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INTERVIEW: Truth x Lies

New York duo Truth x Lies are set to fire up the dance floors once again with the release of their latest single 'Dos Gardenias'. Quickly becoming one of the most sought after acts within the tech house space, Truth x Lies have quickly become one of the most dynamic and exciting acts in the genre, captivating audiences with their unique sound and electrifying live performances. The pair's latest release comes on the tenth release on Lee Foss' new label North of Neptune, and follows in the footsteps of their March-released single, 'The Get Down', which found a home in Matroda's underground terminal. . Promising to be another exciting addition to the couple's burgeoning discography, 'Two Gardenias' is now available to stream on all platforms via North of Neptune.

We have had the pleasure of interviewing them, and this has been the result.

What was the first thing that attracted you to the world of electronic music?

For me (Ryan) it was in college discovering Justice and Daft Punk. When Cross came out and some friends showed it to me I was hooked. For Ian, it was when a buddy of mine showed me Skrillex for the first time. I had been dabbling with Trance and stuff like that, but my first time hearing Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites really made me lose my mind.

Do you remember any album or concert that made you see everything in a different way?

I think recently getting to see Gessaflestein’s new tour helped me understand how much the visuals and production matters in a live show. For so long I always thought people would come out for the music but now there are so many great acts that you have to find a way to stand out.

Since you got into this professionally, what did you miss at a national, international level? And what helped you grow the most, including believing in yourself?

Honestly, it was discovering who we are as artists. We’ve been making music as a group for more than 8 years now. Once we found the formula for how we worked together and discovered our direction, things started to really happen for us.

How did your most recent release ‘Dos Gardenias’ come to be?

We live in the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City which is predominantly Latin American. Ian was born here and Ryan has lived in this neighborhood for almost 15 years. We get to hear tons of bachata, salsa, reggaeton and tons of other really great latin music on the streets. Once we found the right sample and worked on getting the vibe right it came together really fast.

How are you living in the music scene in your city with this cloudy pandemic situation?

I’m glad that it is over (for now?). We really missed being with friends, going to shows, having dinner out, and just the culture of life. We live in NYC and it was hit super hard, but it’s coming back to its pre-pandemic self and there is such positivity about the future now that just wasn’t there between 2020 and 2021.

What are your favorite places to hang out in the city?

We both like trying new restaurants as well as hitting our favorites, so we spend a good amount of time eating. In terms of nightlife, Brooklyn Mirage is amazing, and there are tons of underrated underground places such as Jupiter Disco which are also super fun. I do however miss the days of Output, the old Webster Hall, Slake, etc.

Have you had time to focus on making music, spending time with your family, or planning future projects?

We’ve had a few weeks off from touring and it’s been really nice. It’s hard to write on the road due to traveling and logistics, so we’re back on the grind doing some new music in the studio.

Do you have any final words of wisdom?

Drink some water, straighten your back, unclench your jaw, and go check out Dos Gardenias! Much love fam. Thanks for having us!

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