Finding Sweet Peace with Sunny and Gabe

 All photos via Anjelica Jardiel
All photos via Anjelica Jardiel

Sunny and Gabe haven’t released a full length in five years, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy. Gabe Niles has been working with legendary producer Rick Rubin off-and-on in LA on secret project with big names. Sunny’s been jamming on side projects such as the jazzy dapzam and collaborations with Opal (which has been featured on a couple TV shows now), and solo stuff kept under wraps for now.

They blessed us with a few bites recently, with Vacay and Hadouken, the single off their new record. Now they’re serving up several slices with “Peace of Cake,” released this week. The first Time Traveler’s Ball last fall spun a few tracks in the DJ setlist, but now they’re performing entirely pre-enjoyed jams live at Origami this Saturday for round 2. Popscure caught up with them before the show to talk about where they started, their travels, and what inspired the long-awaited album.

 

Tell us a little bit about your origins – how did y’all get together to start making tunes?

Sunny – He ripped my song off of SoundCloud and remixed it. Soon thereafter, I recorded on the coolest beat I’d ever heard. We started e-mailing back and forth and had an album’s worth of music within a couple of months.

What music, art, or otherwise do you pull inspiration from generally?

Sunny – I just let it come through me. I’ve always played with word association and letting my mind go wherever it wants. Kind of like stream of consciousness. Whatever feels right is right. I’m mostly inspired by this and how it mixes with my own state and emotions, and how it can fit into whatever instrument or instrumental I’m faced with at the moment. I love so much music that I have no idea what is influencing me. Love weird shit and honest shit.

Gabe – Colorful things. Chaotic themes. Sci fi. High energy, jazzy moments.

What did you want to do differently with this record?

Sunny – Make it sound a little less dusty. I love Free Candy and the way it sounds but we wanted to clean this stuff up enough to be presentable and ingestible to a wider audience.

Gabe – This record we actually took our time lol. Not really, but the sense of it. Actually just made more songs and chose from a bigger pool of records…so we could be patient and hold on to some classic songs for the next rather than overload.

What scene do you hope to set with this album?

Sunny – Oh man, just a big run through time and space.

Gabe – Space casino latin bar called LNS-19 is pretty much the vibe. LNS-19 stands for Latin Nights Sector-19. Def kinda futuristic. 5th element/Cowboy bebop vibes

I know long-term partner D.r.a.m. is on this record. What are some Other exciting collaborations you worked in?

Sunny – I’ve mostly collabed with my own dark emotions.

Gabe – Oh ye, gotta dream team. Gary Donna from our band touches a lot, he is one of my main collaborators. Dude is crazy. Roget Chahayed on the keys for a couple records. He is a walking platinum plaque. Despo aka Los Hendrix, craaazy guitar player from Yonkers based in LA. He produces for Brent Fiyahz, one of the first musicians I met in LA. Pip, amazing composer. He arranged and played a lot of the strings you hear throughout the record. He produces as well, very well rounded. PaperDiamond mastered it, dude is a genius. Justin Battle and Mike Mizzle came in on “Sistermoon.”

You all are time travelers, what time periods influenced the music on the new record (past or future since you have seen it all)?

Sunny – A mix of everything at once. A lot of 70s I think. A lot of smoky jazz clubs as well. LNS-19 is a smoky jazz club in the future. It’s just whatever you feel; it’s right.

Gabe – Mesoteric Era meets Jetsons meets 2003

As for the present day, how do you feel about tunes coming out lately, for better or worse? What’s exciting you and what’s disappointing (if anything)?

Sunny – There’s a lot of the same shit that’s getting a whole lot of attention right now. There’s also a lot of GREAT shit going on. I’m a little disconnected and only occasionally find/am introduced to something I’m reallllly feeling. When I saw King Krule come out with a big ass buzz it was probably the most motivating thing I’ve ever seen.

Gabe – It’s a lot of good shit that comes out that just gets kinda pushed to the side occasionally. It’s kinda mundane when you hear a lot of the songs that sound exactly the same, but you also gotta understand the culture. It’s a great canvas tho, since it’s kinda flat lines. So it’s still as exciting as it is boring.

From when Sunny and Gabe began roughly 5 years ago to now, how has the industry changed?

Sunny – I have no idea what the industry even is because I’m afraid of it, but it seems like everything is about some playlist or something. I miss albums. I really miss like, guitar music. I don’t really use weird genre names to describe what I like but I miss GUITAR MUSIC. Some hard ass shit. There’s so much smooth shit. I get really tired of stuff that just sounds really good, smooth singers, smooth beats, just FUCK I wanna feel something. My bad, I’m like an old school person who likes shit nobody has ever heard of. But there’s a lot of good shit, again, don’t get me wrong.

Gabe – *Clears throat* it hasn’t. The only things that changed forreal are the gates and the gatekeepers. Play ball.

What does the future hold for music, and what are your efforts to push it in that direction?

Sunny – I want to help inspire others to be different. Straight up. I’ll fight until I’m dead if it’s going to help someone else do what they want instead of try to follow a trend.

Gabe – See above.

Seems like you all have been holding onto these tracks for quite some time… why is now the right time for release?

