WARNING!!! The video for "Bad Habits" is like a shock that will electrify the web-waves and ignite myriad emotions ranging from astounded to thrilled and beyond. Meet Danny D'Brito, Tony Livadas and Anthony Pisano, aka Brass Knuckles, the Miami-bred band who, "doesn't look at themselves as a DJ group." Once hit with these knuckles you will feel it for a lifetime.
VIBE: What are you guys portraying with this video? You've said of the song, "we all have bad habits" but these are some seriously bad habits. What's the message?
Danny: Obviously yes, the song is called “Bad Habits” and we wanted to depict bad habits in the video. The focus of the video is a lighter, a lighter that gets passed down from hand to hand. We had this idea in mind with the concept of using a lighter because in a social situation we always tend to pocket a lighter from somebody else, its like an unintentional steal. We wanted to tie a lighter into multiple cases of bad habits so of course you can only think of so many bad habits that you could do with a lighter so the idea definitely expanded into everything from crack smoking in an alley to a girl burning a guy in a shed for attempted rape. That’s kind of how it all happened.
Is there any “don’t smoke crack" message that might go missed? Are you worried about children seeing it?
Danny: In the end if we showed the repercussions of everybody committing a bad habit, almost like a cause and effect karma kind of thing. If you noticed the little boy gets home, the mother sees him with the burnt toy so he gets punished. The guys who originally beat up the bum in the alleyway, as they are leaving the bar they get into a scuffle. The bum...
Crack guy’s dead.
Danny: Yeah crack guy’s dead, exactly. So there is some sort of cause and effect that shows that there are repercussions of committing bad habits and its kind of that abstract in the end but we definitely do not condone it we are just portraying what exists in this world.
There’s a warning on the video but do you think that teenagers are obviously are going to see it, does that worry you or do you have the right to deliver art? Is there a worry about backlash and that younger teenagers are going to be like ‘oh yeah these DJs are all about these drugs!’
Danny: Unfortunately drugs are definitely connected with the EDM. I don’t think its by choice, unfortunately a lot of people consume drugs when they go to concerts but at the same time lets be real, when having people doing drugs going to any concert form Woodstock to Lollapalooza, now its tied in more to EDM. We definitely again don’t condone it what so ever. We live in a very open society with the Internet. I think this video should be the least of our worries.
Tony: A young kid can go online and be exposed to all kinds of things. Porn, violence, you could definitely see anything on the Internet that you want to see within two seconds. You type in a keyword and it shows up.
It's refreshing to see a dope emergence come from Miami because 15 years ago when Ultra Music Festival started there were just thousands of people and now it's hundred of thousands. How does living in Miami influence you?
Anthony: We are definitely heavily influenced by the Miami nightlife scene and everything that comes out of Miami. The best talent in the world especially in the past couple of years with Liv and all these mega clubs being built in Miami, there’s been the best talent in the world coming into the city literally every week. Miami is definitely one of the meccas for electronic dance music right now.
Danny: Ironically as amazing, and its definitely an electronic Mecca and we do get, we are spoiled we get the best talent every week coming to the club circuit in Miami. Per capita we have like the best nightclubs by my own radius, its crazy, but ironically it also makes it very difficult for a local DJ group or a local artist to really shine over there because you have the biggest dogs in the world coming there to take all of the spots, take all the shine. It makes it that much more motivating for us to make a little noise in the big pond that is the international stage of Miami.
You guys have remixed just about everyone… Do you have any dream collaborators in the hip-hop world? Or people you really want to work with?
Danny: I’ve always been a musician and played in bands but the first time I heard Timbaland’s productions that’s what really made me want to start working as a producer and producing music and collaborating with other artists. His rhythms and melodies it was something that was kind of in an artistic perspective life changing for me. I vividly remember hearing him for the first time. It was for the "Doolittle" soundtrack with Aaliyah that was what really started setting off for me. I got really into the whole hip-hop production. I was always kind of into hip hop but on the production side that’s what did it for me as far as… to collaborate with him would be a dream come true.
Anthony: I think definitely a future dream would be to collab with or label mates on Ultra like Calvin Harris or someone like [Steve] Aoki or Wolfgang [Gartner] on the EDM side. As far as the hip-hop side, I like some of the newer guys coming up like A$AP Rocky or Kanye West, obviously Kanye is a legend but it would be cool to do some collab work in the hip-hop field as well.