Originally hailing from Lisbon, Violent Shakes are a production duo pushing electro-pop in a more freewheeling and free-spirited direction. Comprised of Indian Joy and Tornada, they recently released their debut track “Take Me Like A Drug”.
A kaleidoscope of sounds and influences, “Take Me Like A Drug” serves as stellar introduction to the band, the culmination of musical journey that has seen them experiment with innumerous and diverse genres.
Take a listen to “Take Me Like A Drug” below and get to know Violent Shakes a little bit better.
Your most recent track was “Take Me Like A Drug”, what’s it about?
It’s mainly about empowerment and freedom, both sexual and emotional. It's about facing loneliness and mastering our own solitude so we don't fall into the common error of committing to someone just because we feel lost or lonely. Love can be the best in the world but we see a lot of people around us just intellectually numbed down and a bit lifeless, mainly because they found refuge and accommodated to a wrong relationship. "Take Me Like a Drug ‘cos I own my own love"…about being self-confident and in control of your feelings and body, to take and give what you want and overcome that inherited social pressure to feel guilty.
How would you describe your sound?
More than making tracks we like making songs in the classic sense and method, so we would say we make Pop music. The rest comes with it but because its 2017 let us throw in some hashtags: #pop #conceptualEDM #dance #ethnic #worldwideboombox #transcultural #spicy
Your music pulls from a load of different genres and places, what kind of music were you listening to growing up?
Think Britpop and Britrock was what really got us into music (Blur, Oasis, Verve, Suede, Travis), later a lot of Sigur Rós and Kings Of Convenience, loads and loads of Radiohead, (lucky we didn't get a depression), and then all the other hyped teen stuff, the American invasion, the whole nu-metal scene, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Green Day and Offspring. We also loved Cocorosie, Devendra Barnhart, Anthony and the Johnsons, Cat Power and Feist…the discovery of a more sensitive world.
We read that your sound has changed since you both started out. Was that a deliberate evolution or was it just natural?
Definitely natural evolution. Got tired of the band thing, and all the constraints it represented - studio work, rehearsals, dealing with different egos, etc. It’s all much more straightforward to us now, and that was a major liberation. We were never "jamming" guys, actually we never "jammed" while in a band. Now we can see if an idea works in a matter of minutes and pre-produce it to a point where we get a pretty real picture of its potential. Plus the whole indie/band scene became too vain, pretentious and insufferable and extremely mild. Before playing in bands we started making electro back in 2009 or 2010, so in a way its all back to the digital roots to us.
How did you guys meet, what’s your origin story?
We met when we started playing in a football team, as early teens. Both wanted to be strikers and the coach made us fullbacks. We just wanted to score so we left. Shortly after a common friend asked us to play in a band he had just started with a friend, none of us knew how to play but it didn't matter, we started with shitty Nirvana and Blink-182 covers.
What’s the last record you really loved?
That’s a tough one. It's been a while, really. We would say that fake Jai Paul leaked EP but guess that doesn't count so…Ten$ion by Die Antwoord, 2 by Mac DeMarco, and Cross by Justice.
You’re originally from Lisbon, probably Europe’s greatest city, what’s your favourite thing about the place?
We have to say surfing. Being able to surf in sunny weather, with the city as background …it's priceless.
There are other things of course - the feeling of freedom that almost total safety everywhere gives you, and the nightlife, that is very intense. It honestly feels like any major European capital now. Since Madonna moved in a lot of other known musicians and celebrities made the move too. It can feel a bit like Los Angeles, with less traffic, better food and a President who hangs with people on the beach, without bodyguards.
“Take Me Like A Drug” is out now.