Nov 29, 2013

What happens when bass music heavyweights JWLS and Van Toth join forces and declare war on genres? GTA is formed, and judging by their recent success, it’s a match made in heaven. In our interview from Day Of The Dead, the duo talks about the concept behind their “Death To Genres” mixtape and what video games they’re playing on the road.

GTA - The Crowd (Original Mix) [Fly Eye]
LessThan3: Are there any plans yet to release the new tracks you dropped in your set today?
Jules: We don’t really have any plans for them yet. They’re fairly new–we made them in the last two months. You’ll definitely hear them in our future mixes, though.
LessThan3: Are your new releases going to be more moombahton, trap, or something else?
Jules: Everything really. Moombahton, trap, house…
Matt: We have one that goes from moombahton to house. We have another that samples Star 69 by Fatboy Slim and I think Funkagenda. Just a random bootleg of it. We’ve also got a collab with Juyen Sebulba from Texas coming called Hard House.
LessThan3: Explain the dynamic of how you guys came together. When did you realize that you both worked together well?
Jules: We were both just really into the same music when we met. He showed me what he was listening to, and I was like “this is what I like too.” Our inspiration comes from the same place. That’s what makes our sound click so well. I’m more from a hip hop background, and Van Toth is from more of a house and techno sound. Both of those individual influences together make our GTA sound.
LessThan3: What goals do you both have in mind for the GTA project?
Jules: It’s really just about making all kinds of music. We just like to make music that we love to listen to. We want to make something that we’re proud of. If people like it, then that’s cool too.
LessThan3: What’s your favorite collab of the year so far?
Matt: The upcoming track with Juyen Sebulba is our favorite collab so far. Also the track Boy Oh Boy with Diplo.
LessThan3: How do you both feel about the sound of hard dance becoming more popular in America?
Matt: One of the tracks that got us really big, Turn It Up, was inspired by that same style. We felt it would be kind of big, so we made it. I think for now, people should just try to take that sound and do something different with it. There are a lot of tracks coming out with this hard distorted sound, but you can still make it funky. For example, Juyen Sebulba released the song Superjam on Mad Decent that we play a lot. It has a hard kick and distortion, but it’s still really funky. It’s not in-your-face all the time.
LessThan3: What’s your favorite remix of a track of yours that came out this year?
Matt: Ookay’s remix of The Crowd is f*cking nuts. Juyen Sebulba did a remix of Jet Blue Jet that we did with Major Lazer. It hasn’t come out, but it sounds unbelievable.
LessThan3: Your remix of Kaskade’s Move For Me is a favorite of ours. Are there any other dance classics that you would like to remix?
Matt: There are so many. They just sort of pop up in the moment. We rediscover them and just feel the need to do a touch up, or do a bring-it-back kind of thing. We’ve been playing Riverside by Sidney Samson often in our live sets. It just sort of happens whenever we feel the need to remember a track that we relaly like. Pretty much whenever we hit iTunes shuffle and an old song comes on, we’re like, “sh*t we gotta bring this back.”
LessThan3: You guys name your mix volumes Death To Genres. What bothers you about genre classification?
Jules: We’re letting people know that we don’t really want to be the kind of group that people expect a certain sound from. We like to make everything, no matter what it is. It can change from day to day. We can be listening to an old soul record maybe, and then we’ll want to make a soul sample or something. Then tomorrow we might feel like making some crazy future trap. We don’t want to just stick to one sound. We want to be able to do everything. Plus, it’s fun for us personally. It can get boring to make the same kind of music all the time.
Matt: The mixes show what we’re into at the moment; it doesn’t mean that we’re not into other styles. Death To Genres 2 had more trap in it. Our third mix has more house in it.
LessThan3: Since you guys are named GTA, what do you both think of the new GTA V game?
Jules: We haven’t played it yet. I heard it’s good, though.
Matt: This past tour we actually re-hashed and brought out GTA IV. We’ve been playing it from the beginning.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Matt: Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds.
Jules: Flower Called Nowhere by Stereolab.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Matt & Jules: Death To Genres.
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