Mike Rogers: ‘We encourage to ask questions out loud. To share your uncertainties out loud. To
say, I don’t know, yet I care. To forgive out loud. To live out loud.
“The strongest opinions are always in the news and social media. They shout the loudest. But
we believe that being uncertain of things has something to stand for too.”
During Dutch most famous underground electro parties called Rauw and Dum Dum early
2000, Roger and Mike met when they both performed there as a DJ. It was a raw and
energetic scene where Mike and Roger both played a mixture of Electro, French House,
Fidget and Techno. After those years passed they both started to develop their own sound
resulting in playing in different scenes (Mike in the house scene and Roger in the Techno
scene). They kept in contact and updated eachother from time to time with their
productions. After a while they noticed they both had a similar dream; to start a live act
inspired by the acts they grew up with going to festivals like Lowlands (like Mike Snow, Foals, Editors, Van She, Goose etc)
As Mike and Roger were both producers, it took some releases to find out they needed a
singer to develop a signature sound. They found one in Micha, frontman of the band Kita
Menari, who coincidentally was looking for something new aswell. With releases on Kitsune
and experience in the live scene. Micha was on par to become a big voice in the indie world.
When the 3 started making music however, their creativity reached a higher level.
Their debut album, to be released early 2023, combines analog with digital. Retro with the
modern. As they explore the roots of their inspiration as music fans and combine that with
their music writing and production skills they have developed over the years. During the
writing process, most of the band members shoot over short ideas to each other which
another band member then picks up and develops. The ideas get passed along or blown off
till there is an album. During this process they agreed that it felt like a second nature to be
bold and make big musicals gestures without the sensationalism.
This approach is not only found in the music but also in the message of the record. Why do
people always have to choose between black and white? You don’t have to choose between extremes. You can be modest in your opinions but still Live Out Loud!
This is what Mike Rogers is sharing with you. Go out there and live in the moment. You don’t
always have to choose sides. The music represents this throughout. All styles from opposite
sides are mixed to create a perfect balance in the middle or leave the listener with an ambiguous feeling.
If you don’t live life fully you don’t live it. You have to live it loud to make sense of it,
because else ‘you’ll never know what it’s all about’. And if you know what it's all about you
have to fight for it.