LOL Boys is a fruitbeats favorite and probably the best duo in the entire genre of ‘internet’. Meeting over a web forum back in 2008, the duo of Jerome Potter & Markus Garcia have since been crafting a sound that is as organic as it is virtual, and as tropical as it inclusive . With heavy rhythms, addictive samples and an ever-prescent reference to the brain-melting vibes of the web 1.0 (check their incredible tumblr for inspiration), their sounds are amongst the most original and refreshing in the music biosphere that is 2012.
Their visual element has too remained an outstanding factor of their work, like a melting pot of 90s webpage design, online shopping GIFs and that point in time somewhere before ‘Dancing Baby’ but after the first DOOM. Their track ‘123’ was proclaimed our number #1 tune of 2010, and the accompanying video one the best of every year ever!
Yeah…its like that.
We were stoked to have a chat with Jerome Potter, one half of LOL Boys, alias of DJ Dodger Stadium and co-founder of fruitbeats label of choice Body High, whose output (including EP’s from Todd Edwards and DJ Funeral) has been amongst the most consistently original (and amazing) since their 2011 conception. We discuss that amazing Changes film clip, the internet club zone and trust issues circa Y2K. N-JOY.
Fruitebeats x LOL Boys 2012
What is the internet to LOL Boys?
How did you become so romantically involved with it?
Literally growing up and evolving with the Internet has had its impact on LOL Boys. The young kids of today will never be familiar with Prodigy or Kazaa. The older generation may remember those things, yet also remember a time when they did not exist at all.
Body High began last year and has pretty much become one of themost hyped labels around, what were the intentions?
Thanks a lot. It means a tonne to Samo (Sound Boy) and I that people are responding well to the label. From the start, the idea of Body High was to put out quality club music from our comrades. We both just wanted to have complete control over the whole label as opposed to relying on others to make certain decisions. Los Angeles is definitely a huge inspiration for Body High. The space, the food, the pace, and the entire vibe of the city all play an important part in the label.
The ‘Changes’ film clip is very special. What was the inspiration for this?
I’m glad you enjoyed it. I was inspired by people covering pop songs on YouTube. I thought, “Why not ask a bunch of our friends to do a kind of home made clip to the song?” The idea of then putting it within a fake computer with desktop and icon and all kind of just made sense kind of just came to me after watching people on YouTube covering pop songs.
Why is LOL Boys music so (beautifully) tropical?
Haha, well I think LOL Boys is influenced by percussion more than other sounds, and when you have many layers of percussion in your songs, they can end up being described as “tropical.”
A lot of the posts on your tumblr (www.lolboysontumblr.tumblr.com) are so jaw-droppingly “internet” that it’s impossible to believe. Where do you find this stuff in 2012?
LOL Boys is very influenced by the evolution of the web and where is has been and where it is presently. A lot of it is screenshots of funny things that happen on the internet, or just cool images that fit the LOL Boys aesthetic.
What is the ultimate club setting? Real, fictional or virtual.
What is one destination you would recommend to any user of the internet?
I could try to be clever here, but I think wikipedia is an invaluable tool, and all members of society should use it.
And one you wouldn’t?
As much as I like and use facebook, I’m pretty terrified of what the company will do with the enormous amount of data they have collected.
Can you ever really trust the #worldwideweb ?
Yes. There is no difference between the web and reality. They are the same at this point and will continue to be forever until technology gets to the point where we are making our own universes with the internet (which is what we are inside now lol).
LOL Boys ‘Changes‘ EP is out now…live the LOL through chrome-plated mixtapes below.