My guest today are the amazing sounding … Deth Klown! The duo from Canada has been tearing up the scene with tracks such as Black ft. Showtek, Deth Lion and the latest track, Youth in Asia! But why the name and what topping would they not want on their pizza? Let’s find out in this exclusive interview!
3.47: How did the name come about?
Carson – It was a character that I drew in my school work that was usually killing the teacher or something, riding a dinosaurus-rex, working out with Darth Vader at the Y, the usual. Death is one of the most feared things by mankind and clowns are grown men in masks that are supposed to be fun for kids (And are also terrifying). Basically the name is the opposite of what is good, and spelled wrong, because we’re rebels without a cause and like our name, music has no rules. There’s all these musicians who think their name has to be something “Serious”. There is no “Serious” in the real world. It’s funny how even some artists don’t get the name. It’s also fun to yell really loud.
3.47: How did you both meet?
Deth Klown: We met on the first day of Kindergarten and we were afraid to talk to each other. Then we became Deth Klown.
3.47: How long have you been making music for?
Carson : I’ve been in rock bands for 12 years and I’ve made dance music for 4 years
Austin: I’ve been playing drums for around 6 years and only been making electronic music for around 2 years
3.47: Was this something you always wanted to do?
Carson: Ever since I saw Daft Punk in the 6th grade I wanted to make dance music.
Austin: I wanted to be in the NHL since I was 8. My dreams only changed around the same time that I started making music and DJing. I still play hockey, but music is my main focus now.
3.47: What was your reaction like when you saw the feedback coming in about your music?
Austin – At first it surprised me how much positive feedback we got on our music. Usually EDM producers start off getting hate, but after seeing the YouTube comments and support from our family and friends it made us feel like Deth Klown had potential to be The Beatles.
Carson – I felt like a jelly donut.
3.47: How much does the feedback effect you?
Austin: One guy commented on our first remix “Meh” and it’s been the bane of my existence ever since.
Carson: Strangely, we’ve been getting very intellectual and well thought out compliments on our music, you never see that on the internet. Any criticism we’ve had has been really constructive so it makes me feel like our hard work pays off. We have unreal fans.
3.47: What are some of the craziest stories from your live shows?
Carson: One time we dropped Michael Jackson in the mix and a girl came up and screamed “Do you have anything better?!” “What would you like to hear?” I kindly replied. “NO MORE MICHAEL JACKSON” She said and stormed off. I got the mic and said “We have a request over here” and we dropped Thriller in at the chorus where it’s super loud, it wasn’t halloween either, we played ghost busters after then some bros came up and literally reached in their pockets and gave us money.
Austin: We were throwing a rager at a multi-million dollar equestrian clubhouse and our smoke machines set off their alarm system with a siren in the horse stables that alerted the whole community. We kept playing anyway and everyone kept dancing and drinking, then halfway through the party Carson had to leave to play in a Jazz festival. By the time he came back, the clubhouse was covered in puke, people were unconscious and firemen, police and paramedics were everywhere. Overall I would say it was a success. (these stories are true)
3.47: From experience is making your own tracks easier than a remix or just as hard?
Deth Klown: Making original songs requires more sound design and thought to come up with ideas that are completely unique and original, but with remixes we find it easier to rework and change the pre-existing lyrics or rhythm to make something that is crazy or sounds cool by adding our own spin on it.
3.47: What do you do in your spare time?
Carson: I produce a lot, I also draw all our artwork. I’ve been working out a lot lately, every time I flex my bones break. I record a lot of singers/rappers and bands in my studio.
Austin: I’m usually working on our next track, but I do a lot of working out, playing hockey and occasionally playing video games.
3.47: Given the chance who would you love to work with?
Deth Klown: Right now we would be open to anyone who wanted to collab. In the future we would like to work with with some of our main influences such as Diplo, Skrillex, Riff Raff and Basshunter. A dream collab would be Daft Punk, but we’d have to get our illuminati memberships first.
3.47: What would you say are some advantages/disadvantages of been independent?
