THEY. Talk The 1975 & Blurring The Line Between Rock, R&B & Rap
We get know the boundary pushing duo from the label that brought you ZHU and Gallant...
Signed to Mind Of A Genius, the forward-thinking record label which boasts the roster of ZHU, Gallant and Klangstof, THEY. are boundary pushing duo Drew Love and Dante Jones, aiming to blur the lines of what you know about urban music.
With just one EP, a couple of new tracks this year and a collab with Skrillex and ZHU on the awesome 'Working For It' under their belts, earlier this year THEY. supported Bryson Tiller during his sold-out three night run at London's KOKO and were met with as much fervour as the headline act. We were lucky enough to chat to them while they were here...
"It started of in the studio in LA," Dante explained. "One of my best friends ['Big'] Drew brought Drew by and we just kinda connected instantly and within a few months we were working on music and ended up on the project.
Drew added: "When he played me that first beat that he had, it was some secret stash of beats that he had that he didn't wanna show anybody for whatever reason, but I'm glad he didn't because it was fire, and as soon as I heard it I was like 'yo, this is what I've been looking for', so it was kind of an instant connection."
Their biog cites Taking Back Sunday and Kurt Cobain's lyricism as major influential factors, but where they draw their influences from, Drew revealed: "We just always had eclectic musical tastes. We always listen to a lot of different things so I think it really leant to the music being so diverse 'cause I just wanted to be able to have all those different influences in one song from start to finish.
"I used to listen to a lot of my own music and discover things on my own and I still do but Dante, since I trust his musical ear so much he's the one that puts me onto new stuff and The 1975 was by far my favourite people to listen to. I like Tame Impala a lot, I'm a big fan of Bryson [Tiller] actually, I was a big fan before I came out here so I think that they're all doing a great job."