Earbeer: “When You Find A Seam Of Sonic Gold It’s Proper Exhilarating”

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Earbeer live techno

Earbeer is a new live techno group from London. The duo have a wealth of musical experience to draw upon, across live performances and in the studio. You can catch their debut performance at Attack Live on Sept 29th.

Who are you?

We are ‘Earbeer’ – a couple of lager loving live techno enthusiasts

Where are you from?

We are both London-based and have been for many years now but we originally hail from
boring little places from which we were keen to escape as soon as possible.

What do you sound like?

Not sure yet, we are trying a lot of different things…

We aspire to make music that it is very hard not to dance/headbang to (if of course you already like pretty fucking unrelenting heavy, crunchy, techno – if you don’t then you really won’t be dancing).

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Why should we listen to you?

We hope that the improvised element to what we do allows for those special moments when the
crowd senses that something unique is happening – a combination of sounds that will never be
repeated.

The flip side of this is sometimes we will make glaring sonic errors! But the jeopardy of treading new ground all the time is very exciting and hopefully the audience senses and enjoys that as well.

When you find a seam of sonic gold it’s proper exhilarating!

Which of your tracks sums you up? Why?

For now, at least live improvisation is our main focus so we aren’t concentrating on releasing any
recorded music. We really want to go nuts on the live thing and learn from the crowds that we
play to. Then we will see…

What have you released so far? What else have you got coming out in the near future?

Nothing!! But we’ll be chucking out loads of clips of us jamming live.

How did you get into DJing/producing to begin with?

We both started with varying degrees of formal musical training before moving into a healthy
obsession with electronic music and raving in our teens and from then into desperately trying to
make anything as good as what we were hearing in clubs ourselves. We are still trying to be
fair…

What are three things on your studio shopping list?

It’s hard to knock the current live setup for cold ruthless efficiency namely Elektron (Octatrack, Analog
Rytm), Pioneer DJM800 and Teenage Engineering OP-1. I’m sure we’ll get an analog synth
or two involved soon which will definitely switch up the sound.

What or who is your biggest influence and why?

Swedish metal gods ‘Meshuggah’ – although they are quite obviously a metal band, for us they
do everything that great dance music does in a live situation – rhythmic complexity, incredibly
careful use of texture, overwhelming power, dynamic shifts into sonic abstraction that then
return to the overwhelming power.

We were also saying the other day that we’ve not ever witnessed a set by Mala that hasn’t blown our minds (and we’ve seen many), we have always been fans of sound system culture – we just like loud stuff basically.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

We are definitely testing our long-term relationships with our respective partners with this
project. We already play in a touring band that’s out once or twice a year on tours and for most
weekends in the summer.

But it’s for the art innit…luckily they probably won’t get this far into the interview to read this but if they do… Love you! (Back at 2am-ish) xx

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What’s been your favourite place to play so far?

So far we have only played to each other and the occasional stray bunch of people who come
back from the excellent pub up the road from the studio, The Great Northern Railway Tavern.

Attack Live is our debut club performance and we are just a bit excited.

Where can we hear your music?

At Attack Live on 29th Sep! And hopefully many more events to come. Also on Insta and TikTok as
@earbeer_.

What one song would feature on the soundtrack to your life?

Disco Rekah by Loefah.

What motivates you?

Loud noises and then quieter weird ones followed by more loud ones. Money.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

One of us sold cheese to Alan Rickman once, he needed some blue cheese as he was going to
poach some pears (to be clear he wasn’t going to steal them, he was going to boil them in some
sort of sweet broth I imagine – don’t want a libel case on our hands).

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve received?

Cliché time ….“Create stuff that you think is fucking brilliant or at the very least exciting and if
other people think so too then great, if they don’t then don’t change it to please them because
then you will be doing something you don’t like, which is stupid if you can avoid it” –

Barry Chuckle MBE, RIP said that to us on a ferry to the Isle of Man about 15 years ago (he didn’t
actually, we just saw him ahead of us in the queue for the ferry).

Where will you be in five years’ time?

Literally no idea and that’s fine.

