Circuit 900, a collaborative powerhouse of Danish producers, released their EP Couch King on the French label Monstart last week.
What is Circuit 900?
J: A collaborative music project between me, Jens Madsen, and Nicolas Hansen. We both produce other music in quite different styles but this is where our inspirations meet.
How did you guys develop the name?
N: We’re both terrible at coming up with names, so we just wanted something unpretentious and simple. Can’t remember how we came up with it exactly, but we both liked how it sounded.
Where are you from (Country and City)?
J: Copenhagen, Denmark
N: Aarhus, Denmark
How did you guys meet each other?
J: Via Soundcloud pretty much. We kind of knew some of the same people without knowing each other but we didn’t meet before we listened to each other’s music. That was about three years ago now.
What made you want to work together as a team?
N: We’ve talked about it for a while actually, and once we got the timing right we tried to send some sketches back and forth to see what happened.
J: Yeah – we tried once which didn’t work because we had too many other things going on at that point. When we really gave it a go it worked.
What kind of music do you create?
N: It’s a bit hard to pin down for us, as we take in a lot of different inspirations for our tracks which then often results in our tracks varying a bit in style depending on mood and what we set out to accomplish.
J: The general theme has until now been club music. But that could as well change with the next track.
What drew you to music? What do you like about it?
J: My brother was a DJ and constantly pushed hip-hop to me. When he got into house music I followed him into electronic music, became a DJ and started making it myself. It’s hard to say what I like about it. Once you’re in it as deep as we are it follows you around all the time. It becomes a big part of your life.
How would you describe your music?
N: Overall our music probably has a good mixture of sounds/inspirations – from both old school electro, house and some UK bass music. It’s a bit hard for us to pin it down precisely.
What makes your music stand apart from other artists?
J: That’s quite a tough actually. That it’s us who are making it I guess? That we draw from our particular inspirations. Every producer has their own palates in terms one which samples/synths to use, how to process them and make them sit in the mix. That must be it at the moment. In a couple of years we might be able to say: “This sound is quintessentially Circuit 900.” – but I’m not comfortable doing that just yet.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to mention?
N: We just finished up our first EP for Monstart, which we’re really excited about!
J: We’ve also got a track coming out on the next Ruffhouse compilation called Violet. Apart from that we are going to be finished up some new things this summer.
How did you get involved with the Monstart Label?
N: We’ve been following their output for a while and felt that the stuff they put out had some of the same qualities as the stuff that we produce. So it was quite obvious we needed to reach out to them.
How do you plan to grow in your craft?
J: We don’t have any master plan. Just keep making music, start playing out together and release another EP.
What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?
N: We’re still aspiring musicians ourselves, but the best advice would just be to keep working on your craft as much as you possible can.
J: I guess patience in general would be my advice. Plus listen to a lot of music and study the cultures which gave birth to that music. That will always create a more honest sound if you know what you are inspired by.
Why do you think people should follow their dreams?
J: I’m not sure I have the life experience to qualify to have an opinion on this. I’m not sure I necessarily think people should always follow their dreams unless it’s everything to you. I don’t think everyone has one set of dreams they want to accomplish. And that’s also cool. Do your thing – see what happens.
Circuit 900 – https://soundcloud.com/circuit900
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