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Yellow Claw know no boundaries

Emma Gritt

ASHES Yellowclaw1 300x231 Yellow Claw know no boundaries The first time I heard the music of Yellow Claw, I was at a poutine restaurant on Queen Street in Toronto.

To be honest, when the server told me the name of the people behind the insane clattering of drops and beats I was listening to, I just assumed it was the pseudonym of another North American hotshot producer come out of nowhere (or the internet).

I was wrong – Yellow Claw are in fact Dutch, and while this isn’t that surprising considering the calibre of producers The Netherlands produces, I was pleased to discover the minds behind one of my favourite remixes of 2012 (Major Lazer’s Jah No Partial, if you’re wondering) weren’t just vest-wearing frat boy broskis with enormous attitude problems.

“We’re three friends that love to make music and search for boundaries to crossover within that music,” they explain.

Their sound, which I regard as having a sort of ‘if a hip hop head ran Nightmare in Rotterdam’ vibe to it, brought them to the attention of Diplo’s Mad Decent, who then helped them make the transition in to rave heroes of the US EDM scene.

This weekend, Bizzey, Jim Aasgier & Nizzle will be playing on home turf when they perform at Amsterdam’s Valhalla event.

Where do you align yourself musically?

Hard question. We are somewhere on the outskirts of the EDM scene in between Southern USA Trap Music, Dutch Hardstyle and UK influence Grime stuff.

Some of your music sounds a bit gabber-y to me in places, is that something you were in to?

The three of us were all born in the Eighties thus far we were all teenagers during the peak of that unique musical era. In that time in Holland there was no way around it so it inflicted all us on different levels.

For someone who has never heard your music before, what track of yours sums you up the best?

If you check our last two releases there is the more poppy Shotgun and the festival anthem called Pillz we did with Flosstradamus.

What was your wildest moment of 2013?

That would be Pukkelpop in Belgium, Kingsday festival in Amsterdam or our first USA tour in which we did eight cities in 10 days. Look that recap video up on YouTube “Yellow Claw USA Tour”. It was madness. Complete madness. And we got to go to Disney World on our day off.

What is the biggest sound on the Dutch scene right now?

There is so much stuff going on right now. From the dream story Martin Garrix to the way Headhunterz is going worldwide with his sound. From the re-inventors of their own sound Showtek to somebody like Laidback Luke who has been so steady for years now. If one thing is for sure its happening out here.

Who are your ones to watch for 2014?

Keep an eye on our friends and true Yellow Claw family members LNY_TNZ, Cescqeux and Yung Felix.

For more information about Valhalla visit their website

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