Within their successful film career, Ri and Renee found themselves focusing their interests towards sound design. After a handful of soundtracks for feature films - they decided to focus solely on their music.
Both of them being multi instrumentalists with over 40 years of chops for each of them - they focus on analog instrumentation from synthesizers, guitars and wind instruments. After producing a bunch of films and albums for others, they have focused on their own albums with Pluviograph, Deluge and the upcoming Sunshine Distraction.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
After years in the west coast EDM scene, it became apparent that musicality was being lost with the use of samples and rambling songs void of melodies and hooks. While we call ourselves TripHop due to our hip hop beats, there are very distinct IDM, Synthwave and Downtempo elements.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
We laugh about Bluedot being an inside joke. Years of meditation and entheogens opened up what mystics called "the third eye" - this open chakra is the creative element that projects us out into the world. It shows as a big blue dot in between the eyes when deep inside. Everything is a bluedot production right? Get it?
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
We have been playing music for over 40. While Ri learned the classical guitar as a child and moved onto english metal in the 1980's - Renee spent her time with the Organ and Flute. We've been producing electronica now for over 15 years. Our influences are wide and vast - from Pink Floyd, The Field, Boards of Canada, Thievery Corp, Crystal Method to the melodies and hooks of old Cheap Trick.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We're wrapping up our latest EP that will be released soon called "Sunshine Distraction". We find we're always making music in the rainy weather in Oregon, and when the sun is out - it's always a distraction!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
World peace? To transform the world with our art? We are studio musicians - and we make music like the bird sings - we just have no other choice of expression. Our next projects is music videos that combine our knowledge of cinema with our music.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
We're studio musicians, and share our music via the internets.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Our biggest challenge is to not get discouraged, and remember that fame and popularity is NOT why we make music. This need for validation runs against our philosophy. Instead, we make music because we have to, and share accordingly. We keep that nose to the grindstone, and do it because it's just what we do cuz we love it.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Being proficient on analog instruments - most songs start there. Being a songwriting team, we have to be very honest and open with each other. We start our work independently - and then when something feels right we share and start collaborating. Then all hell breaks loose. We cut it up, we analyze it, we turn it into other sounds, we record our Moogs and chop it into little pieces and reassemble. Hooks and melodies are important to us - we want our listeners to be able to remember a melody - something that is often deeply missing in electronica today.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
We like how social media has become a worldwide phenomena for exposure and connection, but we find this society of selfies and vanity disturbing. We focus on our music, and share that as our representation - instead of spending our time being pretty for the camera and acting cool.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
What a great question! We tend to listen to classics and leave the new music to the listeners. We're currently listening to
The Fixx - Reach the Beach
The Field - From here we go sublime
Hole - You skinny little bitch
Rammstein - Radio
Seefeel - Pure, Impure
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
We made documentary films for 10 years, and got into sound design as a huge part of our story telling process. We did post production work for a bunch of feature documentaries before focusing completely on music.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Learn an instrument - not just the computer. Focus on your craft, not your fame. Does it have a hook? And my absolute favorite... Go Home and Practice!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
We miss that labels have went to the wayside with the new internet based music system since Napster. While there is more access to more artists, we feel the gatekeepers kept a certain level of standards that is missing in the free for all today. I would take the power back from the streaming services, and get the artists a living wage to practice their art.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
We're sticklers on originality. Best way to do that is not listen to new music to compare yourself to. (Thank you Jeff Beck!) No samples, ever. Not make music for a specific genre unless you want to lose respect for it. Play emotionally, give it all your heart and it will come out authentic and original.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Analog instrumentation makes all the difference in the world.
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