Catch Earbeer at Attack Live on September 29th. Find Earbeer on TikTok and Instagram.

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Earbeer live techno

Earbeer is a new live techno group from London. The duo have a wealth of musical experience to draw upon, across live performances and in the studio. You can catch their debut performance at Attack Live on Sept 29th.

Who are you?

We are ‘Earbeer’ – a couple of lager loving live techno enthusiasts

Where are you from?

We are both London-based and have been for many years now but we originally hail from
boring little places from which we were keen to escape as soon as possible.

What do you sound like?

Not sure yet, we are trying a lot of different things…

We aspire to make music that it is very hard not to dance/headbang to (if of course you already like pretty fucking unrelenting heavy, crunchy, techno – if you don’t then you really won’t be dancing).

Why should we listen to you?

We hope that the improvised element to what we do allows for those special moments when the
crowd senses that something unique is happening – a combination of sounds that will never be
repeated.

The flip side of this is sometimes we will make glaring sonic errors! But the jeopardy of treading new ground all the time is very exciting and hopefully the audience senses and enjoys that as well.

When you find a seam of sonic gold it’s proper exhilarating!

Which of your tracks sums you up? Why?

For now, at least live improvisation is our main focus so we aren’t concentrating on releasing any
recorded music. We really want to go nuts on the live thing and learn from the crowds that we
play to. Then we will see…

What have you released so far? What else have you got coming out in the near future?

Nothing!! But we’ll be chucking out loads of clips of us jamming live.

How did you get into DJing/producing to begin with?

We both started with varying degrees of formal musical training before moving into a healthy
obsession with electronic music and raving in our teens and from then into desperately trying to
make anything as good as what we were hearing in clubs ourselves. We are still trying to be
fair…

What are three things on your studio shopping list?

It’s hard to knock the current live setup for cold ruthless efficiency namely Elektron (Octatrack, Analog
Rytm), Pioneer DJM800 and Teenage Engineering OP-1. I’m sure we’ll get an analog synth
or two involved soon which will definitely switch up the sound.

What or who is your biggest influence and why?

Swedish metal gods ‘Meshuggah’ – although they are quite obviously a metal band, for us they
do everything that great dance music does in a live situation – rhythmic complexity, incredibly
careful use of texture, overwhelming power, dynamic shifts into sonic abstraction that then
return to the overwhelming power.

We were also saying the other day that we’ve not ever witnessed a set by Mala that hasn’t blown our minds (and we’ve seen many), we have always been fans of sound system culture – we just like loud stuff basically.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

We are definitely testing our long-term relationships with our respective partners with this
project. We already play in a touring band that’s out once or twice a year on tours and for most
weekends in the summer.

But it’s for the art innit…luckily they probably won’t get this far into the interview to read this but if they do… Love you! (Back at 2am-ish) xx

What’s been your favourite place to play so far?

So far we have only played to each other and the occasional stray bunch of people who come
back from the excellent pub up the road from the studio, The Great Northern Railway Tavern.

Attack Live is our debut club performance and we are just a bit excited.

Where can we hear your music?

At Attack Live on 29th Sep! And hopefully many more events to come. Also on Insta and TikTok as
@earbeer_.

What one song would feature on the soundtrack to your life?

Disco Rekah by Loefah.

What motivates you?

Loud noises and then quieter weird ones followed by more loud ones. Money.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

One of us sold cheese to Alan Rickman once, he needed some blue cheese as he was going to
poach some pears (to be clear he wasn’t going to steal them, he was going to boil them in some
sort of sweet broth I imagine – don’t want a libel case on our hands).

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve received?

Cliché time ….“Create stuff that you think is fucking brilliant or at the very least exciting and if
other people think so too then great, if they don’t then don’t change it to please them because
then you will be doing something you don’t like, which is stupid if you can avoid it” –

Barry Chuckle MBE, RIP said that to us on a ferry to the Isle of Man about 15 years ago (he didn’t
actually, we just saw him ahead of us in the queue for the ferry).

Where will you be in five years’ time?

Literally no idea and that’s fine.

Catch Earbeer at Attack Live on September 29th. Find Earbeer on TikTok and Instagram.