Dont Party interviews :: Designer Drugs [U.S.A]

The duo known as Designer Drugs have been fresh on the minds of the electronic zombies for more than a minute now. Back in the day when electro was not as cool as it is these days kids they set up show and established themselves in the US and now worldwide as pioneers in this trend.

With a fat international following, releases that even though you may not know the names you’ll recognise them when you hear them, and 2 very different haircuts Designer Drugs are set to hit RSA this weekend (1st / 2nd April)… and to say we are excited is a little bit of an understatement.

Dont Party interviews :: Designer Drugs

1. Who are Designer Drugs?

Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson

2. Why ‘Designer Drugs’?

Why not? We thought it sounded cool and we started the band during that whole nu-rave uk thing so it seemed appropriate.

3. I read in a review of Hardcore / Softcore that you guys are in med-school, is this true? And if so how did medicine and music come about in the lives of DD? And how does it work out – studying / touring?

Theo is in Medical school so he is pretty busy. When he is available he writes music and tours. When he is not available I’ll be working on the project perpetually.

4. Your first album Hardcore / Softcore has been quite an anticipated release. What were you trying to achieve with an album with such a title? What is the message behind Hardcore / Softcore?

We were just trying to achieve a sound that we liked the most and found sounding most current at the time. We started with lots of songs but some were very old and dated sounding and some were great but we didn’t like them or think they represented us properly. We named it Hardcore / Softcore because we thought it had such musical contrast. I guess the message loosely is a musical interpretation of the human life cycle from adolescence to death or an adolescent death, who knows? Disposable teens.

5. How is Hardcore / Softcore being received?

Good? Not really sure. It went to top 10 on iTunes dance chart the day it came out so I think that’s cool.

6. It seems that electronic music has grown serious tentacles and is taking over the commercial / pop music scene. How does this kind of commercial success with the music that you are so emotionally involved with affect your outlook towards the scene / evolution of it?

I found it all intriguing but make no judgment or theory on it. It’s rational ignorance. I focus on what concerns us most.

7. Is there a track that you have produced that you are really over playing but crowds won’t let it die?

HAHA zombies! People always bug us to play it and we made it not so seriously but the people love it so we play it for them.

8. Take us on a verbal but visual tour through your studio/s? What do we see?

A Computer, a shitty midi controller, a wooden skull from Puerto Rico, Tarot Cards from Paris, A bust of Chopin, a Gibson SG Vintage, A Tom Dixon Rubber Band Chair and other nice furniture, Art and Architecture books. Receipts, Jim Beam.

9. South Africa has only recently really got involved in electronic dance music, so how will Designer Drugs inspire us some more?

Hopefully by spreading good music. All we ever try to do is give people music to listen to. That’s our mission i guess.

10. Are you as keen to come and play down here as we are keen to have you?

Fuck yeah we’re keen. This is one of the most exciting trips we’ve embarked on! Can’t wait.



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