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Interview: 2manydjs

Wednesday 30 April 2014

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Words Darren Skene

“2manygenres? Soulwhat? In all honesty, we don’t really care!” We talk genre classifications, festivals and the forthcoming W.A.R in Ibiza with the 2manydjs brothers.

Headed by David and Stephen Dewaele, 2manydjs are Belgian-beatsmiths, sound-collagers, international dj’s and everything else that lies between. First known as The Fucking Dewaele Brothers, they now play under the 2manydj’s moniker and ever since the release of their seminal compilation “As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt.2” was named one of the best albums of 2002 by The New York Times, they have been a global clubbing institution.

Renowned for big sets (in scale, size and the eclectic variation of sounds), the Belgian brothers amalgam of work includes albums, remixes, never-ending live tours and of course, Radio Soulwax – a twenty-four hour round the clock offering of audio mixes which covers anything and everything from disco to screech-heavy punk rock. Managing to avoid all genre classifications, because quite frankly no one knows where to start with that task and more importantly they don’t care, if there is one things that 2manydjs are sure to do, it’s is to get you dancing with their unlikely record mix-ups. Whether it’s Nirvana met by Destiny’s Child, Green Velvet and Led Zeppelin or Michael Jackson vs. Ladytron, they fuse together sounds which should never be put within a meter radius of one another and of course they pull it off every single time.

We caught up with the brothers ahead of their highly anticipated performance at W.A.R Ibiza this summer.



Spindle: People have tried to classify the music you create so many times to bad effect, if you could coin your genre what would it be?

2manydjs: 2manygenres? Soulwhat? In all honesty, we don’t really care. Everything has become very genre specific but people forget that classifications are only there to help us locate things. It’s so record stores know where to put stuff, so that we can buy it. Genres are like the borders of countries ­– they don’t actually exist. They’re just guidelines at the end of the day. There’s not actually a physical barrier between dubstep and drum & bass. The bands of these separate genres don’t live in a big house with a fence between them. There are always bleeds from one thing into the other. I guess we live in the bleeds.

Spindle: You make a very valid point. How about the changing music landscape, do you think you have evolved with it?

2manydjs: Music is forever evolving. Regardless of what anyone else is doing you have to continually push forwards otherwise you become a fixed moment in time. Sometimes you become part of the zeitgeist, part of a current movement and sometimes you’re out of time with things. The most important thing is to follow your instincts rather than what’s trending, otherwise you become just like everyone else.

Spindle: You frequently bring songs together that in theory should never cross paths, yet you always pull it off. How does the process begin? What are your initial thoughts?

2manydjs: Our initial thoughts are how can we bring these songs together that should never cross paths… Honestly, we don’t set out to fuse together tracks that seem paradoxical, we just maybe hear the similarities between the two that are not immediately apparent. There might just be one component that links them together but once you have found that connection you can build on it.

Spindle: Tell me about your first ever set, do you still remember it vividly?

2manydjs: We can’t even remember our sets from last week…

Spindle: Haha, what about advice you would give to your younger selves?

2manydjs: Whatever you do remember your first ever set because one day someone is going to ask you about it and you won’t have an answer.

Spindle: Great advice! How about working together as brothers do you ever argue, you must have certain traits that piss each other off?

2manydjs: We never argue. We don’t even know the meaning of the word. We live in perfect harmony. Our minds are as one. One of us will start a sentence and the other one will tell him to shut up. Total symbiosis.

Spindle: Impressive. What would be your all-time ultimate venue/festival to play at?

2manydjs: Despacio at Stonehenge. That would be the ultimate gig. Or in space. We got close at the Roundhouse but it would be great in zero gravity. No pressure.

Spindle: None atall! What are you most hungry for in life? 

2manydjs: Food

Spindle: Aren’t we all. Finally, what does the rest of 2014 hold apart from W.A.R in Ibiza of course?

2manydjs: We have Despacio and 2manydjs coming up at Sonar which we’re looking forward to and we have some other treats in store that we can’t mention just yet.

See 2manydjs at W.A.R!  in Ibiza on the 5th September. For more details please visit ibizarocks.com/war/.

Words: Brooke McCord