TYNAN and thook recently pooled their talents to create ‘Voidless,’ a new single for Quality Goods Records. The intensity creativity of the pair shines through immediately on the record, and they are a great match for each other. We grabbed them both for a chat about it, and about what else they have coming up.
Hey guys, good to chat! Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?
thook: My name is Agon and I like making music that tell stories. Not fairy tales are or simple ideas, but more like epiphanies.
TYNAN: Thanks for having us! Well my name is TYNAN. I’m from Oklahoma. I like weird things and making music.
How would you sum up each other’s musical style?
thook: Kevin has a really good ear for creating basses and synths that I’d imagine come from a 5th dimensional mothership attempting to leave this realm.
TYNAN: As in, how would I describe thook’s style? He’s the king of unorthodox. He mixes dark, off-kilter rhythms with minimalistic, lo-fi sound design to create something that’s truly unique. I’ve yet to find someone that does what thook do better than he does.
What are some of the most important lessons you’ve both learned since you started making music? What have been some of the challenges so far?
thook: Taking time after creating a record to let your ears relax, so you can get a more neutral perspective of how it sounds. This took a while to get right, because if you’re in the studio working for 5 hours, anything sounds dope eventually. But listening two days later you’ll see exactly what’s wrong/right with the beat.
TYNAN: Easy, KISS. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Its something I have to remind myself constantly. I tend to overthink everything, and in doing so I used to meddle with my tracks a little too much. I had to force myself to say “Okay, this track is finished” so I would just stop messing with it. That was the biggest problem for me to overcome.
Do you remember what first got you into wanting to create music? What do you listen to when you’re not making it?
thook: Definitely Knocksteady. I loved the sound and energy from the rappers and the beats coming out of that collective. That inspired me to be apart of something bigger. When I’m not making music, I’m listening to movie scores, TDE, and weird inside. I love anything that can attached to a visual.
TYNAN: I can’t remember what song exactly, but it was probably some 90’s song that my older brothers and sister were listening to. They were a big influence on my early tastes in music.
As lame as it is, I really do listen to just about anything I can. I always love finding some new music in my free time. Recently I’ve been jamming out to the Undertale soundtrack (seriously one of the best soundtracks of all time). My usually go to when I want something to listen to is Fall of Troy, Foxy Shazam, Rise Against, Between The Buried and Me, and other bands like that.
Your new track ‘Voidless’ is racking up the plays. How long did it take you to put together? What was the idea behind the tune?
thook: Only a couple of weeks. We did everything over the internet which can sometimes take a while. This record just worked really well because TYNAN saw the vision early on.
TYNAN: I think it was a few weeks after I started digging into. thook had the basic idea, and I knew from the stems that it could be something special. It was really melodic in the intro/verse, but the drop had such a weight to it. I really wanted to highlight both of those aspects and bring the idea to life.
Are you happy with the end result?
thook: Hell yeah!
TYNAN: Oh, very happy with it.
Lastly, what have you both got coming up next? Can we expect any future collaborations?
thook: A lot of music. I just released a 5-track EP including a collaboration with the legend UZ on his label Quality Goods Records – called Natural Instincts. I’m actually already building my next project which will be more beat tape style; shorter beats, but more tracks on it.
TYNAN: Oh boy, too much to remember. I’ve got two EP’s coming out in the next few months, an official remix for RL grime, tracks with 1788-L (coming very soon), Wooli, Kayzo, Shanghai Doom, sfam, Roxas, and some ones I need to work on. I’ll be joining Ghastly for the last few shows of his fall tour, plus a few other shows lined up in the next few weeks. I’m sure there are more I’m forgetting, but that’s all for the immediate future, haha.
Can you share two of your 2018 highlights?
thook: ‘Forest.’ When I released that song I didn’t realise how much the sound was still new. I’ve heard countless records come out inspired by it and it’s really exciting to see. Natural Instincts is also huge for me. To date, it’s the clearest representation of my style, if there was any doubt before.
TYNAN: Touring Australia and moving my girlfriend down from Minneapolis.