Yellow Claw this past weekend performed at the sold out Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with nearly 9,000 people strong as part of their Los Amsterdam USA tour. The show itself was definitely one for the books. There's just something incredibly awe-inspiring to witness such talented producers just kill it live on stage with a massive LED backdrop (not to forget the multiple moshpits that occurred). It's evident that YELLOW CLAW's tasteful musical prowess that lives somewhere between Amsterdam and Los Angeles has made astounding records such as "City On Lockdown" featuring Juicy J & Lil Debbie. We got a chance to meet them before their show where they discuss their music background, production and more.
How did you get into music in the beginning?
Nizzle: Honestly, Jim and I were both interning at a supermarket - so not really real jobs at a supermarket we were just interning. It was bitter. Now we're making a lot of music. We're able to express our creativity as well. Then we started DJing. This was about 10 years ago. Feels like a long time. Physically, I am 40.
Who or what would you say is your biggest inspiration?
Jim: I'd say Kayne West.
Nizzle: Artists just being super innovative. That pop album FUTURE just dropped called HNDRX. Stuff like that.
Describe to us your sound.
Jim: It's very loud. Very unapologetic. Your kids will probably like it if you have never heard it before.
What is the story behind your name?
Jim: It was pure luck.
Nizzle: Kind of similar to that Nike logo thing.
How did you all meet each other?
Nizzle: We met at the supermarket.
Talk to us about “Do You Like Bass” with Juyen Sebulba.
Jim: We had a studio for a few weeks and Juyen came over with a demo. We worked on that and it became better and better. We thought it wouldn't be a big deal but everyone reacted pretty well with it. Then we decided to put it out.
Your album “Los Amsterdam” has been doing really well. What inspired you to produce this?
Jim: We produced this in exactly one year.
Nizzle: People like Future can produce an album in two weeks. We had a bunch of goals for ourselves after our first album "Blood For Mercy". We wanted to do things smarter and better. Not even on the musical side, we progressed a lot - even on the creativity - incorporating shows, merchandise, artwork and everything you know. It was a full year of work and that was all across the board.
You have a remix package on it as well called Pt. 1. Can we expect a Pt. 2?
Jim: Definitely, as soon as the artists finish their remixes we can drop it.
Do you have any upcoming releases you can share with us about?
Jim: We just dropped a record this week with KREWELLA. We have another record dropping in two weeks.
Bonus - What is one thing you are currently obsessed with?
Nizzle: I think both of us have pretty fierce Asian food sensations. Thai and Indonesian food.
Jim: I think Nils obsessed with money.