Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen of Knife Party held an Ask-Me-Anything on Reddit Dec. 16 and satisfied fans’ curiosity on topics from ghost producers and Ghosts N Stuff to Drag Queens and Beyonce. Here are the highlights:
1. A jazz album isn’t completely out of the question
Q: Would you ever create a jazz album, just to piss people off?
Knife Party: Probably
2. The top locale on their dream performance list? The Moon
Q: If you had to DJ anywhere in the world, where would it be?
KP: private island in the Maldives and the moon, done the Maldives one so…
3. Those who use ghost producers are ‘a fucking joke’
Q: What are your thoughts on ghost producers like Vorwerk and their effect on electronic music?
KP: its a can of worms we dont want to open right now.
rob edit: -opens can- Personally I have infinite respect for the guy. I think the people who USE ghost producers are…well…a fucking joke, but I have lots of respect for Vorwerk and the other ghost producers themselves. It’s a hell of a business model: sit in the studio all day, sell music to talentless DJs, keep your anonymity, ???, profit…sounds fucking great to me, I wish I could do it!
Q: How does it feel having El Hornet and The Verse still performing (and making money) as a “Pendulum DJ Set” when you two were the production brains?
Even if you’re still friends, them making relatively easy money whilst Earstorm lost and arm and a leg on touring the full band must sting a bit.
5. Some DJs are definitely smelly, but babies are a complete mystery
Q: Who is the smelliest DJ you’ve worked with? Where do babies come from?
KP:We do have an answer for this, but no one must ever know.
edit: the first question, I mean. We have no idea where babies come from.
6. The Ghosts n Stuff melody may have been ‘borrowed’
Q: To Rob: What’s the story behind you singing on Deadmau5’s Ghosts n Stuff.. and how do you feel about where the song went?
KP: Story: Joel asked if I wanted to do vocals on it…so I did! V proud of it, although in retrospect I think may have borrowed the melody from Chris Isaac “Wicked Game” /lawsuit/
7. Windows errors can be a good thing
Q: Which track from Abandon Ship are you guys most proud of?
KP: Probably 404, because the mix turned out well and we finally found a way to make Windows errors profitable.
8. A Pendulum album is likely, but they don’t want to. Also Beyonce ruins everything
Q: So… how’s the new Pendulum album going?
KP: Keep-management-and-fans-happy answer:
It’s not going at all (yet). We have a bunch of unreleased material from the last two albums that we still love, and would like to finish / re-work into something new, but we’re not actively working on it just yet.
It’s been nearly 5 years since the last Pendulum album – even if we do release new material, it will most likely sound completely different, just because…well, people change, and get bored of things, etc. I have no real desire to make drum’n’bass anymore, I have no desire to fuse it with rock, and I sure as fuck don’t have any desire to tour with a live band.
Around about the time we started Knife Party, I really lost my heart for the project. I remember playing Glastonbury 2011 on the main stage – we played just before Beyonce to a crowd full of parents and their kids waiting to sing “Crazy in Love”, staring at us with blank faces. I was watching the TV coverage of the show afterwards and I just thought “how the fuck did it turn into this? this isn’t the kind of project I wanted to be involved in at all”. It wasn’t even the crowd response, I just didn’t like anything about it.
On top of that, we weren’t making any money since we were spending it all on crew members wages, freight costs, transport, production assistants etc (touring with a band is REALLY expensive). Now, we were never into it for the money, but as you start getting closer to 30, you start to think “oh yeah, I have to…be able to eat food n stuff” – and if your heart isn’t in the project, well, there’s not much point in continuing.
We’re contracted for another album. I have no idea what’s going to happen. I don’t really want to do one – I’d prefer to work on something else with KP or perhaps a new project altogether. If I have to do it, then I will, but that’s never a great place to start making music.
9. The Knife Party emblem was crowdsourced
Q: How did you guys decide on your emblem… what’s the story behind it?
KP: Our logo was made by the talented Mr. Protski
IIRC we held a competition (omg crowdsourcing, so 2011) and his designs were the best. Pretty lame story, apologies
10. Rob and Gareth had plans to have deadmau5 carjacked at gunpoint
Q: Will you ever do a coffee run with deadmau5?
KP: We had this great idea, where we’d pay some actors to hijack the car at gunpoint and lead Joel away, blindfolded, on our own coffee run of darkness and despair
But now that’s in the open, we will never be invited
11. Drag queen RuPaul is essential to Knife Party
Q: Basically, who does all the work?
12. And so are video games
Q: Hey Rob and Gareth, what are your favourite video games to play?
KP: we’re both currently playing farcry 4, alien isolation and destiny also
13. They’re waiting on Hardwell to finish their collab
Q: Can you give us a status on the track “Baghdad” with Hardwell?
KP: hardwell has all the parts
Read the complete Reddit AMA here.
Photo by: The Manc Photographer