On a hot summer evening in NYC, we met up with the fellas from Script The Flip for a few drinks before their event at Open House to discuss how they formed NYC’s newest production team, their love of vinyl, what to expect at their upcoming gigs for Forward Disco and Slow Disco Saturdays….and apparently about some weird looking Fed Ex trucks. Maybe we had more than just a “few” drinks.
First things first – thanks for meeting us for some pregame juicebox cocktails before your event tonight. What do you guys have in store for us with Keep It Movin’ at Open House?
Terra: Tonight we have a fun one lined up! It’s our “Attack of the Mullets” theme party, so we’ll be handing out wigs and acting a fool. We also invited Burchan, Cylo and Maksim along to play, so we’re looking forward to some sweet tunes.
Bram: I think you can expect the same thing you’ve found at any other Keep It Movin’ party; a bunch of people just looking to have a good time and get down to some great music. As a guest long before I got involved with the party, that’s really what Keep It Movin’ has come to mean to me.
Brian: After going through records for tonight, I definitely plan on keeping it slow and sexy to start off, we will see what happens from there. I also have a few surprises from the Script The Flip files.
We have known you all individually for some time now, but how did the Script The Flip collaboration come about?
Terra: Bram and I have known each other for years now and we both used to spin with Ableton, so we would always chat about techy nerd type stuff. We had actually been trying to get in the studio together for some time but never got around to it. Then one day almost a year ago we met up and we actually made that Toni Braxton edit for you guys on that first session.
Bram: I actually just found an old message online between terra and I back from two or three years ago talking about sitting down for a studio session. The end of last summer we just sat down and thought “shit, we both really want to start producing our own ideas” and figured why not give it a shot together. A week or two later Terra brought Brian into the studio and we all just sort of clicked. Skip forward three seasons and we’ve got tons of tracks and what feels like endless studio nights under our belts. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t hurt that we all share a love for those shiny black discs you catch us playing out everywhere.
Terra: Brian as you know was part of Keep it Movin’ since day one and him and I both shared a love for deep house and playing opening sets, so it came together organically. First we would have jam sessions at his studio and it eventually turned to working on Logic together. The three of us really are passionate about collecting vinyl too. So I guess Script the Flip was born over a shared interest in musical styles and also a deep love for collecting records, partying, oh and of course botany!
Terra: Haha! Yes, it all starts with the juiceboxes, usually Ssips or the legendary Motts. Then we usually listen to some songs that gave us inspiration over the weekend or during the day at work. As far as actual workflow, we usually let one person drive the project on the computer and we start by making drum patterns. As we progress one of us will get an idea for a bassline or some chords or melody and we throw him the keyboard. From there we just ride it out and see where we end up.
Bram: Mike pretty much nailed it. We work with a wireless keyboard which helps us just pass around and get down any ideas that come to us There’s lots of “what if we did this” moments, and sometimes even a struggle to see who can get their idea out first. It’s really a matter of when inspiration strikes and getting it out through those keys. At least twice a week I get a text from one of these guys like “I found us the perfect sample” or “we need to edit this track”. It helps to have a plan but a lot of our material comes from just feeling it out. Its crazy how the tracks come together in bunches too.
Terra: If you look at our Dropbox folder, its like….
Bram: Four tracks yesterday, three from the day before, then a couple of days nothing….
Brian: Then thirty open projects….
Bram: It gets hard to keep up, but we always keeps it movin’
Speaking of inspiration – where does it come from?
Brian: I get inspiration all over. Just from looking at these glasses hanging, or the paintings on the wall, the way people dress, the environment anytime.
Bram: I’d say things and people around me. It could be something im going through in my life that week, or some track I’ve just heard someone else play that’s still stuck on my mind days after. It’s also important to listen to different styles of music to keep your ideas fresh.
Terra: For me inspiration comes from all sorts of things. When I’m not working on music I’m usually traveling around the city for work listening to old 90’s hip hop and R&B or some 70’s soul music. I think it helps with thinking outside of the usual 4/4 kick style and opens you up for recreating drum patterns from some of the tunes. I also like to skate, so sometimes even that will give me an idea while cruising around at the skatepark. Another big source comes from hearing stuff that say, you guys or Bryan Cosgrove or Dave Turk and Pasquale got going on. I’ll hear one of your projects and be like, “Oh hell no!! This shit is tight! WTF have I been doing in the studio!?!?” and it’ll push me to work harder.
Bram: I remember when Mike played me Cosgrove’s Set It Off edit for Forward Disco for the first time thinking “damn, I gotta step my game up”.
Is there a certain step in the process that each of you has excelled at, that has made your productions as a team take the next step from your individual work?
Terra: For sure! I think Bram is the most advanced with the technical side of production and computers in general. He works IT during the day and he’s always been our go to man when we’ve had an issue with a plug in, or any sort of tech issue. Brian is like Rainman when it comes to playing drums or recreating a sound by ear. I can go to his house and be like, “Yo, we need to make something like this!”, show him a tune and this dude can make any of the grooves, be it drums or bassline. As for me, I think I’m usually the one finding random samples or ideas to use as a base for the projects. When we work together all of these strong points mesh well and things get going quicker.
