Interview: Polished producers PLEEG & Eyezic share ‘Dead Weight’

Image credit: PLEEG & Troy Gerhardt

Skilful musician PLEEG and Eyezic has set the dance floor on fire with their new release ‘Dead Weight’ via Quality Goods Records. Electronic musician Eyezic rising presence in the world of music has seen him releasing music for the likes of QUIX and Tails. Musician PLEEG has carved an impressive niche in the production of electronic music since 2017, notably gaining support from the industry giant in the likes of UZ, PV Nova and Chime amongst others. 

Stream / Download: PLEEG & Eyezic – ‘Dead Weight’

The sound of ‘Dead Weight’ is the antithesis of the title because it is neither dead nor weighty. The track drips with an unexpected mixture of mid-tempo and fast-tempo producing interesting beats that have listeners shaking their heads even when they are not on the dance floor. Continue reading to get better informed about the artists:

What would you like listeners to learn from the song?

PLEEG: I would like to confuse the listener between nostalgia and fun.

Eyezic: I think when a listener can resonate with what an artist truly feels. From the textures to the ambience, to anything. One thing I can say that listeners should learn from is really deep diving into what each song truly means, the joy, pain, and emotion that it brings an artist and trying to resonate from it.

What was the inspiration behind the making of ‘Dead Weight’?

PLEEG: For me, it was the desire to create something new. I still have that excitement of experimenting with new sounds, and surprising people by trying new things, especially with my friend Eyezic, where our styles fit well.

Eyezic: Dead weight was an interesting one. I met PLEEG through our friend Noah and said we should make some music together. I had been on a huge UKG type of kick for a while so I sent him an idea with some vocals on it. PLEEG immediately loved the idea and he really took it from there. Taking the dark lyrics, and making them fun, bouncy, and energetic like always does. I would say that’s the best way to state how Pierre and I work so well together and feed off each other’s energy.

Please describe your sound for us.

PLEEG: I would say I have a complex, experimental sound with a happy vibe. All this with a mix of influences between Pop, Electronic, and Bass music.

Eyezic: Future Bass/Trap/House.

How did it all start for you?

PLEEG: A piano is what introduced me to music when I was young. And since then I have not stopped this beautiful art.

Eyezic: The project started after a severe knee injury from collegiate sports. During the recovery process, I had always wanted to learn to make music, so I downloaded Ableton and started from there. The rest is history.

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

PLEEG: I live with a love of music since my youngest age. I was inspired by a lot of artists during my life, which made me want to create, to express myself through this sublime art that is music. This is why it’s difficult to find three artists because there are in reality many more. But for the question, I would say that those who strongly inspired me to get my own sound are Snail’s House, San Holo, and Madeon.

Eyezic: From the start? I’d say Medasin, Galimatias, Manila Killa.

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

PLEEG: My DAW is FL Studio 20. I used to work with the plugins from Komplete 13 Ultimate bundle with the help of the Komplete Kontrol S61 keyboard. I also use a lot of plugins such as Serum, Sylenths 1, Massive X or Keyscape. I love using my guitar to find inspiration!

Eyezic: Ableton Live 10, my Audiotechnica headphones, and my computer of course

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.

PLEEG: I would say mainly artists I’ve been listening to since I was young, listened to by my family or discovered myself. But also a lot from movies and even video games.

Eyezic: Hmm, I use the term “the feeling of falling in love and what it should feel like or how it feels like in my head” as how I would describe my influence in music.

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

PLEEG: A lot of interesting things are done in Hyperpop. I hope it will get even more attention!

Eyezic: As of lately, it’s UK Garage, but It’s making its way now.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

PLEEG: Eyezic, STAR SEED, Raptures, Vaance Joy, saamson, Ruxxi, P3PPER, Zakku, Couple N.

Eyezic: IPLEEG, StarSeed, Wes Mills, Camoufly, and so many others to name.

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

PLEEG: An incredible night with artists from the Rushdown label, where I was on stage for a moment with the legendary Chime.

Eyezic: I’d say as an Attendee was Salute recently. I’ve never left a show sweaty from dancing and just having the time of my life! I’m very thankful to Nu Androids for curating that event and making it possible. As a performer, well that could easily be Philly at THE AVE back in February. It’s Memorable because it was one of the worst days I had then and still gave my 100% to that audience. So many people showed out and the energy was unmatched. I wish to go back very soon, and make those memories again!

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

PLEEG: Big projects and collaborations with great artists in 2023. Starting with Q1 2023 where many songs are already scheduled with some in major labels. And that’s starting in January, I can’t wait to share it all with you!

Eyezic: I definitely have a couple of songs left to release before the year ends, but definitely, some massive releases set for 2023. Buckle up!

Famous last words?

PLEEG: Thanks for listening. Love you all.

Eyezic: Be the best version of yourself each and every day!

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