Styles&Complete: Exclusive Mixify Mix + Interview
For those who didn’t get a chance to join us on Wednesday for Styles&Complete‘s crazy 1 hour set on Mixify, don’t worry because we’ve brought it to you. If you haven’t been acquainted with the North Carolina duo yet, make sure you check out Mixify’s interview with Styles&Complete after the jump:
Also, check back later this week for our Mixify recap post with all the live sets from the week!
Click To Download: Styles&Complete Mix for FITA/Mixify
How’d you get started? How’d you two meet?
C: Met back in 2009. I had done a parody song that blew up in Charlotte. Styles saw that, he was producing for the Ying Yang Twins at the time and we started doing it together. It was about 2011 that we made the switch, Styles realized at an Aoki show and were like yo we could do this.
S: I wasn’t on any drugs or anything and I was liek oh this is amazing.
C: We started making music together, focusing on that lane. Last May, we launched “the product”.
What was the first release?
C: The first actual release was a remix of Jason DeRulo’s “Don’t wanna go home”. I was working at a radio station and we got the acapella before the actual track release. We put it out and it got over 500,000 views on youtube in just a couple days until the label took it down. It was better than the original.
S: Our next release was a remix of Outkast’s “Bombs Over Baghdad” and was the first one we were really proud of. It was probably about 2 weeks after the first one and had over 50,000 downloads.
Those numbers are crazy. How did the word spread so fast?
S: Jason Derulo was just a big name at the time and that was just a big song. On Youtube, it just went viral. Bombs Over Baghdad wasn’t as much luck, it got big when we sent it to ThisSongisSick.com. Once we sent it to them, they posted it and then all the smaller blogs saw it and started leeching it.
C: But I’ve been DJ’ing by myself for 6 years and he’s been producing for 10 years, so it wasn’t overnight. We had the tools and things just happened to work out pretty early.
S: We were so involved in the music industry. Complete had that other half that made the music sound really good. I was in a band in middle school and early high school and had been producing music my whole life before this. This was the first thing that clicked. It’s like we had a trial period for 2 years trying to figure out what we were going to do together. At first it was just producing beats, and then we figured out where to go from there.
C: We had to learn how to work together. It’s hard to tell your partner that what they’re making sucks. You either gotta tell them or trust them to fix it on their own.
How do you two work together?
C: The process is all ours. Styles is the more talented producer – he’s been doing it forever and has the more natural ability. He’ll be sitting at the boards most of the time.
S: When I met Complete he really didn’t produce at all. The thing i really liked about him was that he’d sit down and give me the perfect feedback like this needs a bit more kick, or add some reverb here. He’s really good at EQ’ing stuff, which is so important. He didn’t know how to put things together but his ear is just so good. Now that we’re together his production skills are going up and my DJ skills are going up. Now both him and I could start a track it doesn’t matter.
C: I could get up and go to the studio and Styles will ahve a track completely done. It’s all different – each track.
How did y’all start producing for the Ying Yang Twins?
S: Going 2-3 years back before I met Complete, I was just producing rap beats and I was rapping at this club. When I met Complete he was doing a parody of Asher Roth. We were both rapping at one time. I was even in a screaming punk band at one period of time.
The club like me a lot so whenever they had a big act they’d let me in VIP to hand out my CD and shit. Ying Yang liked my shit so they came to my house. My hand were shaking with a 2 inch diameter when they came to my house the first time – smokin blunts the whole time. The tracks I produced were “Wild Out” and “Big Butts” – its like a rendition of “I Like Big Butts”. We tried to get a sample from Sir-Mix-A-Lot cleared, but he wanted $25k and half the record so we had to start over.
Why the name Styles and Complete?
C: Complete was my DJ name since I liked to play all types of music. In college, I had business cards that said “Is your party Complete?”, and Styles real name is Alex Stein.
S: My friends called me A Styles – which I said stood for All Styles. Then when we were trying to think of a name for both of us, and we were kinda in a rush for this new project. We couldn’t figure out something we liked, so we thought of Styles & Complete – just took the A off my name and DJ off his.
C: Crunk in Public was another idea. We would have really been famous now with that.
S: Or if we replaced all the vowels with numbers or removed them or some shit. Who gives a fuck about vowels anyway?
What do you use to produce? Spin?
S: Reason 6 – its the only beatmaking software we use. Everyone else uses Ableton and all that shit but we use Reason because I’m stubborn.
C: We spin with Serato, a Rane 57 mixer, Technics 1200s, and an APC 40.
Describe your live shows?
C: We’ll get ratchet as a mother fucker. Its kind of like a rap show… except we play electronic music and don’t really rap (lol)… but it definitely has the energy and vibe that a rap show would have.
S: We get on the mic a lot and we yell and do crazy shit. We’re always mixing, we don’t just press play.
C: We actually do shit. I’ve sweated out pairs of shoes before.
S: It kinda just fuckin happened. The dirty south thing – we’ve been making dirty south music a long ime. Every track we make we try to put that dirty south energy in it.
C: We’ve always been into it.
S: In a trap beat we may not have electronic music synths in a track, but it still has a build and a drop and gives you the feel of an EDM track. We get to the point and dont make long traditional 7 minute EDM songs.
C: But yeah, Styles & Complete wasn’t cool, we needed a catch phrase. First we had #AmericanElectroSwag. Then our friend gave us the #DirtySouthElectroSwag idea and we were like “shit we gotta make T-shirts”.
Your latest track “Pop That” just came out. What’s the low down on it?
S: “Pop that” was just like we had just been making all of our tracks, we had made 3-4 tracks that we still haven’t released. We tried to make something that wasn’t like every other trap song. We start with old school drum patterns, then we bring in the new. What you hear at the beginning is how people who first used 808s did it.
What can we expect in the future?
C: Lining up a fall tour, about to release an official remix to Machine Gun Kelly’s “Wild Boy”. We’ll be releasing tracks heavy for the next few weeks and touring heavy in fall. There’s still a lot of people that don’t know who we are and we need to fix that.
S: We’re also lining up our street team (which you can join by emailing your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org). We send out stickers and more to give back to the fans that are helping us out.