on the Spotify playlist EDM_GROUND.fm

How did it all start for you?

Growing up, we’ve always been in love with music and experimented with multiple instruments including vocals, piano, violin, guitar, and beatboxing. In high school, we were scouted and offered a deal from Universal to join a boyband, but after some consideration, our Mom and ourselves decided to turn down the offer to attend University. As the older brother, I (Bernie) was introduced to electronic music festivals during freshman year, and I immediately fell in love with the music and culture. 

I bought my first DJ controller but quickly realized that it wasn’t what I imagined because production is what I really wanted to do. Johan has previously experimented with making hip hop beats on FL during middle school, so when we lived together for one year from 2012 to 2013, I asked him one day: “yo, do you wanna make some music like Avicii???”. And from then on the rest was history.

Which three artists would you say made you want to create your own music?

Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris.

What is your go-to gear/equipment when creating?

MacBook Pro, Ableton Live 11, and Lacie external hard drive.

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

We’ve moved around a lot as kids, jumping back and forth between the U.S., Indonesia, and Taiwan. Every time we move we’re forced to adapt to new environments and cultures, which hasn’t always been easy, and ultimately became a major inspiration when it comes to making music. We learn everything ourselves and trail-blaze our own path, hence we respect artists who also go through the same. Our career has been a journey of self-discovery and constant experimentation. The ups and downs enable us to continuously evolve and better ourselves every day.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

Psy Pop (jk). We think pretty much every genre has its own audience now. If something’s underground and “cool”, we’re pretty sure its audience doesn’t want it to get more attention either.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

BVRNOUT, Linney, Heleen.

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

2021 New Year’s Eve in Ocean Park, Hong Kong. After spending more than a year in China where there were very few festivals due to Covid, we were absolutely blown away by the passion and energy from a packed “rave”. It was the best performance of our career.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

We’ve recently reunited with our family in Indonesia, whom we haven’t seen in two years. Spending time here allows us to reset and think about our next moves. We are planning lots of releases including club tracks, dance-pop tracks, and collaborations with artists from all over the world.

Famous last words?

We represent the underdogs and we’re in it for the long run. Learn to love the struggle and embrace stepping outside your comfort zone. Don’t compare yourself to others, just be better than yourself from yesterday.

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