As we mentioned in our Happenings This Week Post, the original winners of America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC), the Jabbawockeez, just launched their new album Jabbawockeez MÜS.I.C. on March 1, which is now available on iTunes. It will also be available at the Monte Carlo Theater beginning Tuesday, March 15. Aren’t they a dance crew, not a music production team, you ask? Yes, but they formed a collaboration with The Bangerz to create this album, a progressive mix of electronic and hip-hop music. It consists of 14 original songs, including several tracks from their critically acclaimed show MÜS.I.C. at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, as well as their first single, “Robot Remains,” which climbed to the number seven electronic song on iTunes after its release in October 2010.
The Bangerz is a six-man unit with more than 15 years of experience in DJ and production work. They are innovators in the deejay world, being the first ones to utilize 12 turntables back in 1999. Their music has been featured in McDonald’s ads, Simpson’s video games, ABDC, Pepsi commercials and more. Their official group album, Vi.R.Us sold out and stretched their fan base all the way to Japan. The Jabbawockeez is known for their unique style where, by masking their individual identities with white masks and gloves, they force the audience to focus on the overall picture of their movements as a unit.
This collaboration between two of the most talented groups in their field is really one of a kind. Now, “the world will finally get a chance to see the hard work we put into what we call ‘The sight and sound of movement,’” says Nick Ngo, The Bangerz and the Jabbawockeez music producer and DJ.
We had the chance to speak with Asian Americans DJ Cutso and Squareweezy of The Bangerz to bring you inside info about them and their new album.
Audrey Magazine: The album you have worked with the Jabbawockeez, Jabbawockeez MÜS.I.C., is about to be released tomorrow. How do you feel at this very moment?
DJ Cutso and Squareweezy: It’s been almost three years in the making, so we are very excited to have everybody buy it, download it and listen to all the hard work we’ve put into it.
AM: So of all the dance crews you could have possibly collaborated with, why the Jabbawockeez?
DC/SW: Actually the Jabbawockeez chose us. Back in 2003 when we released our first album, they were already using our music for their pieces. Then later we built a relationship with them through ABDC. Also, back in the days when they were performing in local high schools, we would always be running into them, so things just came full circle.
AM: If the Jabbawockeez have been dancing to your music since 2003, why did you decide to release an album now in 2011, 8 years later?
DC/SW: Our official connection with them didn’t begin until around 2007 – 2008, close to when they were just about to win ABDC. We have been meaning to start since 2008; the album took us 3 years to create. And during the time we were focused also on building their brand.
AM: Briefly tell me the whole production process: do the Jabbawockeez pitch in their dance conept and ask you to make a beat for them, or do you create the beat first and allow the Jabbawockeez to experiment with it? And what kind of beats does this album contain?
DC/SW: Usually we start off with making the beat; then we show it to them for them to pick and choose. It’s really just experimenting with it. Sometimes they would approach us with an idea and we try our best to go in their direction, but yeah, normally it’s the beats first. The songs range in different tempos, but it’s mainly very hard-hitting beats that allow for the most movement.
AM: So what did you think of the experience overall in creating the album?
DC/SW: It was a pretty smooth process; we worked together pretty well because we have an understanding of one another. It’s like finding a best friend and you just know what they want without too much explaining. Everything just clicked when we started working together.
AM: What can we expect from this album? What is the overall vibe?
DC/SW: The sound is definitely very large and very stadium ready. There’s lots of musical range in the CD itself. The album is pretty much the signature sound of the Bangerz. You can be expecting a lot of heavy, experimental beats as well as some that are very emotional. It’s kind of like a rollercoaster ride.
AM: Will we be seeing the Jabbawockeez perform to all of the tracks in the album?
DC/SW: They’ve already performed to like 80 percent of the CD, but as the album catches on, we believe they will be performing to every song on the album.
AM: And lastly, what can we expect from the Bangerz in the next year?
DC/SW: We do hope to be performing with the Jabbawockeez soon and probably another Bangerz album. We will be doing more work the Jabbawockeez along with individual projects like EPs, mixed tapes, live performances and all that. The main thing is just finding ways to create, innovate and inspire.
Here’s the Jabbawockeez dancing to their first single: “Robot Remains”
For more Bangerz:
Official Website – http://thebangerz.com/
Twitter – http://twitter.com/thebangerz
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/thebangerz
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/fingerbangerz
Dipdive – http://thebangerz.dipdive.com/