FRESH KICKS 118: LONG ISLAND SOUND
As Long Island Sound, Berlin-based duo Rob and Tim create a distincly swirling brand of house, with shimmering synths and pads hovering around spaced-out kicks and breaks. They’ve been making music together for five years, but were cutting their teeth on the club circuit for some time before then.
The duo grew up in Dublin, exploring the city’s scene in their teens and, much like the rest of us, sneaking into clubs underage. “We started going to house and techno parties, like Housewerk and Trainwreck in the Tripod venue,” they tell DJ Mag. “We used to get an older mate to open the back door and then we’d hide in the toilets until the club filled up. We might be looking back through rose-tinted glasses, but the scene seemed particularly vibrant back then.”
The city’s colourful clubbing landscape, where they saw local DJs like Finn Merrins and Ciaran Fitz play, were the beginnings of Long Island Sound – even if they didn’t know it then. Rob and Tim began to play alongside each other at the same nightclubs, eventually starting to make music together in 2014.
In 2017 Long Island Sound relocated to Berlin, and attribute the move to the development of their sound. “It’s been such an amazing experience,” they say. “And we think it has impacted us hugely as artists. We’ve been exposed to so much different music and clubs that have been really inspiring to us.”
“It’s also the first time that we’ve had our own studio place to make music and keep all our gear,” they continue. “We’ve dedicated much more time to making music while we’ve been in Berlin.”