Eerie experimental duo making electronica with new wave stylings present their exclusive mix for Dazed
Electronic duo Drugg, as the name would suggest, purport an eerie and somewhat trippy atmosphere in their songs, throbbing with experimental noises in heavy layers. Set to release their debut EP ‘Shackled’ on indie label (Shackleton) Less Music, childhood friends Tom Hanley and Max Whatley have come a long way since their times in a London garage. The usual marriage of electronica and glitchy minimal sounds is counteracted with the addition of vocals and live drums nod to new wave stylings. Mastered by Berlin-based minimalist dub DJ and producer Pole, the EP comes with a remix from Visions of Trees.
...so special about you, then?
I am 6'5” which is great at gigs because I see everything. I nod at the other tall people in the room and we have our own smug little tall people club no-one knows about. Then I bang my head on the door on the way out and I'm not so smug.
...your worst vice?
Staying in. I've built too much of a music makers nest in my windowless garage so can go days without seeing sunlight. Definitely more unhealthy than all the crack I've done.
…the story behind your name?
It came to me one morning after a particularly annoying night experimenting with medicines that have never really agreed with me. It’s a frustration with the things but I like that the music sounds kind of drugged up too.
... your favourite sound?
I love the sound my dog makes when he's having nightmares, its king of a doggy bark/whimper that cracks me up every time. Definitely going to get sampled.
...your worst fashion secret?
I was quite proud of my leather jacket until my girlfriend started ripping the piss out of it! It's pleather apparently! I got it on ebay and guess it will return there very soon
...your favourite website?
... good for breakfast?
I eat cereal three or four times a day, can't get enough. Sugary cereals rule my belly.
...at the top of your shit list?
Conspiracy theories. A lot of my friends are into them and dull me out with just the most ridiculous crap. Chemtrails and reptilians, seriously?
...are you listening to now?
I'm listening to a lot of minimalist classical stuff like Reich and Glass and I love films so exploring great soundtrack artists like Sakamoto and Popol Vuh. I love David Axelrod as well with that mix of orchestra and rock instrumentation.
How would you describe your work?
Well I'm unemployed after a long time in same job but back doing some studying so enjoying getting my brain cells working properly again.