We have the pleasure of speaking with the energetic party starters Cocodrills to celebrate their latest release on Stacey Pullen’s famed Blackflag Recordings. We speak to them about their sound, how the duo met, what has influenced them and more…
Hi guys, how are you?
Absolutely loving life! Thank you for having us!
How has 2018 treated you so far? Any highlights so far the spring to mind?
2018 has been exceptional for us. Aside from some really fun sets we’ve been investing in studio expansion and working towards launching our own label. Miami Music Conference was a total blast as we ran a gauntlet of shows with some of our favorite industry friends.
Tell us bit about your new EP and your relationship with Stacey Pullen and Blackflag? How did this come about?
We met Stacy in 2013 during WMC in Miami when he invited us to play at the Blackflag showcase following our first release. He’s been super supportive of us from the get-go and it’s been an honor to be able to work with someone we so highly admire. Our latest EP features three originals and one remix. The title track, Battle Rap, was inspired by our days growing up in the freestyle battle scene. We sampled a few iconic moments along with the familiar crowd reaction to slick punchlines. On the remix, Paco Osuna ratchets up the energy for a peak hour bomb.
How did you guys meet and come to make music together?
Before we met we knew of each other from a distance. We grew up in the same neighborhood, went to the same schools, had similar hobbies, and a few mutual friends, but our age difference had us slightly separated. Our parallel interests in pursuing music eventually intersected and brought us together through a chance encounter. We immediately decided to combine our efforts. Roughly ten years later and we’re still at it.
How would you describe your sound?
We’ve always felt, in a broad sense, a proper description of our sound would simply be “party music.” It may be a bit overarching but, once experienced, we feel is accurate in energy and vibe.
Where do you take your inspiration from before going into the studio?
From absolutely everywhere. We consume all types of media and music and always have our eyes and ears open in search of that next spark. We feel it helps in being creatively well-rounded.
Do the seasons affect your productions? Do you make different tracks in summer than you do winter?
We love living in Miami but we don’t experience seasons, sadly. It’s not something we’re really conscience of when producing, to be honest.
What artists would you say have been your main influence throughout your musical journey?
Early on it was Miami legend, Oscar G, who seemingly opened the world of dance music to us as we transitioned from hip-hip to house. Other legends like Richie Hawtin and Green Velvet inspired us along the way as well.
Why the move to Miami? What do you think of the scene there for house and techno?
We’ve been fortunate enough live in South Beach for the majority of our lives. It’s been quite remarkable witnessing the exponential growth of the house and techno scene in Miami. What once was severely limited now has multiple options for world-class DJs on almost a nightly basis. We jokingly haven’t decided yet if it’s a gift or a curse!
What are your five favourite tracks right now?
1 Cocodrills – Kicksville (Original Mix) [Unreleased]
2 Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons ft. Afronaut Zu – Fly Away (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
3 Swamm Decamme, John Haden – Chrysocolle (Sean Random Remix)
4 Sthlmsoundmachine – Beautiful People (Chemical Remix)
5 Kendrick Lamar – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Nooma’s Beatbroken Remix)
What do you both like to do to unwind outside of music?
Adam – I’m an unabashed gaming nerd.
Christian – I enjoy getting out of the house and gathering with good friends.
Favourite club in the world?
It’s tough to pick just one, but Output in Brooklyn certainly stands out to us.
What does the future hold for Cocodrills? Any further goals or ambitions yet to achieve?
Our perpetual goal is to grow as artists and to be able to continue to share our music with as many people as possible. As long as the movement is upward, we’ll be content with wherever our career path may lead.
Battle Rap EP is out now! Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/battle-rap-ep/2312058