Deth Klown: We’ve seen you can have a lot of talent and be easily overlooked, and a label would put our work in the spotlight so you would have to notice it. Being unsigned gives us the chance to build our brand the way we want it from the ground up and establish who we are. We want to have our songs at millions of views online and really show that we’re self reliant, then we can control our next steps more.
3.47: What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Carson: Usher – Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)
Austin: Alex Metric – Galaxy
3.47: Quite a lot of the artists I interview use FL studio, do you also use it?
Deth Klown: Yes, we find it’s a simple DAW to use and learn, which makes it easy to translate our thoughts into the music. Anyone who tries blaming FL Studio for making their music “Sound bad” probably makes bad sounding music. The goal is to be masterful in your trade regardless of your tools and never blame your equipment for your mistakes. Anyways, Fruity Loops is pote.
3.47: Do you have any unfinished tracks sitting on your hard drive, you might show to the world someday?
Deth Klown: Making a guess we would say we have over 200 random beats and songs sitting on our hard drives, lots of them have really good potential and we often bring an old song up to work on.
3.47: Do you prefer working side by side with someone to make a track or are you okay working over the internet instead?
Deth Klown: We make music on our own very differently than when we’re together, so it’s fun to work separately then have a look at each other’s work afterwards. We live like 2 minutes away from each other so we don’t work over the internet, I think we tried it once but then we kinda said “Hey Carson” “Yeah Austin?” “Wanna come over?” “Sure Austin”
3.47: What’s your favourite movie?
Carson: The Dark Knight
Austin: Shawshank Redemption
3.47: What’s your favourite video game?
Carson: Grand Theft Auto 4
3.47: Given the chance to run YouTube what would you change about it?
Deth Klown: We would add an audio quality switch on the corner of videos that would enable you to play lossless audio. Also the ability to select an option while uploading that allows users on mobile devices to turn their screens off and continue the song’s playback without video, much like soundcloud does.
3.47: Do you have any other hidden talents?
Deth Klown: Carson is a very talented drummer, he’s won awards, and Austin is extremely good at video games and changing the weather with his mind.
3.47: Weird question time! What topping would you NOT want on your pizza?
Deth Klown: Melted Advil.
3.47: If you had the power to run your own label, what would you call it?
Deth Klown: Capitol Records
3.47: What’s the best advice you have been given?
Deth Klown: There hasn’t been one real memorable piece of advice, but unhappy people with jobs they hate judging our choices really make us want to be DETH KLOWN. There’s a possibility of massive failure with what we do, but there’s also a large possibility of waking up in a new Bugatti.
3.47: What advice can you give to people who want to be like yourself?
Deth Klown: Visualize your goal, and outline what you will do to get there starting now. There is no time tomorrow. You need an idol who is where you want to be that you can emulate. Imagine your idol is watching your work and try to be doing what would impress that person. Lastly, don’t take people seriously who don’t take themselves seriously. If someone is telling you to quit, ask yourself if they are who they want to be, then look in their eyes and tell them you will NEVER QUIT.
3.47: Are there any upcoming artists like yourself, that you’re keeping a close eye on? For example they are going to be the next big breakout star?
Deth Klown: Our homie Hebona (Nathan Romer) is making waves in Chillstep, his style and skill is obvious in every track, it sounds organic and high quality. The future will once again be about true high fidelity music and he’ll be a part of that.
3.47: What can we expect from you in the future?
Deth Klown: Hardcore rave music, music featuring whole live orchestras, rappers, singers, funk, country, pop. It gets crazier as we go.
3.47: Final question! Anything you want to say to your listeners out there?
Deth Klown: Spread the word about Deth Klown, print our logo on stuff, get a shirt made, we’re not gunna sue you, we want Deth Klown everywhere. We want Deth Klown branded on the inside of people’s eyelids. We’re going global and you can be the hipster who liked it before it was big, so share us on social media and scream DETH KLOWN!! at our shows and we’ll chuck you some free merch.
3.47 would like to say a massive thank you to Deth Klown for spending the time doing the interview! Until next time guys!