An Interview with Music Wins DJ’s The 2 Bears
Article by Anna Lowe.
On November 23rd and 24th Palermo’s Manderine Park will be host to a brand new music festival ‘Music Wins’. Unlike other, more pop-y or electronic festivals in Buenos Aires, Music Wins is the first big show by ‘The Indie Folks’, a production team who continuously bring diverse, emerging talents to Buenos Aires. Founded in 2008 The Indie Folks aim to supply live music for an Argentine audience thirsty for new, international, hipster-cool shows. Recent concerts have included Mac Demarco and Sky Ferreira. Music Wins looks set to be a brilliant celebration of all they’ve achieved so far – a simple festival where the music is more important than marketing and spectacle. Big name headliners include Tame Impala, Beirut and Metronomy, matched with local talent such as Juana Molina and Astro.
One of the bands I’m most excited about is London-based The 2 Bears (a DJ duo of Raf Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard). These two thirtysomethings have just released their second album ‘The Night is Young’ to much critical acclaim and promise to bring “some good music for dancing” to the first day of the festival. I had a quick chat with Joe about what we can expect …
Have you played in Argentina before?
Joe: I’ve been to Argentina maybe twice with Hot Chip, but this is the first time with Raff as 2 Bears. I REALLY love the architecture, culture and food in Buenos Aires. It’s a great city.
Can you tell me a bit about 2 Bears and the latest album?
Joe: It was originally going to be a ‘3 Bears’ project with Joe Mount of Metronomy [also playing at Music Wins]. We do good-time dance music. Unpretentious pop/house. We never wanted to take ourselves too seriously. For the second album we spent a lot of time working on beginnings of new songs – trying to branch out a little in terms of the musical style.
How did you get involved in Music Wins and what excites you about it?
Joe: Quite simply, our live agent told us we had an offer to play. I think the lineup is great so I expect it to be musically very strong and impressive. I also know a lot of the other international acts who’ll be there… I’m friends with 2 Many DJs, Metronomy, Fourtet and Floating Points. I’m definitely excited to see all of them perform because I know they’re all excellent at what they do.
What can we expect from your set? Any collaborations? Any South American music?
Joe: If we could organize some kind of collaboration with our mates that would be great but honestly it might be limited to sharing a few drinks, life is pretty busy right now! We’ll mainly be playing a few of our own tracks and stuff we like from other new producers. To be honest I know very little about the local music scene in Buenos Aires… If anyone wants to make suggestions on local hits that would make everyone go mental please can they do that via twitter? That would be very useful! @FOLLOWTHEBEARS
For fresh, interesting music and some Summery festival spirit, my money’s on Music Wins to be a big hit with locals and expats alike. Get you’re tickets before they’re all gone…
- Music Wins: Manderine Park, Costanera Norte and Sarmiento. 23rd and 24th November 2014.
- For the full line up and tickets visit Ticketek.