Sleepy & Boo are no strangers to dance music, having spent many formative years developing their skills and contributing to New York City's thriving house and techno scene. A recent EP on 3Bridge Records and their two stunning singles on The Deep End prove that this time has paid off, Sleepy & Boo are starting to make their names known on the international circuit and they have no intention of slowing down. We caught up with them and discussed, among other things, their creative inspiration and the East Coast's vital role in dance music.
The two tracks from you on The Deep End have a dark, almost mysterious character to them. Where did you draw the inspiration for "Skyway" and "Signal Crossing?”
When we’re making music, we’re always processing influences and experiences from everything around us, and channeling them into some kind of musical expression. As the tracks take shape, we try to envision the place and time where this music would just hit all the right spots. With both “Skyway” and “Signal Crossing”, we wanted to try and make music that would capture the kind of vibe and atmosphere from some of the after-hours parties we play in Brooklyn. Both of them have a driving dark touch, but there’s also some more melodic elements and chords coming in there too. So it’s like representing the transition from the night into the morning hours, that time when the early rays start peeking through the skylights, and the dancefloor really starts uniting and opening up. The poet Rumi talks about learning from the “breeze at dawn”, when “the two worlds touch”. Music that can accentuate those moments can be very memorable.
Tell us a little bit about what you two are doing in the New York scene right now, in terms of your projects and parties. It seems like every day the name Sleepy & Boo becomes more and more prevalent.
Thanks so much! We’ve had a great summer and we’re really excited for the Fall. We’ve been doing a bunch of different projects in NYC, and spending a lot of time outside the city as well. We were in Berlin for a few weeks in June, playing a bunch of gigs there, which is just a great city with an inspiring music scene. We’ve been in Ibiza for the last few weeks, which is an annual trip for us. We've been doing rooftop parties at the McCarren Hotel in Brooklyn, our Illusion night at Cielo is turning two years old in October, we started a night called Frequencies at TBA Brooklyn a few months ago - focusing on music created in the natural tuning scale of 432hz, our #ILLUSIONRadio show on Pioneer DJ Radio is up to about 30 episodes, and we’re always playing at fun spots and parties throughout the city. We’ve also got a bunch of new music coming out over the next few months, and we’re looking forward to being in the studio and making a lot more. And on our Soundcloud, you can hear the meditation path soundtracks that Begoña has been making over the last few months - which help you get connected to your source.
How do you see the east coast dance scene progressing at the moment?
There’s good stuff happening up and down the East Coast right now. This year we’ve played at Bijou in Boston, and U Street Music Hall in DC, both were great nights with fun crowds. Montreal is another place we love playing, which is not too far away from NYC. And this summer we played in Buffalo, NY - our first visit there, and it’s always a good time heading to new cities. Here in New York, the music scene is very diverse, with a bunch of things going on every week - clubs, underground events, alternative spaces, boat parties, on and on and on. There’s also some new festivals and event series that are adding lots of color to the scene - like the Gratitude Migration festival we played at this summer in New Jersey by the beach for instance. And there are new venues opening over the next year too, so that will be very exciting for everyone. At the same time, it’s tough when you see a place like Therapy in Providence close down. That was a club that really supported grassroots talent. We had a blast playing there twice this year.
What does being on Yoshitoshi mean to you? Has the label influenced you in any way in the past?
It really means a great deal to us! We’ve been huge fans of Yoshitoshi for years, so to have our music now be a part of the label’s discography is a big landmark. There's so many Yoshitoshi classics that we love, and it’s great to make our debut as part of the Deep End compilation. We’ve always loved how Yoshitoshi crossed so many borders, it’s never been about one sound or style of music, just quality tracks of all genres, produced and remixed by a wide variety of artists. That’s something we really appreciate.