Comin’ off a hot new release Drop n’ Slide on Admit One Records we have Brooklyn based Renegade Masters for you in the mix this week. We found these guys through our friends over at SOUP where they also have several releases that will make your butt want bounce across the room. These two bring a ton of energy to their sets and we are stoked to share their music with you this week here at LAMP. We also got a chance to ask the duo a few questions which we will have for you over on the website (www.losangelesmusicproject.com)later this week along with the complete track list. For now enjoy the mix!!
PZB: Hey whats up guys? Welcome to the mix series. We are excited to have you with us and as per usual would love to kick things off by letting our audience know what they can expect from the mix you put together for them.
Renegade Masters: Hey ya’ll! Rich and Tony here from Renegade Masters and we’re super excited for this feature as we’ve both been fans and followers of LAMP for some time. You can expect a combination of brand new original material from our homies and ourselves as well as a collection of tracks we’ve been rinsing thoroughly in our Brooklyn parties as well as on the road.
PZB: Who are The Renegade Masters? We know you are from Brooklyn and we know you have close ties to a label we absolutely love Soup Music but tell us about who you are and how this project came about please.
R: Renegade Masters came about through our friendship made in the NYC club scene. Believe I was in line for Output’s opening when Tony grabbed my curly blonde hair and asked if it was real. From that point on we stayed extremely close before beginning the RM project in 2016. Our similar classical music backgrounds and jobs at NYC legacy labels (myself at King Street Sounds and Tony at Nervous Records) also helped solidify our workflow and overall musical direction. We chose the name Renegade Masters as it seems to exemplify ourselves, both a foot in the old and new schools that stays fresh and stands the test of time in the ever changing current dance music market. We also have as much fun as possible and never take each other too seriously. It’s dance music … have fun!
T: Rich and I connected up because we were at a house party in Brooklyn, and he needed something from the top shelf in the kitchen. I got it for him, and the rest is history.
PZB: New York, Brooklyn Manhattan what ever you want to call it, there is a rich culture of music that is unavoidable if you have half a soul. How has it influence your music and who were some of the inspiring people in your lives that helped you get to this point in your careers?
R: There ain’t no party like a NYC party! It seems every place you turn in this city and its boroughs you are exposed to a new culture and sound from your cab to the club or walking down your block from the subway. Living in Bushwick, Brooklyn close to the Bed Stuy border it’s normal one minute to groove out to the sounds of Ray Baretto and his salsa orchestra and immediately become immersed in Biggie’s “Juicy.” This diversity and rawness comes together equally and helps create the sound that is Renegade Masters. I’m not a native New Yorker (having moved to the city in 2012), however, was lucky enough to have had an incredible music teach growing up in NE Pennsylvania that really opened my eyes the world of music and possibilities. Meeting and subsequently working for the legendary Hisa Ishioka of King Street Sounds really gave me an education on the rich history of dance music culture and music making in the NYC scene that allowed me to carve out my own little niche with Tony and Renegade Masters. I also owe so much to Chris Love & AB Logic of SOUP NYC as they took me into their family from the get go and continue to be supportive of Renegade Masters music and direction releasing our first ever single “Don’t Be Shy” with remix from Man Without A Clue.
T: Rich’s hair makes me want to do the best that I can. When I’m not feeling good about a track, I just think of his golden locks, and start to feel the vibe again and want to push myself to see it through
PZB: Music tastes differ greatly between two individuals even those that have similar interests. What do you find are some of the challenges working as a duo? What are some of the benefits as well?
R: I think the biggest challenge of working as a duo comes down to interpretation and direction of the dance floor. I’m extremely lucky to have Tony as a musical partner and collaborator, however, there are times where each of us feels the floor needs something different (i.e. I LOVE vocal house which Tony is not so much a fan of). The biggest benefit in my opinion of working as a duo is the intense sense of gratification of collaboration and sharing these incredible musical moments with another person who you consider family.
T: Rich and I see pretty eye to eye on most things Renegade Masters. This project has a very specific purpose, which is to encourage people to make sweet, sweet love. Rich is the lover, of course. I just push buttons and turn knobs. I’m cold, like one of the machines I spend so much of my time around.
PZB: When you sit down to make a track, what are some initial things you always do before getting started? Do you usually have something already in mind before you set out to start crafting the song?
R: The beginning of each track is unique to itself. It may start with a drum/percussion line or an accapella, or even some melodic element. A huge part of our workflow is also just messing around on a synth and recording whatever comes out for an extended amount of time. We’ll revisit that insanity at a later time and just chop and cut musical elements from that session and voila!
