The song, and its visual, are drunk and dizzying—the perfect thing to help you get lost on this rainy day.
office caught up with our new favorite electronic duo to talk about their collaboration and what's next for Thousand Years x Drop The Gun. Watch “Tricks” and read our interview, below.
How long have you been making music?
Anders: Since I was 15—I started a punk band with my mates.
Sara: I’ve been making music since I was little. I had a four track recorder which got me into recording and writing own material. I was really into playing piano, too, and especially singing.
What would you say your style is?
Anders: Electronic, atmospheric, wavy and eclectic.
Sara: There’s definitely references to '80s and some '90s pop, mixed with experimental electronic music and more alternative R&B.
What do you listen to when you’re writing?
Anders: Right now, mainly techno, and DJ sets from Nina Kraviz and Amelie Lens. Also, a lot of old stuff from the ’70s and ’80s—old bangers, ambient, noise, vaporwave and occasionally Mahler.
Sara: I listen to a lot of different styles. Anything from old soul, to more contemporary music. This week I’ve been listening to Yemi Alade, Shlomo, Travis Scott, Wu-Tang and Teyana Taylor.
How did you two initially connect? Was it fate or coincidence?
Anders: We’ve known each other for many years, but never worked together. I heard some of her stuff and emailed her a very simple beat.
Sara: We’ve been keeping track of each other’s music for a while, so it was pretty natural how we just started connecting musically and sharing ideas.
How did the “Tricks” collab come about?
Sara: Anders sent me this idea he had been working on and asked me if I wanted to try out some things. So, we just started exchanging ideas back and forth, which was cool.
Anders: Yeah, it just came about after I emailed her the beat, and we both kind of wanted to go in the same direction sound-wise.
What was the actual creative process like?
Anders: We've actually never been in the studio together—everything was by email. I would send Sara a beat, she would send me some vocals, and I would produce and build on that, then send it back again. Our musical reference was always kind of the same, so we were heading in the same direction from the beginning.
Sara: Yeah, we just seemed to understand each other pretty well musically, and have a lot of mutual respect for each other and our individual sounds.