Charly, Thomas, Pho and Pitchin–four french dudes who have been making heavy bass music for well over a decade now–are currently on tour in support of their full-length album IRREVERENCE out on Dim Mak Records. They celebrated their album release on Tuesday at Dim Mak Studios in typical LA fashion with lots of high profile friends and peers in attendance, played at Voyeur in San Diego last night and tonight they are about to blow the lid off the Nokia Theater. We got to chat with the quartet backstage in their trailer at Coachella straight off their debut appearance at the famed Sahara Tent about their musical influences, dirty girls and what to expect tonight and this weekend at week two of their Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival set.
Charly and Thomas met back in 2000 while in design school and Pho joined the group in 2004 bringing his electro-inspired sound to their already eclectic drum & bass beats. "When we were teenagers we used to play in metal bands and then we got into the 90s hip-hop," Charly says. "Then we got into house music and techno through the French scene. It wasn't until the drum & bass that we all gathered together." In 2008 Pitchin jumped on board and they saw success after their debut single "French Fuck" was released on AudioPorn records. Reaching number one on the Beatport charts they joined the ever-changing electronic music scene and put their own stamp on "drumstep" with an intense energy and unpredictability in their tempos.
The day we interviewed them, Carnage showed up to their Coachella set. They had been in talks about making tracks and it is finally coming to fruition after that connection. "Today was fucking crazy and it felt like it was way later than 2:20 p.m.," said Pho. "It felt like it was 2:20 a.m. as people were raging hard!." Playing a heavy medley of all the new music on their new album which includes collaborations with Steve Aoki and Foreign Beggars the guys made the mega stage rattle with all sorts of grimy live energy. "The Nokia show will be a little bit different because it's a DJ set, but it will obviously be one big ass party as we get to play 90 minutes of music and our friends Modestep and Mimosa are opening," says Charly. "Plus we are celebrating Matt from Dim Mak's Birthday so we are going to take him to another level – like vomit level," Thomas says laughing.
Fans can expect to get real dirty tonight and this weekend which is just how these guys want you. "Being 'DIRTY' is more than dirt or sex for us," says Pitchin. "It's a way to be yourself and feel free. We want our shows to be about freeing yourself and having the time of your life. We love to see people get rowdy and shaking their heads singing along." They also love their dirty fans – one in particular who calls herself "Dirty Girl." Driving across the US and Canada from Utah, she was at last nights San Diego show rocking' her "DIRTY" bras and panties getting the crowd excited. Who knows who you can expect tonight, but you better believe there will be plenty of sub-woofing rattling bass canons. "Maybe our French friends Daft Punk will show up or R. Kelly. You never know," says Thomas.