Hailing from Southern France, Amine Edge & DANCE have taken the dance world by storm with their ground-breaking sound and high energy shows. Mining the musical spectrum and taking inspiration from early House, Philli Funk, 80’s Hip-House and everything in between, Amine Edge & DANCE bring their own cross-genre blend of Tech and House to clubs and festivals across the globe. Having enjoyed a meteoric rise, the CUFF label bosses have now cemented themselves as the leaders of their genre and the go-to guys for the best dressed parties in town! Not content with just being superstar DJs, the duo are also skilled producers and can regularly be found riding high in the the top charts. Their undeniable ear for a catchy hook and a knack of crafting moody, future-facing club edits is evident in their versions of Frank Ocean’s ‘Lost’ and the Notorious B.I.G-sampling ‘Going To Heaven With The Goodie-Goodies’ – two tracks that show the breadth of their musical influences and their biggest ‘hands-in-the-air’ hits to date. With a slew of new releases being lined up and their label, CUFF – a collective of artists much more talented than most – going from strength to strength and making its mark as a musical movement all of its own, 2016 promises to be the biggest year yet for the best mates from Marseille and the year when their own brand of Hip-Hop influenced bass heavy House will dominate the sound of the best parties in the biggest cities across the globe.
My first question is about your musical journey, how do you describe this incredible journey of yours when you compare the very first beginning and the current moment?
It’s actually crazy how life can change in only 1 month. I used stay at home and make hip hop beats for french rappers. Then the month after I was a House DJ, touring everywhere in the world with my best friend. Now it’s been 4 years, we are still doing our things and it’s still working well for us. I think I will never be grateful enough for all these good things who happened.Same thing here, I was struggling doing my music at home, our collaboration gave us wings and now here we are.
Were there any other artists you’d say you were greatly influenced by?
Frankie Knuckles and Masters At Work through to The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers.
You recently collaborated with Billy Kenny for a release on This Ain’t Bristol – how did you first meet each other?
Most of the time such meetings start by email or social media for us, then we met a few times and became friends. We decided to do a collab after spending a few days together in Fiji Island, and here we are.
Did you have a theme in mind for the mix?
Not at all, we just went with the flow and starting playing some tracks we love at the moment.
How does it feel when you meet people from different countries who all loves your music?
It feels great. It’s one of the reason why we are doing this job. When you meet some people from Peru or Brazil for example and you see that they know everything about you it’s crazy. I’d never knew that one day I’d go in one of these countries. It gives motivation to keep working hard. Thats true, and one of the most crazy things is when some fans cry or shake because the yare impressed to meet their idoles. Or some people who get involved to house music because of us or some who start making music because of us.
What are your current likes among g-house tracks released by other artists? Any favourites?
Basically, back in the days we created our music who were diferent than anyone, we called it G-House because we believe that our unique genre of house needed a name. Now lots of people call their music g-house because it’s the new fashion genre, but most of them are really bad music with no flavor, no soul, and we dont support it, then people misunderstood that we support this bad music. So we try to stay away from g-house for our good. But of course some producers are amazing doing g-house but it’s a very small amount.
What’s been your craziest festival story?
It’s been 6 years now that we have had success and play gigs all around the world and as of yet nothing crazy thing happened. We have this question over and over again so we need something really!
CUFF is going from strength to strength, and you’ve had some fantastic releases from Future Lab & US recently, what draws you to sign a track to the label?
We always had the same motivation from day one, we sign tracks that we think are dope, our taste evolves and will never stop evolving.
What was your first memory of DJ’ing?
Amine Edge: My first ever experience as a DJ was when I was around 13, at my mum’s in the living room we had like a family stereo, with a tape player and a vinyl player on top. There button to switch between TAPE and PHONO. It was next to each other so I could have it locked in between and have the sound of the tape and vinyl in same time, that’s what the first time I did some beat matching.
DANCE: There was this bar in my city Marseille called « Oogie » that I used to go to every Thursday with all my friends. The owner told me that he liked my music and wanted to book me for the next week. The thing was that I didn’t know how to DJ so I had to go to Amine’s house so he could teach me real quick.
As you’re headlining the Defected stage, what’s your best memory from Defected?
Not long ago we played on a DEFECTED stage in Belgium, it was one of our dopest gigs this year, the crowd, the view on the stage, the vibe, all amazin. We played just after Simon Dunmore and Sam Divine, Sam was really drunk she was funny as hell begging us to play Good Time every minute.