When we first introduced them as our resident artists for this month, we challenged you to see if you could crack The Code. That’s proven even more difficult with the release of their Blue Electronica EP, as the genre bending duo have continued to defy expectations since their emergence on the scene two years ago. The minute you think you’ve got them all figured out, the pair manage to throw a curveball your way that completely changes the way you view their music. We sat down with them recently to understand their recording process and the inspiration behind their music. See what they had to say about Blue Electronica, and listen to the entire project below. If you like what you hear, make sure you pre-order the album here.
TMN: It’s crazy to think that you’ve been able to amass such a large following without anyone learning your identity. These days there’s a lot of pressure for artists to open up and engage their fans via social media, but at the same time there’s been a growing contingent of reclusive artists trying to keep the focus exclusively on their music. Can you guys discuss some of the reasons why you decided to pursue this path, and some of the challenges that come along with it?
The Code: Well just like you said to focus on the music. At this stage nothing else is important. There are challenges in everything, so by choosing whatever path you should prepare and accept them, positive or negative.
TMN: Like we said, no one’s quite been able to crack The Code just yet, and we’re interested in learning a bit about the significance behind your name: what does it mean to you and what does it represent?
The Code: It’s more what we are, not who we are. It represents the music, and our visual compass.
’The Code – Loving You (ft. P Reign)’
TMN: You guys have basically created your own signature sound, blending elements of electronica with R&B rhythms and hazy melodies. Can you talk to us a bit about your inspiration and how you came to develop this style?
The Code: Organically. Just creating what makes sense to the mood at the time, whether that be something energetic or chilled. Inspired by everything, not just music. In this day there is so much going on in the world its hard not to be inspired by everything.
TMN: You recently released your Blue Electronica EP, and the color seems to be a pervasive theme in both your music and artwork. What is it about the color blue that makes it so prominent in your aesthetic?
The Code: Blue is a calming color which can be dark, light, soothing and irate. It can also represent so many different things and the contrast between our interpretation of the color “blue” and “electronica” really fits.
TMN: In 2014 you introduced yourself to the world with the release of your debut mixtape, 1|11. This last project though, was much smaller in scope. Were there any changes in your approach when it came time to record Blue Electronica?
The Code: Not really, it all comes down to timing, both were made at different times in different moments.
’The Code – Mood (Find You)/Time’
TMN: There’s a lot of exciting talent emerging on the UK music scene lately. It seems like every time we turn our heads we find someone new. Are there any names you guys are keeping your eyes on, or anyone specific you’d like to collaborate with?
The Code: Anyone who wants to make music, any who is positive. If the time is right then anything is possible.
’The Code – Wolf (ft. KasFlow)’
TMN: Now that you have two projects under your belt, what else is on the horizon for The Code? Do you guys plan on doing any touring?
The Code: More of everything. It’s all been absolutely amazing so far.
TMN: Is there anything you’d like to say to someone who’s just hearing your music for the first time?
The Code: We appreciate your ears.
TMN: The biggest misconception people have about the UK is ______
The Code: Not really sure, every area has stigma’s and stereotypes, good and bad.
’The Code – 16th Element’
TMN: If you could teach a robot to feel emotion through music, what album would you show them?
The Code: Daft Punk – Discovery
TMN: If your music was a drug, how would it make people feel?
The Code: You’d have to ask the listeners that one.