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Exposed Vocals: What does your band name mean and where did it come from?
The name "waitwhat" is a bit of a joke for Damon and me (if you couldn't tell). It started with my roommate Trenten and me in college, we were constantly drumming up really dumb and annoying jokes or pranks. One of them happened to be saying "wait... what?" in a very particular way, and it stuck around longer than most of our jokes for some odd reason. This was just before we started producing music, so when Damon and I decided to take music seriously and began thinking about names it popped in my head and I knew it was the perfect name, and fortunately Damon agreed.
Exposed Vocals: What are you working on right now?
We're gearing up to release our debut original song featuring some amazing vocals from Rielle, and working on some fun collaborations for the next few months. Our original is being released through Future Bass XO on SoundCloud on October 23rd, and it'll be available on all music platforms October 28th. Beyond that we have some shows in the bay area lined up over the next few months that we're super excited for!
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Fortunately there's two of us up on stage so we always have somebody to double check what we're doing, but of course little blunders can still happen. So far we've been able to make it through any hiccups pretty smoothly with both of us there to fix any mistakes, and I'm hoping I didn't just jinx that for us.
Exposed Vocals: What genre are you playing?
We touch on plenty of genres in our shows, but there's definitely a heavy future bass/trap element present in every set. Of course we mix in hip hop and the throwback jams, and we pride ourselves on scouring SoundCloud for the obscure hidden gems out there. Lots of great producers out there that don't get enough credit!
Exposed Vocals: What are your plans for the future??
Right now we're focused on scheduling as many gigs as we can and collaborating with as many awesome artists as we can find. We've been putting in a lot of work recently so it should be an exciting next few months for us with shows and releases!
Exposed Vocals: What got you involved in this in the first place?
I know Damon has been DJing and working on music for years, but I can't really speak to the moment that started it all for him. For me it was really organic, and it began towards the end of my junior year of college. To be honest I was just bored one night and remembered I had GarageBand on my laptop and just messed around for hours on an awful remix of "I Need Your Love" by Calvin harris and Ellie Goulding. That quickly became a daily habit/addiction of mine that I'd spend countless hours on, eventually leading to me buying Logic. From there it was history, and any moment of free time I had I was sure to be working on some music or watching some YouTube tutorials.
Exposed Vocals: How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
I love the internet and what it has done for independent artists like us. Of course it's a tricky subject in terms of streaming revenue, copyright, and things like that, but as far as lowering the barrier of access for independent artists it's been an absolute revolution.
Exposed Vocals: What are your musical icons/influences?
For myself personally (again, not to speak for Damon), I have a long list of musical influences. But to keep it short, I grew up mainly on hip hop and reggae before discovering and appreciating the electronic music scene, so I'd have to say the legend himself Dr. Dre and one of my favorite bands Rebelution have been some of the bigger musical influences on me.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Too many to try to name, but of course I got to give a shout out to the wait to my what, Damon! Today is his birthday which is why he couldn't do this with me, so I hope he's recovering well from his first night as a 21 year old!