Following her mau5trap debut with “The One,” Bay Area-native and LA-based artist Wenzday teams up with LA’s underground sensation Bingewatch for their aptly-titled single “Shake.” A track that is sound designed to be a club-ready thrasher. The single is ready for streaming via all platforms.
Also inspired by the fringes of the the Los Angeles underground scene, Bingewatch is a tech-house champion with releases on labels like Sink or Swim, Mixmash, House Call, Medium Rare. He’s also been co-signed from dance music legends like Martin Garrix, Laidback Luke, Dr. Fresch, Lane 8, and many more.
Hi Wenzday and Bingewatch, we’re glad to have you! What’s the reception been like for “Shake” and your collaboration so far and how did it feel to finally get this release out especially on Deadmau5’s label?
Wenzday: Thanks so much for having us! The reception to “Shake” has been unreal-starting with us rinsing it in the club for the last couple months to test crowd reaction to now hearing and seeing musicians and fans alike vibing with the song. This actually marks my second release on deadmau5’s label! Last year when I dropped “The One” the goal was to showcase my vocal and writing capabilities alongside live instrumentation whereas “Shake” is 100% meant to be a club record for playout. For me personally, I’m so excited to showcase my diversity as an artist and getting to collaborate with Bingewatch (who is one of my favorite producers right now) made it even more special.
“Last year when I dropped “The One” the goal was to showcase my vocal and writing capabilities alongside live instrumentation whereas “Shake” is 100% meant to be a club record for playout. I’m so excited to showcase my diversity as an artist and getting to collaborate with Bingewatch.”
For Wenzday, working with Bingewtch and the label hau5trap has been an exhilarating experience.
Bingewatch: The reception has been amazing support amongst DJ peers as well as Spotify and Apple Music play listing. We’ve been playing the song out live for a while now so a lot of my fans were excited that it was finally out as well! The fact that it came out On Deadmau5’s label made it extremely special for me because he had been one of my favorite artists growing up and I always looked up to his production skills. I’ve been watching his career since “Faxing Berlin” and it’s an honor to put out a song on his label.
The track, “Shake” is supposed to be a “nod to the underground house scene in Los Angeles”, can you elaborate more on that?
Wenzday: I first met Bingewatch thru his underground party he throws called “Blind Tiger.” The first time I went I was literally in awe and stayed until the lights turned on. It was so inspiring and refreshing to see both up and coming and mainstream acts at this event having fun, dancing, and actually paying attention to the music being curated and played out. I immediately made it my goal to make a song that could be played out at an event like this.
Bingewatch: I definitely love playing it at the after hours. But we also played it on the big stage and it works great! It was a perfect blend of sounds for us in that sense.
“I definitely love playing it [Shake] at the after hours. It was a perfect blend of sounds for us in that sense.”
Bingwatch elaborates on how the track ‘Shake‘ is the anthem for the LA underground house scene.
What do you find inspiring about the LA underground scene?
Wenzday: I think the most inspiring thing is that everyone participating in this scene is doing so because of their love of the music. Regardless of where you are from, how old you are, or what you look like everyone is accepted and is able to participate equally.
“I think the most inspiring thing is that everyone participating in this scene is doing so because of their love of the music.”
Wezneday shares how the LA Underground scene inspires connecting with others.
Bingewatch: I love the fact that it has the most boundary push in House music. The DJs that play are not expected to play the songs that everyone knows. Instead people love to hear them play unreleased music or tracks they don’t get to play at a festival or big club.
“I love the fact that it has the most boundary push in House music. The DJs that play are not expected to play the songs that everyone knows.”
Bingewatch appreciates how the LA Underground scene is unexpecting and exciting.
How did you two connect with each other and what made you both decide to work on this project?
Wenzday: First and foremost we are great friends who love to play out together! But beyond that, I think we both have massive amounts of respect for each other and what we do so collaborating on music was a no-brainer. We have lots more in the works!
Bingewatch: We met at my after hours party , Blind tiger. Inspired by the sounds of downtown LA late night house music scene, after playing a couple back to back sets together we made the song.
Can you share what the creative process was like collaborating with each other? Did you both have to do any adjustments for this project together?
Wenzday: Since we both live in Los Angeles it was easy to get together to sit down together and write “Shake.” I think we both knew we wanted to make a club record that our peers would rinse and that would fit into both our sets as Wenzday and Bingewatch if performing separately.
Bingewatch: We went to Taylor’s studio and were sharing some ideas and demos with each other. Ended up making one from scratch. We just went back and forth while writing and editing/automating all parts. After the first session, I left with a version I was able to play that same weekend. After a couple revisions we had the final version done.
From when you both first started as producers until now, what has been one of your greatest lessons?
Wenzday: Patience!!! When I first started out I wanted everything to happen at once and what I have learned over the years is that everything takes time–building a brand, finding a sound, and fine tuning your live performance skills.
“When I first started out I wanted everything to happen at once and what I have learned over the years is that everything takes time.”
Wenzday’s artist growth comes from inner patience.
Bingewatch: It’s a marathon not a sprint. Learning how to enjoy the process and not expecting to get to the final destination right away. And by not following the trends and writing and playing the music you actually like, you start to create trends yourself. Never give up!
Can you name one thing that has made this journey worthwhile? Anything you wish you could re-live again?
Wenzday: For me, seeing fans connect to my music the way I do with other people’s music and art is a dream come true. A memory that I wish I could re-live again was seeing DJ AM perform live for the first time. He was and still is the reason I wanted to become a DJ and to this day I watch old footage of him playing. His creativity with song selection and mixing is unmatched.
“A memory that I wish I could re-live again was seeing DJ AM perform live for the first time. He was and still is the reason I wanted to become a DJ.”
Weznday found her calling from watching another DJ preform.
Bingewatch: Meeting my girlfriend Jenessa and working side by side with her on all music related ventures since I started Bingewatch. Don’t think I wish I could relive anything, so many more experiences to come.
“Since I started Bingewatch, meeting my girlfriend Jenessa and working side by side with her on all music related ventures.”
Bingewatch finds his true inspiration by including his partner in his projects.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Wenzday: Thanks again to everyone who has been streaming “Shake”!
Bingewatch: Thanks to everyone listening and supporting “Shake” and to hau5trap for making this possible.