Composing warm rhythms full of good vibes, Royalty are the loved-up electronic two-piece making dope music that turns them on when they play in front of audiences.
Loved up by taste-maker Dam Funk and DJs Benji B, Rob da Bank and Mary Anne Hobbs, Royalty are the dreamy duo, once remixed by epic electro artist Jimmy Edgar and now signed to D.I.Y London record label Five Easy Pieces. Meeting each other by chance on a night out, Cesca and Yorke found love before going on to make sweet, regal music as Royalty. Enjoying the dreamy processes of putting out their inspired, interactive sound, they’re doing this for the love of it (and each other). Driven by the beat and fuelled by their analogue synth addiction, Royalty is a higher breed of next level, fast-paced, future boogie. i-D online caught up with the perfect pair and grabbed an exclusive look at their new video too!
What have you been up to today? Cesca: We just woke up in Glasgow. We’re both touring at the moment, I just had a DJ gig in Oslo on Tuesday and from there came here to Scotland to join Yorke for some UK dates.
Your debut release received attention from Rob Da Bank and Benji B. How did you first get your music heard and are you feeling the pressure to live up to the hype? Yorke: We started off making joints and posting them on Soundcloud. In fact Twilight Fades was one of the first beats we wrote together. People seemed to love it, then Dam Funk asked to put it in his ‘the future sound of modern funk’ mix on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show, so we went back in on the production and people seemed to love it. Then the label, Five Easy Pieces, came along and said they wanted to put it out.
Where do you record? Cesca: We live in a big warehouse/loft in East London and have a home studio there called ‘Jungle Fever’. We also have a house in Southern Italy and make some of the music out there too. Our team consists of us plus our collection of analogue synths.
What other new artists would you like to work with in the future? Yorke: I’d love to get Lando Kal from Lazer Sword to remix something in the future, also Benedek from LA.
If the music off the EP were to be the soundtrack to a single day, what would happen? Cesca: It would be a crew of poppers from LA in 1985 who time-travel to 2011, land on a beach on a hot summer’s day and drink loads of mojitos, then fly to Berlin and spend the night at the Panorama Bar.
Talk us through the music video… Cesca: It’s a day in a life of a man and a woman. The awkward but reassuring feeling of sudden intimacy with an unknown person.
If your music were to look like a person who would it be? Cesca: It would probably be some wild, hot chick dating Prince and wearing all his clothes.
What do you get up to when you’re not making music? Cesca: I love to take pictures, I have a blog. I like fashion and styling, so I do that as a hobby. I also sell clothes and run a fashion website called Sweet Saints.
What ambitions do you have for your music? Yorke: We want to make an album sooner or later. A lot of people just release 12″s and EPs, but we definitely want to make an album.
Royalty’s new EP, Purple Nights comes out 30th November via Five Easy Pieces
Text: Milly McMahon