T: We always start off by consulting our Magic Eight Ball. I think that’s the most important part of the process. You don’t want to start off going in the wrong direction.
PZB: Our industry is constantly going through changes, and we as artists are competing for ears with so many others out there. On the flip, listeners are bombarded and overwhelmed with the amount of music out there. How do you try to connect with your audience, and what do you feel helps you stay relevant?
R: There’s a lot of noise out there, no doubt about that! The biggest was thing that I believe keeps our relevance and grows our fan base is the idea of FAMILY and COMMUNITY. Our popular ILL Behavior parties at local venue TBA Brooklyn I think best showcases this idea. No extravagant headliners, free or cheap entry, and many reoccurring friends month to month are helping us build a community around Renegade Masters and the music we create. We’ve also combined with homies The Jerks to create the #shovelgang, a group of friends that brandish large crazy shovel shovel jewelry that has become somewhat of a symbol at our parties and events!
T: I’m tall. It’s easy to reach people when you’re tall.
PZB: If we were sitting in your studio with you what sort of setup would we be looking at? Do you have any particular pieces of hardware or software that you really love to work with?
R: We’re HUGE fans of anything Universal Audio! Tony is currently an instructor at SAE Institute NYC so he always bags some sweet deals. We also dig super deep into the Moog Sub 37 and his vintage Novation Super Bass Station. Most of our drum and percussion work is coming directly from the new Roland TR-8S. We’d also love to get a modular rig up and running in near future as well.
T: You would be looking at my cat. Most of our music comes from him just walking up and down the keyboards. He is essential to our sound, and I think it shows.
PZB: Let’s say you’re working on a new tune and you’ve got the chance to program some remixes for the EP. If you could have your pick and money, time etc were no object who are some of you favourite producers right now that you’d want to have a go at reworking your tracks?
R: We’re total fan boys of Sam & Gavin of Walker & Royce. That would definitely be pick number one for a remix. Personally I’d also love to have Dirtybird artist ZDS rework something as I’ve been a fan for years. Also if you haven’t heard of the Admit One Records guys out of San Francisco (IceCreams, n808, Late Eighties) these guys are churning out absolute FIRE and are top picks for future remix work.
T: Walker & Royce. What a couple of weirdos. Love it.
PZB: What is your favorite thing to listen to when you want to get away from all the house and tech stuff?
R: I’m a lover of all music and you can find me getting deep into a huge selection of stuff from Beethoven, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff to Luther Vandross, Brad Mehldau, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Currently have been obsessed with Sampha and his 2017 album release “Process.”
T: The sound of children’s laughter echoing out of the pet cemetery next to my house.
PZB: Is there anything else coming up in your world that we should know or you want to tell us about that we should be keeping an eye/ ear out for?
R: Whenever ya’ll visiting Brooklyn, second Saturday of each month come by TBA Brooklyn (395 Wythe Ave.) for our ILL Behavior party. You won’t regret it! We’re also super excited about our new upcoming release on west coast label Late Nite Munchies that is going to destroy dance floors!
PZB: Thank you so much for the insightful and entertaining interview. Please keep in touch!
Renegade Masters – Brooklyn Boy is out now on SOUP NYC
1. Mochakk – Mun Ha (Original Mix) -Sweets & Treats
2. My Youth – That Work (Original Mix) – Admit One Records
3. Renegade Masters feat. Born I – Drop N Slide (Original Mix) – Admit One Records
4. Snoop Dogg x Dr Dre (Del-30’s Drop It Like A Gee Thang)
5. MAP – Low (Original Mix)
6. Renegade Masters feat. Born I – Drop N Slide (MAP Remix) – Admit One Records
7. Raw Underground – Puffy At Ya Party (Renegade Masters Remix) – Smiley Fingers
8. MAP – Lean Back (Original Mix) – Late Night Munchies
9. MAP – Small Talk (Original Mix) – Admit One Records
10. Botnek – Wiggle (Original Mix) – Box Of Cats
11. J. Worra – YTO (Original Mix) – Box Of Cats
12. Renegade Masters – Brooklyn Boy (Original Mix) – SOUP NYC
13. Colin Thomas – Bad (Original Mix) – Admit One Records
14. Sterium – Colombia – Sweets & Treats
15. Renegade Masters – Brooklyn Boy (Return Of The Jaded Remix) – SOUP NYC