Interview with DJ/production duo Beije to find out what makes them tick…

Beije is a producer/DJ duo based in Toronto, Canada. They began releasing music together in 2018 and signed to labels such as Manual Music, Manual Deep & Nugget Music. Their sound can be described as a blend of hypnotic rhythms and melancholic melodies coming together to create unforgettable moments on the dance floor.

We were lucky enough to share some questions with Beije.

Tell us about your earliest musical memory?
Playing the saxophone in the elementary school band.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself “This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?”
In 2015, we attended a music festival planning on staying at the mainstage all day but we ended up venturing to the side stage. Here we were introduced to Pete Tong & Deep Dish. The exact moment we realized “this is it”, was when Pete dropped “Constellations” by Camelphat. After this experience, we became indulged in the underground scene and everything it has to offer.

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:
Some of our most influential albums are: “Berlin Calling” by Paul Kalkbrenner, “Assume Form” by James Blake, and “Mourn” by Corbin.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
We are using Ableton Live for our productions. Some of our go-to gear has got to be our beloved Moog Grandmother and Roland TR-8.

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
We think inspiration comes from everywhere, but whenever we running low on creative juices we can always count on going to our favourite club to hear something unique and refreshing that inspires us.

What is your opinion on the ever-spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there’ s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
We don’t see the harm in the ever-spreading sub-genre vine, at least it means people are being innovative. However, we think to stay in one sub-genre for too long kind of ruins the positive effect because it gets harder to be innovative the longer you stay. Also, we feel disco doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
We definitely prefer studio work and music creation, no rules or regulations!

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
Personally, we don’t see much wrong with the music scene. We surround ourselves with like-minded individuals who share the same passions and dedications.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn’t the world sleep on?
2 artists who have been on our radar are B.A.X. and Renga Weh. We discovered them through Manual Music and have been fans ever since!

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
We have some strong independent releases lined up through 2020, as well as remixes and guest mixes for some of our favourite labels!

Famous last words?
So let’s go.

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