Locals: DUO BLANK Interview

Who are you? How old are you?

We are Frank and Ed from Duo Blank and we are too old to mention please, let’s say we were born when man was still stepping foot on the moon.

How many months/ years have you been Djing / producing?

Again, it’s too many to mention, let’s say when we started we used an Atari 1040ST as our sequencer and a Fostex 16 track machine to record our first single on.

Mention an artist that inspired you to become a DJ/producer?

Depeche Mode.

Is there a local artist that you look up to and love to see play at events?

There are too many to mention, but we always enjoy being around local artists like Owen Jay, Brian James, David Dee, Christian Attard (Gh⊕s†† ), Acidulant and Sound Synthesis to mention a few.

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

Although we’re no DJ’s ourselves, we prefer to perform live, we believe that for any artist to be successful they need to believe in themselves, ensure they have fun doing whatever they do and strive to enjoy keeping  on learning. 

How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?

We keep in touch in various means, either online, by having some good friends and by using music creation as a bridge to exploring new trends.

What would you say is the most rewarding part of being a DJ?

Definitely, when your tracks are played by other dj’s and you see the crowds reacting positively to them. A thrill of excitement shoots through your spine as you see the crowd moving to your groove – a sensational feeling. 

What differences do you see between the past and present scene as an artist who has been DJing from generation to generation?

Looking at the evolution of the scene, we would say that party goers nowadays are as enthusiastic and prepared as they used to be. Saying this we believe that back in the days there used to be more unity within the crowd..   From a producers perspective the music has also changed and evolved controlled by technology. It all started with a couple of synths and drum machines controlled by some Atari’s, moving on to totally digital and computer generated by music and taking another step to the modular era where we are today…..

As an artist who has witnessed the evolution of electronic music, what are your favourite aspects of the genre?

We love the concept of democratization that electronic music has brought to the world, where years of conservatory training are no longer needed to create a timeless piece of music, just creativity and imagination!