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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
Slade Templeton and Jack Stuart, our duo is called Defunct!

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?
I (Slade) am from the United States, was originally born in Kansas in 1986.

Jack is from Bournemouth, United Kingdom.
We both produce as Defunct! and sometimes tour together or solo as Defunct!.

Afresh: How did the band get the name?
We originally wanted to name it “Def C*nt”.. but that would be a tad bit hard to market we thought… so you switch two letters and you get Defunct.. we threw the “!” on the end as trademark since we have that
kind of “!” energy anyhow….  It only made sense.

Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)
We both produce with various different programs, I (slade) can play guitar and many other instruments too, but Defunct! is very digital platform based and we approach it as such.

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?
Our act consists of Jack and I, we DJ for live as we are Dance producers.. so live you will get a mix up of all of our latest tracks, edits, original one offs for the gig, and many other segways with unique mixing’ to make it all raw energy.

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?
Bass driven house music… tossed up in a whirlwind of tech edged cuts and fidgety samples.  We work with LOADS of MC’s too… so its very “hip hop” orientated.

Afresh:  If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?
Bass Driven Eargasm House

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?
We go crazy on stage.. we love our fans so we are very social… live been known during a huge climax build to come out in the front of the stage and throw water/water bottles on the crowd.  Don’t mean to smear your mascara…. but it will get you cooled off a bit.

Afresh: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Loads of stuff really…. dance orientated stuff can be about pretty much anything!! For instance, we are producing a new EP with Flying Without Wingz (coming out on Dandy Kid Records <— label I own from England with Shab Ruffcut) and it is called “Welcome To My Playground EP” which is completely a spin off that child hood feeling of being at the playground with your friends… with tracks about “seesaws” but actually in “adult terms” talking about “front and back” dancing.. and “buzzin” about a bee’s honey… but… honey is the juice for partying.  So it is fun to run off with ideas like these and have people dance their arses off all at the same time.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?
As Defunct! we have been touring internationally for 2 years now.

Afresh:  If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit?  (Name up to three)
House, Electro, Techy Hip Hop

Afresh:  What do you feel distinguishes “an artist” from just a musician?
I have a strong theory on this… A musician is someone who can read music.. has been trained to act upon certain notation or key signatures… so if they hit a note in a progression, then they may think “well the 9th of that note would sound best” (according to how they have been trained).. but an artists rarely can read much… they are untrained musically and can just make art with the notes.. no box.  An artist will instead of saying “The 9th to that note should be here because”, they say “I like this because it sounds good, so lets throw a f*cked up filter on there too, because hey, what’s it gonna hurt?”… then you can end up creating something completely off the wall this way!

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
We met online via a track swapping for a remix of a Jaksaw tune (Jacks solo project)… we actually never met in flesh until an hour before our radio interview in England before leaving for our South African tour the next day for 5 dates!!  Its nuts to be chart topping worldwide, working daily together via phone/online, and yet never meeting the person until you get on the plane to fly 12 hours to play to a sold out crowd.. it was such a strange feeling, but luckily we got on very well and it was a great time!

Afresh: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
I run 3 record labels right now, Dandy Kid Records, It_tizz Recordings, and Electric Hype Records with Shab Ruffcut… as far as the label front we have LOADS going on which also involved Defunct!… its good to have a solid platform to release yourself when you are not working for other labels.  We are just branching outward and onward and bringing Defunct! to be a household name in the dance scene.   We have been on every continent in the last year except Antartica, and plan on just blossoming on to something even bigger!! We love making music, so as long as the passion is there, then the rest just follows.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?
The distance… it is hard to market and VERY hard to tour together… one person living in America and one in England makes it tough for promoters to bring both of us.. but what it does allow us to do, is hit two markets at once… he can tour there, while I tour here…  It all works out in the end.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?
It is very much a “starving” lifestyle from time to time.. but its all about spreading it out… with the artist world, there is no such thing as steady paychecks… you work hard, you get paid little, but when you do get paid, you have to save it… you get large lump sums at once then you might not see a penny for a month!  It is a roller coaster materialistically and even emotionally… but, its the only thing I know.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?
EXTREMELY… especially running the record labels, you can see the first thing out was record sales.   No one is selling like they use to.  But we work in multimedia for this reason and find ways to deal with it.  When you lose in sales due to economy, there are more people downloading, which in return means you can get a bigger name and pull a better crowd to make more at gigs.  So you might lose in one area, and might be famous without selling a tune, but you can make a living from touring.

