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INTERVIEW: Versus presents Dolla Gang

Introducing the latest house single from duo Versus, who are now making their way onto the UK club scene and beyond. They have released releases like Ultra, Repopulate Mars, Under No Illusion, SOLA and Realm.

Their sound is rooted in classic house and rave culture, as their latest single Dolla Gang proves: it's a love letter to the 90's house scene. That's why we've had the pleasure of talking to them and this has been the result.

Can you tell us a little about your early musical experiences?

Scott: I started listening to D&B in my teens, this lead me wanted to get in to DJ’ing, I started raving to speed garage where I got in to House Music, I got into the harder side of house (club land, wigan pier stuff). I opened a record shop in Manchester, and DJ’d / produced ever since.

Dave: I started handing out event flyers & selling event tickets for clubs around Manchester, this got me in there with most of the promoters & club managers in the city, I would go to Sankey’s Nightclub in the daytime to collect my flyer pack to hand out, I would always open them and sip my mix CD in the pack, this started to build up social media (Facebook, Soundcloud etc), then I started doing “warm up” sets early in Sankey's & Venus nightclub, then became a resident plying weekly.

How do you hope that your music influences or impacts your listeners?

Dave: if somebody is smiling when they listen to our music, we have done a good job!

Tell us about the inspiration behind your latest single Dolla Gang...Do you feel that your sound has evolved over the years?

Dave: it's a roller that's for sure, it was heavily influenced byLil Louis - French Kiss. This is a track that demonstrates the full range of their influences, incorporating elements of progressive, tech and classic house to create a full-blooded club cut that calls to mind the hedonistic energy of the 90s rave circuit.

Scott: I feel our sound has evolved for the has become more American recently.

Dolla Gang sees you back on Ultra... how important is it for you to have the support of a solid label on your releases?

Dave: It's massively important to be backed by a solid record label, it helps if they have good relationships with Spotify, Apple and all the other DSP's

Scott: the last thing you want is to release on a record label, then the record label not push the track...that would be sh*t.

Do you feel consistency is important in creating music? Or is it ok to experiment with different styles and sounds?

Scott: 100%!!!! It's all about consistency, from releasing tracks, to content online, to new regular mixes…it shows not only your work ethic but helps you build a fan base over time, people think success can happen over night, but it takes time and being consistent.

Dave: Yeah like Scott being consistent is key! And its good to find inspo from other avenues

How do you see the next few years or your career panning out, in an ideal world?

Dave: in an ideal world, heavily touring around the world

Scott: more shows, radio show

What's the most important piece of advice anyone's given to you so far?

Dave: the best bit of advice I was told was "be nice to everybody and don't be a [word redacted by mgmt]” I think we're pretty nice lads to be fair

Scott: Pretty much what Dave nice and don't b*tch about others.


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