Week nine sees the release of Barely Alive‘s debut EP on Disciple Recordings. The ‘Lost In The Internet‘ EP features four monster tracks varying in different electronic genres. This week alone the EP has ranked first on Beatport four times!
Since their first release less than a year ago, the guys have racked up multiple Beatport top 10′s, millions of YouTube plays and have remixed for Datsik and Getter, Virtual Riot and Astronaut, as well as having some big collaborations in the works.
I talk with he guys about their EP, the importance of social media and the American EDM scene.
There isn’t a lot of information about you guys on the internet yet. Could you introduce yourselves to us and also include how you met?
Hi, I am Matt, designer of sounds and eater of chicken.
Hello, I’m Willie, and I am 80 percent pizza.
We are long time friends who met in grade school. We are now 21 years old and having been making dance music for about a year now.
The name of your new EP ‘Lost In The Internet’ came from a song name that Matt came up with before the Barely Alive Concept. You have said that: “It has to do with the role of technology in modern society. Social media and television has had a huge impact on people’s lives in the past decade and we want to express that in our music”.How has social media impacted your own lives?
Without the internet, we would never be where we are today. From the day we sent our first demo out via email, we have been finding opportunities to use social media to get our music to as many ears as possible. Having a Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter is essential to new producers when it comes to building a fanbase. We use social media just as much as the average person, but we have found ways to use it productively.
Social media has it’s pro’s and con’s. It’s great to easily share music with the whole world and get in touch with followers, but there are also a lot of people who only use it to share negative thoughts. Do you think people should just say whatever they think online or only try to give out positive vibes?
The internet is what it is and there’s not any way of changing it. There will always be negativity as part of human nature, but on the internet people have a unique ability to broadcast it without any social stigma. It would be great if everyone was positive all the time, but that is just not the case, and will never be the case, in the internet realm and in real life.
Which artists/songs influenced you when making the EP?
Our influences are many. We always have an ear to the ground in terms of new electronic music, but we also enjoy listening to other genres. Influence comes from everywhere musically, even from everyday life.
What equipment do you like to use to produce your music?
A fully charged macbook and a cup of coffee.
Visiting which website have you often lost the track of time?
Reddit and Facebook are the biggest culprits. We have also been known to lose an afternoon to YouTube.
How do you currently see the American electronic music scene?
Aside from the fact that it’s been growing exponentially in the past few years, we love how the culture surrounding electronic music is very centered around having a good time and enjoying the presence of others. Our mentality is that if we have fun in the studio, people will have fun listening to our music.
What are your favourite movies of all time and why?
Jurassic Park, Star Wars (all of them), and The Matrix.
Which three tracks couldn’t you miss in your life?
Nuclear (Hands Up) by Zomboy, Super Meat Freeze by Mord Fustang and Skrillex’s remix of Hey Sexy Lady by iSquare.
What do you see yourselves doing five years from now
Playing a music festival on the Moon.