The groovy-bass duo Ephwurd has had quite a busy festival season this year headlining stages all over Canada and the United States. They even got to preform on the main stage at EDC this year! That is quite an impressive feat considering that their very first performance was barely 2 years ago at Escape: Psycho Circus 2015. Now just two short years after their mind-blowing premiere, Ephwurd announces that they are launching a brand-new record label Eph’d Up Records. With this announcement came the release of “Phunky Beats” their newest collaboration with JVST SAY YES that is loaded with groovy-electro bass sounds (check it out below!)
This is what Ephwurd had to say about Eph’d Up Records in their initial press release:
“As artists who enjoy a broad range of music going from the most hype tunes to the most chill, we wanted to be able to freely give music to our fans without the time constraints of a label. Sometimes we finish a song and it won’t be months until you, the fans, get to hear what we have been working on and it’s such a huge bummer. Eph’d Up Records gives us the freedom to give you folks music when we want and when you deserve it because life is happening now and it’s not set on some schedule. With that said, we are launching the label with a tune of ours that we’ve been dropping for well over a year now and it always goes off! Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Phunky Beats.”
I recently got with the guys and asked them about their crazy summer, as well as their new label and what it means to them. Here’s what they had to say about it all:
Me: Ephwurd has had a VERY busy festival season headlining many stages including EDC, Global Dance Festival, Lollapalooza, Lost Lands, Middlelands, Shaky Beats, and Shambhala just to name a few. Are you guys looking forward to a well-deserved break this winter?
LOL, we never have time off! We are home now with some “time off” but really its studio time and business time! And to top that off Troy is also busy with Datsik stuff as well so he is on double overtime.
Me: I know Lost Lands stands out to me as one of the best festivals of 2017 and one of my all-time favorites to cover as media. What has been your favorite festival to play at in 2017?
Lost Lands was legendary! We also loved playing Lollapalooza, EDC MainStage and of course Shambhala. Definitely different vibes at all 3 of these shows but they were all amazing nonetheless.
Me: A little birdie that you guys are coming out with a brand new record label. What was the inspiration behind Eph’d Up Records?
We have always been playing around with the idea of starting a label to showcase our own music and eventually the music of the artists we love. We felt that the timing was right since we have been working on a lot of music this year but have not released any of it yet. Starting a label to showcase our work in a fashion that we want is important to us because we can get an idea out and get it into the hands of the fans while we still love that sound. Sometimes when you work alongside other labels a song can take months to come out and by that time as artists we are already onto something totally different, We want our fans to grow alongside us and not grow with some outdated image of us.
Me: Troy you already have a very successful label, Firepower Records. What will be different with this new record label?
Firepower Records is definitely my baby, but I am excited to venture forth with a new label and try and target a wider demographic. I started Firepower with the vision of it being primarily a bass music label, and considering that we have all types of new stuff we’ve been working on that wouldn’t exactly ‘fit’ with Firepower… so this seems to make the most sense! We are really stoked to drop a bunch of new different shit for you guys over the next few months on our own schedule. After that, we will look at building a very selective roster. Already have a few names in mind 🙂
Me: What is your guy’s vision for this new label? What do you hope to achieve with this label?
To put out our own music in a fashion that we believe is best for us and the people that love our music. And when the time comes we want to release the music of other artists that we love that might not be in the American EDM scene. There is so much good music out in the world being made by unknown artists and they deserve to have their sounds heard by as many people as possible.
Me: What does this new record label mean for each of you guys on a personal level?
We both like to have a home for the music we love and creating a hub for that means that we can show more of ourselves not just as Ephwurd but as people who love music. We want our fans to hear the stuff we love and we want them to hear new stuff that we find interesting.
Me: With this new label does that mean that we will be hearing even more new music from Ephwurd like your new, and amazing collab with Jvst Say Yes for “Phunky Beats”?
YES!!! We are planning on releasing new music every 3-4 weeks for the next few months. LOTS OF NEW EPHWURD MUSIC!!!!
It makes me very happy knowing that I will get to hear new Ephwurd at least once a month! I expect many great things from Ephwurd and anyone that they sign to Eph’d Up Records!
Check them out at one of upcoming events:
10/31 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
11/30 – The Helm – Sunshine Coast, Australia
12/1 – Red Square – Adelaide, Australia
12/2 – Villa – Perth, Australia
12/6 – Argyle House – Newcastle, Australia
12/8 – The Met – Brisbane, Australia
12/9 – Storm Festival – Sydney, Australia
12/15 – Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
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