Penguins 101 and more – Six Sunsets interview with Dirty Beats
The guest of our next interview session is Jake, part of the widely known duo, Six Sunsets. Apart from making “badman” music and talking about their upcoming release on Glassy Records, we also learned an awful lot of fun facts about penguins. So let’s get on with it, shall we?
Roland: As we know, Six Sunsets, is a duo that was formed by Luke and yourself in 2014. Could you tell us how it all began?
Six Sunsets: Basically – Luke groomed me over the internet as a young whippersnapper at university – we ended up DJing together on a beach in Cornwall (very romantic, I know), and it all spiralled out of control from there really.
Roland: How was it to work together for the first time on a tune? Were there many differences in your styles that you had to overcome or did you sync from the first moment?
Six Sunsets: Nah, the first few tunes were pretty bless – the differences in style came later down the road to form that was more unique to us as a duo.
Roland: What were the most difficult times you had to overcome as a team, and how did that strengthen your bond?
Six Sunsets: When we went to Outlook in 2016, a Mancunian girl weed on our hotel room floor whilst we were on a layover in Venice. I kicked her out with the aid of the wholly unhelpful Italian security, whilst Luke cleaned up the wee. It was a difficult time we overcame, and it strengthened our bond. This has been the backbone of our releases ever since.
Roland: Since you joined forces, you are on the rise. Having releases on various labels like Off-Switch Audio, Sure State Records, and Banana Stand Sound amongst others. Can you tell us a little more about how these projects came to be?
Six Sunsets: We made some badman riddims, and then we made some more. People liked them for some reason.
Roland: Before shifting the discussion to your upcoming release on Glassy Records, I must confess that Fever Skank VIP on BSX001 is one of the wickedest tunes I have ever heard, making its way into my collection. Where did you get the inspiration for something that mental?
Six Sunsets: Well, from the original Fever Skank – I made the crux of the VIP on a flight back from Texas in 2015 and it sat in the wings for a while – Luke really rounded the whole thing off with the switch-up in the second drop, I’d say there was a lot of influence on his end from the likes of Jakes and Coki etc, if you listen to the sound.
Roland: Now, let’s talk about the first release and also your debut EP on Glassy Records. After a little chit-chat with label owner, Sam, we found out that after weeks of searching, he stumbled upon “Commute”, and instantly knew that that was it. Listening to “Commute”, it’s grimey synths evoke in me the monotonous atmosphere of people’s everyday life. What is your message that you would like to express with this tune?
Six Sunsets: Urm… I made it on my commute home from work. It banged. I hope people like it…?
Roland: Alongside “Commute”, GLASSY001 also features “Light” from the duo Bloodklart Fiyah Mandem (JFO & Sativa) . That being said, what is your opinion of the overall release and the collaboration with BFM?
Six Sunsets: Shitty release. JFO’s a wasteman, BFM’s alright. Would duppy them in a grime war any day of the week <3
Roland: Last but not least, we need your absolute focus for this one, hope you’re ready. What would you do, if you found a penguin chillin in your freezer?
Six Sunsets: Probably leave it – I feel like, given the current climate, the penguin would be most at home in the freezer. Whilst we’re here, I’d like to educate the dubstep community about our flightless friends – here are Six Sunsets’ top facts about penguins.
Penguins are flightless birds.
While other birds have wings for flying, penguins have adapted flippers to help them swim in the water.
Most penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin specie that ventures north of the equator in the wild.
Large penguin populations can be found in countries such as New Zealand (shout out Headland and Akcept), Australia, Chile, Argentina and South Africa.
No penguins live at the North Pole.
Penguins eat a range of fish and other sealife that they catch underwater.
Penguins can drink sea water – nasty cunts.
Penguins spend around half their time in water and the other half on land.
The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species, reaching as tall as 120 cm (47 in) in height – that is why he is the emperor and you are not.
Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time – wow.
Emperor Penguins often huddle together to keep warm in the cold temperatures of Antarctica – totally not gay though, bro.
King Penguins are the second largest penguin specie. They have four layers of feathers to help keep them warm on the cold subantarctic islands where they breed – do you have feathers?
Chinstrap Penguins get their name from the thin black band under their head. At times it looks like they’re wearing a black helmet, which might be useful as they’re considered the most aggressive type of penguin – do not fuck with the mandem.
Crested penguins have yellow crests, as well as red bills and eyes – red eyes, eh?
Yellow eyed penguins (or Hoiho) are endangered penguins native to New Zealand. Their population is believed to be around 4000, much like the deep dubstep fanbase.
Little Blue Penguins are the smallest type of penguin, averaging around 33 cm (13 in) in height – peak.
After this fun interview I honestly couldn’t stop laughing for a while and had to dig up some fun facts for myself, but that maybe for some other time. We want to thank Jake for his unique approach and encourage you to bring a penguin stuffed animal next time you are at their shows!
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