Where did the name Dirtyphonics come from?
From our sound and lifestyle. It embodies the raw energy within our music and the contrast you can find in our songs. The juxtaposition of words gives us the freedom to go raw or refined.
Dirtyphonics started off with four members, and now there are three of you. Do you think your sound has changed?
Our sound has definitively evolved over the years. We’ve never set any boundaries to what we would or could do and it did make our music and sound grow and transform. We like to blend genres together and have fun with everything that influences us from a twisted bass sound to a metal guitar riff or a smooth Future Bass pad. We’ve always let ourselves write whatever we like, whatever we want to experiment with.
Recently we have love for what’s happening in the Hybrid scene and everything labeled “Future” so we’ve written songs with these textures.
Who in the group keeps everyone on their toes?
We all do at some point and that’s the beauty of being in a band. We’re challenging each other on many different levels and this is how Dirtyphonics works. We all started skating when we were kids and we’ve always kept this mentality. It’s a constant game/lifestyle of pushing yourself and your homies further and celebrating all together.
Metal is for sure an influence in your songs. What bands do you guys listen to that have an impact on your music?
We don’t listen to a lot of metal anymore but we still have some in our iTunes for sure. The Haunted, Metallica, Pantera, Slipknot, Emmure…
You’ve worked, toured and been friends with Steve Aoki for a long time now. What are some things you have learned from him?
We’ve definitively seen what giving 1000% of yourself means. His energy level is insane and his passion and dedication is incredible! He’s also helped us understand that taking care of your physical self can be helpful when touring so much. Check out the Netflix documentary about him, you’ll learn lots!
So it’s been about 10 years now that you guys have been working together. What do you think has changed about each other over the years?
We’re still the same kids with the same passion only with more experience now.
The only thing that has changed is the way we communicate with each other – we’ve learnt how to cut the bullshit and focus on the positive side of things. We know each other strengths and weaknesses and where we could have gotten into a friendly fight in the past we now have a laugh and move forward. That’s what friends do, right? Knowing that we’re here for each other no matter what changes everything. Of course being part of a band is a musical adventure but it’s a human one first and foremost.
There’s always an insane energy when you’re on stage. What do you guys like to do when you’re not jumping around on stage to relax?
We like to skate! We’re adrenaline junkies and love to stay active. On a more relaxed tip, Charly likes to go scuba diving and taking pictures while Pitchin can be found building legos or digging motorcycle stuff. Pho takes trips with his family.
You guys are always busy and on the road. When you find time to create a new song, how long does it usually take you to finish it?
It really depends on the type of song and if there’s a hard deadline to it. It can take between a week and a month. We’re always working on multiple songs at the same time so sometimes it takes months between the beginning of the song and the final master. Some songs are written literally over a year before they come out.
Over the years we’ve learnt to write on the road, in planes, tour buses, hotel rooms, airports. Sometimes the best ideas come when you’re flying the morning after a show.
If you guys weren’t part of Dirtyphonics today, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Charly would probably travel the world to dive, Pitchin would have a custom motorcycle garage and Pho would be a vietnamese soups expert.
Two of you (Charly and Pitchin) are now based out of LA. Was it an easy transition moving to the US from France?
Yes very easy. We were traveling to LA multiple times a year before moving so we already knew what we were getting into!
The hardest part is finding time to go to the DMV or finding good cheese haha.
What does it mean to be “Dirty”?
It means whatever you want it to mean. For us it means being free, being the raw version of yourself.
What drew you or inspired you to be a DJ? Was it the music, an event in your life, or an artist that you listened to?
It’s a mix of everything. When we were growing up we were playing in Metal bands and we got exposed to electronic music at an early age through acts like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Laurent Garnier etc.
It was part of our musical culture and eventually we discovered Jungle/Drum and Bass in the mid nineties and it slapped us in the face! It had the energy of metal with electronic sounds. We were hungry and wanted to know everything about it so we went to our local records stores and travelled to London to see more, hear more…
Seeing Andy C at The End was a true revelation. Years later we’re now good friends and share stages with him all over the world. Dreams do come true – follow yours!
Stage diving seems to be something you guys like doing at your shows. Who has had the best stage dive so far? Do you guys ever try to outdo each other?
We have been outdoing each other for years and it started to get stupid and somehow dangerous so we eased out on it. There’s a compilation of our best stage dives on our youtube channel – go check it out and choose for yourself the craziest one.
After a crazy show, what do you usually want to eat before calling it a night?
Oysters, frog legs, camembert, red wine…
Are there any festivals or cities that you haven’t yet been to that you’re eager to make an appearance in?
Asia and South America for sure. We’ve done a couple asian tours and we’d like to go back and discover even more place.
As far as festivals go, Fuji Rock for sure, EDC Mexico, Lollapalooza, one of the cruises…
What are some things we’ll be seeing from Dirtyphonics in the future?
A lot of new music! We have been more inspired than ever and we have written a lot of fresh music and we can’t wait to share it all with our fans! Since the beginning of the year we have released our remix of “Blame” (by Zeds Dead, Diplo and Elephant), then our “Night Ride” EP came out on Buygore in February and we just released “Watch Out”, our collaboration with Bassnectar and the Ragga Twins on Monstercat. The love we got from all theses releases is above our expectations and drives us to do even more. Next month our song “Boombox” comes out on Dim Mak and there’s a secret release coming out at the beginning of the Summer. We also are writing a very special EP that should be out in the fall but we can’t reveal any details yet.
At the same time we’re going to be traveling back and forth between North America and Europe a lot through spring and summer and we’re putting an Asian/Oceanian tour together later in the year. I’m sure I’m forgetting some things in the mix but this is what our future looks like and we can’t wait for all of it!!