We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt & Chris Drake of MC4D and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matt & Chris, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
We both grew up taking piano lessons starting in second grade through early high school (shoutout our awesome piano teacher Juanita Bosee!) and it became one of our favorite hobbies. Then in early high school we discovered SoundCloud, which at the time was the main discovery platform for up-and-coming artists. At the time a lot of dance artists were uploading unofficial remixes to try and get discovered, and we started listening to remixes by artists like Kygo, Gryffin, Illenium, Vanic, and more. Dance music was totally new to us at the time and we thought it was super cool how artists could produce full tracks with just a computer and a midi-keyboard. Given our piano background, we began experimenting with making our own remixes by downloading acapellas off the internet and producing tracks around them. We quickly fell in love with the process of producing and songwriting, and it became not just a creative outlet for us but something we had a passion for and could see ourselves potentially pursuing down the line.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In 2018 we started producing remixes for a lot of different artists. We would basically just cold reach out to artists and their management teams and ask to remix their tracks, hoping they would give us a shot, and early on we got some positive responses and official remixes for artists like Justin Caruso and Frank Walker. We kept making remixes over the next couple years and experimented with a lot of different sounds – all our remixes were dance tracks but stylistically very different. In the last year we’ve began really focusing just on original music and finding our own unique sound, as well as creating a strong brand we could build ourselves through. I think now though we’re just about ready to unveil a new style for us that we’re really excited about, as well as a unique visual image. Sonically our upcoming sound takes parts of what’s popular in the dance music realm today and combines that with older progressive house influences from the early 2010’s, as well as some alt-dance elements. Along with our sound development we’ve created a visual brand for ourselves with these “headbands” we’ve developed. The headbands are custom-designed LED headbands that we can sync together and really bring a cool image to any live show or performance. As we’re identical twins, the motivation behind the headband was to create something that visually connects us and represents our similarities, and we think this will not only do that but provide a strong branding image for us to grow.

Overall throughout the past couple years we’ve really learned the importance of determination and resilience when pursuing any highly competitive career like this. It’s a lot more disappointment than it is reward, but that makes the successes that much more exciting. At the end of the day you have to keep taking all the opportunities thrown your way and not let past mistakes or failures drag you down – in this industry it just takes one song to blow up and you gotta approach every day with that mentality We still have a long way to go with our personal goals, but we’re learning and getting better at knowing the right moves to make and developing ourselves to where we need to be.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We absolutely love driving up in the hills at night and looking down on the whole city lit up. It’s a great way to de-stress after a long week and potentially get some inspiration for some new writing. We usually hit up Mulholland Drive and pull over at some overlooks to sit back, relax, and watch the city glow. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We gotta give a shoutout to our awesome management team at Ryder MGMT consisting of Ethan Udell and Nell Jones. When we joined Duke’s student run record label Small Town Records back in 2017, we began working with Ethan and Nell who were part of the label at the time. We loved how they showed a genuine interest in our music and careers from the beginning and have since been grinding with us over the past few years. Ethan founded Ryder, his own management company, in 2020 and brought on Nell and they’ve been growing that along with our careers. It’s been a learning process for all of us – we all started as college kids with a common goal to grow our careers and it’s been really fun to do this alongside them.

Website: https://www.mc4dmusic.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mc4dmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mc4dmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MC4DMusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcOGNFwCEyhzeksOU_mUqQ

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2MbY32LPINIi9P6PCkrOJI?si=dxi5C9q7SnaMMgcTxHjDiA Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/mc4d/1278959109 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mc4d_official

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