KUURO [pronounced “cure-oh”] is the name of Jordin Post & Luke Shipstad’s 2017 bass and trap project. On the heels of an energy-filled year for music, KUURO are a welcomed addition to the already stacked lineup of artists in the space.
In October of 2016, Post and Shipstad made waves in the community with an impressive Monstercat debut, “Aamon.” Filled with visceral textures led into battle by a killer bassline, “Aamon” shares a common theme with the rest of their catalogue. Since then, they’ve worked on official remixes for the likes of Galantis, Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE, What So Not, and Boombox Cartel, as well as an official tour remix for Zedd’s “Get Low” with Liam Payne.
We chatted with the dynamic duo about how they got started, their creative process, music pet peeves, and more. Their MiniMix is filled with enough high-energy tunes to get your adrenaline flowing and your head high in the clouds, so get ready for a serious wallop of bass.
Hey guys! Tell us a bit about yourselves as people and as KUURO.
Hey! Thanks for having us, Nathan!
Our names are Luke Shipstad and Jordin Post, and KUURO is our collaborative bass music project. We’ve been releasing tunes on Monstercat for about a year now, and have done official remixes for Zedd & Liam Payne, Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE, Galantis, What So Not & BURNS, and Boombox Cartel.
As people, we think we’re a pretty tame duo despite our aggressive sounds and visuals, haha. We’re both relatively introverted people with a lot of the same interests (obviously music, film, design, fashion, photography, technology, video games, anime/animation). Aside from that, we also share a lot of the same progressive world views, so altogether, that’s probably why we work so well as a pair! We came together to form KUURO about two years ago and haven’t looked back since. It’s been such an amazing journey so far and we can’t wait to see where it goes.
Where are you from and how did you get started making music? What is your musical background?
Luke: Yo, I’m from the Seattle area in Washington State. Been a PNW boy pretty much my whole life and love it! Around 7 years of age, I became fascinated with music and began writing/composing when I was about 10 years old. I started with classical piano for several years, and then graduated to writing/producing in a DAW when I was about 16. My initial inspiration for moving to electronic production came when I heard a Junkie XL remix of Coldplay’s single “Talk” on the radio. I had to figure out how that type of music was created. I did some research on the web and downloaded a copy of FL Studio 6 (shout out to Limewire). Later on with the advent of YouTube and people doing tutorials of DAWs and music production, I was able to teach myself the ropes of music production to get to where I’m at today.
Jordin: I’m from the Netherlands, born in Groningen and now living in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. I grew up listening to all kinds of electronic music, and developed an interest for music production when I was about 9 years old. I started messing around with some very simple software and a whole new world opened up for me. I eventually ended up getting FL Studio 8 and stuck with that series until this day. Most of what I know about music production is self taught, but I also learned by talking to a bunch of like-minded people in a YouTube community back in the day.
What made you dive into the bass-heavy side of electronic music?
I think we were just frustrated with how creatively stagnant our prior endeavors in music made us feel. With bass music we felt completely unhinged. We felt more ourselves and that we could finally craft a new vision both sonically and visually for our creative visions.
At what point did you realize that music would be a full-time career?
When nothing else could compare to the feeling of working on music or your own creative vision. Working on almost anything else feels so disconnecting and futile towards advancing our own happiness and satisfaction. Part of that comes from our own personal work on the project, and part of it comes from seeing listeners react and interact with our music. The feeling is incomparable and definitely keeps us going.
Can you shed some light on your creative process?
It changes from song to song, but unless we’re together in the studio at the same time, one of us will approach the other with a rough concept or sketch for a tune. Then together, we work/discuss on how we want to build a track around that idea and go from there. We both use FL Studio 11 and typically rely on a lot of Serum, Spire, Sylenth1, Native Instruments, Waves Audio, and iZotope tools. A lot of the engineers behind those products are the hidden MVPs of our world and are way too often under-appreciated, so shout out to them!
What have been some memorable milestones in your music career thus far?
A lot of the time people measure milestones in their musical career with numbers, record sales, stream counts, tours, shows, etc… And there’s nothing wrong with that, as they’re all perfectly valid forms of measuring success. But for us it’s undoubtedly the moment when we finally knew what we were doing with our music careers. Coming to the realization that you’re working on the project you were meant to be working on is so liberating and a true milestone for us.
Additionally, getting our brand, sound, and the visual aspect of KUURO on point felt really good. Putting out our debut track “Aamon” back in 2016 was super exciting as well, seeing as that was the first time our project was thrust into the spotlight. There’s a lot more we want to accomplish, and our journey so far has been very inspiring – we’re definitely going to do our best to keep pushing creative boundaries, both musically and visually!
Anything you’re excited about that’s coming up soon?
There’s a couple of things we’re looking to put out before the year ends. We just released a new track called “SWARM” on Monstercat that we want to let settle in a bit first, but with the holiday season coming up, we want to give our fans some more goodies before going into 2018 with a bang! So be on the lookout!
Any pet peeves of other musicians? Anything you really like that other people are doing in the dance music space?
This one is tough. As we’re not sure if it’s okay or even valid to criticize any other creators means of producing/distribution/craft for something as subjective as music.
Although, a worrying trend in the dance music scene is a disconnect between producing something because it’s trendy/current/relevant and because it’s something you’re truly inspired to create. This industry is an absolute rat race in so many regards, whether we like it or not. Making sure that you’re on the cutting edge of what’s hot in your production repertoire is too often deemed more important than artistry for one’s self. Our personal view is that you will always be on the cutting edge, so long as you’re producing for yourself and what you alone think is good art. Don’t get stuck in the cycle of playing catch up with what’s cool, just do you.
Conversely, it’s so awesome and mind blowing seeing some of the truly groundbreaking creativity and musicianship going on right now in our industry. In our view, the dance/electronic music scene is highly oversaturated, and for what it’s worth, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. It can be viewed as a negative thing very easily for how much noise there is to filter through all the time, however, as a positive, we believe it truly forces creators to be unique and individualize themselves in order to cut through the noise.
What can we expect from your MiniMix with us today?
A lot of different stuff! We tried to keep this mix just fun and high energy, as it’s what we were feeling at the time! We also tried to highlight artists that have truly inspired us as musicians and creators.
What’s on the docket for the rest of 2017 and 2018?
We’ve got a plethora of songs in the works, both solo and in collaborations with some very talented artists & vocalists, not to mention a couple of reworks/VIPs that we’re either saving for our live shows (which we are working on as well – looking at you 2018!) or putting out in the not too distant future for everyone else to enjoy.
KUURO MiniMix Tracklist:
KUURO – Swarm
Cesqueax – Back Up
Bro Safari – Reality (Dion Timmer Remix)
Skrillex ft. Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini (Juyen Sebulba remix)
Skrillex & Must Die – VIP’s (Gent & Jawns Remix)
Noisia & The Upbeats – Dead Limit (Noisia Outer Edges Remix)
graves & Rickyxsan – The Plague
Mercer & SAYMYNAME – Wanted
Boombox Cartel – Dem Fraid (KUURO Remix)
Valentino Khan – Deep Down Low (VIP) x Breaux – The End (VIP)
Pegboard Nerds – Move that Body x KUURO – Savage
Loopers x Goja – Back to the Future
Cardi B x Blien Boy – Bodak Yellow (Benzi x Chuwe Edit)
Eptic – Underworld
RL Grime ft. Miguel – Stay for it (TWERL x ORIENTAL CRAVINGS Flip)
KUURO – Aamon
Carvar & Clock – Miskatonik (Joe Ford Remix)
Teddy Killerz – Unbelievable
KUURO – Possession