With their banging ‘I Don’t Need You’ out now through Quality Goods Records, we’re already itching to hear another collaboration from Yvng Jalapeño and Ian Munro. Both pushing highly innovative styles, watch this space for more fresh material from them.
Thanks for speaking to us; it’s great to have you! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as artists?
Yvng Jalapeño: Hello! Well I’ve been producing music/DJing for the last 5-6 years. Music has always been a passion from an early age, which has led to where I am today.
Ian Munro: Thanks for having us! As an artist I’m all about weird shit. I love putting things together that shouldn’t make sense. I put creativity and authenticity first always.
What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned along the way since you’ve been making music? If you could give your younger selvesstarting out any advice, what would it be?
YJ: PATIENCE! I think that’s a massive lesson I’ve learnt. You have to be patient and stay focused. Everyone is running their own race, if you keep on grinding your time will come.
IM: ‘WRITE MORE THINK LESS.’ Honestly the biggest piece of advice I could give anyone. As musicians, we’re naturally prone to getting caught up in our thoughts – it’s all about just freeing yourself up from that and letting the creativity flow.
Do you remember what first got you into wanting to create music? Was there a specific track?
YJ: Flume’s debut album really got me into writing more experimental trap-type music. Before that I was making heavy electro.
IM: A high school band came and played at my primary school and it got me so hype I begged my mum to let me play the drums, haha. I guess it all started from there… so s/o that band!
Which of your tracks have meant the most to you and why?
YJ: My track ‘Marty’ is my favourite. It has by far gotten the most support from artists like Baauer, Flosstradamus & was played on radio 1 a few times. It’s my favourite to play, also. My SlumberJack edit of ‘Ra’ is another favourite. I play it in every set and have gotten a lot of love for it.
IM: Definitely some of this unreleased stuff. I’m at a point where I’m writing some of the best music of my career and it feels great. Can’t wait to put this stuff out!
Congrats on ‘I Don’t Need You,’ we love it! What makes this track stand out?
YJ: I feel this track standouts because of how catchy the vocals by Cultra are. Once you hear the song you are going to get it stuck in your head.
IM: Thank you, that means a lot! Honestly I love the use of elements that shouldn’t work together. I’m all about putting things together that shouldn’t make sense. I think it makes music more exciting and less predictable, which is especially important in the current state of dance music.
What caused you to collaborate with Cultra on the single? Would you want to work together again?
YJ: A friend of mine used Cultra on his track witch is originally where I found her, she had an amazing voice. I’d love to work with her again.
IM: To be honest, Jordan organised these vocals before I got involved with the project. But without a doubt, yes! Cultra absolutely killed it!
If you could name three artists/groups who have influenced you the most throughout your career so far, who would they be?
YJ: Flume, Porter Robinson , Rl Grime. (3 is tough, there are so many I could list who have influenced me in one way or another).
IM: I grew up listening to nothing but punk music, haha. I’d have to say my mum’s musical taste shaped me a lot as a kid. Bands like Hüsker Dü, Fugazi and The Ramones were hugely influential to me as a young musician, and I can definitely hear the influence in my music today.
The first electronic act I ever saw live was The Bloody Beetroots when I was 15 and it changed my life – definitely opened my eyes to a world of dance music I wasn’t familiar with yet. More than anything though, I get a lot of inspiration from my friends UZ, Quix, Oski, & Hydraulix. They’re all constantly putting out music that is so effortlessly fresh and exciting and it’s so inspiring to hear.
What do you have coming up for the rest of the year that you can share with us?
YJ: I’ve got some remixes I’m really excited about & really trying to get some original content to a place where I’m happy enough to share with the internet!
IM: I’ve got a lot more music and a lot more shows. I’ve locked myself away in the studio this year, so I can’t wait to finally start showing you what I’ve been working on!