Yellow Claw Talk Inspirations, ‘Blood For Mercy,’ Barong Family & More [Exclusive Interview]
Formed in 2010, Yellow Claw consists of Bizzey, Jim & Nizzle. The Dutch trio don’t consider themselves a band or project but a “partyconcept.” While on their Blood For Mercy tour we at FITA were able to sit down with them at in NYC to speak about their recent album, their label, their inspirations, and much more in this exclusive interview.
MUSIC + INTERVIEW:
1) What is the history of Yellow Claw? What is the meaning behind the name?
It kinda all started as a club night at Jimmy Woo – Amsterdam, and there wasn’t really enough music for us to play that fitted our parties, so we started playing a lot of hiphop instrumentals in the 70/75 bpm range. We would often mix it with the harder stuff like dubstep.
The name is from a Japanese strip called Jimmy Woo, Yellow Claw is a character in it.
2) What get’s you most amped during a live set?
Playing new shit.
3) What has been your favorite show to date? What’s the craziest party you’ve ever been to?
That’s hard to say. Our album release party in our hometown Amsterdam actually was one of the best shows we had in 2015. The one we did in LA was sick too. Picking one is hard. We have to say, we played in Dallas at Lights All Night on January 1st. That was insane! Huge crowd, so many people..
4) What are the Top 5 songs on your iPod/that you listen to everyday? Favorite song to play live?
At the moment we listen to a lot of Ty Dolla $ign shit, Travis Scott, Jeremih, Drake, The Weeknd and our own music. Hard to pin it down to 5 songs tho.
Favorite song to play live ‘Cesqeaux & Wiwek – Twist’ (Barong Family). (Yes we like to plug our label music in interviews)
5) Do you prefer to make originals or remixes?
We love doing both actually. Making originals is a very different process, maybe more fulfilling because you start from scratch and create something that’s like your very own. Remixes are fun too.
6) Who or what do you look to for inspiration?
We get our inspiration pretty much out of our all day life, working with a lot of great artists, running a record label with the coolest kids we know, touring all over the world with your best friends. It’s all pretty much super cool and inspiring.
7) With your debut album ‘Blood For Mercy’ out now and quickly becoming an everyday favorite, was there a track on the album that you had the most fun making?
Working on ‘In My Room’ with DJ mustard, Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga was really interesting. Connecting with someone like Mustard in the studio and tryna make something that’s a little bit from our world and a little bit from his was really fun doin.
8) You have collaborated with many artists across all the genres, so if you could collab with anyone in the industry (dead or alive), who would it be?
We would love to work with Nile Rodgers some day.
9) What are you currently working on? Any secret collabs or projects?
Secret stuff indeed. ☺
10) How was 2015 for you guys? Anything that you’re particularly excited about for in 2016?
2015 was insane, we played almost all festivals we dreamed of; Coachella, bunch of EDC’s, we did a great US tour, dropped an album, went on our Blood For Mercy album tour, shot a lot of video’s, released very cool stuff on Barong Family, hosted a Barong stage at Tomorrowland, happy with the fact we can bring Moksi with us on tour and so on. 2016 is gonna be great, planning lots of studio time. We’re most excited about that probably.
11) What can we expect from your label Barong Family in 2016?
A lot. We have an insane amount of EP’s ready to release, cool labelnights and festival hostings planned. Who knows, maybe we’ll even introduce some new guys on our label.
12) What is your average day like?
We’re pretty much on the down low, spending time with our fams and in the studio. We love being home in Amsterdam.
13) What is the best part about being in a group?
Traveling and touring is way less boring when you’re together.
14) As many artists nowadays are branching out into many different subgenres, what are your plans regarding genre expanding?
We never think about working in genres. We worked like that from the start. We just produce and release what we like and what feels good. We would never limit our creative process like that.
15) What are your future plans? EP/Album? Etc?
We’re working on lots of new stuff now, don’t know yet what the exact plans are tho. Time will tell.
16) If you could have any super power, what would it be?