So the slinkiemusic boys caught up with Revaux ahead of their forthcoming release and this is what happened…
So, who is Revaux and how was the alias founded? You mentioned people struggle to pronounce it?
R: Revaux is myself, Ru Brooks, and my little brother Joe. And yeah, the name has tripped us up straight off the bat! It’s pronounced ‘reevo’, the name came from ‘Rievaulx’, a little village in North Yorkshire where we grew up.
J: Using the original spelling would’ve been confusing so we removed a few letters and made sure we kept the ‘X’ because they make DJs look super cool.
With regard to your musical background, are there any instrumental talents you possess?
J: I’ve been playing drums for about 10 years and Ru’s been playing bass guitar for a similar amount of time, which definitely helps when making drum & bass for some reason! Although in a track we are making at the moment I wrote most of the bassline and Ru designed most of the drums, so our roles aren’t set in stone.
R: Yeah, music’s always been in the fam, our mum’s a singer and our dad flits between writing piano compositions in 19/8 and experimental pirate albums (seriously that has happened).
Whilst on the topic of musical backgrounds, how do you feel your musical taste has evolved over the years?
R: I first heard ‘Masochist’ by Pendulum when I was a little metalhead in 2005 and suddenly thought I’m going to listen drum & bass forever, and so far so good! Since then, dance music in general has replaced the long hair, drop D distorted guitar thing I had going on previously but we both occasionally have a little Alter Bridge sing-a-long.
J: I love all kinds of electronic music, experimental stuff really interests me too. Also Motown and Funk. Lots and lots of funk. It’s all about MJ.
What artists have most heavily inspired you to create the Titan project?
R: I’m not gonna be a douche and say ‘no one inspired us maan, we’re just unique making our own sound maaan’… We are definitely still at the stage of finding our feet and learning the ropes of proper production. At the moment we’re really into techy stuff. Stray’s coming out with some bangers recently. Hybris’ quickfire percussion is pretty nuts too.
J: Mefjus and Octane & DLR are ridiculous. We eventually want to develop our own sound eventually but are still at the point of taking influence from these seasoned producers to find out what floats our boat the most.
Favourite tune of the summer?
R: my fave tune this summer has gotta be Paper Faces by Lenzman ft. Martyna Baker. He’s the king of rollers and the piano sample in it is just perfection. Awesome vocal and just the perfect summery tune really!
J: Her Waves by Halogenix, it’s nice to hear a producer so far ahead of the game making a tight liquid roller. Another awesome summer track.
We noticed you boys attended Gottwood Festival recently. How would you describe that experience and which artist particularly stood out for you?
R: Well it was just me actually, my best mate goes to uni in Bangor which isn’t far so he dragged us all up, I absolutely loved it! Faaaar too much house though, I do love house music but after a whole day of ‘bmtsbmts’ you do feel like something different. Calibre played a gorgeous 2 hours and had to put up with me shouting ‘WOODRUNNER’ at him for the whole thing. XYconstant and DJ Format were awesome too.
Do you have any festival plans for the rest of the summer?
R: We are both going to Secret Garden Party which we are pretty excited about, the past 2 years were awesome and its such a friendly vibe. SW4 will give us our trance fix too, Above & Beyond are our heroes!
J: I’m doing Beacons in Skipton too, a nice cheap festival close to home, northerners are fantastic festival company!
Pretend Harry Potter has just transformed you both into slinkies… who would travel down the most steps and why? We believe Ace Ventura holds the record…
R: I’m terrified of heights so I’d either race down as fast as possible to the bottom step or stand at the top quivering.
J: I’d stay at the top and admire the view, you can’t compete with Ace Ventura anyway.
If you could choose one body part to possess the similar expandability as a slinkie what would it be and why?
R: I’d have slinkie nipples, because it would make walking hilarious!
J: Slinkie fingernails, you could itch any part of your back without moving! Or a slinkie mouth to get food from the fridge from any distance.
Would you rather poop out 400,000 gallons of mayonnaise or 1 shuriken?
R: maybe a shuriken, it’d be no different than a bad curry shit.
J: Mayo, it’d almost be soothing.
Would you rather eat a pube sandwich or drink a vomit milkshake?
J: Vomit milkshake as it wouldn’t taste any worse coming back up!
R: I agree, hairs in your mouth are rough as hell.
Would you rather rape a chicken or get raped by a walrus?
R: Chicken… it’s a horrific thought but it’d be much less of an ordeal.
J: Same, you guys have horrific imaginations!
Stream the snippets below before the full EP lands on the 11th at all good digital record stores.
To keep you hooked until then here is an exclusive promo mix constructed by Revaux.
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