As one of the forefront remixers for acts like M.I.A., Erlend Øye, and Cut Copy, The Twelves have proven more than just a novelty DJ act over their seven years as a duo. With influences on their remixes, and original compositions, coming from every which angle, they really do pull from a spectrum wide enough to include everyone from Daft Punk to Royksopp, the sound of these Brazillian boys is truly eclectic. Ahead of their Kitsuné Club Night “Autumn in America” tour stop in Denver, João and Luciano spoke to URB about the recent compilation they put together for the French label they’re touring in support of and how inspired they feel by the community of acts they exist within.
URB: Your Two Door Cinema Club remix is absolutely one of my most favorite I’ve heard in a long while. The synths all over the place, the tempo change, etc. Do you prefer remixing to original studio work or even playing live? It seems, just listening to that song, that you have quite a lot of fun rearranging someone else’s ideas.
The Twelves: We definitely like working on remixes. Anything that has a good vocal melody is good for us. I wouldn’t say that we prefer it to making our original stuff and we love playing live. There is just something about being able to take someone else’s music and throw your own spin on it that gets our creative juices flowing.
URB: Your Kitsuné Tabloid compilation had a notably full roster. There were quite a lot of artists on it. Would you say you’re influencers of these bands or are they actually your influences?
The Twelves: I’d like to say a little bit of both. We take our influences from all over the place and I think the eclectic nature of the track list proves that. Equally I am sure there are some people that listened to what we were doing and added elements into what they were doing at the time. I don’t think anyone is trying to be a carbon copy of anyone else, but it is nice when you can see that what you do has an effect on someone else.
URB: Daft Punk clearly has had a huge influence on you, that’s no surprise. But what, apart from French house and disco, would you say has had an impact on the sound of The Twelves, something people might be surprised to learn about?
The Twelves: No surprises sadly. We both started in a rock band and our early influences for that were various indie bands and artists. Then as we started to experiment our mutual love for disco came through. We still take a lot of inspiration from Brazilian music as well so it is hard to say if there is any one thing that has been more effective than another.
If you’re in Denver, CO tomorrow night check out the flyer below for all the details on the amazing event coming your way and grab tickets here. All info for the remaining dates of Kitsuné Club Night “Autumn in America” can be found on the tour’s official Facebook page.