If there is one movement that has unleashed a catalog of some of the freshest and tastiest productions in recent times, it is none other than the one pioneered by The City of Lights’s prolific duo, The Geek x Vrv. Comprised of Axel Rondeau and Vincent Téoulé, The Geek x Vrv have been behind so many flawless hip-hop instrumental styled electro funk productions, intoxicating listeners with punchy beats, savory ol’ school flavored samples, peerless instrumental licks and jazzy melodies.
As they continue to release at an astonishing and relentless rate, The Geek x Vrv will undeniably remain one of the hottest acts to erupt from France’s electronic music underground. In the wake of their sophomore B.T.O.S compilation, B.T.O.S Vol. 2, a ten track release with an irresistibly toothsome assortment of hip-hop instrumentals, we had the chance to ask the fast-rising duo about their inception, their recent EP, and what the future has in store for them.
HT: The sounds both of you put out is nothing short of top-notch. How did you meet and decide to start producing together?
Well we met through a mutual friend, we started to chat online, and then the idea of a collaboration came. Since the feedback we were getting was rather positive, we decided to carry on together.
HT: Do your musical musical taste and influences ever clash when producing, or are they always in agreement?
Usually we manage to agree on which style to use, so most of the time we are in agreement. Though there are exceptions. But we try to limit ourselves the least, so we don’t hesitate to propose original ideas.
HT: How would you two describe your style to someone who is not an electronic music fan but is about to listen to your music for the first time?
Grab Electro, Hip Hop, Soul & Jazz, mix all of these styles and you get something new and fresh. We’ve never thought about it to be honest, but we think we’d tell them that most of our tracks are “new with some old, something new and fresh”.
HT: Are you two producing with Ableton at the moment, and are there ever any live interments recorded into a track?
Yeah Ableton is great for us, and it’s the DAW we’ve been using for a while so it’s become really easy to produce now! For the instrumental part, we’ve started to gradually get into it, but as we are not natural musicians, it’s a bit hard. We’ll get the hang of it.
HT: ‘One Love EP’ was a bit heavier than some of the releases on ‘Amicalment Votre’ and ‘Chinese Morning’. Do you two see yourselves creating more bass heavy, maybe dubstep influenced productions in the future?
Actually One Love EP was produced 4 months ago. We make tracks based on how we feel at the time. We must have listened to electronic music at the time. Our influences evolve rapidly even if we try to keep a main line, so yeah, why not some tracks with more bass, or instead, a few more chill ones!
HT: You guys recently did a collaboration with Emiljo A.C. Is there a reason why it wasn’t released for free and are there any other collaborations in the works?
Our collab with Emiljo is available on Emiljo’s SoundCloud for free. We do have other collaborations in the works very soon, some remixs too. We’re lucky to be working with some great artists at the moment.
HT: Can you guys see yourself coming over to America for some performances in the States?
Of course! We would love to play in the USA some day. It would be a dream become true, so we’re gonna carry on making music and hopefully some day we’ll be able to come over!
HT: In both of your opinions, what was the best The Geek x Vrv release in 2013?
For us the best release of 2013 was the Flume remix, and [best] production, ‘It’s Because’.
HT: Biggest moment for The Geek x Vrv in 2013?
There hasn’t been a big moment for us yet because we only started playing in 2014, but I’d say our time with Tha Trickaz who talked about our EP on their label was the best moment. Having the chance to be contacted by artists we’ve always loved, listened to and seen live, is fantastic. And I’d add that our upload on the youtube channel “The Sound You Need” gave us great visibility and made us able to share our passion with more and more people, and when Pretty lights dropped our Flume remix in The HOT SH*T Podcast!!
HT: What is up ahead in 2014? There is BTOS Vol. 2, but beyond that, what can we expect from The Geek x Vrv in 2014?
Well 2014, we are gonna have loads and loads of stuff to release! After B.T.O.S Vol. 2, there is gonna be quite a few remixs and collaborations, then 2 new EPs, with one collaboration with an independant brand. We’d like to take the time to work on the release of a full album as well. And there will probably be a B.T.O.S Vol. 3, and always free of course! SO there is going to be a lot of new stuff, we are gonna be playing more and more live sets shortly so our live set is evolving too.