The Canyons boys took their music down a new direction with side-project Pink Gin. Its the culmination of the duo's private stash of rhythm tracks, harkening back to Canyons' early days of warehouse beats & fun club cuts.
What are the ingredients for the ultimate Pink Gin celebration?
Minimal lights, maximum sound, minimal talking, maximum dancing, Campari, ice cold beer, ecstasy and a smoke machine.
What's the difference between a Canyons dancefloor thumper like Blue Snakes or See Blind Through and one that gets the Pink Gin tag?
The difference is perhaps more in the purpose or process of making the music, rather than a sonic difference - though these differences also exist. Pink Gin tunes are crafted specifically to DJ (and not necessarily with the intention of being released), and a rawer approach is taken to making them, whereas a Canyons jam is about the listening experience as much as it is about dancing.
The A/V art project 100 Million Nights has been a big focus for you this year. Can you break it down for those who haven't been lucky enough to experience it? To date you've only presented it at art institutions GOMA (Brisbane) and MONA (Tasmania).
100 Million Nights is a collaborative project between us (as Canyons) and Australian artist Daniel Boyd. Dan is a painter but he also creates these magnificent moving images and we decided it would be great to write some new music to coincide with Dan's work somehow and perform the project live.
In a nutshell the project works thus: we perform the music written to Dan's newly created works, which are projected onto 3 huge panels behind us. We wrote 6 pieces of music, of which most are around 8 to 10 minutes long. The creative process involved us sending Dan some musical ideas, him sending us some visual ideas and then going back and forth like so until each piece found its bearing.
One of the special aspects of this project is that we're controlling the visual component whilst performing the music, so although we need to be very well rehearsed, we also have the freedom to improvise certain elements. It's been a fantastic and rewarding experience - forcing ourselves to work in different ways with different intentions has proven to be invaluable.
Between Pink Gin's bumpin warehouse rhythm trax and 100MN's psyche-electronic fusion, where are the Canyons heading spiritually?
Probably somewhere in between those two regions you've so aptly described. Definitely somewhere in the outer-limits of the stratosphere.
You've covered a lot of ground this year - playing in Paris, Hvar, Shanghai, LA, New York and Philadelphia. Who puts on the best party?
I'd have to say Hvar has put on the best party to date.
Where's the best place to come down?
Again, Hvar. There's something very soothing about the Dalmatian Coast.
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