With the next Tomorrow Never Happened event around the corner, going down on the 29th June at Arcade Empire, we decided to get to know the gents from Hugs On Drugs a little bit better…this is how it all went down:
Hugs On Drugs
Phizicist & King Rat back in the game!
He produces music in his room.
He produces all music.
He procrastinates fucking well.
He’s overly critical of most things.
He talks about himself in the third person.
He thinks he’s poes cool.
He might have a split personality disorder.
Or maybe he says all this shit to get attention.
Shit works for him.
He sometimes mixes in his underwear when he’s alone.
He enjoys all variations of bass.
He was not crowned in a sewer.
He does not play with weapons.
He thinks he can produce because all his friends can.
Full-time rat ruler.
MA: Where did Hugs on Drugs originate?
After meeting each other we both realised our similar taste and passion for music, soon after we decided to start playing together.
MA: Tell us about your journey to where you are today, a little bit of background?
Phizicist has been producing for 6 years before Hugs on Drugs had started and King Rat had only recently started dj’ing. We originally found mutual ground in music with dubstep and soon after drum & bass, but as time went on we learnt to appeciate all genre’s of bass music. We also both came from a strong band background, we both still enjoy bands but considering our dedication to bass music we dont have the time we use to have and in turn don’t listen to as many new bands as we would like to.
MA: Who are your musical influences?
We both love Incubus, Alien Ant Farm, Radiohead, Deftones, just to name a few, and in terms of bass music our combined biggest influence would have to be Culprate from the UK. We also enjoy 16bit, Noisia and Amon Tobin. All in all I think our influences vary to much to mention all and we like to consider ourselves some what objective when it comes to music.
MA: Do you find it difficult to differentiate between your sound as solo artists compared to a group?
Not really!! As a solo act Phizicist has always been about not tieing himself down to a single genre while still maintaining his “sound”, where as King Rat has dedicated his solo act to drum & bass. As Hugs on Drugs we combine all our favourite artists and styles of music together to bring a unique act that is essentially just a combination of our favourite music.
I dont think either of us can remember the first official gig as Hugs On Drugs, which means it probably did not go not bad?
MA: What has you most excited about our local music industry?
That afrikaans singer from Pofadder, next level….HAHAHAHA
MA: To date, what has been your best gig as an act?
Town Hall 2nd birthday has been our favourite gig so far! We also got to play with Gtronic when he was here which was awesome.
MA: You guys always seem to be somewhat involved in the TNH events, what do you enjoy the most about their productions?
Well we are actually the founders of TNH, in terms of production, we like everything. 🙂
MA: What can we expect from Hugs on Drugs at the TNH event on the 29th June?
MA: Are you working on any projects that we might be interested in?
Phizicist is currently working on a project called Hawkword which is AMAZING. And King Rat is working on a project called Bassik Assault. As Hugs On Drugs we are working on a project called Rehabillitation.
MA: Where do you see yourselves in 5 years time?
On a boat with naked wimminz
MA: Where can people follow you?