When it comes to the sounds, style, vibes and all around world of NYC’s Ben Ruttner and James Patterson aka groovy neo-disco duo, The Knocks, you just have to the beats pour out while you let that tea spill.
And that’s just what they did when they stopped by Philly Mixtape this past week ahead of their show at The Foundry tonight (you need to go) where they broke mugs about future projects, their admiration for their collaborators, which of course includes Ms. Carly Slay Jepsen, in which the boys have a whole lot of love for the “Call Me Maybe” diva.
Take a seat, take a sip and then get your spill on with The Knocks.
Hey, gentlemen! Thank you so much for chatting it up me. I know there were some scheduling conflicts over studio time, so I truly appreciate it. How was the session? B-It was good. We were just finishing up a new project and remix while working on some other stuff.
Okay, first order business….Ms. Carly Slay Jepsen. You guys are two-for-two on blazing tracks with her. So, I just have to know, what’s she like to work with? Any future projects you can spill about? B–We were definitely fans of hers before collaborators and the way that whole thing happened with her is actually a really funny story. We had done the Bootleg Remix and then we noticed she posted it on Twitter. A bit later on down the road we made the “Love Me Like That” record which was written by Martina from Dragonette. We had done the whole song and were like, ”This sounds like it could be a Carly Rae Jepsen song..this is so perfect for her to be on it.” It was a long shot because we didn’t have any connection to her at the time, but we had just gotten hit up about the bootleg by her label about making the remix official and her manager contacted us to get the parts. When we met up, we were like, “hey, we’ve got this song that we’d love to feature Carly on, we think it’s perfect for her and right up her alley.” We didn’t think it was going to happen but we got an email back two hours later and she loved it. Jay wasn’t able to make it out, but I flew to L.A and did the session with her and it was fucking awesome. It was a dream, but just the way how it was an idea in our head and it worked out so well. And we’ve stayed close, I went to a writing camp with her in Nicaragua and worked on her song that’s going to be in her new record. She’s like our homie now, she came out and played with us at Governor’s Ball. Carly is rad.
Also, when you talk to her next, tell her the whole entire gay community of Philly says ‘hey, gurl.” She definitely walks on water around here. B–You know, it’s funny because I did a session with Justin Tranter who wrote “Call Me Maybe” and has worked with a ton of big name artists and he’s says he’s never bugged more by his fellow gay friends whenever he’s in the studio with Carly Slay. She’s really got it, man.
One of my personal favorite tracks of yours is “Dancing With Myself.” It’s simply fucking awesome. What were the vibes like with the creative process? Because it really is an amazing track. J-There weren’t any words yet, it was just like this melody and we decided that I would sing it, and went to the studio and we wrote it and sang it the same day. B-I was in the middle of dealing with a breakup at the time so it was actually easy to write those words.
Plus, that video, though. Okay, let’s spill about your new E.P. ‘Testify,’ namely “Worship,” with MNEK. What we was he like to work with? I can imagine how incredible he must have been. B-He’s a guy that I’ve been a huge fan of and his voice is so incredible and he’s such a great artist. We found out about him through Duke Dumont‘s
“Need U” because he wrote that as well as a lot of other big house stuff. We laid out the chorus and the beat and he’s the first person that came to mind because it’s such a hard song to sing..the range is crazy! You really need an incredible male voice to pull it off. It was just another one of these things where he was down, he cut it, sent it to us and again it was perfect.
You mentioned Duke Dumont. Any future projects with him in the works? We were actually going back and forth about doing a collab at one point, but all of us are so busy. Hopefully down the road we’ll get something together..I think it would be a good match.
Next week I have a column coming out called ‘That One Album, Though,’ where I asked a handful of Philly entertainers to spill about that one album that makes them..them. Just to put you guys on the spot, what’s that one album for each of you? J-Damn, that’s a hard one because there’s definitely more than one…but Jadakiss Kiss Tha Game Goodbye and Biggie Ready to Die. Yeah, that is hard but I gotta pick Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A…all day.
Lastly, you know it’s a tough world out there, but what would you guys say to any young dude or diva in the game to just keep it all going? Put in the hours. I think a lot of people come up and think it’s going to happen over night and think they’re the shit. It doesn’t happen that way…ever. J-You get nothing without struggle and hard work.