Carvar & Clock  is not your typical household name in EDM. In fact, they are the perfect candidate for our First Look Friday considering they only just began producing together in January of this year, and have only 3 original tunes to their name. They’ve already released a stellar EP, Miskatonik (read about it HERE), through Datsik‘s own Firepower Records which is currently enjoying the #14 spot on Beatport’s dubstep releases, and the #72 spot overall. With this release, they’ve made it very clear that they are a force to be reckoned with in dubstep, drumstep, or even their own gritty brand of trap. In four short months, they’ve already garnered support from Noisia, Excision, Funtcase, Datsik, Figure, Koan Sound, Candyland, Protohype, Reso and many other big names. So let’s see what they’re about.

We got a chance to talk to Dominic and Dustin, who make up the bass music duo, and they told us all about their background, influences, process and even a possible upcoming tour.

ES: To start off, tell us a little bit about yourselves (age, musical background, favorite colors, really anything you want). Who’s Carvar and who’s Clock?

Dominic: Dustin is Clock, and I am Carvar. I’m living in Austin, TX and am 22 years old.  I started producing dubstep and glitch hop around 2009 after experimenting with production during high school.

Dustin: I am currently residing in Madison, WI and am 24 years old. I began producing a couple of years ago under a different alias, which had a couple of releases. Dominic and I had come to be acquaintances and he aided in teaching me some fundamental production techniques. This began us chatting more frequently and discussing mutual interests in production, as well as our lives outside of music production. I find that my vast interest in almost every style of music, electronic and not, are a constant influence in my production.

ES: Who has influenced you and your sound the most?

Dominic: My influences include Noisia, Billain, and Koan Sound, and I also find inspiration from artists such as Dr. Dre, Rage Against The Machine, among others across many genres.  Some days my tastes lean more towards futuristic soundscapes and other times I feel more hip hop inspired, which I think is reflected in our music. 

Dustin: As far as the largest influences, earlier in life swing and blues (Benny Goodman, Dinah Washington, Al Green) were a foundation in music creation, and I grew up in a family, which supported learning various instruments very heavily. Around middle school, my previous influences remained, but my interest peaked with my introduction in the seventh grade to Dr. Dre’s Chronic 2001. This album influenced my thoughts on music, and my interest in recognizing the composition of music, as well as the way sounds are manipulated and mixed to form a cohesive track. That moment in life continued to influence my musicianship, leading to my interest in music production in the past couple of years.

ES: You guys live on almost opposite sides of the country. How does this affect your work and your creative process?

Dominic: The only problem is communication.  It’s much easier to relay ideas and concerns in person, and we video chat nearly every day.  Misunderstandings in attitude and tone can frequently arise if you are doing business in a text based format.  Over time we have both agreed that calling or video chatting is the way to go.

Dustin: I think it’s actually initially been of benefit, as we are both producers that need solitude in order to create and expand on different musical ideas. Communication is difficult, but I think that our dynamic is smoothing out, and with my move in August there should be a great deal less of issues with communicating back and forth on projects/ideas.

ES: Have you been able to play any shows together?

Dustin: Carvar & Clock haven’t played any shows at all as of yet. We are currently signing our management and are looking to tour in the coming months.

ES: How would you describe your music?

Dominic: I would currently describe our music as neuro-influenced hip hop beats, but I can’t predict where our music will go from here. We just make what we think sounds good and interests us.

ES: How did you end up on Firepower Records?

Dustin: Initially we were scouting for labels to sign the Miskatonik EP with, and had come to know quite a few of the Firepower roster. It was Rekoil originally who had contacted us and told us he really enjoyed Miskatonik. Getter contacted Troy (Datsik) and we ended up discussing it and deciding to sign with Firepower records. We are confident in our decision, and it has been great working with them thus far.

ES: Congrats on getting signed. Firepower is no joke. I’m going to wrap it up with one last question. What can we look forward to in the coming year or so from Carvar & Clock?

Dustin: We are working on a couple of official remixes right now, as well as forming ideas as to what will be a follow up release, however we can only speculate on when that will be given the infancy of this release.

Dominic: Also, keep an eye out for us coming to a city near you when we begin to do shows.

ES: I know I will. Thank you guys so much for your time.

Be sure to look out for new releases and tour dates from the duo in the coming months.

Support them and download their first EP, Miskatonik, from Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/release/miskatonik/1091740

Like Carvar & Clock on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carvarandclock

Follow them on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/candcofficial

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