We often think that EDM and dance music are a fairly young genre, which it is. But dance music has long invaded the pop charts. Today we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of a groundbreaking dance / pop crossover hit. "We don't speak American”From the Australian duo Yolando be cool.
I vividly remember hearing the song constantly on the radio (streaming wasn't the monster it was then). For me it was certainly not something I had ever heard. those hopping horns, the bizarre Italian sample. It was also a great way for an American audience to experience more club-oriented sounds. "We No Speak Americano" actually reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time, but was an even bigger success internationally, reaching number 1 in Europe and Latin America. Needless to say, the Australian duo of Andy Stanley and Matt Handley have been far more successful than they could have ever imagined.
For the 10th anniversary of "We No Speak Americano" the guys are releasing a special EP with a special adaptation of the track by Yolanda Be Cool and the original staff member DCup. There are also top-notch arrangements from Sllash & Doppe, Chemical Surf and JAXX DA FISHWORKS. We had the chance to sit down and chat with Yolanda Be Cool. They considered how international success affected their careers, how they are now taking up the music scene, how they are excited about music and quarantine activities.
Hey Andrew and Matt! Thank you for talking to us, we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of your breakout single "We No Speak Americano". Can you think about the last 10 years and how your music career has changed since this song was released?
A: "Like you said it was the breakout single, things haven't been the same in a good way since then." We have to travel the world, play fun parties and most importantly, make great friends all over the world. This enabled us to realize our dreams of making music during the day and playing shows at night. So that has changed, we did it before, but only a lot fewer planes, hotels and countries and stamps on the passport. "
M: "It makes you old, if you think now that when you are 20 you were 10 when it came out. Big Ups, maybe the 10 year olds are 20 now and are hearing it for the first time."
A: "You heard it in the children's films, like Madagascar, Peter Rabbit. It was in all of these, you just hear it, it's funny."
How did you get started releasing songs after that? I'm sure you knew this would be difficult to beat, maybe you didn't want to. What was the approach?
M: "I think, to be honest, we definitely had problems, probably for a year, because we never planned to have a song after Britney Spears. And even at DJ gigs, we'd book some gigs and people would everybody, oh, if you do a commercial song then you play commercials but we never really tried to make commercial music and so we never really played commercial music I think when that song happened there was a bit Pressure to try the same thing again, so I definitely think it took a couple of years to get our groove back because it was difficult to follow up and it was definitely a bit strange time, but we did feel good about it now. "
Tell us how you originally started making dance music and what keeps you going?
A: “I was thinking about it the other day. Matty and I always say we're DJs first (this is all of my vinyls). I think that was one of our advantages. If you're a DJ, human, you can look around the room, you can see that person there, they have to get up. Or this song was played and the majority of people like that, so I'm going to get into this tip, it's almost a fun and educational thing to do. Obviously we wanted to do some mashups and you start experimenting you know I found this acapella and it would sound good over this beat. So you do this so you have something fresh for your set that no one else had. And then that kind just led into production. So we weren't the type of people who were studio nerds who just knew how to make great music, but then came to a MIDI controller and found out they couldn't hang up. So that was kind of an advance for the whole thing, DJing, mashups and then bootlegs, and then we can try to get an original voice here, or we should try to be this sample. And then original productions are processed, that's how it went for us. "
How do you assess the state of dance music in general?
