Galantis talk European scene, electronic subcultures

By E.R. Pulgar

Via Henrik Korpi / Atlantic Records
Via Henrik Korpi / Atlantic Records

EDM duo Galantis, composed of Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson (a third of indie pop band Miike Snow) and Linus Eklöw (one of the producer’s behind Icona Pop’s international smash “I Love It” feat. Charli XCX and a prominent DJ in his own right) sat down with WSN to talk about their duo and the subcultures of the electronic music world.

WSN: How does it feel to be a part of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival?

CK: It seems like a really cool festival and we feel lucky to be a part of it. We’ve been to the venue we’re playing at, Music Hall of Williamsburg, a lot and we’re doing some shows with Booka Shade, who are legendary. It’s really cool to be playing together with them.

WSN: So you guys don’t really know too much about Brooklyn’s electronic music scene?

CK: We’re from Sweden!

WSN: How does the European scene compare to what you’ve seen of New York’s?

CK: It’s so hard to grasp New York. We’ve been touring the country and we love it. Of course, every scene is different, and we feel New York Is a special place. We always feel we have an amazing time whenever we’re here and the crowds are great.

WSN: What was the best gig you’ve played here?

CK: Last night was pretty epic, and the Bowery Ballroom, which was the first gig we played here, was unbelievable.

WSN: How do you combine the elements you two bring to the table into Galantis?

LE: When we sit in the studio, it’s like putting on a “Galantis hat.” It took a while to get that hat and specify a “Galantis filter.” When we wrote “Smile,” we knew this what Galantis was going to be about.

CK: Yeah, I think all these years in this industry writing and producing for other people- me as Miike Snow and Linus as Style of Eye- helped us gather a bunch of tools. I feel we have a large toolbox, and from that toolbox we create what Galantis is about.

WSN: And what is it about?

CK: It’s about freedom. When we do music for other people, we can’t do what we do with Galantis. We can’t mess up vocals or merge four different people into one voice. I actually can’t even do it with Miike Snow because it’s a different thing, so this to me is very much about creative freedom.

WSN: Do you think underground electronic music has carved out a place for itself in the mainstream?

CK: I feel people find music everywhere nowadays, so what is underground? So many new people have found dance music, which has opened doors for a lot of people to do what they love. It’s about defining the smaller subcultures within dance music. I see it as people defining the different parts of the electronic world.

LE:  Galantis has never been about genres or tempos. It’s about songs that we like to produce and make in a way that we can dance to. We don’t put any gimmicks or frames around what it means to us.

E.R. Pulgar is a staff writer. Email him at music@nyunews.com

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