Kiwi drum and bass trio Sly Chaos drop new heavy-hitter 'Check It'

interview 18/09/2020

Local drum and bass up-and-comers Sly Chaos continue their foray into production with the release of dark new heater, 'Check It'.

Well established in the New Zealand DJ scene, the trio - Conor Till and brothers Mike and Andy Enderby - released 'Check It' as the follow up to their debut single 'Reaper' and are looking to keep the momentum rolling into a busy summer.

As for how 'Check It' came about, Conor told George FM "It kind of all happened pretty fast. We probably started it a couple of months ago."

"We’ve been working on some heavy stuff and this one just wrote itself so we’re pretty stoked with it. It’s right up our alley with the kind of stuff we like to play - we like a bit of filth”

Drawing inspiration from UK drum and bass legends like Andy C and A.M.C, it was only a matter of time before Sly Chaos ventured into production, seeing it as a natural stepping stone.

“We’ve pretty much always wanted to produce but never had the time until recently. I quit my full time job last year, and over lockdown we’ve had a few more hours to get stuck in,” Conor said.

“It’s a natural step if you want to progress anywhere outside of New Zealand. You get to a point where you can establish yourself as a DJ but if you want to crack the international market - which makes the dream real - you’ve gotta have your own music and be able to put yourself out there."

Conor said working as a trio has some unique pros and cons in the studio, with three distinct styles coming together as one.

“More heads, we have more ideas flying round," he said. "We all have our own individual styles and I guess that comes together when we’re trying to make music.

"Sometimes you’ll envision a different end result but after a bit of negotiation we get there. It’s a long process of yes and no’s, does this sound good, does that work, but having three heads definitely helps."

While the trio gear up for another release in the near future, Conor lifted the lid on what is sure to be another busy summer, COVID permitting.

“We have a remix of Graysound’s ‘Shapes and Colours with Elipsa, that should be dropping in the next couple of months," he said.

"Can’t really talk too much but we’ve got a couple of tracks coming out towards the end of the year. Something a bit more light and liquidy - so a complete flip of what we’ve got.”

If you're looking to catch Sly Chaos live this summer, you won't have to go far as they'll be “pretty much everywhere."

"We’re doing the rounds again, so you’ll catch us at most festivals. I can’t say too much without giving too much away but if you’re going to a festival at New Year’s we’ll probably be there one of the days.”

For now, give 'Check It' a listen up top and keep an eye out for the boys on the summer circuit! You can also catch them on George every Friday night from 9-10pm.