TNGHT are Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, two producers combining to make one huge sound. They are due to release their self-titled EP in July and spoke to Gigwise about their plans for hip-hop domination, clicking in the studio and what it's like to join Kanye West's inner circle.
Gigwise: How did the two of you guys meet and how did the TNGHT project come about?
Lunice: We first met online through Myspace when Myspace was the shit. I actually discovered Rustie first and went through his top friends and found HudMo and realised they were on the same label. The first time we met face to face was when me and Jacques Greene were running this night this night called Turbocrunk and we booked the whole LuckyNumber crew to come and play. That was one of the craziest nights ever.
As for this project, I first realised HudMo was into this stuff through his remix of one of the Gucci Mane tracks on Sinden’s mixtape which was just full on, traditional rap track. It was mindblowing so I hit him up saying do you want to just try something real banging, nothing too experimental. I was in the studio with him soon after, not to work; just chilling but he was like, ‘Let’s do something’. We didn’t have a name for this or anything and we just sent a few things out and got an amazing reception.
Is the phrase ‘let’s work together’ something you say and hear quite a lot in your day to day life? What made TNGHT different?
Lunice: Yeah, I mean it’s always good to work with people and collaborate but a huge percentage of stuff just doesn’t click. I think what’s different about this is that there is no compromise with this and normally you have to compromise your ideas with other project. This was just all out and such a good laugh. I think that sense of fun comes through really well, it’s all jokes.
What do you each of you bring to this project individually?
HudMo: Neither of us bring elements of our solo work to this really, it’s just f*cking around. Personally, I’d never want such balls to the wall dance music on my own solo stuff. With TNGHT we just went in to make some club music with no preconceptions and no ideas. It’s just an outlet for throwing caution to the wind and making hard club music.
There is a clear hip-hop influence on the EP. Which rappers are you hoping pick up on the tracks?
Lunice: It was always my intention to take it straight to the big US rappers, your Meek Mill, Maybach Music, Young Money maybe.
If you could pick three rappers to jump on a TNGHT track who would you choose?
Lunice: Meek Mill for sure, French Montana would be dope and I think Wiz Khalifa would be good as well. Damn, I hear Jay-Z in some of these tracks.
You recently played your first live show in London. Will we be seeing a TNGHT tour anytime soon?
HudMo: No, we’ve actually turned down nearly all the club shows we have been offered. We only have about 8 shows booked for the rest of this year.
Lunice: The thing with most projects like this one is they’d say ‘this is way more hype than my solo project’ but we’re as excited about our own thing as we are with this.
And what are you both working on individually right now?
Lunice: I’m working on my album, trying to get some verses from different rappers and remixers. With my remixes I’m keen to avoid getting the usual people in. I want someone who has never remixed something like mine before, that’s what I’m pursuing with my solo work at the moment.
Can you name any names regarding rappers?
Lunice: Not right now, it’s up in the air kind of.
Rappers don’t tend to be the most reliable people, do they?
Lunice: No, they have the weirdest working methods ever. They’re very peculiar. They say they’ve got to do this, this this and this before they can get in the vibe and I’m like, ‘Why can’t you just get in the vibe?!’. Forget about the models and weed for a minute!
And what about Hudson Mohawke?
HudMo: I was aiming to have a record out this year but I’m still working on it. When I finish it there will be five or six months before it comes out anyway. It’s more song based than the ‘Satin Panthers’ EP and the album I’m working on is something that will still be played on in ten years time, not just for the moment.
You have also recently been working with Kanye West. What is it like being in the studio with someone on that level?
HudMo: It came up after South By South West and I got a call asking me to be there the next day. I did a week and a half with him in the studio earlier this year. There’s a lot of people involved in the whole process, it’s not just you and him. It’s amazing to be there and be part of that team that’s come out with so many classic albums already. It’s just the start of things, I’m not fully immersed with them yet but I’m hoping to. They have get togethers every few months and just work solidly for that time. I think there’s going to be another one when the Watch The Throne tour ends but it’s always unpredictable. It’s hard to predict, it could be never again or it could be tomorrow.
TNGHT's self-titled EP is released on July 23rd