Bram: We each have our own things that we tend to do for most tracks, but there are no real defined roles in the studio. It’s more a matter of who wants to “drive’ that day. Each session is completely different, but in the end we always look to each other for support and approval on any work we are getting done.
Brian: That’s the weirdest looking Fed Ex truck that I have ever seen.
What would each of you say is the most important thing that you have learned in the studio from another member of Script The Flip?
Bram: Hands down I’d say I’ve learned that rules were meant to be broken. I am used to looking at things technically and working with these two clowns has showed me that breaking the rules can actually sound better in the end! Sometimes you just have to trust your ears and go with it.
Terra: I personally learned a lot from Brian as far as catching grooves and being more organic with melodies and drum patterns. Bram was the one who got me to work mainly out of Ableton and I think it’s opened up a world of tricks I couldn’t quite accomplish in Logic.
Brian: I’ve learned that I’ve got a ton of shit to learn. There is a lot more to this production thing than meets the eye. Whether it be a note placement or timing, there is so much that goes into every second of a track.
You have your first release coming soon on Dance Through Life Records. Tell us a bit about this release.
Terra: We’re pretty excited considering it’s our first release. These are some tunes we made a while ago that were basically collecting dust. We had been playing them out for some time but never really focused on sending them out. One day while away in Mexico I figured why not and sent them to Pao from Dance Through Life and she was really diggin’ them. She told us send em over and she’ll set up a nice EP for us. This is a three track EP and a little more techno driven with a deeper B-side track.
Bram: Dance Through Life is a great home for our first release. We’ve been hard at work with dreams of finally getting our tracks released on a bigger scale and I guess we just happened to send tracks to the right place at the right time. We also have some close friends like Dave Turk & Pasquale and Bryan Cosgrove working on some cool remixes for DTL, so it’s good to know it’s all in the family.
For a young bunch of dudes, there is definitely an old school element and vibe to your tracks. Do you feel it is important to take note of the past while still moving your music forward towards the future?
Terra: Most definitely! We are young dudes but for me being 25 years old I’m already a decade deep in going out and listening to house music. It’s one of the advantages of having an older brother with access to his ID. My pops has been a big influence as well. He’s always been there to guide me through the music from his time and got me to appreciate what’s in my opinion some of the best music that has been made. I think it’s important to stay true to what we all know and love.
Bram: Music regenerates itself. Everything you hear is made up of all of the music that came before it. I can’t tell you the hours on end I’ve spent digging for tracks with old samples I’ve loved. Especially with a lot of the vocals we use in our tracks, we are always trying to re-adapt our past to the present styles. A lot of our style comes from 90’s hip-hop and R&B. Something about that music we grew up listening to really stuck with us. Its crazy how, some of those older soul and funk tunes from long before our time have turned out to be stables in our record bags!
Brian: There is definitely some old school feel to our music. Being that my father played drums, Bram’s pop plays guitar and Terra’s dad was into the Studio 54 thing (with an uncanny resemblance to Seth Troxler) I always keep them in mind when producing. I like to think “would our pops’ dig this?” I hope one day to hear that someone we have always looked up to digs our music.
Although we have heard you all play back to back in some variation (Bram with Brian, Mike with Bram, Mike with Brian) but on July 19, you will be special guests at our Forward Disco event at 116. How do you guys plan on doing this? Will it be one track each, or will you just see how the flow goes?
Terra: Not quite sure to be honest. Whenever we play together we usually go track for track, but if one of us is groovin’ we let that person rock. We do have a shit ton of vinyl and originals ready to go for this one though!
Bram: If we had a gameplan, we wouldn’t be script the flip! Part of what makes it fun for us is the excitement of going up there and figuring it out. I’d expect to hear a lot of STF edits and originals mixed in with some timeless tunes from the past.
Brian: You guys really didn’t see that Fed Ex Truck?
What else is in the pipeline for Script The Flip?
Terra: Many, many, many more juice boxes in the near future along with a ton of monkey business. Right now we are pretty focused on getting as much studio time in and we actually just finished three new projects this weekend that we are really excited about!
Bram: We just got invited to play Slow Disco Saturdays at halcyon which is a pretty cool spot for us. We really do love playing vinyl which unfortunately is becoming less and less common these days. I actually purchased my first records from halcyon so it will be nice to be able to go and give back a bit to the place that showed me a new side of music I never knew. On the studio front we have tons of new tracks in the works, and a list of ideas to act on longer than santa’s bad kids list.
Brian: I plead the spliffth.
Check out Script The Flip this coming Saturday July 14 at halcyon, where they will be guests at Slow Disco Saturday and again on July 19 at 116 MacDougal where they will be our guests for Forward Disco 010.