Austin production duo Bronze Whale have been favorites on RTT from their very inception. Since their debut War of Art EP, which featured sultry vocalists Khai, KP, and Bamiyah, Bronze Whale have continued to impress with their dynamic, fun cross-genre creations. From their Cloudkid released future trap collaboration “Imagine” to their banging future bass remixes of Imad Royal, Robotaki & Manila Killa, and Whethan & Oliver Tree, Bronze Whale never disappoint, consistently grabbing our ears with their lively, intricately crafted productions. For their latest single “Warm”, Bronze Whale have unveiled yet another talent by featuring their own Benny Alley on vocals. “Warm” is effervescently sprinkled with breezy pop vibes, twinkling with a perky, upbeat happiness that simply makes you smile. Sparkling chimes bounce off the deep plucking bass line and airy, shiny synths, draping Benny’s lush, silky vocals in a euphoric atmosphere. Like their recent single “Exposure“, Bronze Whale have continued to show different sides of their varied hands and their inherent creative nature. After “Warm”, we can’t wait to hear what else this duo has up their sleeves. Stream Bronze Whale’s gorgeous new single “Warm” below and learn a little more about them in our exclusive interview.
RTT: Hey guys! So SXSW was last week and you’re from Austin. Did you partake in the festivities?
Bronze Whale: Normally a little too much.. We’re both from here so we’ve been going to SXSW pretty much every year since we can remember. This year we actually decided to stay back and keep working. We’ve got more new content then I think ever before, so we really want to get this new music finished. It definitely feels good to not be in the hazy post SXSW recovery week.
So let’s start from the beginning. How do you think your sound has progressed from your War Of Art EP?
Probably the biggest thing that’s changed for us is how we mix/master our music. It’s a huge focus of ours and has taken our sound a lot further. With our next few songs and upcoming EP, we’re in a way circling back to that mindstate we had with War Of Art. Stepping outside of writing towards energy for live shows or within a current style & genre, and instead focusing on just making it as original and musical as possible.
You’ve remixed some great artists like Imad Royal, Crywolf, Whethan, and Robotaki. What has been your favorite remix to date?
The remix we did for Felix Cartal stands out to us. The song just immediately presented us with options and they were definitely outside of our style at the time. We had a similar experience when we remixes the first Tom Aspaul song. The production just fit his vocals so easily and we just couldn’t get off it until it was finished.
Can you tell me a little about Magic Magic Collective?
Our definition of it kind of changes weekly haha. We started Magic Magic originally just as a platform to release our own music. Being from Austin at times can kind of feel like an island, but there’s still great music to be found here, so we decided to open it up for our musician friends and people in the area. Moving forward, I think we will expand beyond that, but it’s been really nice to be something that gives a voice to that talent.
You just dropped a very special new song “Warm”. Can you tell us why “Warm” is so unique?
Funny enough, Warm started as an instrumental on a very cold day in Colorado. Dreaming of Texas spring was probably what caused that sound to come out. We knew it was something special, and kept revisiting it, but didn’t know what the finishing touch was. In the end we decided to do our own vocals on the song which opened it up. From there we finished it so quickly that it has set the pace for a lot of our new music this year.
You guys have a very diverse soundscape ranging from trap to future bass to hip hop. “Warm” has this gentle, downtempo indie R&B swagger. What was your inspiration for this track?
A big part of this chapter for us was exploring our own separate sounds. When we first started producing together, Benny was new to it. We paired really well and that’s what became Bronze Whale, but it also meant that the style was always fuzed. We’ve both been taking time to explore our separate styles and interests lately. For Benny it was exploring vocals/lyrics, and more aesthetics for the synth work. For me (Jaques), it’s been about playing with sounds I was making about a decade ago. Hip Hop and Drum and Bass were very influential to me, and I’ve been feeling like bringing back all the funk breaks. It’s blown both of us away how well these separate interested pair with the synth and melody styles of Bronze Whale. There is a lot more of this to come.
Any clues as to what’s in store for 2018?
We’re super focused on building our brand and community. There will be a lot more original releases from us, fellow Austin artists (and some amazing new names we’ve found), and potentially some more solo stuff from both of us. We’ve been writing like crazy and are so excited to deliver this new material to our fans.
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