Today, Grammy nominated, Ivor Novello nominated and triple platinum selling producers CamelPhat released their single “Hypercolour” with Yannis Philippakis of Foals. The track boasts a dark ominous build and CamelPhat’s signature hypnotic sound accompanied by Philippakis’s melodic vocals. The latest release is created in true CamelPhat style. The duo initially rocketed to fame in 2017 with their hit single “Cola,” and they have released other anthems such as “Breathe,” “Panic Room” and “Rabbit Hole.” They’ve been deemed Beatport’s biggest selling artists of all time, and industry heavyweights Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Pete Tong have shown their support for the duo. Indeed, CamelPhat boasts an impressive career to date having played at renowned festivals, such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Tomorrowland, and headlining for 11 weeks at Hï Ibiza. The duo took the time to share with Forbes the inspiration behind “Hypercolour,” how they’re adjusting to the new music landscape during the coronavirus restrictions and more.
Lisa Kocay: Your new single “Hypercolour” with Yannis Philippakis from Foals is being released on June 26th. What was the inspiration behind the single and how did the collaboration come about?
CamelPhat: “We’ve been longtime fans of Foals after seeing them live a number of times over the years, and they have always been on our list to collaborate with. Thankfully, the feeling was mutual. We had a couple of great sessions in the studio with Yannis—one in our own hometown Liverpool and one in London. ‘Hypercolour’ is the result of these sessions.”
Kocay: How did you both get into making music?
CamelPhat: “We’ve grown up and lived in nightclubs our entire life as clubbers and DJs. It’s our natural habitat and producing the songs that we can play out is part of that. You can’t beat the feeling of a week of studio time working on a new track and then getting to play it and test it out on the dancefloors at the weekend.”
Kocay: What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
CamelPhat: “We’ve had many magical moments and are thankful for everything this journey has given us. It’s not so much individual standout highlights but the feeling we get when you see the reaction from people to the music we make in every continent of the world. Seeing the crowds reactions are the moments that make it worthwhile.”
Kocay: How have you been adjusting to the new music landscape during the coronavirus restrictions?
CamelPhat: “We are in uncharted territory and everyone is adjusting. Missing out on some huge shows this summer has been frustrating, from Glastonbury this weekend to our headline residency at Ushuaïa in Ibiza this summer. We had all our releases planned out for around all our dates, but in the grand scheme of things this isn’t important—the health and safety of all of us is paramount, and we must do all we can to keep everyone safe. We are using this time to focus even more in the studio and be as productive as possible.”
Kocay: When not living in a socially distanced world, what do you like to do for fun when you’re not making music and not on tour?
CamelPhat: “We’re both fans of Everton F.C., although supporting them hasn’t been that fun of late.”
Kocay: What are your plans for the future?
CamelPhat: “We have our long awaited album ready to drop very soon. We have worked tirelessly on it, and it’s a reflection of us as producers from the club records, to the vocal tracks [and] to downtempo records. We can’t wait for it to come out. And we will be announcing our biggest tour to date very soon, too.”