For those of you looking for artists on the rise for the new year, we have just the duo for you. Stas Frolov and Scott Landriault make up the funky Canadian project entitled Froland. These afro-sporting Vancouver residents tore it up in 2012 with a plethora of releases, shows and installments of their Global Podcast series. Having only made one commercial release, you will be surprised at the talent and uniqueness that these guys have to offer.
We previously featured their original track “Dirty Lounge” last month and now we have their moombahcore remix of Calvin Harris track “We’ll be Coming Back” for you also. Along with those two amazing tracks, we have an awesome interview from the duo that you can read below!
Froland – Dirty Lounge: Direct Download
Moombroton: How did you guys get into music and how did the Froland project begin?
Froland: We started gaining interest in EDM by going to local underground raves and club nights, where we met through friends of friends. At the time, both of us were into DJing having little exposure to producing music. When we started commenting on and changing each other’s original productions we put both of our names on official releases. That’s when the idea of Froland was born, “Fro” from Stas Frolov, and “Land” from Scott Landriault.
Moombroton: What attracted you guys to moombahton?
Froland: Moombahton was really fresh when we started the Froland project. There were only a handful of artist producing moombahton: Bro Safari, Nadastrom, and Dillon Francis to name a few. The ideas coming from these artists were really cool to us, so we decided to take what we knew at the time and add to the genre.
Moombroton: Can you tell us about your “I Feel You” EP and how was putting that together?
Froland: I Feel You EP was our first commercial release that was distributed through large music networks such as Beatport, iTunes, and Juno. A remix competition that we hosted to create the EP received massive support from other artists and we compiled 4 of the best remixes along with the original in the release. The original mix is an electro-house track, we decided to do a little switch up from moombahton with that one, which is nice for a change.
Moombroton: You have had shows with the likes of Zeds Dead, Zomboy, Mt. Eden and Midnight Conspiracy, so how have you guys been enjoying the live performances?
Froland: Although playing at small, private parties of your friends can be lots of fun, we enjoy playing at the big shows in front of large crowds very much. Meeting cool, like-minded people like Mt. Eden and Figure broadens the mind as an artist and keeps you going to produce cooler tracks. It is also fun to see party people respond well to music that we enjoy playing so much.
Moombroton: How do you guys work together in your live shows and what equipment do you guys use?
Froland: We usually have one person doing the mixing while the other hypes the crowd to keep the party atmosphere energetic and fun. We switch up our roles many times during our set to keep it dynamic. As for equipment, we use the standard CDJ 1000s or 2000s with a DJM800 mixer. We tend to stay away from laptops/serato because it just feels natural to mix with plain CDs.
Moombroton: Who are some people you guys would want to collaborate with?
Froland: We are looking collaborate with artists in a variety of genres. Bro Safari does a good job at keeping his genres mixed, we’d like to do a track with him. We sent a couple demos to PlayMe records and we’re waiting for a reply from them. If we don’t hear a response from them, we’d like to offer those demos to other labels, perhaps Mad Decent or their other label Jeffree’s. Our fellow Canadian duo Torro Torro would also be cool to collab with, they’ve made many awesome sounding tracks and we think together we can make something even cooler.
Moombroton: How is moombahton up there in Canada?
Froland: Moombahton is getting an awesome response in the clubs here in Vancouver, and also in the east cities like Toronto. There’s growing interest in producing moombahton all around us locally, which is encouraging to see. Overall, the scene is active and continuously expanding in Canada.
Moombroton: What can we look forward to in 2013 from Froland?
Froland: We’ll continue to release originals and remixes. Our 5th edition of the Global Podcast series is in the making, in which you can expect to hear a wide range of genres as well as some unreleased goodies. We’re looking into releasing on labels so you can watch for those as well.
Moombroton: Top 5 moombahton tracks you are currently listening to
Froland: McMash Clan – Swing Break
Nadastrom – i!!
Dillon Francis – Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up)
Tittsworth & Alvin Risk – Pendejas
Bro Safari & ETC!ETC! – Suspects
Calvin Harris feat. Example – We’ll Be Coming Back (Froland Remix): Direct Download