Sunny – We are SLOW AS FUCK. The tracks got too clean and had to get dirty again. We made SisterMoon last month. There’s so many reasons. We have no boss so for two creatives it’s a nightmare trying to get to a point where we call something “finished” Now is the right time because it just happened to happen. No idea.

Gabe – They forced their way out after holding us at gun point.

 

Peep “Peace of Cake” in it’s entirety below

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Monthly Mix: Wivve

AT THE START OF EVERY MONTH, WE’LL BE FEATURING A MIX OF SONGS FROM DJS, WHIPPED UP ESPECIALLY FOR POPSCURE

The secret’s out – Wivve put out the call for this special mix on Instagram last month, and we took the bait. Hip hop heavy with house elements, it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser to thrown on at any function.

The Virginia-based DJ spins all over the 757 and helps put on poppin’ events through Extra Company. In the past, he’s teamed up with Shake, and working with No Preserves this weekend for a stacked lineup, featuring session scarlet Opal and Stones Throw Record’s Simulator Jones.

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tracklist

Breathe (Bass Mix) – Hollaphonic
Blazin feat. Sophiegrophy – Airwolf
Ultimate (Yung Noize Remix) – Denzel Curry
I Want (Braveaux Mod) – MADEINTYO
Na Hora (Ft Faktiss & Chris McClenney) – Sángo
Russian Cream – Key Glock
Move – Key! & Kenny Beats
Love Hurts (feat. Travis Scott) – Playboi Carti
Live SheckWes Die SheckWes – Sheck Wes
Hater – Key! & Kenny Beats
PHARMACIST – NOLANBEROLLIN
PHARMACIST [UZUMI EDIT] – NOLANBEROLLIN
DOESKIFROMDAPACK – DOE$KI
New Slaves – Kanye West
Nonstop – Drake
Skateboard P – elijah who
Get It (4801 FREESTYLE) – Kyere

Daunting Realness: An Interview with Dazeases

by Jerome Spencer

I last interviewed London Perry – professionally known as Dazeases – in March of this year, directly on the heels of the then-latest release “Local Slut” before a combustible performance at Charlie’s American Café — a performance that left me more in awe of London’s raw talent and translucent emotion than I already had been.

So, I kept an eye on Dazeases’ career and in-touch via social media, so that when this moment came –- this moment when London will be performing again in Norfolk (to christen this very website, as a matter-of-fact) – I’d be ready. But what can I say that I haven’t already? I asked London a few pressing questions (or maybe really random, non-sequitur ones) to fill-in the blanks, but, before we dive into that, let’s have a refresher course on Dazeases:

Richmond’s Dazeases has been making music for about two-and-a-half years now. I hate labelling music, but it’s kind of Witchhouse-y, but sexier and kind of Ambient, but poppier yet definitely too gangsta to be pop. By fitting in nowhere, the music of Dazeases fits in everywhere. I don’t know what else you need to know; we already did the origin story so let’s jump right into the pressing matters.

What’s been going on with you musically since Local Slut?

I released Local Slut last winter and since then I released a very messy but loveable EP called Minneapolis that’s only available through download codes that I hand out at shows (if I remember to bring them). And since then it’s been silence, just simmering on ideas and putting attention to other aspects of my life.

So what’s next and when? And what’s inspiring you to create these days?

Your guess is as good as mine for the next project, but I look forward to its inevitability. I need more than inspiration to create and I need the inspiration to continue existing. I’ve been renewing it through the love of those close to me, who I think have more faith in me than I do myself.

Do you think all of these sexual-harassment related firings will really lead to a change in the balance of power or am I just getting my hopes up? (I told you they were non-sequitur, but you know we’re all thinking about this.)

Yes, I think these cases may create catalysts that will lead to that balance of power. With the proactive, I think it is also important to develop the preventative, but I’m not sure what that effectively looks like. It would be a complete change of culture I could only hope to see on the horizon before our generation dies.

(This is a really great fucking answer and you should read it twice.)

What’s your Myers-Briggs type and do you agree with it?

I’m an E-something, whatever Ron Weasley is on the Buzzfeed article. I agree with anything that classifies me as empathetic.

(I googled this, Ron is ESFP)

Who’s your current favorite rapper?

My fav current rapper is still Bones. He seems to be thriving and it’s cool to see the life he’s been able to build up with Sesh.

(This is interesting to me. Sonically, I see similarities between Dazeases and the emo-rapper Bones and I see the connection between Bones’ TeamSesh and Dazeases own Ice Cream Social Club, but Bones has put out 7 albums this year (over 50 in his six-year career), a stark contrast to Dazeases thoughtful, deliberate and calculated approach to releasing material. To that point, though, I prefer Dazeases to Bones. I also think one’s favorite rapper says more about them than a Myers-Briggs test.)

Do you think I’d look good with a mustache or is that only for serial killers?

 Decide for yourself.
Decide for yourself.

While there are some looks that flatter us more than others, I am ultimately of the opinion that if you enjoy it personally then anyone else’s opinion is nice but unnecessary. As someone who worries a lot, I know that I can be lost to speculation.

(I think London’s considerate response to a mustache question really sums up her personality, her sound and the general vibe you can expect from this Saturday’s show at Charlie’s. It’s thoughtful, deliberate, and you can’t help but enjoy it.)