INTERVIEW: Tibasko

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Breakthrough UK duo Tibasko are quickly establishing themselves as purveyors of an epic, highly melodic and unique sound that sits somewhere between breaks, house, techno and trance. Annie Mac has been a huge supporter over the last couple of years, which has led to plaudits from BBC Introducing, naming them in The Hot List of acts in August 2019 and number three in their Ones to Watch 2020 list. 

They’ve also been named by Kiss FM as Ones to Watch for 2020 and have had previous releases on notable labels such as W&O Street Tracks and Toolroom with DJ support including Denis Sulta, Hammer, The Black Madonna and many more.

Their latest is Reverie, which lands on the Another Rhythm imprint early next month: a label to which Tibasko are far from strangers having been a part of their journey from the very start.

Ahead of its release, we caught up with Tibasko to get the lowdown on what to expect from them over the coming months.

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey guys, thank you for the invite, we’re excited to be here! It’s been as good as it can be during these weird times but we’re both doing fine. It feels a lot better now that lockdown is starting to ease up here in the UK.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Reverie”?

Of course, so Reverie was actually a track that we’ve been working towards for just about a year or so. It was around this time that we started to find the sound that we wanted to follow. We’ve been super lucky enough to be working closely with Another Rhythm Records for just over a year, and ‘Reverie’ is the follow up track from our previous release with them – ‘Solum’.

The crux of ‘Reverie’ is that we wanted it to conjure that same feeling of euphoria on the dancefloor, when you’re focused on that one moment with your best mates around you and your thoughts just get lost in the music. That’s where the name ‘Reverie’ stems from – it’s the state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts: a daydream.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Whenever we make a track, we always envision how it would sound contextually in a live music setting and what kind of emotions we want to evoke.

Around the end of 2018, we both went to see Bicep perform a live set at The Printworks. They’re one of our biggest inspirations when it comes to making music. It was really incredible to feel the emotional atmosphere that their tracks created on the dancefloor and it’s something we both really want to emulate in our tracks as well.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes! We’ve been working closely with a 3D visual designer from Edinburgh called Ally Baird (@allybairddesign) and he’ll be doing the visuals for most of our next releases. He’s the wizard behind the amazing visuals we had for our ‘Solum’ release. This time round, we’ll be following the same style with really intricate 3D visuals but with a subtle narrative that relates closely to the track. We’re excited to share this with everyone – it looks incredible.

How was the recording and writing process?

Usually, writing and recording a track can be pretty straight forward. However, we’ve had to go through quite a few revisions for Reverie as we kept changing our minds about specific elements which we weren’t sure sat right. But we got there in the end!

What role does Herts play in your music?

Both coming from a small town, it does feel like we’re in a little bubble here. I guess it’s motivated us to pursue big dreams and get our music out there, well beyond Hertfordshire.

With the major reception your music has gotten – does that put any pressure on you as you work on these new materials or rather the opposite?

To be honest, we don’t feel like it’s put any more pressure on us for our new material. We’ve never really felt the pressure to produce music inclined to a certain sound. We make music because we love to do it and it’s our way of expressing ourselves.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

We’ve been waiting patiently to show you the next few releases, coming out after ‘Reverie’, for over a year – so we can’t wait for those to drop. After that we’re working on some new music we honestly believe is some of our best. We’re really aiming to bring about a new age of Tibasko music over the coming months and into next year and beyond. We’ve always been constantly evolving as an act, and this next evolution is something we hope is going to connect in a big way.  We’ve also got a bunch of remixes forthcoming for some exciting artists so definitely look out for those.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’ve got a busy release schedule this year but to put into light the more recent ones:  we’ve got a two-track forthcoming on W&O Street Tracks on 28th August which features the older melodic sound we had going. It’s got a deeper sound geared towards clubs, complete with strings and swirling basslines. We’ve also got a single coming out on Stress Records VA on October 6th alongside some incredible artists, so very excited to share that with the world.

Any plans to hit the road?

It’s really difficult to say in these times until it’s right and possible to do so again. However, we’re both itching to get back out there!

What else is happening next in Tibasko’s world?

Lots of lots of releases. We’ve working on a bunch of collaborations with some really exciting artists from a variety of genres, including a classical composer and an array of amazing vocalists that we’re huge fans of. Aside from the two-track forthcoming after Reverie’s release on W&O Street Tracks and single on Stress Records VA as we mentioned earlier, we’re gearing up towards a big project in 2021 that we can’t disclose of yet… so keep your eyes peeled.

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