Jun 28, 2017
QUIX – Heaps Cool
Celebrating his Heaps Cool EP on Dim Mak, QUIX took some time to chat with us about the EP and more. The New Zealand DJ/producer broke down some of the tracks from the EP – “Four Letter Lie,” “Alpaca” ft. XO Man, and “Sweet Thing” really stood out for us and he shared some cool insight into each. QUIX also gave us some cool perspective about taking the EP tracks into his sets and the differences in his eyes integrating into a club versus festival set.
When did the idea to do the Heaps Cool EP come about and what was the turning point to make it happen?
We originally wanted the EP to come out at the end of 2016, however with everything going on in my life and trying to get my visa to work in America it was a little much. Plus Dim Mak and I decided the songs weren't finished and some didn't even sound like the direction I wanted to take. All of January and February, while in the States, I worked on getting “Riot Call” finished for release. The name Heaps Cool was decided after I said the phrase in a “Riot Call” promo vid with Dim Mak.
What do you think unites the six tracks included on the EP?
Each track has a story of how it got to be on the EP. I wanted to make sure that there was diversity, but that I was filling everybody's needs in terms of what they wanted to hear. For example, there's a few bangers, a house track, some chill vibes and some sing-a-long. I feel that together all of these tracks can satisfy the tastes of everyone listening.
“Four Letter Lie” is a really cool track!! Love the sound design, the distinct drops and you bringing in some melodic trap/dubstep in the second half of the song. Can you talk about the inspiration and production process for “Four Letter Lie”?
Well the fact that I had 1.5 weeks to start and finish it is a bit of a story. I got the acappella for a talented vocalist named Sophie Rose and I just started putting all of my effort into getting a demo within a couple of days. I went through a lot of 1st drops and finally found the right one after lots of attempts. The second drop came almost naturally; almost like a “sigh of relief” kind of inspired drop as I knew the track was about to be finished!
What was it like working with XO Man on “Alpaca”? What unique challenges does working with a fast rap vocal present?
XO Man is an absolute legend!!! I was in the studio when he laid down the verses and it was pretty cool to watch. The only thing that was challenging about working with a fast rapper was cutting up each word/phrase and shifting it along the grid so it was 100% in time.
We really like what you did with the contrasting vocals in “Sweet Thing” – can you talk a little about how you developed that concept and the impact you feel it makes on the track?
I wrote the song while I was on tour with NGHTMRE in January and honestly I wrote it in one go! Sat down and busted it out within a couple of hours. I had just bought Serum and started playing around with some of the sounds and knew it was a banger when I made the lead synth line!
How do the EP tracks make their way into your live sets – as originals, mashups, edits? Which track from the EP have you enjoyed playing most in your live sets?
I don't play all of them out. I play “Lucy's Place” and “Deep Home” how they are. I have a mashup of “Four Letter Lie” with the RL Grime Remix of “Pour It Up” by Rihanna. I like to make my sets 100% full of energy so when including some of the “chiller” songs in my sets it can sometimes feel out of place, but it's something that I'm getting use to and starting to experiment more with.
What was your experience like doing a 40 show tour throughout North America for three months this year?
It was something I've never experienced! It was my first time in America and the first time I've been away from home for so long. By the end of the tour I felt like I knew America and the different ways of culture. I'm about to do it again in a couple of months!
You’ve got some big festival shows lined up this summer including EDCLV and Electric Zoo. Does your approach for your festival sets like those differ from a normal club show? If so, how, and can you share any of what you may have in store?
The main thing that separates the clubs from festivals is the songs you CAN'T play because of the other artists that are playing after you. For example, when Boombox Cartel play after my at a festival, my whole set gets chopped in half because a lot of their tracks I play in my set! Overall festivals are a lot more fun because of the environment and people there. Club shows are still awesome because it's almost like pop up shows to come throw the elbows down at your local bar.
If you want to hear more from QUIX make sure to check out his massive Diplo & Friends Mix! [full tracklist]
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