Last year around June, Minneapolis 2 piece Elite Gymnastics released a double sided ep RUIN 1 and 2. Although they had been around the scene for a while this EP brought them a lot of international attention, being praised on Pitchfork and Stereogum.
When I heard RUIN 1 I was instantly hooked. Washed out vocals riding lazily over break beats and precarious synths. This is what I have been wanting from modern music. James Brooks and Josh Clancy of EG just signed to Acéphale, the same label representing Salem and Memory Tapes.
As hooked as I was by the RUIN EP, EG kept putting out mixes that are embedded with Korean and Japanese pop music. I have always been a big fan of Asian culture, especially music. It has never really been cool to like Asian music in American counter culture. So I have to praise EG for bringing that influence forward.
I was lucky enough to get an interview with James of Elite Gymnastics, so here it is as follows:
- Q: You guys integrate a lot of Korean and Japanese pop music into your mixes. How did you guys get into that sort of thing?
- Q: I have caught a lot of video game references on your website. Particularly Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. What are a couple of your favorite games?
A: The best FF is VII, the other great ones are VI, IX, XII, and Tactics. The more recent Dragon Quest games developed by Level-5 have been classics. Also big fans of Secret of Mana, Xenogears, Vagrant Story, the Team Ico games, the Persona series, lots of others.
- Q: When did you guys realize that you wanted to be DJs?
- Q: I have noticed you guys have played a couple shows with GOBBLE GOBBLE. Seriously wish I could have been at one of those. Any chance on a collaboration?
- Q: Any chance we’ll get an LP soon? Pleeeease?