Dada Life on Following the Money, Staying Energetic, and Why They Can't Eat Barbecue Before a Gig
If Andrew W.K. has an equivalent in electronic music, it might just be the boys of Dada Life. Swedish producers Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom are known best for their love of bananas, champagne, and, more importantly, distinctive electro bangers with names like "Happy Violence" and "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker." With a career that began in 2006, these two have since toured relentlessly around the world, all while finding time to remix artists including Kid Cudi and Kaskade. They have also developed a vast catalog of Dada Life products, most notoriously a music machine plugin called the Sausage Fattener, which can only be explained by this extensive tutorial. All Shook Down recently got some insight into Dada Life's world of never-ending energy and its newest EP before the duo plays two shows at Ruby Skye this Thursday (Dec. 15; sold-out) and Friday (Dec. 16).
The number of successful EDM artists originating from Sweden suggests that there must be a secret formula that other countries just can't replicate. Are we missing something?
Nope, but it's really dark during the winter, making everybody just stay in the studio and make music. Also people are really nice to each other and there's no attitude.
What's the message behind your newest single, "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker"?
If you don't get it, you just don't get it.
Today you guys kicked...
...out the coffee machine for not working. Coffee is essential in the morning.
How is it different from your last release, "Happy Violence"?
Harder and more evil. We wanted to come back with something unexpected. A stab in the back.
What would a happy and violent action be?
It's up to you. As long as you're hurt, but still smiling, you've succeeded.
You guys are notorious for your relentless energy on tour. How do you keep it up, day by day?
I would ask the opposite: How do people that look bored when they DJ keep on doing it day by day?!
What has been your favorite stop on tour this year, as it's coming to a close?
Probably Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas this summer. Everything was just so well planned and the vibe from the crowd was amazing.
On your biography, it says "always follow the money." What does that term represent to you guys?
It means what it says.
Has it changed from the beginning of your career until now?
No, we always follow the money.
If a fan was to spend one day with you on tour, what's something they would discover that fans can't see from the audience?
That touring is a lot of fun. But also hours of boring nothing --¬†waiting on airports and sitting on flights.
Do you guys control your social media outlets?
Of course we do! We love talking to our fans. We really don't see them as our 'fans' -- it's more like we're all one big dysfunctional family.
Your music has been categorized as rave, bass, and overall insane. If you could set it to a film soundtrack, what would the film look like?
Probably something filled with speed and action -- and lack any sense or overall story. It would probably suck.
With the success of the Sausage Fattener, are you guys planning on releasing any more products or gear from your Dada Life empire?
Yes. We're working on a second plugin right now. It will be really different from all other stuff out there, so we hope everyone will appreciate that.
Where are you guys going to hang out in San Francisco, since you'll be here for two days?
What I do know is where we won't go. Last time we had dinner at Memphis Minnie's -- which is a great place -- but we can't take BBQ before a gig. Then we need to add puke bucket to the rider ... and that's no fun, to be honest.