Russian-Ukrainian trio, Teddy Killerz have enjoyed much success and recognition with their unique ability to fuse together different styles of music to create cutting edge bass music for the masses.
Greg (Garud), Oleg (Place 2b) and Anton (Paimon) together, launched the Teddy Killerz group back in 2012 on Bad Taste Recordings. However things really started to rapidly pick up the pace with their remix of “Make it Bun” by Skrillex and Damian Marley as it was chosen as the “Skrillex’ Honourable Pick”. This major success landed them to be signed on OWSLA, after which Teddy Killerz went on to be signed onto many massive labels such as Division, Par Excellence etc. Countless remixes and collaborations have helped the trio build their loyal fan base, garnering respect from fellow producers in the scene. It is no surprise that the creation of an album is next on the list for the guys and here we are. Their debut album “Nightmare Street” will be released on the 2nd of June 2017, on the monstrous RAM Records. We had the opportunity to have a little chat with Teddy Killerz about their album.
Azasia – Hi guys, how are you and where in the world are you at the moment?
Greg – Hello! We are good, thanks! Right now I am on little vacation in Italy, Oleg is preparing for marriage & Anton is working on our new tune with Drumsound & Bassline Smith:)
Azasia – An album from Teddy Killerz, about time! Congratulations! How was this album created? What prompted you guys to decide now is the time for a Teddy Killerz album?
Oleg – Well, it’s been 5 years since we started as Teddy Killerz. First demos for album were started about 2 years ago & during this time we were thinking about the concept & story for album. In the end we decided that this album will be an introduction to our musical universe & will include all edges of sound that we ever produced.
Azasia – How was the writing process different for the album compared to the EPs or singles you usually produce? Or was it similar?
Oleg – I think it was pretty similar. Just way longer. We did few tunes with other artists such as Ayah Marar, Lena Cullen, Laurent John & The Qemists. These things don’t happen very quickly especially when we are living on the other side of Europe
Azasia – What are some of the influences on “Nightmare Street”?
Anton – Well, I think our main influence this time is our own music, as Oleg said we wanted to put all kinds of music we produced during last 5 years. Deffo you can hear some influences of The Prodigy in “Bounce”, some contemporary future bass sound in “Stockholm”. Another inspiration were Jauz bass house tunes. We just tried to turn his sound into D&B, mix it with neuro… You can hear result in “Chopper” & “Coming For You”.
Azasia – The bass music scene has been thriving recently in terms of fusing different genres and elements, how have you managed to stick to your signature sound but still be innovative, dishing out fresh sounds?
Greg – It comes naturally. We love different music apart from D&B and always share new tunes, ideas & elements we like. Then on some point we use it while making tunes.
Azasia – Album titles, some may argue, are quite important. What is the story behind the title of your album? May we ask what were the other options of possible titles you guys had, if there were any?
Anton – Well, Nightmare Street is obviously taken from “Nightmare on Elm Street”… We decided to stick to horror movies theme since the beginning because it fits the image of scary teddies very well. Something like Chucky but slightly funnier & cute, Nightmare Street can be everything & there are many dangerous & scary places there! Other names were way sillier… I don’t remember all of them, but there was something like “Bedroom Horror” or “Creatures Under the bed” lol…
Azasia – Are you guys planning a tour for the album? If yes, please can you give us some details about that?
Greg – We do! Just came back from US & Canada, gonna do a tour in Australia & New Zealand & of course there are many European dates coming!
Azasia – So I’m going to put you guys on the spot and ask you what the best thing is and what is the worst thing about working in a trio?
Oleg – One head is good but three heads are better! More ideas, more music & of course more fun. I can’t say anything bad working in trio… I guess worst thing is that we live quite far away from each other & it would be great to move to one city one day.