We took a break from the desert sun to sit down with Josh and Curt, the Chicago-based producers behind Flosstradamus, to find out the inspiration behind their sound and style and what’s next for the twosome. Their self-proclaimed “high energy hood music” brought down the house Sunday evening at Coachella, we can’t wait for the encore performance at Coachella weekend 2.
How did the two of you begin your collaboration?
We had a mutual friend who linked us up and we started playing a party together at a little bar shortly after that.
How did your home towns influence your direction with music?
House, Juke, and Ghetto were all big influences on us in the beginning and those sounds all originated in the Midwest. We were influenced by them from a young age.
Do you prefer a live set or a DJ set? What makes each special?
Live sets are less spontaneous, but usually look and sound better. And when you’ve put so much time and preparation into a live show, the payoff is much greater. But djing in a small packed club has a special kind of energy on its own.
Explain how you combine electronic music with hip hop.
We take the best parts from each genre and combine them. Simple as that. Electronic songs usually have more dynamic energy. Build ups, break downs, drops, etc… Rap songs are more static but have an attitude and finesse that’s lacking in mainstream electronic music. We’re trying to bridge that gap.
How would you describe your sound?
High energy hood music.
What artists have influenced you most? Who are you listening to right now?
Diplo, A-trak, Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Dillon Francis, Young Thug, Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane, Kanye West, Daft Punk.
How would you explain your sense of style? How does music influence how you see fashion?
We are on some futuristic street shit. HDYBYZ shit. It’s half shit we see in the hood in Chicago, half shit that influences us from the rest of the world/internet.
What’s next for Flosstradamus?
New music. More sold out shows. More festivals. HDYBYZ X HDYGRLZ WORLD DOMINATION. PLURNT LIFE.
Photos by Misha Vladimirskiy