Freshers’ Week 2018 – Mono – Day 1 – Icarus
September 1 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
If you know anything about house music then you’re bound to have heard of across Bristol-based brothers Tom and Ian Griffiths. If you haven’t come across them, Icarus is a name you need to pay attention to. These Bristol boys have been slamming the decks with some of the most creative dance music for four years. It all started when their underground rework of Bastille gained attention. Then, “Missing You” was 2015’s soulful house anthem with its dark brooding atmosphere and eerie vocals giving it a mystical energy.
Is there sibling rivalry when you work together? Or is it just a perfect ebb and flow of music between the two of you?
It’s maybe not perfect! We don’t really fight, or argue about music anymore. In fact, we never really have. When we’re DJing in a club or at a festival you do have something inside you that sort of wants to ‘outdo’ the other one with your tune selection but it’s mainly about creating a good set that works for the crowd and also represents what you’re about as an artist/DJ. If we’re doing a mix for radio or online then there’s probably a bit more back and forth verbally about what tunes should go where.
You’re signed to Pete Tong’s record label, FFRR. Has working with such a respected name in dance music helped you in any way?
100%. We’re very lucky to have Pete there to bounce ideas off and ask for feedback on our music. He obviously has a wealth of knowledge and experience in music which is pretty much unparalleled. He’s involved in all aspects of our project but it’s particularly helpful to have his input on the creative and technical side of things. You know you’ll always get an honest opinion from Pete, which is great.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?
There have been a few to be honest but a big one for us was performing live last year for BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza. We did two tunes in front of Cafe Mambo with a vocalist and horn section. That was pretty special! Another one would be recently doing an ‘Essential Mix’ for Pete Tong. That is a huge honour for us and we really enjoyed putting that together.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
Any and all of our influences! The Chemical Brothers would be a fun one…their studio is unbelievable!