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Donk Boys are Martin and Thomas – two geeky techno addicts living in Malmö, Sweden. Both started producing electronic music in the mid 90ies, and got together to make trax together in their shared flat in 2006.
Here’s what the boys themselves say:
“Our music is inspired by the memories of past raves and warehouse parties, Joey Beltram’s “Game Form”, hard shuffled beats, the Djax-Up-Beats label, Neil Landstrumm (wonky techno yeah!), Cari Lekebusch and Hybrid, TR-909, Jeff Mills, Börft Records… well, you get the idea. There’s loads more but we could go on forever, really."
“We try to make fun music for people who like to get down. It’s just party music; the kind of stuff we like listening to and play as DJs. Sometimes it’s more old skool and sometimes we like to try something new. Whatever we feel like is what we do. We don’t even know if we are considered to be ‘minimal’, ‘techno’ or ‘house’, you know?”
But why the name Donk Boys?
“Well, ‘donk’ is as far from the recent UK donk genre (popular in some urban UK cities) as you can go. It is simply another word for the bass drum: Donk donk donk donk! Get it? Haha.”
Since their celebrated debut release in 2007 (played by DJs from Richie Hawtin to Daniel Bell) on french wonky house label Frankie Records, the boys are now part of the much respected Dirtybird label in San Fransisco.
They have also put out EPs for Trapez, Floppy Funk, Siteholder, Schatten, FVF Records and Plak + remixed artists like Frankie, Todd Sines, Slagsmålsklubben, Titonton Duvante, Brian Ffar, Claude Vonstroke and Justin Martin (Beat that bird!), Marc Ashken, to name a few.
So far the boys have toured Europe with their crazy energetic live performances and entertained people in Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland as well as Swedish cities Malmö, Norrköping and Stockholm.