Afresh:  Who is your fan/customer?  Do you have a fan club or street team?
We have DJs that buy a lot of our stuff of course, and then we have the typical music listener that just might be into dance or hip hop orientated bassy stuff… so we have a couple markets.  We do have a street team for the record label.. in fact you can join at dandykidteam@gmail.com .  . You get very special offers and up to date news for tours coming through your area with all things Dandy Kid.

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
The youth is the future as we know.  They have more grasp on programs, music, politics, science, everything… its a powerful thing.  & now with the internet and such a worldly connection with communications and news, you have to put it to good use.  The future of music and art is in their hands and they have to stay clear of writing to make ends meet and take it all back to the idea of “I’m writing this because I feel it and its what I like to do”… the youth can change our art culture for better or for worse… so just do what feels right and go with it.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?
They support me 100%.  Its tough to be a musician or artist without full support.  They never get to see me play except for when they travel a few states away or fly out… which they have done once.  Its hard to grow up somewhere where there is no scene for what you do.. but I think it was the lack there of that made me rebel and get out while I still could.  Hopefully we can bring a bit of scene back to middle America someday… dance is so powerful I don’t understand why it hasn’t yet.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???
Good promoter and good promotional campaign.  They want something “hip” these days… got to reel em in while you still can.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?
Somewhat, yes.  My dad is a huge electronic head and my mom dances to just about anything with a beat.
Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
I produce and tour as an industrial artist too as Velox Music… I have a history in that area with acts like KMFDM and Dean Garcia (SPC ECO).  It is what I grew up loving and making, but house music isn’t much different… still electronic… still groovy… still has that “thing” I look for.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?
um… I love to cook?!  I watch food network religiously.  It is my escape from my escape.. if that makes any sense? hah… I get caught up on a tune.. then I will go cook.  I LOVE FOOD!

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?
The love for our fans and that will never die.  They see it eye to eye with you… why would you ever want to stop?
Afresh: How do you rate your live performance ability?  Do you feel better performing live or in the studio?
Both.  We enjoy performing and I go crazy on stage… there is this energy that builds in the studio that you let out all at once on stage.  Its nuts.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?
Dean Garcia was my mentor while living in England… he has taught me so much and got my head in and dirty with the scene.  I really learned in the in and outs of the industry at a young age thanks to him.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)
I usually start a track.. .get the “backbone” structure for Jack to finish… we both have to have out 50% touch or it goes a bit elsewhere.  Our REALLY dancy tunes are just split about even him and I, when we go a bit nudisco/indie edged I might have made a bit more attack at the start.. or same with a bit more jackin edged with him at the start… it works so well we can mold just about anything with it.

Afresh:  What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?
ENERGY and WHOMP!  We chose it because we live it.

Afresh:  Someone once said write what you would want to perform over and over.  With that in mind, what song do you love to perform the most?
It ranges so much!!  I cant even begin to answer this question!

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?
Nothing really… maybe distance.. but then again… we have our sound because of it.  I think it is just fine how it is.   Maybe do a few more big tours with both members live on stage.

Afresh:  Where would you like to see yourself within the next five years as an artist?  What are your long-term career goals?
I have so many goals from label owner to musician.  I just want to see myself still doing music for a living… which I don’t think will end anytime soon.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?  How does it affect the closeness you have with your fans, media, etc. now?
Yes yes yes.. oh man… funny story actually… I won’t go into detail.. in case… well.. he/she might be reading this… but yes, there have been some rather.. strange.. pages and sites set up about me that were a bit on the creeper side of things.. even down to editing my photos with some strange words.  Not anything bad or negative.. but lovey stuff… idk.  Caught me off guard though.  Especially when they try and hit you up on facebook or somewhere a bit more “personal”. hah

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?  How did you handle this?
A few times… I’m awkward in those type of situations.  The worst part is when your friends or work partners BRING the fans into the green room.. its like.. hello? What are you thinking!?  We love meeting our fans, but in our own private “get ready to play” area?  I think not.   After performance though, I love talking to people!  But it is usually work in the green room.. still doing emails… track sorting… set lists… etc.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?
One that is a very, very embarrassing memory is when we were playing in Johannesburg, South Africa.  We were playing to a sold out crowd… right at the end of our set,  I went to walk off the stage and as I was walking waving bye to the crowd, I slipped on the first step and hit the ground HARD… everyone saw it lol.. I literally fell halfway down the stairs leading off the stage!  It was like some comedy routine!

