Death To Genres Vol.3: Made In America
There’s quite a bit to say about these two Floridian youngsters. The past year has been quite a crazy one for GTA, culminating in a support role for international pop star Rihanna. As that tour made it’s stop in Denver, we had a chance to sit down with Matt and Julio. Check out what they had to say about Victoria’s Secret, EDM’s stigma in the media and mythical creatures.
TMN: Thanks for taking some time to sit down with us! Let’s kick it off by talking about why you’re here in Denver. You guys are the support for Rihanna, which is a pretty big deal. Talk to us about how the opportunity came to be.
Matt: Well, it kinda came through our management, Stevie over there, big ol’ guy. We had just gotten signed onto Three Six Zero Management, which manages like, Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 and stuff. We were already being managed by him, and he was absorbed into the company as well with us.
Three Six Zero had just merged with Rock Nation, who manages Shakira and Rihanna. Stevie had been showing all the other managers our music, and I guess Jay Brown, which is Rihanna’s manager, he just really liked it a lot. And after a while he was like, “Hey, I think you guys would be a good match for opening up for Rihanna.” And that just kinda happened.
It was literally ten days before that tour started, and we were just scrambling, like, “Holy shit, we’re getting on this massive tour. In ten days.” And that’s just how it came to be.
TMN: You guys also recently played HARD’s Day of the Dead, which looked like a rowdy-ass time. What was that experience like?
Julio: It was amazing, man. It was literally one of the funnest shows we played the whole year. We played at such a great time, too. We played right before Baauer and RL Grime. Yeah man, it was intense.
Matt: Very intense.
Julio: Everyone was just going crazy, and we love going off like that. It was probably one of the best shows we played this year. Definitely. Good times.
TMN: One thing we’ve always found entertaining about you guys is your slogan, “Death to Genres.” Can you elaborate on that a little bit for us?
Matt: It kinda came from, we were doing a typed interview on an airplane, just me and him. The last question was a fill in the blank, and it was “Death to ____.” And he was just like, “Oh, death to genres.”
With the way that we produce music, we try to do a little of everything and not worry about, like, “Oh, all we make is house, or trap or, moombahton, or hip hop, or whatever.” You know, both of us make all of it. So with him saying that, it (Death to Genres) just spoke to how we think music should be. That’s what we’ve been going by, and it’s kinda stuck. Then, we started doing this mixtape——mixed compilation series or whatever—and we thought that’d be a good idea to put that as the mixed series.