- Hey guys! Glad to have you here to ask you some questions about your latest release ‘Sun Goes Down’, how are you today?
- Hey, we’re doing great!
- Can you guys tell us who Ankit and Ahmad are and how the Bali project started?
- We both actually met each other about a decade ago in middle school and have been best friends ever since. I remember during lunch we’d listen to music with all our friends and dream about one day learning to rap or produce. Fast forward 6 years, we both went off to college and went to Insomniac’s Countdown NYE for the turn of the decade and fell in love with electronic music on the spot. From the mainstage with Alesso and Galantis to discovering up & coming house artists in new tents, we got our first taste of dance music. A few months after that the covid pandemic hit and we were sent home from college, so we started calling each other everyday and just messing around watching live sets from huge festivals dreaming of playing on that stage. Eventually one of us brought up the idea that we should learn to produce and Bali was born!
- At what age did you guys get into music and how?
- We’ve both been listening to music our whole lives. I remember when both of us were in high school, we would get together with our friends and debate about cool sample flips and crazy verses. I (Ahmad) also remember as a kid being raised on Disco and artists like Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and ABBA. I think that directly influenced my love of house music and being inspired by some of those classic sounds. This passion for music eventually evolved from just being listeners to becoming creatives and sharing our own artistic vision!
- ‘Sun Goes Down’ is out now, can you share with us the story behind it?
- Yeah, we had a lot of fun working on this track! We’ve recently been experimenting with some more Deep Tech sounds and this is our first release exploring that. A big part of our creative mantra is embracing inspiration from other genres and using it to make our own productions unique and create a sound that is familiar and engaging but fresh and exciting at the same time. This track features a soulful vocal sample inspired by the classic dance sounds of the 90s and an infectious groove that leads into an exhilarating climax in the second build!
- How would you describe your sounds?
- The main focus of our sound is definitely to create music that will make you dance the night away. We always feature a tight tech house groove as the foundation, but we’ve had tracks that explore the sounds of afro house, acid house, techno, and everything in between! We also really love sampling real music from all over the world to preserve that live instrument feel and create a global sound that can be featured in clubs all the way from LA to Ibiza. Our goal is to keep pushing our sound and keep making waves within this exciting surge of electronic music!
- Can you tell us who’s your source of inspiration or what inspires you when you’re producing music?
- We’re inspired by all sorts of artists, but the biggest inspiration and teacher for us throughout our career has definitely been Westend. Recently we’ve also been listening to a lot of Ranger Trucco and what he’s doing with his independent label along with DJ Susan and the guys over at Hood Politics. We both love trying to get inspired by other genres of music, often incorporating elements of it into our own. An example of one that we love is the Metro Boomin, “Heroes & Villains” project with all the lush soundscapes he was able to create.
- Do you have a hobby you love to practice when you’re not producing music or DJing?
- We’re both big NBA fans, so we love watching games when we have the chance! We both also love spending time outdoors and just disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of everyday life out in nature. I (Ankit) also like playing chess, especially in rapid and puzzle time formats.
- What’s your dream artist to collaborate with and why?
- We’d love to work with Chris Lake and Black Book Records! He’s one of the first artists we got introduced to in house music and his take on the genre is so creative and serves as a huge inspiration. We also just love watching him synthesize on those live streams he does, so seeing it in person and being able to break down his thought process would be sick.
- Can you tell us your future plans, and where do you see Bali in the next 2 years? Any new collaborations, etc?
- Our new track “Sun Goes Down” just came out on Groovy Bone records and we have a few more releases slated for the remainder of the year that we’re very excited about! One of which features a collaboration with a legendary Chicago house artist that we can’t wait to share more about. In 2 years we want to continue maturing our sound and growing our audience to hopefully cultivate a tour and one day open our own label as a creative imprint of our own.
- This is all for now. Thank you for your time answering our questions. Where can our community find out more about your music and your future releases?
- Our Instagram and Spotify are definitely the best way to keep up with all our music and future releases! We thank you for this opportunity and wish you well in all future endeavors.
Stream on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/5QPo2AdUijwWSDDh2D6Uw3?si=2d74d7fc75204bbb
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