Over the weekend, Team Supreme / Rabbit Records producer, David Streit (FuzZ), had the chance to talk with Jorge Hernandez (HeyWhoreHey) and Petey Evans (PeteyClicks) of Charlotte based producers, Clicks & Whistles. Take a look at their conversation below…
FuzZ: First off, i’ve been a huge fan of Clicks & Whistles since I heard, Neva Get Caught, for the first time. I noticed you guys are based out of North Carolina. What’s the music scene like over there?
HeyWhoreHey: Charlotte is a smaller city, but we’ve got a decent scene here music wise. The more forward-thinking parties are smaller than some of the more popular dance music parties, but they happen pretty frequently. We’ve also got a casual monthly residency here at a weekly called, Le Bang, run by our friend, Buckmaster. A lot of newer artists usually get booked to play at that weekly. A couple weeks ago, Mike Q came through, and DJ Sliink is supposed to be coming in the near future.
FZ: When I listen to your music, I hear a ton of different influences. Do you guys have different musical backgrounds or are you both on the same page?
PeteyClicks: We come from totally different worlds, as far as music goes. I grew up playing the upright bass in the school orchestra. I ended up playing in metal and indie rock bands for a while, until I found electronic music a few years ago.
HWH: I’ve personally been a follower of electronic music and dance music since I was in middle school. I grew up in Miami so there was a lot of Latin and pop dance music around as well.
FZ: Who were the first artists that got you into electronic music?
PC: I’m kind of ashamed to admit this publicly, but Justice was really one of the first dance acts I really got into. I like to think I’ve come a long way since then.
FZ: Haha, no shame in that.
HWH: Back in middle school I listened to a lot of The Prodigy, Orbital, Sneaker Pimps, and kind of that whole era of popular stuff back then. I also listened to some awful happy hardcore and cheesy trance that I managed to download off Napster.
FZ: So, how did you guys meet? What made you want to work with each other?
HWH: We both subscribed to the same monster truck newsletter…or maybe it was an Internet forum. Can’t remember.
PC: I’m the editor of said monster truck newsletter…ACTUALLY, Jorge booked me to DJ in Charlotte while I was living in Roanoke, Virginia. When I would come down and stay with him, he exposed me to a lot of new music I had never heard. I started coming to Charlotte more and more to hang out and work on music with Jorge. In July of last year, I moved down here with my lovely girlfriend. We’ve been happily cranking out tunes ever since.
FZ: What type of music did you DJ?
PC: Like, slammin electro house. I was starting to get into some cooler stuff like Douster and the Dirty Bird crew. I remember Jorge played me a Deadboy mix and that really blew my mind.
FZ: Who brings what to the table in your productions? Do you both work in the same studio or is it always a give-and-go production process?
HWH: It really depends, but Petey is a whiz on the keyboard so a lot of the real melodic stuff is from him jamming on that. Either one of us will start a track and then we get together later to finish it, or we’ll just start fresh together. Usually, we just go over each other’s places to work on stuff.
PC: Jorge’s house has air conditioning. It gets fuckin’ hot down here in North Carolina.
FZ: What does the future look like for Clicks & Whistles? You guys are touring a bunch these next few months, but are you planning any releases?
PC: Embassy Records is about to release our second EP on September 17th. We have a two tracker on Paul Salva’s, Frite Nite label coming up. Also, another two tracker on Kastle’s, Symbols imprint. Both should be dropping some time in October.
Clicks & Whistles and FuzZ will both be performing at Los Globos this Friday, September 14th. Joining them will be Sinjin Hawke and Keltronix. In the meantime, check out this mix from Clicks & Whistles recorded live from their set at the Trouble & Bass Vs. Party Like Us show last month in New York.
Tickets are available HERE.
Djemba Djemba – Is U Rollin?
Salva + Grenier – Wake The Dead
Tom Richman – Gun Jam
Anna Love – Skip A Beat (Tom Richman Remix)
RL Grime – Grapes Alla Vodka (Salva Remix)
Low Limit – Seat Belt
Clicks & Whistles – Neva Get Caught
Kavsrave – No More (Slow Jams)
SRC – Tangerine
TNGHT – Gooooo
Trick Daddy & Trina – Nann Nigga (Clicks & Whistles Bootleg)
Bombaman – Not Going Straight
C.Z. – Walk Up On
Raf Riley – Dog Unit (Part 1)
Caleb Mak – The Joker (Lucid Bootleg)
Clicks & Whistles – Serious Bidness
Clicks & Whistles – Hundred Mil
Clicks & Whistles – Fumando
Obey City – Neva Knew (Baauer Remix)
UZ – Trap Shit V8
Clicks & Whistles – Bear Mountain
Salva – Paint Job
Thee 6 Mafia – Who Run It (Machinedrum Remix)
Baauer – Dum Dum
Clicks & Whistles – Saved
TNGHT – R U Ready
Diplo – Express Yourself (Gent & Jawns Remix)
Clicks & Whistles – 808
Mouse On Mars – They Know Your Name Is Machinedrum
Clicks & Whistles – Rooftops
Mak & Pasteman – Playboy (Clicks & Whistles Remix)
Clicks & Whistles + Grenier – Walrus Lord
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