Although the name Munnibrotherz isn’t one with which you’ll be instantly familiar, an auspicious turn of event for Robin Muniz (Rob Deep) and Sean Munnick (DJ Sean) has rocketed them highly in the Dance music echelons.
Modestly from Port Elizabeth on the coast of South Africa and dazzingly skilled producers the Munnibrotherz have plenty of talent to easily make their presence felt in both the South African and International dance scenes.
Their self titled EP (Munnibrotherz Ep) has an innate sense of tunefullness featuring great clarity of sound, warm production throughout with nuances of pulsingly raw underground grooves and WICKED basslines!
I’m sure a lot of people would love to know the answer to this question, how did you go about getting your music picked up by Dirtybird Recs?
Well it’s quite a story actually. In June last year we decided to produce beats that were more different, fresh and unique to what we already produced. We therefore came up with a new alias, Munnibrotherz. Our main aim was that by the end of 2010 we wanted to be signed to any label. So as the months went by we just starting producing track after track.
In December we mailed Justin Martin, one of the label heads of Dirtybird, a very simple yet straight forward message asking him to take a listen to our track “Moon Chon Chayoh” which we uploaded on soundcloud. Shortly thereafter, we got a reply saying that the tune is “very very fresh” and that he likes it alot!
He asked us for the full length to test it out that forthcoming weekend and he’ll get back to us. We were already super excited that that our icon Justin Martin wanted to test our track, so waiting for his response for the next few days was torture!
Finaly! He replied. He told us that the track ‘’rocked every show’’ and that he was sending it to Claude Vonstroke, label head of Dirtybird Records. We were ecstatic for the opportunity that we received. Justin informed us that Vonstroke loves the track and from then on Munnibrotherz and Dirtybird Records have been in contact. Everything then just fell into place.
Now that you guys have made the first break into the mainstream music world, has your outlook into music i.e. how you play in clubs and produce music changed?
Yes, it has definitely changed. The music we play is similar to the music we produce. We try to always maintain that different, unique yet fresh sounds in our track selection for mixes, and we create different, unique yet fresh sounds for our tracks. So what we produce accommodates what we play and vice versa.
We are keeping up with new production trends, trying different genres of house and putting our own flair into it. Our production describes us as well, so we basically make what we feel and feel what we make. We aim to be more innovative each time we begin a new project.
How does one describe the sound that you guys produce?
Very different, very unique, very fresh. We are a crazy duo and we get crazier when we are producing. It’s all about enjoying the process and having fun with it. The sound we produce proves that to the people.
I understand you have been producing music since 2004. At which point did you guys feel that your music is worth taking out there?
Definitely in 2006, when we first decided to hand our tracks over to local DJ, Faraaz, who at the time was playing at one of the best venues in PE, called Atmosfera, then we saw 1st hand how people enjoyed our music and we started getting more familiar with the music trends. Our production back then was very easy and simple yet effective. The people in our home town, PE, enjoyed our music a lot and we became very well known.
Our tracks were heard from a lot of out of town listeners and our fan base spread quite far. Since our EP release on Dirtybird we’ve gained a lot more exposure both nationally and internationally. There is a very big difference between the tracks we produced then and now, so we have definitely increased our level of production.
Now that your 1st EP has been released by such a prestigious label, a lot will be expected of you – are you ready for the challenge?
We sure are! We are very excited to get started on new projects. We like a challenge and we will be putting South Africa on the map! We will be working with a lot of great producers in the near future, one of them being Ardalan, who teamed up with Justin Martin in 2010, to make the monster hit Mr Spock, so stay tuned to hear what The Munnibrotherz has to offer.
What will be the most challenging thing and how will you go around it?
Staying consistent in delivering new material, and being creative and innovative to new sounds. Producing is a passion of ours that we take very seriously and we won’t be stopping any time soon, so we will be boosting ourselves to the limit with hot fresh ideas. It is really exciting stuff, we are already starting something new so there are only more things to come.
Without asking what or who you are influenced by, I’m going to ask you who and what in the industry do you want to influence?
We aim to influence both the current sound as well as the music business in South Africa. We want to illustrate a different sound to music and show how effective and loved that sound can be. There is so much opportunity for new ideas, we just have to execute our sound effectively and follow through with it.
The signing to Dirtybird just shows already, that South African producers has what it takes to be up there with the other superstar producers that most DJ’s look up to.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
To name a few, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, Claude Vonstroke, Jesse Rose and Sascha Braemer. These guys influenced our sound massively and we always tried sounding like them, but never knew that we were sounding like a mix of all of them in one. Also, more South African producers like Raymond Mather, Kyle Watson, Nick Supply and Lady Lea, seeing that they were too the people we looked up to, on a national level.
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