Ephwurd Reveals Identity, Premieres 'Rock the Party' With Jauz: Exclusive
After catching ears with their chugging remix of Major Lazer & DJ Snake's "Lean On," mystery duo Ephwurd are ready to lift the curtain.
Billboard can now exclusively reveal that Ephwurd is comprised of bass music heavyweights Datsik and Bais Haus, who say they joined forces to create "something new and fresh."
Trading broken beats and twisted synthesis for four-to-the-floor and shuffling hi-hats, the producers have been exploring house arrangements through the bass-heavy prism of their previous productions. A collaboration with Jauz -- the rising Los Angeles artist whose fast-paced future bass wubs have become inescapable on the festival circuit this year -- almost makes too much sense.
Listen to the full premiere of their new joint single, "Rock the Party," exclusively on Billboard:
Billboard caught up with Datsik and Bais Haus to discuss their new project and partnership.
How did Ephwurd come together?
Datsik: We wanted a platform where we can experiment with the other side of "EDM", so we decided to start something new and fresh! Plus, we are super good homies and we travel together like mad already. That basically means we can really focus on music during those long flights and get a bunch of shit done while we are on the move!
Why did you decide to keep your identities a secret?
Datsik: We decided to keep it on the low so we could write a bunch of new material without borders and develop our style a bit before letting the public at it. We plan on dropping a wide variety of stuff all under the house music umbrella. It's so inspiring working at different tempos than I'm used to!
Bais Haus: Yeah the dynamic between us is really interesting, since we both have super different backgrounds. I grew up as a music theory kid while Troy is the mix master. Developing our style in this way has been dope since we are able to translate different ideas into what we are trying to do. I think the pressure of being public before having your identity as a new act can really take away the creative edge. We want to be different and not push the same sound that we have been hearing for the past couple of years.
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How does the creative process for making house music differ from dubstep and bass music?
Datsik: I guess the biggest difference for me is the mix down process and the vibe. I'm really used to writing a lot of grittier and hip-hop influenced stuff, so it's kind of a breath of fresh air being able to write in either direction based on how I'm feeling that day. Light or dark, simple or complex; it feels like it's all acceptable. I've learned a lot lately and that's what I love most about doing this kinda stuff!
Bais Haus: It's great because the genre of “bass music” is continuing to grow collectively and as a music scene everyone is finding new ways to expand their sound and keep things interesting. The blend between this and house music only seemed like the natural route and with it comes a new set of challenges to make it sound dope.
How did this collaboration with Jauz happen? What was working together like?
Datsik: Collaborating with Jauz was easy and natural. We've known each other, aside from each other's music, for some time now, so he basically came over to the Firepower Records studio, and we banged out a large portion of it in one sitting. From there, we took it and ran with it and flipped it into what we felt was right. We were gonna give this away for free, but Spinnin' took notice to it, so we went with the flow. We are super stoked about all the new stuff lately and can't wait to show the world! Anyways, we'll let the music do the talking.
Jauz x Ephwurd - "Rock the Party" will be available through Spinnin' Records on July 17, and can be purchased here.
Be sure to check out Jauz's recent Diplo & Friends Guest Mix as well: