Behind the Beats: Bombs Away

August 26, 2014 By:
Behind the Beats: Bombs Away

Multi-platinum artists, partyboys and all-round bad role-models Bombs Away are one of the few acts to hold down five concurrent Top 10 tracks on ARIA, iTunes, Beatport, Djdownload, and DjTunes charts, rocking high-rotation airplay around the world via their international label partners. With two consecutive #1 singles in the ARIA charts, #1 Artist in Australia and #32 Worldwide on THEDJLIST(.com), and #1 WA and #8 Nationally for the 2012 INTHEMIX awards, the name Bombs Away has become synonymous with a f**king party. The guys also spearhead the BOMB SQUAD record label, becoming a force to be reckoned with, with BMBSQD releases sticking to the charts like glue!

Get to know Bombs Away:


When and how did you first decide music was your life?

We've been doing this for quite a while now, almost 10 years, and its always been our passion, but its only really been in the last couple of years that everything has exploded for us. With the new track "Samurai Bounce" going so crazy, it just keeps getting better. We're definitely blessed.


Who gave you your biggest break in music and how?

It was definitely a combination of other big artists touring the country at the time really. We started getting a bit of exposure on the net and at local venues, then some of the guys started recommending us to venues, and the rest is almost history! 


What equipment do you use for production? What about DJing?

We're actually building a pretty big pro studio at the moment, we're about 80% finished and super excited to be able to use it!  Gear-wise, we use a few midi controllers, some guitars, the Korg R3, Fl Studio and Ableton.



What's the toughest part of the DJ lifestyle and how do you deal with it?

Definitely the flights, we spent about 1000% more time traveling than we do performing. On busy tours we sometimes won't get the time to make it back to the hotel before the flight out, so it gets pretty draining, but when we're on stage it makes it all worth it!


How would you describe your process of creating a song from start to finish?

Generally we'll start with an idea, either something we've been playing with live during the set or something we've been inspired by. Then we rough it out during the show vocally, over a different track or as a draft thrown into the set. We spend a few weeks testing out changes and tweaking the song as we go. Being able to tour and play a new creation to a crowd instantly helps us know what works when it's finally released.


Who has been your biggest inspiration musically? 

We do a lot of live vocals during our sets so that side of things I would say guys like Beastie Boys and Run DMC, but with influences from the EDM side of things like Christian Marchi, Tonight Only, Klass, TJR and the guys loving the off-beat electro vibes!


What’s the one song you love playing in your set right now?

A super hot track for us right now is probably an unreleased one by Komes & Tenzin called "Here We Go." I think it's due out in a few weeks but from the get-go its been amazing for our shows, such a great organic reaction!



Who is your favorite up-and-coming artist right now?

Would definitely say Komes, hes an Australian producer who's killing it right now. I don't think there are many Djs in the country who don't have a few of his tracks or bootlegs in their crates at the moment and he's only just getting started.


What’s the one food you always include in your rider?

Haha apples, every time. The song "Apple Juice and Vodka" was written bascially because we never do a set without them. They're such a boost of energy before a show and often we wont get time to have dinner so we need that as we go on stage!


Where do you see electronic music going in the next five years?

Like everything it's evolving. The cycles in EDM are a little shorter than most genres so give years is a long time, but I can see the trap/twerk influence staying around for a little while longer. Maybe not in its more aggressive state as everyone is digging the deeper more housey vibe, which is showing even right through to the big festival tracks. I think it's a great time for music in general right now and it's only getting stronger!


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