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Booty Fade

Over the past year, Dallas DJ/producer duo Booty Fade have been dropping ass-rattling gems one after another. Now they’ve finally compiled their efforts into an awesome, genre-crossing debut EP just in time for their performance at our Okayfuture x Top Notch SXSW showcase this week in Austin.

With Dallas music-scene heavyweights DJ Sober (The Party/Big Bang!/Dallas Mavericks/A.Dd+) and producer/MC Picnictyme (Cannabinoids/PPT/A.Dd+) at the controls, the duo’s six-track Booty Fade EP strongly flexes their deep D-town roots using samples from the city’s bustling roster of young rap stars.

As the name implies, the music is all about the low end, with influences pulling from a range of underground/urban movements, including New Orleans Bounce, Baltimore Club, Jersey Club (bed springs!), House, Hip-Hop and, of course, Dallas Boogie. There’s even some cumbia flavor on “It Goes Down,” one of two new tracks on the EP.

You can check out Booty Fade‘s new EP here.

If you dig what you hear, the whole EP is available for purchase at Booty Fade’s Bandcamp page.

We caught up with Sober and Picnic last week ahead of their preparations for a busy week at SXSW. Over the phone, we chatted about the origins of Booty Fade, the new EP, hood mullets, and the overall Dallas-ness of it all.

You can read edited excerpts from the interview below.

Lil Tiger: How did y’all end up linking up together for this Booty Fade project?

Picnictyme: We worked a couple of years with a group named A.Dd+ (pronounced A-D-D). And, you know, Sober and I grew a more creative relationship through that. I was actually helping him with a mix one day, ’cause he often back then asked me to help him put together his mixes, and we just came up with the idea—at least he did. He was like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we did this remix project, and call it Booty Fade, because, you know, like, the booty fade is like a haircut out here in Dallas, and then make all booty music?” And I’m like, “That’s absolutely genius.”

LT: You guys just dropped a new EP and it’s really focused on Dallas samples. Could y’all talk about that a little bit and what went into the making of the EP?

Sober: When we first thought of the project, working together as Booty Fade, with the name, with the haircut reference, and booty music in general — I think it kind of stemmed a little bit from the A.Dd+ “I’m So Dallas” thing that we worked together.

That was a song that strung together all these Dallas things, and I was like, there’s so many little things that you could flip into it’s own remix. Just to see how big that song was in Dallas and how people were like, “Man, I’m so bummed it’s only like two minutes. I play that shit over and over. Where’s the ‘I’m So Dallas Part Two’?” and blah blah blah.

So I was kind of like, man, it’s cool to represent your own city. And then also with me and Picnic being just music fans, having outside influences, I didn’t want it to be pigeonholed into one thing, like oh, we’re trap, or we’re club, or we’re this or that.

I feel like so many, especially in the day and age we’re in, they cross over and that’s what makes a lot of dance music and electronic music so exciting. Now, you have cats in the hip-hop world, like hood dudes checking for some sounds that maybe a few years ago were nerdy electronic dudes doing it. So it’s cool to hear all these elements sometimes in one track or from one producer, one group or whatever. So our whole thing was, let’s do some uptempo shit. Let’s do some bounce tempo shit. Let’s do some traditional Southern-tempo rap shit. Why do we have to fit a mold?

But at the same time, let’s make this EP using all Dallas samples. And maybe some of those were taken out of their original habitat. You have something double-timing into juke, but it’s like a sample from Lil Wil or whatever. It’s one of those things where I felt like, that could also turn more people onto, like, “Oh I never knew that was a Dallas song.” Or, “Damn, that shit kinda jams. I hear it in a new light.” [It’s] just a fun project, really, that also lends to stuff that’s been around in our city for a while.

And it’s not that it’s gonna stay that. This whole Dallas sample-based thing, that’s for the EP. But we wanna explore and do other stuff on our own, remix other tracks, and make more original music that has nothing to do with Dallas rap samples. This is kind of a beginning and something that we wanted to finish up and put out there.

LT: For those of us not from Dallas, who are some of the artists that you sampled?

Sober: We sampled Treal Lee and Prince Rick, the dudes who did “Walk Around the Club” and they did “Mr. Hit That Hoe,” “Bad Little Broad.” They were big in the [D-Town] Boogie movement. We sampled them on the F#$k Like a Stripper song. [We] also sampled M.E., which was a song called “Stripper.” So two boogie songs on that one.

The cool thing is that was the first one we did, and both people we kind of like tweeted it out shouts to them and they were all about it. I mean, Treal Lee and Prince Rick came to our Beauty Bar night multiple times after we dropped that song, performed some of their own songs, jammed out when we played it. So it’s cool. It’s kind of like the cultivation of different scenes, too, which is something i felt like, with Booty Fade, we do anyways.

We were bringing “hood rappers” into Beauty Bar and they were whilin’ out having a great time. And then all the crowd that goes there knows their music anyways, but some of those kids might not be as apt to go to a Treal Lee show at Club Onyx o whatever. You know what I’m saying? They might love their music and know it, but also be really stoked that they came to Beauty Bar. It just might be out of certain people’s comfort zones, but it was cool that they came and fucked with us.

We sampled Tum Tum on this last one, on the latin joint [“It Goes Down”]. Basically already he was like, whatever you need, if you guys need acapellas or this and that. He co-signed it. He tweeted it. He’s hosting our release party. We sampled Lil Wil, the dude who did “Dougie.”

Picnic: Yung Nation.

Sober: Yeah, Yung Nation. Their manager actually hit us up and was like, “We want you to remix Yung Nation. We like what Booty Fade does. And those kids are young and they have a young audience and they’re some of the biggest people under Dorrough to be doing stuff in Dallas right now.

Dorrough being another one. “Styrafoam Cup,” we did that. That was the second song we did. I kind of had met Dorrough before, but again, he was like, “Yo bro, this jams.” We ended up sitting in the studio with him. He saw what we were doing as far as bringing certain kind of sounds and people together, and was trying to collaborate with us on helping him with a little mixtape release and what not.

I think a lot of cats—we were like, maybe they won’t like this, or whatever. Everybody seemed to be real cool with it and really liked the sounds that we were generating, and like the whole movement. So it’s cool man. Thus far it’s been great. And I think a lot of people that we sampled see that sense of Dallas pride with what we’re doing. There’s new things to be heard and this is only a way for their shit to reach more people who might not have ever even heard of them.

LT: What do you have in store for our SXSW showcase?

Sober: We’re gonna get in the studio and work on the show this week, just refreshing some of the stuff that we already have. We’re gonna work on some edits that are specific to our show. Also, a lot of people are just solely on Ableton or whatever. We combine both, with turntables and Ableton and some pads or whatever. So it’s a little bit more interactive as far as not just two guys twisting knobs and a pre-recorded set.

Picnic, too, is really good on the mic. With A.Dd+ shows, some of the songs he produced with them, like the “Mary Go,” which is like a very booty-bass influenced song. He had a cool call and response, and that shit always got everybody so hype. So I would say Picnic’s great at engaging the audience. A lot of people don’t do that either.

Sometimes Picnic will come back from behind the turntables, get everybody riled up. He might bust some dance moves. You never know what this little-bitty dude’s gonna pull off [laughing].

Picinc: I think we both moreso try to mold our songs to have endless energy and have a really solid climax. I definitely go out of my way to try to animate that the best I can.

LT: Picnic, I know you produce and you host, but you’re also a singer. Both of y’all have a lot of different creative/artistic backgrounds. Sober, I know you from when you were doing fliers back in the day. What kind of stuff are y’all working on to maximize on your other talents as well?

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