We speak to the rather brilliant production unit TUNGEVAAG & RAABAN about their newest track "Coming Up," which has been really well received.
First things first, could you please tell us a little about yourselves… who are you and where are you currently based?
Martin: Martin Tungevag, Tungevaag as an artist name. I'm 24 years old, from Stadlandet in Norway and based in Ålesund. I've produced for 9 years and DJ'd for 4 years.
Robbin: My name is Robbin Söderlund, but everyone calls me Raaban. I'm based in Sweden, close to Gothenburg, and I've produced music for 13 years and DJ'd for 3 years.
How long have you both been making music? What made you first want to write it?
Martin: I read about different music producing programs before I landed at FL studio after watching some tutorials. I used it for 9 years and started with it because I was fascinated about how powerful the DAW was.
Robbin: 13 years, I started in 2005 because I've always listened to how music is built and wanted to try to build it myself.
What do you enjoy most about having music as your careers?
Martin: Being creative, travelling around and playing our own tracks for huge amounts of people at clubs and festivals.
Robbin: That I can do what I love to do, music has always been my main thing in life, so It's a pleasure to have it as "work." But I don't see it as work, I do it for fun and because I love it!
Where do you mostly draw your inspiration? How would you describe your trademark sound to those who haven’t heard it yet?
Martin: Ideas can come from anything. We are so lucky that we can meet and talk music with so many different people from Finland to South Korea and Indonesia to Mallorca and Portugal. That gives us energy to continue with what we are doing and experiment with both new styles, and music that already exists - but with our own touch and mix over it.
Robbin: Inspiration comes from everything. When we travel around different countries, it can come from people, animals, all kinds of music, instruments etc. People always told me, "I can hear directly when it's your production and sound." But I don't actually know what it is actually. We work a lot with vocal chops in our drops, so maybe that.
We love the new single "Coming Up" – what’s the story behind it?
Robbin/Martin: Thank you so much! I (Robbin) got the idea from a guy in my town and really liked it. We finished it easily and released it fast :) It's about a guy who been feeling really low but is on his way up, back on track.
Had you worked with vocalist Victor Crone previously?
Robbin: No, this was the first time! He is really great - so kind and amazingly talented!
Where do you see your sound progressing over the coming months/years?
Robbin/Martin: We hope it can reach everywhere in the world the coming months/years. We're in a good way so far, and we are so happy about that!
If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?
Martin: Tiësto, he is so awesome with his sound.
Robbin: Michael Jackson for sure! A legend, my legend, that's all :)
What do you have coming up next in 2017 or the start of 2018? Are there any more releases in the pipeline you can share with us yet?
Robbin/Martin: We have got a lot of tracks that we're working on right now. Some of them are already done and we hope to release one of them in early January. And we've got a collaboration that will be released very soon with a guy ranked in the DJ Mag Top100. It will be awesome, just wait and see!