Interview with Black Girl / White Girl
Written by Sacha Wall on March 2, 2018
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to briefly chat with you! We are delighted to have you as this month’s exclusive guests on Thorned Radio. Please do tell us all about yourselves and where you are from?
Thanks for having us! It’s Karin & Ty from Black Girl / White Girl here. We’re a DJ/production duo known for our productions on Roush, Resonance, Lapsus, Twisted Fusion, NONSTOP, New Violence, Underground Audio and many more. Ty is originally from Curacao and Karin is from Israel, we’re actually based 50/50 in Amsterdam and Tel Aviv.=
In addition to your outstanding productions, we absolutely love your duo moniker. It is so straightforward and yet so unique. What is the Black Girl / White Girl story exactly? How did you two meet?
It’s funny you mention that, because when we first met in Amsterdam back in 2012, we immediately realised how much we’re alike. So we started talking about music and art, soon understanding that we had a lot in common in terms of what we found interesting. And that was even before we decided to start the Black Girl / White Girl project, so you could say our similarities were very much at the foundation of our collaboration. Fast forward a bit, we had the best time partying in Amsterdam, going to ADE, day-drinking and being slightly obnoxious in them streets… It was the best way to get to know each other too, and we quickly realized we both wanted to create. Being from two totally different cultures, environments, we were just really positive it would work out well as we were both 100% willing to put in the work.
What are some past or upcoming releases you are most proud of? What was your reactions when signing the dotted line?
We’re definitely proud of every one of our releases, as they’re all part of our journey. Honestly, we’re the most fond of the “No Beef” EP on Roush and the “Tales Of Light” EP on Resonance. Both EPs represent two moments during our career where we were developing our sound. These releases turned out to be very successful for us, which is definitely a big nod that we were on the right track. It’s just so different when you’re in the studio, you know? You can totally dig something and it sounds good to you, and that in itself is gratifying enough. But when you witness a release reach its full potential, that’s definitely a ‘wow’ moment and an important milestone.
While we’re on the subject of milestones, about a month ago we had one of our dreams come true, something we didn’t think we’d achieve for at least another year or two. We got a direct message on Twitter from Green Velvet that he’d been wanting to sign three of our tracks. Only when we got the contract did we realize what was going on. There aren’t words in this world to describe the feeling of signing that contract, and we still find ourselves wondering how this all happened!
What do you love most about producing music? Where does this amazing source of inspiration come from?
The best thing about producing is that you can take an idea, or a thought, and create a whole piece of music from that. You just create these bits and pieces, collect them, arrange them in the best way you can and somewhere along the way you leave pieces of yourself in there. That’s what makes it unique, your own personal touch. We find ourselves inspired by everything around us. More importantly, we always try to do things the unconventional way, taking the road less travelled and just going that extra mile to make bits sound weird and different than everything else out there.
What are your favorite tracks of all time?
Wow, this is pretty hard but here’s a couple:
Funky Fat – Jealousy
Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky & Sand
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
The Knife – You Take My Breath Away
Sublime – Santeria
The Sugarcubes – Birthday
What are your favorite snacks to chow down on while in the studio?
Mike & Ike, licorice, loads and loads of candies, Haribo, vodka, doritos, cheetos…
If you had the opportunity to collaborate with one artist, who would it be?
You know, one thing we learned over the past couple of years is that it’s the most satisfying to write your own story. We pride ourselves on our ability to be fluid while staying true to ourselves, and not follow trends. We’ve invested so much in this project by creating our own little world with our goals, dreams, and inspiration within. For now, the answer would be “no one”. But who knows what the future might bring.
Producing your own sound does takes some time. For some longer than others…while many become discouraged along the way. What are some encouraging words and pointers you can give to budding DJ/Producers?
Yeah, it’s definitely a tough process. Getting discouraged is also a part of it, but you need to know that it’s just a phase. Surround yourself with positive people, keep your mind free from clutter and learn to hyperfocus. Shut off your phone, turn off all alerts and social media stuff, and just lock your mind on producing music. Do this often, consistently, and with determination, and with time you’ll start to see great results. You’ll find your sound eventually, and the most important thing is to really grasp the fact that there’s no such thing as “failure”. You just learn, and when you combine that with perseverance, you’re definitely going to start hitting your targets and see amazing results.
New releases coming out? Dates?
For sure! We have the “Mindscape” EP coming out on Underground Audio on March 2 with a fantastic remix from System2. This release is shaping up to be a big one with Seth Troxler, Hector Couto, Pan-Pot, Ninetoes and Davide Squillace supporting. After that, we’re going to get ready for the biggest release of our career until now – our Space Cookies EP on Relief. Needless to say, it’s going to be absolutely huge. Out on April 20, save the date!