The Brooklynites, Sam Walker & Gavin Royce, have been taking the deep house world by storm with their distinctive productions and groovy sets. In celebration of their hometown gig at Marquee NY this Friday, they’ve given us the exclusive on an outstanding mix featuring selections from Waze & Odyssey, Maya Jane Coles, Breach, and Bonobo, amongst others. Additionally, we had a quick chat with them to discuss a bit about their background, the Brooklyn scene, what fans can expect from their set this Friday, and more. Listen/download the mix below, and find the tracklist, along with the Q&A, after the jump.
Buy tickets to Marquee NY Presents Walker & Royce (7/12) here.
GDD: What do you guys like to drink?
W&R: There’s usually a bottle of Jameson somewhere within reach!
GDD: Tell us about your top three most inspiring artists and how they’ve influenced your music.
Sam: for myself, Sasha and John Digweed’s dj sets established the entire idea of long-form-journey dance sets to me. as for the zillions of bands and producers that I love, Booka Shade, Metro Area, Azari & III, Roni Size easily come to mind. Eric Estornel is inspiring not only because of his projects but also because things really paid off for him after so much time and work.
Gavin: My biggest influence is Prince, then Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who were in the Time and have produced for people like Janet Jackson, SOS Band, The Whispers and Human League to name a few. I think I derive my “funk” from their music and still find myself regularly listening to stuff that has involved them. There are tons of our peers that we look up to as well, too many to name for me…
GDD: It has become known that Brooklyn is quickly evolving into a bustling hub for creativity and culture. How have you guys seen it change over the years? Has it helped shape your distinctive sound?
Sam: I live in Greenpoint and for the time I’ve been here actually it hasn’t changed much. but obviously other parts nearby have. our studio is in Bushwick which would have been unthinkable not too long ago. the whole area is getting nicer. if our location influences our sound at al, it’s indirectly; like, it just needs to be a place where things happen, that there’s a sense of purpose in the people. I’m inspired by that.
Gavin: Yes! I have been in Brooklyn for 10 years and it has changed drastically. If you have only been here for a year you will have noticed a change. I think that the creative energy was chased out of Manhattan into Brooklyn over the last decade and am concerned that it will eventually be chased out of here, but for now it is a very inspiring place to be. As for shaping our sound, I am sure it has although I can’t specifically express how. I think we always try and stand on our own as do many Brooklyn artists, its one thing I love about being here. Being different and taking chances are encouraged.
GDD: What can fans expect of your Marquee NY set this Friday?
W&R: This Friday you can expect us at our best. We are going to stay true to our sound but make sure the room will be moving the entire time. We are really excited about this gig since its our home turf and we are headlining.
GDD: What’s next for Walker & Royce?
W&R: We’re really excited about the rest of the summer. We’ll be back in the studio to move forward with some new ideas we’ve had. A few new releases in the works right now that are going to be out soon. More touring in North and South America throughout August and September and then we’re headed to Europe in the fall for a larger tour through October into November
Citizen – Glastique // Love Fever
Coat Of Arms – Mesmerised Feat. Ria Moran (Darius Syrossian Remix) // Gruuv
Inland Knights, Da Sunlounge – Let Go // Borrowed Music
Cabin Fever Trax vol 27 – Ring Play // Cabin Fever
Waze & Odyssey – Please Don’t Dance // Dirt Crew Recordings
Ursula Rucker, Zoo Brazil – You Don’t Know Me Feat. Ursula Rucker (Sante Remix) // Defected
MOTSA – Untitled // J.hruza Records
Marc Scholl – Caboose // Cecille
Maya Jane Coles – Everything Feat. Karin Park (Breach Remix) // I/AM/ME
LZ Love – See The Light (Derrick Carter Remix) // Slip N Slide Records
Kiki – Sinister 1 // Bpitch Control
33 1/3 Queen – Searchin // Nu Groove Records
Will Saul, Tam Cooper – Seqential Circus (Original Mix) // Simple Records
Bonobo – Know You // Ninja Tune