[Interview] Ephwurd Talk Global Dance Festival, changing venues, and Eph'd Up Radio: Lost Lands

July 20, 2017 -

Will Cuccurullo

Canadian-duo Datsik and Bais Haus have spent the last two years as Ephwurd essentially coining the term 'bass house'. With multiple tours, charting releases, and an impressive setlist of remixes under their belt, it's no wonder Ephwurd have been booked at a number of 2017's biggest festivals. While not a dubstep project by nature, Ephwurd have found themselves gracing some of dubstep's biggest stages; upcoming shows at Global Dance Festival and Lost Lands (whose lineup looks like someone assembled the Bass Music All-Stars) have them sharing the decks with the likes of Funtcase and Excision. Ephwurd is largely embraced by a headbanging crowd, and listening to any of their sets or Eph'd up radio mixes quickly reveals why.

Global Dance Festival is coming up this weekend, with Ephwurd slated to perform on the Global Summit Stage on Friday. We talked the change in venue, dream collabs, and the significance of Global Dance Festival in the bass music community.

We all know the place Red Rocks and GDF holds in the hearts of the Bass community. Do you believe a similar vibe and level of production can be achieved at Mile High?

I think Red Rocks is its own beast and you can never recreate the experience of being there. With that said, Mile High has so much more space and will be a great venue to host so much more production and stages which can accommodate a wide variety of artists and vibes.

For a festival this seems to make more sense cause now you can see multiple stages where Red Rocks is really just a one stage venue….. The side stages there never really got as much love as they deserved.

Global Dance Festival caters to what is considered the bass capital of the world in Colorado. Is there anything different that goes into preparing for this set?

Making sure we bring the bass! We always do that but with here it is important that we emphasize that.

Ephwurd absolutely killed the remix game in 2016. Which up-and-coming bass artist would you be most interested in reworking?

That's a tough question, I think for us remixes come down to having a solid vocal. Remixing a dope bass tune is hard because the whole point is to try and make it something super different compared to the original. If something catches our ear ill let ya know tho 🙂

The first ever Lost Lands is right around the corner! Can we expect a new Eph’d Up Radio mix to celebrate the occasion?

Oh you know it! Will probably feature tunes from all the artists playing there!

Do you guys have a dream collab for Ephwurd?

We’d love to start working with more dope vocalists. Getting in the studio with someone soulful like James Blake or even someone fun like D.R.A.M would be sick. We aren’t too picky as long as it sounds good and captures a vibe.

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