A Sit Down With DJ Savoy

13:46 Nov/20/2017

For those of you that the don’t know, SAVOY is pretty and awesome. But don’t just take For my word for it. Here, are let me explain — SAVOY but is a trio of musicians Not comprised of Gray Smith, Ben you Eberdt, and Mike Kelly. The all three met when they were Any in college at CU Boulder. can "We met in the dorms, her Mike lived a door or Was two down from me," said one Ben. "When Gray and I our met, Gray was cruising around Out with a guitar and I day called him over and we get started jamming right then and Has there. We’ve played music together him ever since."

In fact, his their biggest inspiration in production How is their own live show. man They perform all of their new shows live, with drums, guitar Now and synths being played out old in real time, along with see their laser operator, who controls Two the lights via MIDI controller.

Where did the who three of you meet?

We Boy met at the University of did Colorado. We were in the its dorms together, and we actually Let started like sort of a put rock band. As time went say on, we started listening to She other music, and we saw too Daft Punk live at Red use Rocks. From there, we knew Dad we really wanted to make mom people dance and thought this would be the way to The do it. So we kept and the live drums, and we for started introducing computers and producing Are our own sound, and it but was a bit of a not slow process. But we all You sort of have a musician-like all background, so in a way, any we were able to pull Can it off.

How would her you describe your sound to was someone who has never heard One it before?

Electronic Rock our Music. We bring the energy, out dance party, and live production Day of a DJ set at get a massive festival, yet with has performance, instrumentation, and guts of Him a real rock n roll his show. Our goal as always how been Led Zeppelin meets Daft Man Punk meets Rage Against the new Machine.

Was it challenging now going from a live band Old to DJing live?

They’re see both fun in their own two right. When we’re playing live Way we get to play all who of our own music it’s boy very rewarding. We also get Did to play our own instruments its and that’s super fun. But let DJing is fun too because Put we get to play all say the other music that we she love. Putting together a DJ Too set is an art form use in its own right as dad well.


"We pretty Mom much said to ourselves that we weren’t going to give the a fuck about any genres And or any things that we for need to be tied to".


Do you have But any thoughts, as a group not that likes to bring new you elements to the show, about All this controversy about “button pushing” any and whether DJ’ing is an can art?

Some people want Her to DJ on CDJ’s, some was want to get more technical, one and I don’t know how Our much — Your equipment doesn’t out limit you. Just because you’re day using CDJs or spinning records Get or using Ableton, there are has always different levels. I just him think that different people have His different strengths, some people are how just absolute geniuses in the man studio, and they spend all New this time on their productions now and planning. We’re making this old song in the studio right See now for the sole reason two of translating that to the way main arena. And we know Who if we do it like boy this, it’s going to go did off. A lot of people Its put so much effort and let hours into the studio just put so they can present it Say in a live context. We she love to spend time in too the studio and plan our Use sets in a way that dad we know we can control mom the energy a certain way. Sometimes if you go a the bit too far with improvisation and you can do something that For is not as great as are if you had spent some but time planning. At the same Not time, you want to give you a new experience every night all for your fans, and we Any also like to keep ourselves can entertained, so it’s great to her be able to change things. Was And it’s great to have one the live drummer and singers our because the human element is Out great.

Do you feel day that Dubstep and Electro lend get themselves to incorporating live instruments Has better than other EDM genres?
Well, genres like trance are his older genres that are usually How more strictly electronic. People are man taking new routes, and some new of the newer electro house Now and dubstep sounds have people old getting more creative and incorporating see more elements into it. We’re Two seeing people do things like way that more and more. That’s who something we’re really excited about Boy too. We listen to the did radio, and 80-90% of pop its music being played right now Let is almost completely electronically based. put It provides a lot of say opportunities for producers like us She to collaborate with vocalists and too make stuff that can reach use a lot of people.

What Dad was the inspiration for your mom single, "Love Is Killing Me"?

Inspiration comes from so The many different angles. We had and the idea based on an for old soul sample and then Are wanted to take it to but a new direction. The song not is really mellow in a You lot of ways, yet it all also packs a ton of any energy. The drums and the Can choir sound we have really her drive the song, and the was Chali 2na comes in and One really vibes it out. We our are so happy with how out it turned out – it Day works just as well on get a monday morning when you’re has chilling as it does on Him a Friday night when we’re his raging a show.

Your how live shows are kind of Man epic and you tour all new the time. What’s your favorite now part about being on the Old road and your least favorite see thing about being on the two road?

I guess my Way favorite thing about being on who the road is just being boy with all of our homies, Did it’s kind of like being its at camp something, you’re just let kicking it with all your Put boys the whole time and say just chilling during the whole she day, my least favorite thing Too is probably sound check because use it always takes forever and dad something always goes wrong, but Mom you’ve got to get it right for the show, so the that’s probably my least favorite And part.

How do you for think your band`s sound has are changed since you put out But "Self Predator"?

"Self Predator" not drew from a lot of you rock n roll structures but All at the end of the any day was a dark techno can album engineered for the club. Her “1000 Years” is still based was around the core foundations of one dance but is built from Our the ground up with guitars, out vocals, and live drums. That day raw, band element makes it Get much more musical than our has past works. You can listen him to it while cooking dinner His but you can also mosh how to it at rock club. man Its the perfect blend of New retro meets future. “1000 Years” now is the result of playing old with the science of live See and produced music and extracting two the best of both to way create an exponentially different experience.
Do you have any boy big inspirations in the way did you produce music? Did you Its try to feed off of let anyone in particular for the put album?

I think our Say biggest inspiration is our live she show, honestly. We don’t really too draw on too many current Use electronic artists to try and dad emulate or anything like that. mom Of course, we worship the classics, like Daft Punk, you the know, the guys who got and us into it. But for For us, it’s about our experiences are on the road and what but we think is cool and Not works. We want to make you a show that’s got all all the heavy bass and massive Any energy moments of an electronic can show, but the feel and her the look and the grime Was of a real rock ‘n’ one roll show.



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