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Getting To Know Barely Alive

Monday, June 23, 2014

US-based Barely Alive are a busy pair. Recent work includes a chart-smashing collaboration with Datsik, their own hugely successful EP on Firepower/Disciple Recordings, 'Internet Streets' and remixes for the likes of Nick Thayer x Dodge & Fuski and Eptic. With said remixes dropping today, we caught up with this bass blasting duo to find out more. OTB: Your recent EP was released on both Firepower and Disciple Recordings. It must have been a good day when that was confirmed! It was really exciting to have these two great labels agree to work together on our EP. The dual release meant having more sets of ears between our laptops and Beatport, so we were really happy to hear that the masters had been approved! OTB:  You have a lot of other people featured on the EP. Were there different processes with every artist? Who did you have the most fun working with? It’s impossible to pick a favorite, we had a lot of fun with all the collaborators. It was a big honor to work with Datsik, and we were also very impressed with Soultrain Locomotive’s performance on 'Rifle Blow Kiss'. Messinian was also really efficient to work with and it was a real pleasure! OTB:  Any plans for future releases? Does the thought of an album attract you? We have a lot of collaborations and singles planned this year. Although there are no plans right now for an album, this is something we definitely want to do in the future.  OTB:  You’ve recently done a remix of a Dodge and Fuski tune. Can you tell us a little about that? We had only a week to do the remix for 'Playboy', but the original really inspired us, so it wasn’t a problem. We decided to try something completely different with the 100 BPM "twerk" style and we are really happy with how it turned out, as well as all the positive responses so far!   OTB: Now that you’ve worked with someone as well known as Datsik, who would be your dream collaboration, past or present? Working with Mozart would be an interesting experience. We actually use Mozart for all our intros and outros for our live sets and in mixes.  OTB:  Your tune with Datsik hit the top spot on Beatport’s Dubstep chart. What could beat that achievement in the future? Must have been a proud moment. It was really awesome to get our first number one! It’s a big achievement and having that one in the bag makes us eager to set new goals and beat them.