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"I used to joke with my friends saying I could quit music if I made a song with Snoop Dogg. Then suddenly I see myself with him in the studio, hanging out at his house and making music. It was really important for me to make something really cool with him," Alex Ridha, a.k.a. Berlin's Boys Noize, tells Spinner. Boys Noize features the smoky canine rapper on his new album, Out of the Black.
"He's so chill. What's great is that he still has a kid in him. He was super-open to the old Chicago house and quirky old Dancemania tracks I played him -- stuff with lots of swearing and booty house. He was laughing a lot about it, but don't think it was really his scene."
Mr. Ridha typically works to foster emerging artists on his musical imprint BNR (Boys Noize Records) but lately he's been taking a turn in a bit more star-driven direction, releasing Peaches' "Burst" ("I was a huge fan of Peaches. She's one of the most inspiring people I've ever met.") and Mixhell's "Exit Wound" featuring Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan.
Then there's his ongoing live tour.
The left-handed, unibrow sporting, skull-loving electro producer has been plowing across the planet in a stage-sized cranium vessel, playing an hour and a half of set of his past three albums, synched with psychedelic visuals.
"I've seen this kind of thing at Kraftwerk shows," he says. "Like you play a sound that is translated into something visual that fits the aesthetic and style. I wanted to make this because there are always these huge LED walls at the clubs I play at. I wanted to give it the right taste and make it fit my music, and have it look good."
Aside from releasing his own album, Boys Noize recently released a project with Skrillex they call Dog Blood, after the pint-sized EDM baron crashed at his Berlin studio one night during a tour.
"I think it was the first time he ever saw a real 808 drum machine," Boys Noize says with a laugh. "We just hung out and played each other music until we started to play with sounds, and twist them around. We didn't want to call it Skrillex and Boys Noize since we both do so much music already. We wanted to do something new and not make a big deal about it."
If you're in Detroit for New Year's, and have the right connections, you'll be in for an treat as the duo will be performing their first ever DJ set at an exclusive after-party for The Bang NYE event, which probably will be a big deal. A limited run of Dog Blood DJ sets will run further in the year.