LA natives Tyler Blake and Michael David are the men behind the music in one of our all time favorite DJ duos: Classixx. And fortunately, Tyler just so happens to be the artist in the spotlight of this Weekly Feature.
Tyler and David spent a majority of their childhoods growing up together in LA and back in 2007 they decided to try their hand in making music. From there Classixx was born and they have since gone on to grace us with smooth and timeless tracks that never seem to get old no matter how many times you play them.
Best known for remixing indie songs that are already good in their own right. Classixx breathes new life into the tunes by adding a bit of funk in just the right places which gives them an awesome electronic nu-disco feel.
What’s rad about Classixx is that instead of falling into a rhythm with their live sets (like some musicians do,) they are constantly changing things up on stage. We’ve seen these guys more times than we can count and every single performance has been different from the last. Find out what these guys are all about in this Weekly Feature with Tyler Blake from Classixx.
Name: Tyler Blake from Classixx
Place of Residence: Echo Park in Los Angeles
Current Jam: Benoit & Sergio-Everybody
Favorite Food: Italian Cold Cut Deli Sandwich
Mode of Self Expression: Music
Ark: Hey Tyler, thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us. Could you begin by telling us a bit about Classixx?
Tyler: We’re an electronic act based out of Los Angeles. We’ve been friends since we were kids and started making music together in high school.
Ark: It’s no surprise you guys dig quite a diverse spectrum of music and hence the name Classixx. Out of everything you’re listening to right now, what artist/track/album sticks out in your mind the most?
Tyler: James Blake is great. Most of the stuff that’s been coming out on DFA recently has been really good. DNTEL just did an album where he remixed all his favorite Enya songs. We’ve been listening to that a lot lately. Its really good music to listen to on a long flight.
Ark: The Classixx remix of the Phoenix track “Lizstomania” is one of those tracks we just never get sick of listening to and it’s received a good amount of love from music critics all over. Where did the inspiration behind remixing that track come from?
Tyler: Kitsune was putting out the single and asked us to do it. We jumped at the opportunity. We’ve always been huge Phoenix fans so we wanted to make sure we did the song justice. We just set out make a great version of the song that sounded like us.
Ark: We’re all about trying to learn the creative processes different artists take when it comes time to create a new track or album. When you’re getting ready to start making music is there some form our “routine” you tend to stick to, or does it vary each time depending on your mood?
Tyler: It varies but usually one of us will come up with an idea and then we’ll work on it together until we decide its good enough to finish or not. The initial idea could be anything; a drum beat, a bassline, a melody, chords… whatever.
Ark: What would you consider to be the most rewarding, and adversely, the most frustrating part about pursuing a career as a musician?
Tyler: The most rewarding part is making things that people appreciate and enjoy. The frustrating part is that its really hard to make a living off of it without touring. So we tour constantly and its hard to make time to finish things and it ends up taking forever. That’s why we are so slow and why it has taken us so long to finish making our album.
Ark: Alright. Now it’s time for the “lightning round.” If you could answer as quickly as possible, we’d appreciate it:
*Tyler’s answers are in RED
- Studio sets or Live sets? – not sure what that means
- MAC or PC? – MAC
- Originals or remixes? – Originals
- Vintage or modern? – Both
- Beach or lake? – Beach
- Coffee or tea? – Coffee
Ark: What can we expect from Classixx in the future and are there any projects you guys are currently working on that we should keep a watchful eye out for?
Tyler: We’re finishing our album which we hope to be done with by October.
Ark: If you were going to be locked in a room for 1 week straight and could only choose one instrument to take with you. What would that instrument be and why?
Tyler: A Piano. The piano is unique in that it can play the bassline, the chords, and the melody of a song all at once.
Ark: What are a few of your hobbies/ how do you like to spend your free time when you’re not creating and playing tracks?
Tyler: Los Angeles has a lot to offer in that you can go to the beach and surf or go the mountains/hiking trails, the desert… almost every kind of environment is within a couple hours of driving. so we try to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. I skateboard and snowboard also. Although, honestly we don’t really have much free time lately.