LABELS: TRUESOUL / SUARA / FILTH ON ACID / BEDROCK RECORDS / OCTOPUS RECORDINGS
Firmly cemented in the playlists of the world’s A-List House & Techno DJ’s, OC & Verde are on everybody’s lips this year. Since breaking through in 2016 on Hot Since 82’s label Knee Deep In Sound with their Essential New Tune and Beatport Number 1 ‘Maasai’, OC & Verde have already stacked up releases on Truesoul, Rukus, Octopus, Suara and Bedrock whilst gaining heavyweight support from the likes of Adam Beyer, Solomun, Joesph Capriati, Maya Jane Coles, Sasha, John Digweed, Tale Of Us and Maceo Plex. This consistency has not gone unnoticed with the godfather of dance Pete Tong immediately naming OC & Verde as his “Ones to Watch” in 2017 and subsequently inviting the duo into the BBC Radio 1 Studios to be interviewed live on air as part of his ‘Final Credits’ feature alongside them delivering a 40 minute showcase for the Radio 1 ‘Tag Team Mix’. OC & Verde’s presence on Radio 1 has continued to resonate across the station with Danny Howard awarding them his ‘Friday Fire’ accolade for their seminal remix of Eli & Fur’s ‘Around You’ which has since gone Top 10 on Beatport Techno and lead to the guys being hailed as Pete Tong’s “New Names” for 2018.
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hello! All good thanks, today we are in the studio putting the finishing touches on some new tracks.
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
Our latest release was a 2 track EP ‘Hex/Ritual’ on Reiner Zonneveld’s Filth On Acid. Both tracks on there did really well for us on Beatport getting us another top 5 and the DJ support on them was wicked, Pan Pot, Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Sasha and John Digweed have been playing both tracks everywhere which was amazing for us.
Which release was the one that gave you the most attention so far?
To be honest all of our releases have got us quite a lot of attention, our track Maasai put us on the map and when Solomun played our track Solstice that took us to the next level. Recently though, we would say our tracks Hex on Filth On Acid and Sacrifice on Octopus have really done well for us, Adam Beyer, Solomun, Joesph Capriati, Maya Jane Coles, Sasha, John Digweed, Tale Of Us and Maceo Plex have all been hammering them which has been amazing for us!
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned?
Upcoming we have a 3 track EP on Matadors Rukus label which we are super excited about! Also we have a collaboration track with our friend Veerus coming this September on Reiner Zonneveld’s Filth On Acid and at the end of the month we have a single called ‘Indica’ on Sharam’s legendary Yoshitohi. We also have a remix coming for John Digweed on Bedrock but we can’t say much about that yet…
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience. What is your favourite city or country and why?
We are really loving touring at the moment, not so much the hangovers haha, but the gigs are just getting better and better! Its hard to pick a favourite city or country but we love playing in Europe, our music seems to really work over there and the crowds are more about dancing and less about phones! We’re out in Amsterdam and Frankfurt in a few weeks so can’t wait to be back!
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
1. Egg Club, London.
2. Gotha Club, Cannes.
3. Sankeys, Ibiza
4. Beat Herder Festival.
5. Mint Warehouse, Leeds.
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
1. Torsten Kanzler & Robert Egenolf – Void Trip
2. OC & Verde – Indica
3. Fabio Neural & DJ Jock – The Ending
4. Bedrock – Heaven Scent (OC & Verde Remix)
5. OC & Verde – Hex
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars
1. The Prodigy – Narayan (OC & Verde rework)
2. Dousk – Psychbabble
3. OC & Verde – Unreleased
4. Peter Makto & Gregory S – Yes Sure
5. Ronnie Spiteri – Sleepwalker
6. Ramon Tapia – Deepa
7. Berlanga – Bharani
8. OC & Verde – Unreleased
9. Starkato – Ion
10. Torsten Kanzler & Robert Egenolf – SCYTH (Dok&Martin Remix)
11. Torsten Kanzler & Robert Egenolf – Void Trip
12. Many Reasons – Obsessed
13. OC & Verde – Unreleased.
14. PQM – You Are Sleeping (Matador Remix)
15. OC & Verde – Unreleased
16. Fabio Neural & DJ Jock – The Ending
17. OC & Verde – Unreleased
18. Bedrock – Heaven Scent (OC & Verde Remix)