Interview by: Mike Walkusky for LED
How did you guys get into dance music?
Joe Chung: I got into dance music because my family was into music and I liked to dance. I also listened to a lot of music with beats and a lot of hits so it really helped me to get into dance music.Joe Abella: I got into dance music after going to EDC back when it was at the coliseum in LA. It was my first event and i fell in love with dance music ever since.
What's it like performing at a big festival like My LED USA?
It’s a body high. Very natural high feeling. It’s surreal to be playing at a festival this big.
What do you think about the current state of dance music?
Music right now is receptive to the public. It is easy for people to be creative and music is always changing. A lot of producers are having fun being creative, creating new styles of music and music they love.
Joseph, I remember chatting with you in the Facebook group EDM Madness back in the day. What kind of impact did EDM Madness have on your career?
It was essentially my own version of redditt back in the day, I would post our music to even get one or two more fans and attraction from it. Without EDM Madness we (ARMNHMR) wouldn’t be where we are at now . Every piece of the puzzle made it work. Our fan base is heavily in CA and because of EDM Madness we were able to start off our career with a very organic, loving fan base.
Another question for Joseph: What's it like having a sibling who's a musician?
It played a huge role. But as well as my parents too. Like i mentioned earlier, everyone in my family was into music and that really helped me to get to where I am right now. Even all the times my sister sang out loud although it got annoying at times. Ha ha.
Joe Abella, what kind of music do you like listening to in your free time?
Metal, Post hardcore. Some examples are “Drown” by Bring Me The Horizon and “A Moment Suspended in Time” by Underoath.
What has been the biggest moment of your career so far?
Selling out all of our CA shows and noticing how much support we get from our home state.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
We have a lot of projects we are finalizing at the moment. We have two huge collaborations with artists we admire (Adventure Club & Kayzo) slated to be released in the coming months as well as the release of our debut album to be followed up with our first official branded 'tour'. So basically what we're saying is we have a lot more coming for the second half of this year.
Aside from listening to music, what else do you guys like to do on your free time?
Joe Chung: Aside from music, I am very interested in health and fitness. It's been part of my daily life for many, many years now. I workout and watch over my nutrition on a daily basis. When time permits, I enjoy playing soccer and basketball as well. Your body is your sanctuary - why wouldn't you take care of it!Joe Abella: Fornite... #1 VICTORY ROYALE!
What’s your hidden talent?
Our hidden talents are so hidden that we haven't found it yet ha ha.
If you were forced to make any other type/genre of music, what would it be and why?
Maybe not forced, but we would definitely dabble in drum&bass as well as deep house. Reason for this is because we listen to it everyday. It's taxing on our ears to listen to dubstep and big room house for hours on end
Who are your idols in the scene at this moment?
No idols at the moment however, artists we look up to for inspiration are Adventure Club, Seven Lions, Lane 8, Yotto. Those are just a few, we can list dozens more but we’ll stop right there.
Name 3 artists you would want to collaborate with:
If it were artists we are not working with already our three would be Seven Lions, Martin Garrix, and Kaskade.