December 14, 2015
1. A reason to hide a buoyant, shamanistic techno
Fighting the idea of an ego, Rss B0ys is a mysterious duo from Poland with a hidden identity. Their buoyant, shamanistic take on techno, almost fully improvised live on stage, transports the audience into a ritual frenzy.
They released several albums, as part of Mik Musik‘s Secret Series. Their latest album HDDN was released in the beginning of 2015 together with BDTA.
We met the Polish duo during this year's edition of Shape Bucharest, one of the most ambitious European platforms for innovative music and audiovisual art.
Since you are from Poland, but mostly from the Internet, I wanted to start by asking what was the Internet like when you started making music?
Boy One: There was no internet.
What were you doing before Rss B0ys?
Boy One: Actually, in this interview we cannot say, because, then, everybody will know who we are. In Poland we are, let's say, known in the electronic music circles. This is one of the reasons to hide. We can do something completely fresh without this burden of knowing that people have expectations and also to see how things go when you hide all you've done before. It's like starting from scratch.
So what you were doing was quite different?
Boy Two: Not necessarily...
Boy One: It depends... A lot of things changed in more than 20 years; styles, equipment, politics, economics and so on. But it's still more or less within the electronic scene.
Are there any people who figured out who you are in Poland?
Boy Two: There are some suspicions. The people we know keep the secret with us.
Do you find yourself compelled to make up rumors about you to hide?
Boy Two: We don't do anything with this.
Boy One: Sometimes we wanted to because it's like, maybe not offensive, but not working well for us. Some of them started to work for the others, who were pretending to be us. Now we see ourselves as a hard working band. Our purpose is to be better and better and we believe in quality.
Do you feel that with Rss B0ys you are part of a specific current? The name and the aesthetic make reference to Internet. How did you draw inspiration from it?
Boy One: It was just random thing actually, the name of the band. I don't remember it correctly, but I was probably just using kind of a funny software on the internet for finding new names.
Boy One: Something like that; but I'm not really sure, because I play with things like that quite often, but it can be. So I said yeah...it looks nice. Then we changed the 'o' with '0' in 'Boys'. We put even less ego in the name.
“We want to show that the world is a way more interesting place than it seems. If you embrace everything that's strange in the world, it becomes more interesting.”