[ARTIST INTERVIEW] Are Walker & Royce Mastering the Art of Funk?
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New York City’s Walker & Royce might be house music’s most mercurial duo. It’s as if every time they give listeners a glimpse into their modus operandi, their style takes a complete 180. Their release of “I.T.B” in July catapulted them to stardom in the house music community. DJs like Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin, Eats Everything, and a flock of other birds dropped the tune in their sets. The song’s vocal sample, which features the repetition of the phrase “In the Butt,” coupled with its tribal backbone, made it a staple for the quirky and off kilter Dirtybird roster. The tune was so massive that Dirtybird head honcho himself, Claude Vonstroke, even included it in his “History of Dirtybird” set during the Dirtybird BBQ in Detroit, a mere two months after the track’s initial release. So, what is this recent frenzy all about? We caught up with Walker & Royce before their Miami Music Week performances to ask them about their newfound acclaim.
Gavin: Its a very big honor for us and the fact they invited us makes it even more special. Every show was sold out and amazing! We learned a lot being on the road for a few days with such legends.