Over the past 4 years the Danish duo, TooManyLeftHands, consisting of Martin Nick and Anders K, have evolved into a massive club act, making quite the name for themselves. They've played over 250 gigs in the past 2 years, and shared the stage with the likes of Avicii, David Guetta, and Tiësto. They even held down the Mainstage at Sweden's massive Summerburst Festival, and spun at the legendary Privilege in Ibiza, proving there's no stage too big for TooManyLeftHands. The duo have garnered a sizable following in their home country of Denmark, and recently won a slew of impressive awards including ‘Club Act of the Year' at the Danish Grammys and ‘DJ of the Year' at the coveted Danish DJ Awards. With over 12 million streams on Spotify between their past 3 singles, TooManyLeftHands are set to make 2016 their best year yet and break into the EDM scene here in the U.S.
Now the duo just released a new Indie Dance infused original called, ‘Can't Get To You' featuring Layth, which is out now on Scandinavian imprint disco:wax. They are looking to follow up their two previous hit singles, ‘Trouble' and ‘Too Young To Die' with another melodic smash. ‘Can't Get To You' features a soothing guitar lead punctuated with pop-heavy vocals, and a funky bassline. With their masterful use of vocal and chord based layering, the listener can easily discern the production prowess of TooManyLeftHands. Surrounding this new release I was able to fire some questions to the duo about their latest track, goals, musical background and many other topics. Check out the full interview below.
Tell us a little bit about both of your backgrounds. How did you get into producing music and DJing?
“Anders has been a DJ since he was only 14 years old, and he met me (Martin), since I'd been working in house music / festivals for years. We actually met in one of my nightclubs, where Anders was DJing. At one point we ended up making this DJ project together – it was all about having fun, and in no way serious. That has changed a lot now, and it consumes a whole lot more time, but it’s still loads of fun”.
What's the origin or story behind of your name ‘TooManyLeftHands’?
“In Danish there is a saying about having only left hands; it's a lot like the English saying of having ten thumbs. That pretty much describes our first experience playing a set together. Everyone has their own moves and routines in a DJ booth, especially Anders who has been spinning for 16 years, so playing together the first time, it was fun, but not so successful. Since then, we have played more than 400 gigs, and really know exactly what we are doing now (haha)”.
Tell us a little bit about your upcoming release ‘Can't Get To You'. What was the process like on this track?
“We have worked with Layth, the vocalist on the track, before – He was on our single ‘Trouble’, and we brought him with us on a lot of festival shows last year. We finished the track in November, but we changed it quite a few times to achieve the sound it has now”.
What do you have in store for the rest of 2016?
“We are going on our summer festival tour – 22 festivals in Scandinavia, and a lot of club gigs in between. We've got a new single coming out, and an EP very soon. After that, we'll see what the Fall will bring”.
If you had to describe to someone your sound or style in just a few words, what would it be?
“We love a lot of different styles and genres of electronic music, and love to mix different styles together when playing DJ sets. When we produce our tracks, we try as much as possible to reflect these different styles in our productions. “Can’t Get To You” is an easygoing deep house track with a touch of future bass, which we've been really enjoying lately”.
What are your goals?
“We never really set any goals for this project, and we almost never talk about it. We like DJ-ing, we like producing, and we like traveling, so this has been a great experience, and it's been so much fun. We know it's almost a cliché, but we never expected any of this. It was just a nice/fun project, and then it became bigger and bigger, with more gigs, tracks, labels etc. We only have one rule: we are doing this as long as we think it’s fun”.