His latest record follows the release of the WITHN US alias in June with the release of his debut single, 'Fallback Drug'. Developing his project further and showcasing his production depth, the dark, bassy single 'Parallelogram' is out today via newly formed techno label CIRQUE 87.
What was the first thing that attracted you to the world of electronic music?
Tyler: I loved the energy of live shows. My friends and I would share records with each other and go crazy over drops. Everything about the genre was new and fresh when we discovered it.
Bec: I was first amazed by the connection that the audience has with the music. Everyone is in their own world and somehow experiencing the moment as one. It felt so considerate and safe.
Do you remember any album or concert that has changed everything?
Tyler: For me, it was deadmau5’s ‘Random Album Title’ back when I first got into electronic music. Seeing his cube live at Coachella in 2010 completely blew my mind away, I actually blacked out for parts of the set. That was the moment I knew this was for me.
Bec: Berlin. One night in a club called Kater Blau and my whole perspective on music changed. That was my intro to techno and I wanted to create it immediately. I wanted to affect others how the music affected me. As a musician growing up in bands, I was always a bit critical of music. Techno was the first genre that I didn’t have to think about while listening to it. I just got to feel it.
Since you got into this professionally, what did you miss the most nationally, internationally and on the contrary, what helped you the most to grow, even to believe in yourself?
We’ve started to get a lot of support from bigger artists and managers behind the scenes and they’ve really encouraged us to pursue this project. Having that encouragement paired with our passion for music is a driving force.
How is the music scene living in your city with this murky pandemic situation?
In Los Angeles, the underground techno scene is thriving right now!
What are your favorite places to hang out in the city?
Tyler: I love going to shows and seeing friends play. I also really enjoy hitting the beach and trying to get outside. It’s very easy to get locked in the studio for hours, so I’m working on getting better about that!
Bec: If I do go out, you’ll find me at an underground warehouse downtown most likely.
Have you had time to focus on making music, spending time with your family, or planning future projects?
Right now we’ve both been very invested in growing this project and making a dent in the techno world. We have a year’s worth of music and are spending a lot of time shooting videos and building a live set. We still make time for friends and family though!
How was your last project born?
We actually met at an underground techno club in Los Angeles. It was very epic with chain link fences, fog & 140 BPM. We became friends and started writing music in the coming months and knew we had to start a project together.
What do you want to convey in this work? What is the concept behind?
The concept is to take the audience on an emotional journey and try to provide an escape and a world they can get lost in. We’re massive fans of CIREZ D & artists like the Chemical Brothers who are masters of using live visuals with their music. We are adding an additional layer with Bec singing live, so we’re kind of taking a band approach to the techno format.
As for your studio, what is your setup currently made of?
Macbook Pro, Ableton Live 11 - A lot of the standard plugins everyone is using Soundtoys, Fabfilter, Waves, UAD. Massive fans of U-he Diva & Repro. We also have a ton of hardware synths that we’ve been trying to incorporate, the Behringer Pro-1 through into a Doepfer wasp filter has had cool results.
For vocals - we are running a BAE 1073 - UA 1176 - U87 clone - UAD Apollo 2
What's the one item you'll never get rid of, no matter what?
Tyler: USB’s & laptop. Spotify for sure.
What would you say is the definition of your sound?
We’re some variation of melodic techno, we’ll come up with a clever word with time!
Tyler: It’s been a long time for me! These days I’m buying everything digital and finding obscure records on Youtube.
Bec: The last record store I remember visiting was in Japan in 2018. I didn’t get anything, but I love buying merch and music at live shows and supporting the artists that way.