I would like to start off by giving a big shout out to Prince Club and Poupon. These guys were all cool as fuck, super down to earth, and I could not have been more excited to interview them. This week I got to sit down and interview them on the up coming release of their collaboration EP Technique, due out July 23rd. We chatted a bit about their reasons for working together, how they got into DJ’ing/Producing, and what keeps them going as artists, along with a few other fun questions. If you don’t know who these guys are check out their bios and then read on for some insight into who these rising Kings of House music are and what they’re all about. Also make sure to check out their EP and buy it when it drops next week.
Prince Club are two young dj/producers from Montreal, Canada who have their hand on the pulse of unique house music production.
In a short period, the duo has released a number of chart topping releases on home labels Made To Play & Snatch! Records, receiving support from industry heavyweights Joris Voorn, Claude VonStroke, Solomun, Reboot, Mark Knight, Riva Starr, Jesse Rose, The Martinez Brothers, DJ T., Dyed Soundorom, Thomas Schumacher, Paco Osuna, Robert Owens, Brodinski, 2000 and One, DJ Zinc, Robbie Rivera, Noir, Uner, Pirupa, Adam Port, Homework, Zombie Disco Squad, Style of Eye, Jet Project and the Discobelle crew.
They have played at numerous clubs and festivals, including Montreal’s Igloofest & Piknic Electronik, Nuits Sonores (Lyon, France), the prestigious Ministry Of Sound (London, England) and the championed arena that is Avalon (Hollywood, California). Their versatile sets range from the early deep house hours of a day, to the peak hour, hands in the air and then back into the darkness of the late late set that brings you back til the sun rises.
With solid releases & collaborations on notable labels to memorable performances at some of the industry’s most respected venues, Prince Club continues to strengthen their position as House music royalty.
How long have been DJ’ing? How did you get started?
MAX: Well, we were in a rock band together for a year and a half or two years and then we started doing electro and dubstep together as Madkids and then from there it evolved into house and into Prince Club. Basically, one summer Zach and I had been sitting down for I don’t know how many fucking hours in front of the computer and we just looked at each other and said let’s just figure out how to make house music, tech house. It took us about three months to figure out a new formula to make music and to understand how to make the elements that were tech house type stuff like the jacking drums. Together we sat down and he kept digging for inspiration and then we sat down and made a couple songs and figured out how to do it and the from there evolved into Prince Club and left the whole fidget, dubstep thing behind.
You mentioned looking for inspiration in music so how does this relate to how you make your music? How does to it translate to you choosing who you want to collaborate with?
MAX: Obviously being a duo we both have each other’s direct influence as first of all friends, and second of all artists. I’m very fortunate to have Zach on my side because he feeds me amazing music all the time. I may be inspired by the music I find but also the stuff that Zac is able to dig out and find. I mean we are all inspired by the music that we listen to and the people that are around us. It’s even more true now that I live in Los Angeles. I feel like it’s nothing genius; you listen to that music and it passes to your brain and we spit it out in a different way after it passes through and we process it.
So how do you guys find music? Do you check sites like Soundcloud or do you like to go to the record store and just find old vinyl? Do you like to incorporate old stuff or is it a combination of both new and old sources?
MAX: Well, we mainly started digging through beatport and before that it was through blogs. I recently, like about a month ago started to go to….well I now live in London so the other week I went to a record store to buy some stuff that is only released on vinyl like those really good tracks that are made to be limited edition. We’re not from a super kind of house, vinyl background….we listen to pop music, rock.
So all kinds of different influences? All different types of music?
MAX: We’re not house heads, we just happen to really like house music for the past two years. Also, I feel like the way that electronic music has evolved it’s not about what style you’re making anymore, it’s really about how you do it. How you do it and how you can twist what you’re doing to any kind of other style. I mean if you meet a producer that can only make one style of music it’s totally irrelevant; if you meet a guy that can sit down and make you a hit in any style of music that is impressive, and that’s because now every kid has a computer, every kid has an Ableton demo in his bedroom. So we’re in the era where it’s not impressive to be a producer anymore; It used to be back in the 90’s and when the technology was less advanced. Now it’s about who can be a super producer and make hits in any style of music. Zac and I, I feel are mainly in it for the music and not just one style of music.
What do you feel is important as a DJ/Producer when you’re up on stage and when you’re making your music? How do you feel you make sure you are being authentic?
MAX: That’s a timeless question and it’s definitely been at it’s peak for the past couple months. It’s a bit like, not to sound general but you make what you feel is right, you play whatever the fuck you feel is right playing, and if you are doing it right people are definitely feeling it. It sounds super basic, but it’s gotten to that point where you just have to do your thing. It doesn’t matter what you’re using to DJ, if you are having a good time and everyone in the room is dancing and having a good time then why should it even matter how you’re DJ’ing. If everyone is having a good time then you’re fulfilling your job as a DJ. Some DJ’s are so stubborn they only play one kind of music or they will only play a certain type of style and then whole crowd is going to be a bit bummed.
How did you end up working with Poupon? Is that through the music you make being of a similar genre?
MAX: Well, I don’t know if it’s true, but apparently a long time ago Ben was already a fan of our productions and he tried to hit us up on Myspace and us being the dicks we are [insert laugh here] we never responded. So then through mutual connections and just gaining some visibility through the circle of house music in Canada our paths crossed. Honestly, I think it took Ben and I six minutes to become the best friends in the world and we sat down for the first time to make music and I had no idea Ben was such a good producer and he has really good engineering skills, and he’s a really creative and out of the box producer. The first time I sat down with was the first time I had same the feeling I do as when I make music with Zac. At some point all three of us got together…it was really just a natural and organic process because it started as a friendship and then from there both of us realizing we could work really well in the studio.
To wrap up, In the future if you could work with anyone, in any genre, dead or alive who would that be?
MAX: It’s very simple, for me if I could have anyone in the studio and make any kind of music I would make a #1 hit single with Rihanna.
ZACH: I guess I’d make like some kind of Rock meets ….with a Kurt Cobain vocal loop.
MAX: You see Zach is more of an artist and I’m more of a businessman.
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