Gorgon City has become an increasingly powerful presence on the charts and in the underground since their inception in 2012. Composed of North London based producers and DJs Kye “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott, Gorgon City’s versatility in the studio allows them to release festival-ready bangers along with subdued and groovy club favorites. Having collaborated with well-respected artists like Wyclef Jean and Jennifer Hudson, Gorgon City have rapidly ascended into becoming one of house music’s most exciting artists on festival stages and airwaves alike.
Gorgon City plays The Midway this Saturday, Oct. 28 with Sonny Fodera and Harvard Bass, and tickets are only $35.
SF Weekly recently spoke with Gorgon City’s Matt Robson-Scott about doing a radio show every Monday in their pajamas, working with Duke Dumont, the importance of Halloween, and plans for the future.
The Kingdom tour has been described as a sort of return to your underground roots, what inspired you to take this direction?
Well, we have been playing live shows and touring constantly around the world for the past four years, and it was just a massive operation. It was a lot of fun, but we wanted our next tour to go back to our roots, doing club shows, playing venues we love in America before we started our live tour. We wanted to return to some of our favorite places to play in America, and also bring with us some of our favorite support acts, people from the U.K. and the U.S. Really good new house music DJs and producers, and we wanted to create club nights not just with Gorgon City like the live shows, we wanted it to be a whole night of good music within the club and not just about us, but about everyone on the bill with us. So we wanted to throw a good party, but not with just Gorgon City on its own.”
I noticed you booked some pretty big openers, like Lee Foss and Claptone, for this tour. What was the process finding opening acts appropriate for a tour like this?
It’s amazing to have the opportunity to bring acts like that with us, because we’re massive fans of their music, we play their music in our shows, we play their music on our Kingdom Radio show every week. These guys are big DJs, they’re not just warm up DJs since they’re selling out tours on their own globally. So we don’t think of them as below us on the lineup, we think of them as with us on the lineup. It’s always fun to do this with friends, and we just started the tour last week and we had Solardo with us, which was a lot of fun, and we also had Kill Frenzy as well so that was a good beginning to the tour.
You mentioned your Kingdom Radio show, and you guys have been doing this since the beginning of the year if I’m not mistaken, what was it like starting this and have you come across any challenges doing a weekly radio show?
Previously, we had a show on the U.K. station [Rinse FM] for a couple of years, but that was just once a month, and we would just turn up and just sort of do it live in the studio — and it was more of a local thing, and this has been a big step for us. Finding that much new music every week can be a bit of a challenge. But it’s a lot of fun and luckily there’s two of us, so we kind of split the load. It works out a manageable amount each week, we just dedicate one day a week to it, like Monday is radio day basically. After a weekend of touring we kind of sit in our pajamas at home and do the radio show on our computers on our desks home, which is cool. Obviously, when we’re on tour it has been a bit more difficult. But with this Kingdom Tour, we’re actually going to be broadcasting a lot of the shows from the tour on our show, like we did with the set from Vancouver we did last week. We’ve been recording a lot of the live performances and DJ sets and we’re going to be broadcasting them over the radio as well, so that’s the theme this month on the show.
Speaking of Kingdom, that it is also the title of your upcoming album. Can you shed some light on what the process was like creating this album as opposed to your prior releases?
It’s been a long time coming with this album. We’ve released quite a few tracks over the past year separately, and those have been just on a playlist on Spotify. We haven’t released any physical album. We’ve kind of just been releasing songs here and there. But now we’ve built up a bigger body of work. We’ve released our track with Duke Dumont over the summer, and that did really well for us. So from there, we just compiled our best recent songs to get them out in a nice body of work, so it should be pretty soon.
You mentioned your song with Duke Dumont, “Real Life,” which recently cracked the Top 40. How did this collaboration come into being?
We wanted to do something exciting for our fans and Duke fans, and we wanted to do something different. At the moment, it’s hard because of the way people are consuming music, it’s cool to do stuff that excites fans that isn’t just a normal us featuring a vocalist kind of thing. We wanted to do something a bit different. We have been friends with Duke for a while and we thought it would be cool to hook up and get in the studio to get together and write something, and we linked up with Naations, who are great new act from Australia but they currently live in L.A., to write something fresh. And it came out really good and it became a big festival banger over this summer, so it worked out really good for us. And it just kept buzzing for us in Ibiza because we were doing our residency in Ibiza, and Duke would be playing in the same club as us occasionally. So it was a perfect way of getting people excited to come and see us doing the summer in Ibiza.”
Sounds like the stars really aligned for you with this. Who has been your favorite artist to collaborate with in the past?
Wyclef (Jean) was a lot of fun. And for us he was like a legend growing up, listening to The Fugees when we were little kids. It’s just a mad thing to work with someone like that. Also, we always love working with MNEK. But definitely Wyclef, definitely Wyclef.”
So your S.F. show is next weekend on Oct. 28, around Halloween. Do you guys have anything special planned for that?
It’s funny, because in the U.K. it’s not as big of a thing — well it is big, but it’s not nearly as big as in America, because in America if you don’t have a costume you look like a weirdo. So I think we’re going to have to sort something out. We did something really cool last year, when we did our live show at Terminal 5 in New York, and we all dressed up for the live show, it was pretty cool. Gorgon is good for stuff like that as well, because you have Medusa, and like all the monsters from Greek mythology. So that’d be cool.
Looking ahead to 2018, do you guys have anything special planned?
I think we’re hopeful to see this album coming out, I mean we were planning on it coming out before the end of the year, but sometimes obviously things take a bit longer because of the way music is being released, it’s quite different now. If it doesn’t come out at the end of this year, it will come out at the beginning of next year. So we’ll be touring that next album, we’ll be doing quite a lot of U.K. shows. We’ve got a big London show planned for the beginning of next year, which is going to be really exciting. Then we’ll be coming back to the states after that, hopefully for the some of the festivals in California around April. So we’ll see what happens, we’ve got some stuff in the pipeline, but we can’t really announce it yet.
Gorgon City, with Sonny Fordera, and Harvard Bass, Saturday, Oct 28, at The Midway, 900 Marin St. $35; Get Tickets here