1. Where did your name come from?
Mike: At the time we were producing under a different alias and we wanted a name we could “hide behind” so to speak.
PK: Yeah we were looking for something that suited the styles of music we wanted to play. Mike happened to came up with Señor Roar and it stuck.
2. What are your musical backgrounds?
Mike: I grew up listening only to Punk, Metal, Indie and later Hip Hop, played guitar and drums and was only introduced to Dance music well after school. I think having a love for all types of music has really influenced this project as we are approaching it with no rules in regard to genre.
PK: I was similar, listened to punk, metal and rock with artists like Blink 182, Metallica, Slipknot and Muse. I dabbled with the guitar but never found a passion for music more than listening. That was until I fell in love with electronic music at 19 and then started learning to write when I was 20. My musical taste has broadened a lot since then, I used to hate hip-hop but now I really enjoy it. When you become a producer you learn to appreciate different aspects of all styles of music.
3. Do you guys have any main inspirations?
Mike: When I first got into this scene guys like DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist inspired me because it was such an innovative approach, In terms of this project my main inspiration are guys like Diplo, GTA, Skrillex, guys like this who are able to influence the direction of the culture with their music taste
PK: For what we’re doing at the moment I look up to guys like Diplo, not only from a writer’s perspective but the whole empire he has created. As a DJ I’ll always be a big fan of acts that like Ajax (RIP), A-trak, DJ Craze, Astronomar, I could go on. Guys that have their own unique style and it shows in the music they play.
4. Experience with EDM world so far?
Mike – So far so good I guess. We are lucky to have a good dance community here in Australia and lots of support.
5. Do you guys have any favourite venues or towns to play in?
Mike – In our home town our favourite event is ‘Trapped’ which is a sweaty underground bass music night that always produces the goods. In Australia we love playing Sydney & Perth because they have a great bass scene.
PK: Werd, we just enjoy playing venues that are open-minded. Clubbers that get more excited when they hear something they haven’t heard before rather than simply walking away and waiting for the next hit to come on.
6. What is your main motivation to keep pushing and making new tracks?
PK: I think I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to writing music. I always feel like I have to be working or finishing something in the attempt to do better than the last one. I also get a real high from writing something that people enjoy or acts I look up to vibe on.
Mike: Other music is my main inspiration, when I hear something that moves me, or gets me pumped up, no matter what style it is, the motivation is there to want to create something that is powerful like that.
7. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?
Mike – Hopefully on a tropical beach somewhere but the reality is probably still staring at a computer screen. If im still happy and still making music in 10 years that would be a win
PK: Hopefully just enjoying life, every day is a blessing.
8. How does it feel to get recognition from a DJ such as Diplo who is one of the most successful DJs to date?
Mike – Crazy, we are pretty modest about what we do but we definitely fan girl hard on diplo so to get approval from him really inspired us…we wrote a lot of music that week
PK: Probably my favourite moment of 2014. It was a ‘yes you’re doing the right thing’ type moment. A pat on the back from Diplo doesn’t get much better.
9. What do you guys have coming up for your fans in the upcoming months?
PK: We’re working our arses off in the studio. We finished a record with another aussie ‘LowParse’ and we’re wanting to finish music we’ve started with Kronic and Seany B
10. Are you guys coming out with an EP soon?
PK: At the moment we’re focussing on these collaborations we’ve started although putting out our first EP is high on the list. We want the tracks to be special, so we’re being patient.
Mike – Definitely in the next 6-9 months there will be a full EP…well that’s the plan anyways
11. Any special thanks to specific people or groups who helped you out?
Mike – Big thanks in general to anyone who has listened to our music or come to our shows and also to my family, girl and anyone who has had to live in my house and put up with constant noise and late nights.
PK: Yeah we appreciate anyone who has taken the time to listen to something we’ve written, we put a lot of work in and that’s always the best reward. Also big thanks to the guys at Main Course who took on our first record Jenga, those guys are legends and pushing so many good vibes.
12. Are you guys excited to play in the future music festival:
Mike – Future Music will be great. We are lucky enough to be sharing a stage with artists like The Prodigy, Yellowclaw, Tchami and Die Antwoord so we are just as excited to see them as we are to play.
PK: Can’t wait, we love playing the festival circuit.