M: "I feel really good. I feel like the internet, which has obviously been around for a long time, is just the fact that everything is so easy to access now. It's like every single subgenre can find its audience, regardless of whether that audience is in 100 countries or in one city. I think the internet allows people to find exactly what they like and walk with it. I think it also gives people visibility, things like they used to be, you had to have a big record label, you had to be on a big radio station for people to hear your music, while now you are pirated a song on your crappy used laptop and post it on the internet it could possibly be number one! Not that we did that, but we weren't that far away. "
A: “I remember that question when we last played EDC, we finished our set, which was great fun, it was great, we went back and did some tequila recordings, we walked around and we were on the main stage. Matty and I are open to all kinds of music, but there was things like complextro, crazy sounds, I'm sure it's super difficult to do, and the kids loved that! I thought that was cool and just a short walk away we rocked to the Martinez Brothers in a different place. I thought man, dance music is for everyone. I really appreciated seeing all these kids go crazy, it was making some pretty outrageous noises. There was also Martin Garrix, with whom we are friends and whom we respect. And then we found our little bag tucked away and that was super cool too. I think there is something for everyone right now that is good, it can even be pop. Skrillex and Diplo merged some really cool underground sounds, but if you throw Bieber to the top you have a hit. Dance music has really made progress. "
Obviously this year sucked, what did you do in 2020 and how did you stay positive during the quarantine?
M: "I was in my little neighborhood, I have a beautiful little neighborhood, the beach is very close by. I have my studio, my garden, my dog, my girlfriend and the internet. And that was pretty much me, me just alternated between working on melodies and working on things for the label. We both meditate twice a day, it definitely helped our sanity and positivity. The weather in Southern California is always pretty good. It's a shame that me can't return to Aus to see my family and friends, possibly even gigs like Andy. I think I was pretty cute. "
A: "In the beginning it was a novelty, we don't have to go to work, we stayed home, I taught my kids at home, things like that, we went to the studio, we had fun, but then it was like that was pulled a bit. But we've always made up our minds, let's just pretend we're in the studio, let's go full steam ahead so we can have a full release calendar, probably just like any other year. We shot video clips, we just want to keep going. put things out for anyone who wants to hear. And then when the restrictions loosen and the borders open and the flights fly again, hopefully we're ready to rock, we're ready to go, so it was for us. "
What can fans look forward to from you in 2021?
M: “Just a lot of songs, I think. We're going to try to do a few more things with DCup, which will be fun because we didn't do anything with him. We have a melody with Noizu, we have a lot of other things, we have another EP for Meliis label, we only did one that we really liked. And hopefully we can hang out and do some shows. This is the first time I haven't been home for Christmas. Hopefully we can tour and play parties, swim in the ocean, hug people, stuff like that. "
A: "We have a music bank that we've been working on that we need to quit. Some club stuff, maybe more radio stuff, we just go full blast like I said and hopefully do a few shows when we can. "
Ten years after a massive international hit, how do you see yourselves and what is your place in the music field in 2020?
M: “I have a feeling that our best is yet to come, which may sound strange when you consider that we had a huge success 10 years ago. But maybe in some ways that goal came earlier than it should have been in our careers. And I feel like, ironically, we've built ourselves up to be ready to do it again. We're still very excited to jump in the studio and see what could happen. We surprise ourselves with what might come out. We are really inspired by people young and old. We're just as excited now as we were 10 years ago, but we're probably smarter. We probably don't go to that many after parties, but we're definitely ready to go to a few. And we haven't had an argument in so many years since we started meditating. I think in the early years, when we were touring non-stop and were very tired and very hungover, we definitely had some differences of opinion. Including trying to rip out USBs. I would like to think that we are better versions. "
A: “I think that was all right. Music is one of the best things in the world, makes us happy and it's best to meet other people who share the same passion and who we get along with. We have homies, London, San Francisco, LA, you can just land anywhere in the world and you have a small family there, it's honestly something special. It can be just a little Instagram or a What's App and you're back in homie land in no time. That's the sad thing about this Covid, you haven't seen anyone in a long time. We all share the same passion and the foam is high. "
Any dream collapses?
M: "I would definitely like to have a meeting with Armand Van Helden."
Any words for the fans?
A: "Thank you for all of your support over the years and hope that you enjoy the new 10th anniversary of & # 39; We No Speak Americano & # 39; to celebrate. We waited 10 years to bring it back but I think it could be a bit of fun. I am sorry."
M: "Hopefully this version won't be as annoying as the last."
Check out Yolanda Be Cool & DCup's 10th Anniversary Commemorative EP "We No Speak Americano" now Sweat it out. Also check out the latest Insomniac live stream!