Belfast boys Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson are DJing duo, Bicep, and they are about to make their mono_cult debut on New Year’s Day at The Faversham in Leeds with the likes of Mano Le Tough, Henrik Schwarz, Jackmaster and more.
Their appearance caps off the what has been a big year for the bench-pressing duo. Catching the eye of the underground with their now essential Feel My Bicep blog and label of the same name.
They’ve had releases on Aus Music, Let’s Play House, Tamed, Wolf Music and Love Fever – the latter home to the huge Haus Bomb, Stripper.
A recent appearance on Tim Sweeney’s Beats in Space radio show and the Fabric Birthday session has essential cemented Bicep as a force to be reckoned with. We caught up with them for a little Q&A before New Year’s Day.
It’s been a big year for you guys, how has it been from your end? What have been the highlights?
It’s been intense for sure. January this year feels seems like a lifetime ago and we really haven’t felt like we’ve had a day off. In the time when we haven’t spent on tour, we’ve been busy in the studio or staying on top of emails, Press and our blog. Either that or eating burgers. It’s been fantastic to get really deep into something you love, we’re both really happy we quit our jobs and gave this full commitment.
The highlights for us include our residencies at Warehouse Project and We Love in Ibiza, it’s been fantastic to be involved in something of that scale. Our USA tour was also amazing along with our trips to China and many fantastic memories of Europe. To be honest, it’s hard to think back to a week when we haven’t enjoyed ourselves – bar the endless hangovers and early morning flights. We’ve also met so many amazing people in every city.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt this year?
We have found being organised and giving ourselves plenty of time is hugely important. Whether it is with releasing music, touring or even finding time to see friends. We both had fairly intense corporate jobs before doing this, so we learnt time managing skills then. But it has only become apparent this year how important those skills actually are.
Is it hard to write music now you’re always touring?
It’s become a lot harder, yes. With tours stretching over a month at times, and often only a few days at home a week, we’ve noticed a massive change. Writing on the road can work sometimes but with little sleep and constant connections and disruptions it can sometimes be rather uninspiring. We still have a huge bank of ideas that we’ve worked on over the past few years and we will continue to develop. We’ve certainly not run out of music to release and thankfully we’re in a position to slow down a little and give ourselves a bit of time to refine our sound and develop it further.
What’s your happiest New Year’s Eve memory?
Probably our first ever proper gig, NYE 2010. It was a Throne of Blood showcase at Secretsundaze in London and the first time we can remember playing together at a gig that had been booked through our agent. We didn’t even play that well, which was probably due to nerves, but I do remember being very excited!
What’s your favourite tune to drop at midnight on New Year’s Eve and why?
It’s got to be Byron Stingly, Get Up (parade mix). It’s a highly credible pop tune that everyone knows and loves, it’s supremely positive and most of all: it’s fun
Will you be setting any New Year’s resolutions?
Not really, just try to grow and develop as much as possible next year. As we said, it really does feel a lifetime ago looking back to January of this year – it would be fantastic to feel the same next year.
New Year’s Day, The Faversham, Springfield Mount, Leeds, 4pm-6am, £10 to £22.