Flying near the solar with Icarus [Interview]

Brotherly duo Icarus have been simmering within the underground for years crafting notable tunes and incomes accolades from Annie Mac and different icons, nevertheless it was throughout the previous 12 months that their profession reached boiling level. With the discharge of their anthemic “Love Has Come Around,” they caught consideration, and adoration, from RÜFÜS DU SOL. Their chemistry was instantaneous, and shortly the duo discovered themselves becoming a member of the band for an expansive worldwide tour—proper in time for them to impress their audiences much more with a newly unveiled reside set.

Quality stays on the coronary heart of Icarus’ philosophy, no matter whether or not they’re making the following crossover hit like their current single, “Sirens,” or diving into the deep realm with tunes like their Real Lies-assisted “Man Of The Land.” Each combine is exact, balanced, and harmonious —a real testomony to their pure ear for music. Since happening tour, the outfit have devoted most of their days to the studio, the place they’ve been concocting their subsequent batch of contemporary tunes to share to the world. Curious to know extra about what drives them and conjures up them, we sat down with Icarus to discover their inventive course of, classes from their first huge tour, and extra.

What was essentially the most surprising factor you two found/discovered about whereas in your first expansive tour with RÜFÜS?

The largest shock to us on that tour was how receptive the
crowds had been to our music. We had no concept what to anticipate earlier than we went, however we had been blown away by the vitality and positivity the crowds had night time after night time. The entire RUFUS group made us really feel so welcome and to see how the entire completely different transferring components come collectively to make one wonderful present was actually inspiring.

You usually spend eight+ hours within the studio every day. How do you preserve that fireplace and self-discipline to take action?

It’s a routine we’ve been in for years now and it appears to work fairly effectively for us. The considering behind it's to attempt to preserve some type of normality by working workplace hours, however when issues are tremendous busy, we will simply be working 12-14 hour days within the studio. Loads of the time, we’ll spend a day and even days and never make a lot progress on a observe, however we’ve been doing it lengthy sufficient to know that if we maintain pushing, we’ll get there ultimately!

Where do you go or what do you do to assist get your inventive juices flowing? Is toying round within the studio your prime sense of inventive course?

It will be, undoubtedly. We’ve acquired a number of synths and toys that can spark some inspiration every now and then, nevertheless it additionally comes from travelling, listening to new music, conversations, something actually. Time away from the studio is arguably extra inspirational than the time spent in there. We each all the time appear to have concepts as quickly as we depart the studio, even after a day of struggling to write down something we’re proud of.

Describe how your routine within the studio has modified or developed between the beginning of your music profession and now. How have you ever turn out to be extra refined and expert as artists?

The principal distinction between now and some years in the past is the quantity of free time we now have to spend on writing. When your DJ and touring schedule will get busier, studio time is sacrificed and it may be actually exhausting to seek out time to be inventive. That has compelled us to turn out to be a bit extra focussed when it
involves writing, which is an efficient factor, however typically creativity doesn’t strike whenever you want it to and that may be irritating.

‘Icarus’ clearly brings to thoughts the Greek legend of Icarus flying too near the solar (to his demise). How does this legend tie into your title as a band? Does it mirror your philosophy as musicians to be bold and ‘shoot for the celebs’ in any respect prices?

The story of Icarus ties into our philosophy as musicians for certain. One of our favorite sayings from early on is “Never get too excessive, by no means get too low”. In this trade it’s really easy to get carried away, when issues are going nice, you're feeling wonderful, all the pieces is falling into place, however then inevitably that doesn’t final perpetually and issues take a flip. It’s then even simpler to really feel harassed, anxious and insecure. What we’ve realised through the years is that there are all the time going to be ups and downs, regardless of at what degree we’re at, and to not get caught up in triumphs or defeats. Having a degree head and
optimistic outlook on issues is one thing we actually attempt to preserve.

On a associated notice to the final query, I’m guessing you guys brazenly embrace failure as a part of your journey? Is there an occasion you bounced again from a failure solely to turn out to be far stronger artists?

Definitely, we fail on a regular basis. Whether or not it's within the studio after we can’t appear to write down something we expect is nice sufficient, or after a DJ set we felt like we may’ve picked higher information, or throughout a reside efficiency we would have made a mistake and missed a notice. All of these items occur on a regular basis and it’s about studying from them and enhancing, not beating your self up about it.

You’ve talked at size about the way you put together for a DJ set or combine. But let’s dive deeper into your curation course of. How do you go abou discovering/discovering new music, and the way has this course of modified through the years because you’ve turn out to be extra profitable? Do you stick primarily to promos nowadays, or do you go crate digging on-line/in shops? Are there particular labels or artists placing out music now which are actually hitting it for you?

As our artist venture has grown, we’re now in a lucky place to be despatched lots of model new music from a lot of our favorite labels, in order that’s undoubtedly an excellent useful resource for brand new DJ tracks. We nonetheless do find yourself shopping for lots of information from Beatport although! One artist that springs to thoughts who we’re loving for the time being is Luces, they’re wonderful and we play lots of their information in our DJ units.

Have you bought any new studio toys as of late which have enhanced your productions or made you much more excited to provide?

The solely factor we’ve purchased lately is an Arturia Rackbrute modular eurorack case. The concept was to begin filling it with modular fx models however we’ve been so busy we haven’t acquired spherical to placing something in there but! Modular fx and sequencing is one thing we’re eager to experiment with so as to add a unique workflow to our studio course of. Hopefully we’ll be capable to begin experimenting quickly!

Do you ever see yourselves transferring past house-based music and making an attempt out different genres, possibly even beneath completely different aliases?

100%. We’ve all the time been eager to write down for different artists in several genres and it’s one thing we’ll be exploring extra this 12 months.

You’ve simply launched a brand new EP referred to as ‘This Must Be The Place’ – are you able to dive into the writing course of and inspiration behind it?

The idea for the EP got here to us final 12 months as we had been lucky to spend so much of time travelling, seeing new locations and experiencing new issues. The
concept behind it was one in all consistently transferring from place to put, by no means settling or addressing points or fears in a single’s life, dwelling a nomadic way of life. Towards the top of the writing course of we had been struggling to complete the ultimate observe ‘Running Away’ and had tried a number of occasions to complete it
while on the highway. It took going away on tour and having these experiences after which coming again to our consolation zone to make it work. When we acquired again to Bristol we had been capable of end it fairly simply.

What’s subsequent within the Icarus pipeline?

Our UK Live Tour kicks off later this month and we’ll be releasing a model new piece of music round that point too. We’re additionally again within the studio engaged on new music forward of a busy. We’re additionally again within the studio engaged on new music forward of a busy summer season of festivals, a few of which we’ll be taking the reside present to, so we’re actually enthusiastic about this 12 months.

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