Could you tell our readers something about yourself that they might not find out otherwise?
We actually first met in 9th grade (Mike) / 10th grade (Koby) when we were placed into the same 4-piece a cappella group. We’ve been best friends ever since.
Where are you based at the moment?
As of right now we are both based out of Michigan; Mike is living in Lansing and Koby is living outside Detroit. We usually start ideas remotely and bounce them back and forth via Splice, and then meet up once or twice a week to put final touches on our tracks.
Does the city affect your sound?
When we started LMBO, Mike had just graduated from Michigan State University and Koby was finishing up school at Tulane University in New Orleans. Mike had been producing and DJing around the East Lansing area and was heavily involved in Michigan’s underground EDM scene.
Koby was immersed in New Orleans’ musical culture and was producing alt-r&b, indie-electronica, hip hop, and composing classical music for school. So in short, yes our cities do influence our sound, but with the ubiquity and ease of finding/sharing new music, we try and ingest a broad catalog of music that isn’t limited to any particular location.
How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted over your last few releases?
We’ve been sharing music with each other for the entirety of our friendship and are continuously finding new places where our tastes overlap (we started our first collaborative playlist in 2013). While electronic music is where our tastes most prominently intersect, we both pull inspiration from all over the place.
Over the past few releases, we’ve aimed to take elements of the electronic music we like (Flume/Jamie XX/Disclosure), add the intimacy and emotionality of singer-songwriter artists (Sufjan Stevens, Shawn Barry), and then add flourishes of pop, orchestral, trap, r&b, hip-hop, and underground electronic music.
What does the new remix draw upon thematically?
Our goal was take Bronze Whale’s feel-good track “Warm” and totally rethink it. Bronze Whale’s vocal processing is super unique- we warped and reharmonized the original melody and put it over intense soundscapes and moaning synths. We tried to take BW’s vibe to an experimental place it had never been taken before.
Did the track evolve significantly in the studio from the original demo?
We had been bouncing back and forth a skeleton of the beat when BW asked us if we wanted to remix ‘Warm’. We took a shot in the dark threw put BW’s vocal stem over the beat immediately fell in love with how it sounded. From there, we knew it had to be a remix.
Is it part of a larger remix project, an EP or Album?
This remix is a stand-alone track.
What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?
We have some more singles coming in the next few months- some originals, remixes, and collaborations! After that, we plan on releasing our first EP.