We Spoke with Ephwurd About The Backstreet Boys, New Music, & The Strangest Thing They've Seen at a Show
Side project turned full-time love affair, Ephwurd, has been blowing minds and raising heartbeats since they stepped on the scene in 2015. The Canadian-American duo featuring Dubstep royalty, Datsik, and one of LA's finest, Bais Haus are no strangers to how to throw down a massive festival set.
We caught up with the guys to discuss the strangest thing they've seen at a show (believe us, it's strange), how to keep level headed in a whirlwind industry, and why there's more to Ephwurd than "bass house."
EDM.com: You have performed this year on the Kinetic Field at EDC Las Vegas, which is the festival's main stage and even decided to surprise the crowd with old school sounds from the Backstreet Boys. What are your post-EDC feelings? How often do you surprise people like this during your performances?
Ephwurd: EDC mainstage was one of the best moments we've had as Ephwurd all year. Getting to showcase what we do to such a large audience on such an impressive stage was really an eye opening experience. Of course with that said, eye opening experiences are that much better when listening to the Backstreet Boys lol. It was fun to drop some sing alongs and hear such a massive crowd all singing along.
What’s the most unusual/funny situation you’ve had at a show? Please give us some details.
One time we saw a dude finger blasting a girl in the front row and from we were standing it was really obvious. I guess when you're in the heat of the moment it doesn't matter that there are thousands of people around you hahaha.
(For Datsik) Do you try to influence Ephwurd vibe with your Datsik or rather intentionally refrain from doing so to keep both projects as different as possible?
Once we started Ephwurd we wanted to keep the projects very separate. Even though a lot of the basses have the Datsik touch the overall vibe of what we do is very different and should be seen as such.
We are constantly making decisions on the daily which can either help us succeed or may even take us back a few notches. Learning to asses risk and make decisions based on what you know or have experienced is one of he greatest ways to be bigger and better than yourself. We never play it safe but we do try to play it smart.
(For Bais Haus) Your father, Tim Hauser, was one of the original founders of The Manhattan Transfer - a succesful vocal jazz/swing group. Has being around musicans and seeing the industry from behind the scenes standpoint helped you to get into the dance music industry and moulded as an artist in any way?
Absolutely. I've been behind the scenes my whole life. I've seen it all from such a young age and when Troy and I decided to undertake this project having seen my father accomplish so much gave me the insight needed to really help give us that extra push to make sure this project would be successful.
What’s your go to artist or genre of music to listen to when you’re not producing/performing? Is there a particular artist that fans would never guess that you’d listen to that and, perhaps, influences your sound?
Good question. We actually have a playlist of stuff that we listen to after every show. It literally just a mix of popular songs that everyone knows and keeps the party goin. Usually they are all throwbacks but we have a few new hits in there. I think listening to songs like these helps us understand what listeners are attracted to in music.
Do you have any non-music related hobbies that have helped you become better producers/performers and/or when it comes down to making decisions on what's good/bad for you?
Troy is full blown into the stock market and I'm a fanatic of obtaining little bits of information about everything in life. I think having the ability to use your knowledge to create something new or push forward through difficult choices is one of the cornerstones of life. We are constantly making decisions on the daily which can either help us succeed or may even take us back a few notches. Learning to asses risk and make decisions based on what you know or have experienced is one of he greatest ways to be bigger and better than yourself. We never play it safe but we do try to play it smart.
How do you guys work? Do you actually need to be locked in a studio to feel the chemistry or working remotely on Ephwurd's projects also does its job?
It's a mix of both. Sometimes we will start projects remotely then hit the studio in the final mixing/mastering stages or we will just do it all in one session together. We always finish songs together though.
What’s the vision for Ephwurd going into the future? You have just released a solid remix for GRiZ & Big Gigantic's "Good Times Roll". What's next in the pipeline?
We have been working on creating more than just "bass house". We have been getting involved with vocalists, song writers and have been collaborating with a slew of people to create something more than we're used to. With that said we are still pumping out the bangers as well so stay tuned cause we will dropping all of this new stuff in the near future ;)
Photos courtesy of Piper Ferguson