Interview – Two Friends

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Matt Halper and Eli Sones, the young masterminds behind Two Friends, have quickly revamped from high school bedroom producers to one of the most promising dance music duos of 2017. Known for their viral remixes of “Trap Queen”, “I Miss You” and “Mr. Brightside”, as well as their latest original offerings “Pacific Coast Highway,” “Emily,” and “Out Of Love,” the two have in unprecedented time mastered a wide range of genres from melodic house to harder progressive cuts to pop-leaning earworms. With their Spotify and SoundCloud streams now exceeding 70 million and with twenty-four #1’s on Hype Machine, the boys are well on their way to becoming the next big dance act to come out of America.

Kicking off their musical journey in senior year of high school, the boys honed their skills through remixing, taking on the likes of The Chainsmokers, Alesso, and Tori Kelly to name but a few. Perfecting their distinct “Soul House” style, Two Friends were quick to prove their versatile production techniques, drawing upon a wide variety of live instrumentation to create a truly multi-faceted sound with every release. After receiving the “Award of Independent Excellence” from Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Two Friends swiftly exceeded their influence beyond the online sphere, attracting the spotlight on stage and radio. While Don Diablo was dropping Two Friends remixes on Hexagon Radio, their remix of Lana Del Rey’s hit “Born To Die” scored airplay on Sirius XM, securing the boys a top ten spot in the BPM Hits Chart in 2014.

With support now coming from the likes of Tiesto, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, and many more, Matt and Eli undoubtedly set to dominate this year and beyond. Thankfully enough we had the chance to sit and chat with them. Check it out.

EDMNYC: How did you guys get involved in DJ’ing?

Matt: We got mostly involved in DJ’ing through production. Once you’re producing and you start creating a little noise, people are like “Hey, we want to book you.” Then, we were like “Oh…better learn how to DJ.” Lol. That kind of forced our hand, but I think it’s either one way or the other really. It’s either production makes you want to DJ or you want to DJ and then you learn how to produce.

EDMNYC: Is this something you always wanted to do?

Eli: Nope. Lol

EDMNYC: So, what did you guys want to be when you grew up?

Matt: I was always doing music stuff in school, but I wanted to be a professional athlete. Then when I realized that wasn’t going to happen, eventually I was like “alright, pivot.” Lol

EDMNYC: What about you Eli?

Eli: Probably like an entrepreneurial start up type thing.

Matt: In middle school you didn’t want to be an NBA player?

Eli: I did, but I knew by middle school that wasn’t going to happen. Lol

EDMNYC: Did you guys know each other growing up?

Matt: We met in 7th grade. In about May of senior year of High School we started Two Friends, even before we knew how to make music.

EDMNYC: When can you say your big break was?

Matt: It was a lot of little breaks.

Eli: I don’t think there was anything major that was a game changer. More that probably around half way through college, around our junior year, was when a lot of cool things started to happen one after the other. We had a song get on satellite radio, we had people asking about shows, we had people wanting to manage us, we were remixing songs and gaining traction on Soundcloud. So, a lot of things were culminating with us and we were like “Ok, we can make this happen.”

EDMNYC: When you are traveling, how do you get in studio time?

Eli: That is something that we are definitely working on. The more you grow the more difficult that becomes. We have been touring for a while and it’s pretty much every Thursday – Sunday. When we do get those weekdays in the studio we take it seriously and you wont really find us taking a day off.

EDMNYC: How do you balance of all this with you personal life?

Matt: That’s a great question.

Eli: I haven’t figured it out yet.

Matt: When we are in the studio at night, say 8pm, if we want to get dinner with people, that’s what we will do. If we end up getting home early on a Sunday, then that a big day for hanging.

 

EDMNYC: When you have this Sunday time, who do you normally spend it?

Matt: I will go to dinner with family and catch up with some friends. You know, we gotta make the most of our time.

Eli: We live in LA which is where our families are and most of our friends, which is nice. For the friends who aren’t in LA our chance to hang out with them is the few hours before a show. We will get dinner and hang in the green room.

EDMNYC: What type of new music do you have in the works?

Matt: A couple remixes, a bunch of original tracks we are finally get some dates on. It’s always a game just working with labels, different contracts and scheduling everything.

Eli: The new stuff is fun though. We have a lot of vocals, but for the most part our new stuff is just us.

EDMNYC: Where do you see Two Friends in 5 years? 

Eli: The goal is to have Two Friends doing great! It’s tough though to really predict things because one big break that you really didn’t really plan for could take you from 10 to 100 real quick. We have seen friends who weren’t expecting it – then boom! It’s not even comparable to what they were doing a year before. So ,it’s kind of tough to say, but the plan is to focus on writing new music, work hard in the studio and grow our fan base.

~Michelle for EDMNYC

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