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?
Bra and panties!  They HAD to have brought those panties in their purse… or.. something.. hah idk.. but it was strange.  I reacted with a laugh of course.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?
Too many to even begin to talk about… every gig is something crazy.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?
We haven’t had anything too bad yet…. some crazy crazy times.. but nothing “nightmarish” like people passing away or getting hurt or something.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?
Loads of new releases, have a few more tours coming up including Canada and America… the label is going extremely well, so planning on doing some more tours with some acts from there as well such as Ze!, Messinian and Flying Without Wingz.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead, alive, or broke-up who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)
Anyone that has inspired me really…

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
South Africa… or Australia/New Zealand… those are pretty far… well… Perth was just about as far from my home as you can possibly get without leaving the planet!

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?
Good for promotions and good for gigs.. VERY bad for sales.  But the reason you end up paying more for show tickets these days is for that exact reason.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?
Not really… a few growing up, but none lately really.

Afresh:  How do you think you would like to be remembered by everyone if something were to happen to you suddenly?
Fun and energetic guy… always there for anyone that needs help and always have a smile on my face :).

Afresh:  If you had only five minutes on earth to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why did you choose this particular piece?
Well.. with out scene being so “party” and uppity… Not sure exactly hah… It would impact them long enough to dance their butts off while im slow decaying away 5 minutes later.. which also might be a problem since dance tunes tend to be so long.. so I could die during the last breakdown.. that would be epic.

Afresh:  As an artist, is there anything special you hope to be able to accomplish?
So much still… just have to keep pushing forward.

Afresh:  Thinking back to the very beginning of the band, how do your feel about your performance today and it is much different for you now than when you first started performing.
Extremely.. you tend to get tight when you first start and a bit of stage fright… now I am a lot more lose up there which allows me to perform better.

Afresh:  When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive?
I’m not sure.. I tend to turn things that are positive into negative too, so I may not be the best one to ask ha-ha!

Afresh:  What do you attribute to your “drive as an artist”?
Passion. Loads of passion.  Always the feeling that you can do better than you had before!

Afresh:  As an artist, how would you define SUCCESS?
Are you happy?  Yes?  SUCCESS!

Afresh:  If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact for everyone what would your slogan be?
We are not limited by our fears.  We are limited by our choices.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?
A few agents depending on the country, and own 3 record labels we focus to release on but also release with loads of other labels.  Probably upwards of 20 different labels in fact.  We just had a massive Dandy Kid event in the UK get sponsored by Red Bull.. so that is a good one to have backing our label ;).

Afresh: Have you recorded any previous CD’s or posted any audio files on the Internet? (What type of recording process did you use? Who produced your recording?) If you have a current CD released, how long did the process take for you to do from start to finish?
I have a few albums out including a double disc, am on a few vinyl’s too, and over 100+ release digitally.  We write quickly… but as far as release.. its all up to the label/distro.  We used digital recording processes mostly.. but also mastered some in Abbey Road studios in London with Dean and I’s project called The Chronologic

Afresh:  Are there any other “behind the scene” secrets, tips, or additional information you would like to share with our readers?
Stay strong… its a rough ride out there.

Afresh: Is this your first on-line interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?  Have you had any previous print or broadcast media exposure or reviews?
Have had both.  Been in magazines and hand guides for New Zealand, America, Australia and UK and various online interviews too.

Afresh:  Do you have a demo or press kit, (including an Electronic Press Kit …an EPK), or any other promotional materials that you could send to us for a future review also?
Yes, loads.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?
Yes.

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)
www.dandyidrecords.com    www.myspace,com/officialdefunct    www.soundcloud.com/defunct

Just for fun…..fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be_______A lizard________.
Music is _____All I know___________.
My music makes me feel ________Happy, Sad and all of the above_________.
I write the songs because _______I enjoy making something from nothing__________.
Support music because _________It supports me_______.

Afresh:  We want to extend our warm wishes for your success and thank you for the awesome interview.  We hope we can attend one of your shows soon so keep us informed on your updates!

Thanks for doing an exclusive interview for Afresh Annie of Afresh Entertainment Magazine.  Thanks for your support, and we hope you will tell everyone to read this article.

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