THE BIRDHOUSE 143: Codes Interview

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For episode 143 of THE BIRDHOUSE, I'm excited to welcome a new Dirtybird artist to the show. Codes put out his first track on label on our most recent Dirtybird BBQ compilation. His track "Birds and Bees," combines weird, melodic vocals and big kicks to make a perfect fit for Dirtybird.

A turntablist hailing for New York City, Codes got his start DJing Jungle and Drum and Bass when he was a teenager. Today his focus has shifted to House and Techno, regularly releasing on labels like Country Club Disco and Psycho Disco. Codes unique productions and DJ skills make him a rising talent that stands out against the noise. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the NY native. I'm sure we will being hearing his name again and again through the end of 2018. Check out Codes guest mix below and read on for his BIRDHOUSE questionnaire.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

I started DJing when I was a teenager back in Rochester, NY. My first love was Jungle/DNB and Hip Hop before I really got into House music. I used to DJ and throw a lot of shows focused on those styles in upstate NY before moving to Brooklyn.  

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

Originally Rochester, New York, but I’ve been living in Brooklyn for about 15 years. There’s nothing really comparable to the NYC grind which is a huge influence in my music and work ethic. 

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

I think it’s natural to get frustrated in any career. You have to be a bit out of your mind to want to do music for a living, but I guess you could say the same for having a day job as well. I’ll be the first to admit, I have been put through the ringer before, but that’s all part of it. After you get kicked in the nuts by life enough times your balls are completely numb. If you can make it through the numb part, then there’s nothing stopping you. haha

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

I started with just a computer and some Mackie 824 monitors. I was mainly all in the box until pretty recently. Now I use a Sub 37 and some other gear a little, but still mainly in the box. I guess it would have to be my Macbook or Logic Pro. 

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

Armand Van Helden, Zinc, Craze, Hype, Double 99, Venom (as far as his 90s jungle mixtapes with the scratching in them, not the later hardstyle stuff)

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

I like to play old arcade games like Galaga and Mortal Kombat 2. Usually the best remedy is rest, healthy, food and some love. 

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

During or after completely slaying a show or when I have lots of music finished, signed and lined up for release.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I can flip my tongue around completely 360 degrees :)

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Blue or Purple / Dookie Brown

Favorite and least favorite words?

Booty / Bored

Favorite animal?

Pitbulls / most dogs or cats 

Favorite board game?

Mousetrap or Sorry 

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Amys Microwave Mac & Cheese

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Snoop - Lodi Dodi or Sexual Seduction

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Warehouse

Biggie or Tupac?

BIGGIE!!! Where Brooklyn at???

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Neither 😁

Exercise or Netflix?

Netflix