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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Hotline Zero - Exclusive Interview and Free Downloads

Those among you who know a good thing when it comes along will have already heard about the new bassline duo taking the scene by storm! We love their sound, but we wanted to know more about what makes the Hotline Zero boys tick . . . so we chucked sacks over their heads, bundled them into the back of a transit, and interrogated them remorselessly for hours in an abandoned warehouse!! Here's what the fellas had to say about fraternising with Deekline, non-stop Latvian parties and drooling over Innofaders . . .

Click play on their latest free mix and check out their sound while we check out their thoughts . . .

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So, Hotline Zero, new kids on the block but already making BIG noises!!! What’s the story? What has inspired your sound and what is your mission in the big bad world of bass music!?

We both have other projects and met in a studio in Bristol with Deekline and the whole thing just came together.

We’re both big fans of Deekline, Krafty Kuts, Askillz etc and also hugely inspired by Hip Hop and Breaks. We love that Mid Tempo range, there’s loads of versatility and inspiration coming from all over, from Ghetto Funk to Glitch Hop, a bit of Moombahton and really getting into a bit of Trap infused Twerk stuff at the moment.

Our mission is just to make banging tunes and play banging sets, pure party music taking you on a journey through all things bass.

Festival season is upon us in the UK! We bloody love a good festival, all that messing about in fields, getting out of your tree with new best friends and tearing out to the best music. What is your favourite festival, or other big event on the musical calendar?

We’re big fans of Boomtown, that place is mental, and Beathearder festival, the way they have managed to pull it off year by year without selling out on a corporate level is commendable.

How about outside the UK? Is there a particular country where you think they are particularly “having it!” at the moment? Which nation knows how to party the best?

We played in Latvia recently, those guys party hard. When we arrived at the club about 10pm the club was already jumping, the night was packed and when we left at about 6am people were still going. The place never shut all weekend!

If you could form an ensemble, go back-to-back with any DJ or collaborate with any artist in history, who would it be with? And what sort of stuff do you think you’d make?

We’d form a band with Prince bringing some Funk on the Bass guitar, Liam Howlett of Prodigy on Synths, Beastie boys on vocals and some Hotline Zero beats (Performed Live on request by Dave Grohl). In fact they are all still around, we’ll make a few calls . . .

We like to think we’re pretty sharp at recognizing upcoming talent in the bass music industry, and you must have recognized a few too. Is there anyone (DJ, musician, vocalist, producer . . . ) who you think we should keep our eyes on? Who is going to be big in the second half of 2014?

Too many great acts out there, most recently we were given an edit of Duck Sauce - NRG buy a guy called “Arteo”, the track just gave me the screwface and we can’t stop playing it and this guys only got a hand full of followers compared to what he should have.

On the other end Tony Quattro from New York is doing some great cross over stuff, more housey vibes sometimes but still routed in breakbeats and you can feel the New York Hip Hop influences, we expect huge things for him.

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Any general musical predictions for the rest of the year? Next big genre? Which genres will die? Which mainstream muppets can we expect to attempt a big DnB/dubstep release?

We quite like the way that you can now play a multitude of styles in a set and want that to continues because we love to switch it around. We reckon more 808 boom, intelligent beats. You can hear Trap elements in a lot of 110 stuff at the moment and I’m loving that style of Twerk.

We reckon the more 140 - 150 bpm based Trap will probably fall off a bit, it's got to a point where a lot of tracks are starting to sound a bit generic.

As for mainstream muppets, no comment, we occasionally like listening to a bit of cheese step, sssshhhhhh! Tho ;)

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What is your favourite bit of DJ/live music kit at the moment? Got any new gadgets to add even more punch to your performances or studio sessions this year?

Just give us two turntables and a decent crossfader and we’re all over it. We both liked the Rane Sixty Two mixer we had the pleasure of playing on recently, all the functions of Serato without having to disappear too much to the keyboard. Plus it had an Innofader cross fader...mmmmm...loverly.

We definitely suffer from a footwear fetish at Funk and Filth, so we’ve got to ask (we ask everyone!). Some people have entire rooms devoted to their shoe collection, and others just love basic plimsoles. What’s your favourite pair at the moment, what’s the coolest thing in your footlocker?

If I had my way I’d have a whole room full of High Tops. I’ve got some “Supra Footwear” ones that hardly ever leave my feet.

And what else can we expect from you guys this year? Tour/festival/gig dates? Album/track releases? Anything else?

It’s all kind of happened so fast so we kinda missed the festival window this year we think. We’re going to continue gigging up and down the UK, more in Europe again and we have a lot of support coming from across the pond in Canada and we should be heading there soon (I’m told by our agent).

Track wise we’ve got a collaboration with Deekline, one with JFB, a remix for Deekline and Ed Solo out soon too. I’m sure an album may come along one day, when the time is right.

Expect us to keep busting out party flavours, with us working with all these great acts and taking influences from all aspects of bass music we’re gonna keep you on your toes too!

The new Hotline Zero E.P., featuring JFB's remix of Ah Yeah is out now, available from Juno Download!

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