Once again we found ourselves running through the Yost Theater for another Havoc showcase, this time with a few of our favorites in the future club scene. Athletixx collective mates Hoodboi and Falcons were on the bill and ready to take this party to the next level. Have you ever heard a DJ that can turn up exponentially deeper and "ratcheter" at the same damn time? We could not get over how wild their Club Rituals party in Los Angeles was last month and we were beyond stoked to see what they would be bringing here. Before showtime I was able to sit down with them for a double trouble animal style interview and here's what they had to say..
Falcons: Who got the keys to the Jeep?
The inspiration behind Palm Reader EP? Was it created consistently or was it another collection of tracks?
Hoodboi: The track Palm Reader came together in my apartment in downtown LA and the whole track itself was kinda mysterious. I’ve also always been really into palm trees so it kinda took shape from that.
Before the EP I had been making strictly bootlegs so this was my first chance to show my original work. I started this project from scratch, once Palm Reader was done the rest of the tracks followed.
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Was the Terra EP also a consitent string of songs
Falcons: It’s a little bit of both. My sound palette consists of electronic and organic nature sounds and rainforest sounds. I had about 7-8 instrumentals that were kicking around for a year and the last 4 months they all funneled down into these four tracks. At the beginning it wasn’t matching but when the title track came together the rest fell in place with a dark mysterious vibe.
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How do your tastes in music differ from each other.
Hoodboi: Falcons is definitely a bigger hip hop head than myself. With Athletixx sets I play more house and clubbier kinds of music whereas he’ll go halftime which is a great balance.
Falcons: I was a hip hop guy before anything so that is kind of my core that comes before electronic music.
Hoodboi: And it’s pretty much the opposite for me but we balance each other out really well.
Who are you touring with? Any cities you haven’t hit before?
Hoodboi: This is my first headlining tour and I’ve got support from friends like Kittens, Falcons, and I think Lunice as well. There’s some Canadian cities I haven’t played in yet like Ottowa and Calgary. I’ve played everywhere else in the states but I have a new live show that I'm excited to share.
You’ll be touring soon for your EP as well. What are you most excited for?
Falcons: It’ll begin at the end of August and flow on throughout all of September and October. I’m most excited for Fool’s Gold Day Off in New York and a couple other festivals that will be announced soon.
When did you guys first begin working together?
Hoodboi: I used to throw parties in LA at Los Globos under the name The Melt. At some point I booked Falcons and he came a week early so we had him at Low End Theory. From there we just hung out a lot until he ended up moving to LA and we’ve been working ever since.
Falcons: I think its like you meet someone and you either get along and you’re cool or you really vibe and are able to take things further.
What made you drop the name Kloud? What was your first show under your new name? Will it stay strictly Jersey?
Hoodboi: Well Kloud still exists and I still have a lot of music that I haven’t put out. Above that I do plan on makiing more with the name but for now since I’ve been playing under Hoodboi it’s been more of my focus. Recently I’ve been working with vocalists so it made me want to slow things down. I could foresee some future projects going back to that style.
I see Hoodboi as bigger club friendly music whereas Kloud is a lot more calm. Hoodboi used to be a lot of jersey but now I rarely incorporate it into my sets. The remixes I’ve been putting out recently have gotten labeled as “jersey-esque” which is kinda funny. I still have so much love for jersey and there is still a lot of influence in my sound.
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Where do you see the future of your sound going in the next year?
Falcons: I think hip hop music in general is getting weirder and open minded, even a bit more clubby and dancey. I feel like that’s where I fit in, the medium between traditional hip hop lyrics and electronic music. The vibe from my EP is basically there to stay but I’ll forsure make some more bangers with remixes and such. For now I’m gonna stay in that zone of half electronic and half hip hop.
How did the concept of Athletixx come about?
It was New Years eve and we were all wearing Nikes clothes looking super comfortable like we’re about to go to the gym as we said screw it lets call this shit Athletixx. But that was kind of the vibe. A casual vibe and casual club.
One thing that I noticed was that at Coachella and Splash House you were booked under the collective name Athletixx as opposed to individual artists. This is something way different than how most people are booked.
Hoodboi: We never really sought out to be a record label but more of a DJ group. When we get booked as Athletixx all four of us just go back to back to back.
Falcons: It is better when you tour and do shows with your friends. More fun and more energy.
Anything specific that you wanna share for the future of Athletixx?
Hoodboi: We’re on the verge of dropping our first clothing line. Everything is in place and it should be out within the next month. Aside from that we’ve been having a lot of success with the local Club Rituals parties so we’re gonna try to stretch that more into like a tour from Vancouver to LA then over to the East Coast.
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You guys came from the gritty hip hop scene in Low End Theory and have made it to the likes of Fools Gold and Holy Ship with a festival friendly sound. How did you guys bridge this gap?
Hoodboi: I think there’s a lot of festivals that do a good job at booking a diverse lineup, for example Hard Summer with Carmack and Djemba Djemba. People can still take things from the beat generation that we all grew up with in LA and still do something heavier that can reach a broader audience. In highschool I personally went to Low End Theory every Wednesday and that’s where I learned pretty much everything I know when it comes to early beats and experimental hip hop.
Falcons: I think what happened is that there was a change where people began realizing the level of popularity this scene was gaining. We were bringing all these new types of people and a crossover happened where there was a type of pop/accessible influence where artists began remixing pop into cool bassier heavier genres. And now in SoCal its almost matching EDM level. There are so many fans in this crossover and I think the energy is in the right place. It’s just gonna keep building and a lot of the artists that originated in the LA beat scene are going on to work with big producers
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