What is going on dance music fans? Hope you're enjoying your Saturday! We're excited to bring you our newest addition to our Artist of the Week Series. Please welcome Big $$$:
The electronic group ‘big $$$’ was officially formed in the early spring of 2018 during a studio session when Houston-based rapper DOC STRAINS and long-time friend and producer Fly Eklectic out of Austin, Texas decided to quit making EDM remixes and focus their energy on a project of their own.
Every studio session since their coming together has resulted in something new and interesting. The single “ball 2 death” was started a few months prior to DOC and Fly Eklectic’s coming together as ‘big $$$’, while the two artists were emailing creative ideas back and forth working on their respective solo content.
To quote Fly Eklectic,
“This track took a few months to get right because of some serious life events, but it was definitely the driving force behind us coming together and pushing towards our EP. The chemistry we had on tracks was just undeniable, and the revisits would help us develop a new perspective on our workflow and refine our unique style.”
Fly Eklectic, the more “producer-type” of the two, started working on hip-hop instrumentals at the age of 15 in Austin, TX, and describes himself as “a highly poetic individual” who was exposed to a very eclectic batch of music at a young age. He was later introduced to EDM production in 2012, and gravitated towards the highly energetic and experimental trap sounds of local DJ/producer Bro Safari.
Around the same time in his native Bryan, TX, DOC STRAINS would begin to take his own music career seriously, transitioning from freestyles and demo tapes to mixing and producing full time, starting a creative content company, and featuring verses on projects with a handful of local groups that he was executive producing. After a successful run in his home town opening up for acts like Kirko Bangz and headlining smaller collegiate events, DOC would relocate to Houston in 2016 with his audio engineer to pursue music in a bigger market.
After a series of solo drops, DOC settled into his sound, most recently dropping his debut solo EP “SMART MONEY” with red-hot north Houston producer Baker Yung. To quote DOC, “I grew up on southern rap and Screw tapes, but the genre-bending freedom in electronic music was refreshing to me as an artist, and the work I’ve put in with Fly Eklectic on our ‘big $$$’ project has been some of my favorite to date.”
Concerning 2019 and future releases, both artists state they are “excited to continue putting the finishing touches on the big $$$ EP (set to drop late summer 2019), and look forward to surprising a few folks with the next single because not one track is going to sound like another on the project.”
Although the group prefers to maintain a bit of mystery in their aesthetic, favoring ski masks and limited social media engagement outside of their music releases, fans can connect with ‘big $$$’ on relevant social media, all of which can be found below.