Interview- Break Science

Break Science Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch took a few moments to chat with Mother Plug Music. Out of the hip-hop trailblazing city of New York, this powerhouse brings us beats inspired by genres from India to New Orleans and everything in between. They are true visionaries. Borahm has mastered manipulating sound wave and playing the keys. Pair that with Adam’s incredible production and drum abilities, these two are a perfect mix for this new age of electronic music with old school inspirations.

 

 

Welcome to Birmingham Guys, how’s it going?

Borahm: Hey what’s up?

Adam: How y’all doing?

So what do you guys think of Alabama?

Adam: I love it. It’s just great to see people partying together. People of all backgrounds are hanging out, dancing. It’s just a good scene to see happening in Birmingham.

Borahm: Adam actually made a comment earlier. So where we are from in New York, the way people talk is very flat and straight, but when we get down south it’s just more colorful. The accents and the speech, we are musicians so we are sensitive to sound. So, we love the flavor and just being in a whole different culture. The people are really warm and psyched about music. It’s always such a pleasure to come down here and play.

Adam, last night you performed at Red Rocks with Lettuce and I saw where Jubee (Michal Menert and The Pretty Fantastics) posted to Facebook that your parents performed on stage with you. What was that like?

Adam: I mean, they do it all the time. My parents are really into all kinds of music and they’ve been really huge supporters of Break Science and Lettuce and the inceptions of both bands. So, it’s great and I’m really lucky to have that.

Now, you guys have been signed to the Pretty Lights Music label for how long?

Borahm: I think it’s been about 5 or 6 years now that we’ve been working with Derek Smith and releasing stuff under the Pretty Lights label.

And in 2013 you released Seven Bridges

Borahm: Yes, that was our first full-length album because before that we had 3 EPs out.

With the release of Seven Bridges it seems that you guys kind of caught your stride. On that album was Brain Reaction, which was this nice infusion of electronics and hip-hop and it was like this total renegade child where a lot of people recognized what you guys were capable of. What was your process then?

Adam: Well, it started with a synthesizer that kind of sounded like a guitar. I wanted to make a rock and roll song with synthesizers. So, we kind of approached it with that and live drums, and then we added guitars, some of the members of Lettuce, we added some horns (the horns were the last part) and we added Redman, who is a classic MC from NY, and he’s on it. So, it just has a lot of elements in it ya know? It’s a very exciting song.

Borahm: Adam was a producer on Redman’s earlier stuff and Lettuce is Adam’s other band, so ya know Adam kind of formed Voltron on that song  and he actually called it “The Crusher” when he first wrote it. Then, all of the elements just came together and Break Science was sort of the perfect vehicle to make it happen and translate.

In 2015 you guys released Force of Nature that has this softer side to it, still a total heater. But, I did read in an interview where you guys explained it as two souls that compliment each other. You didn’t really elaborate outside of that in that interview, so I wanted to know if you were referring to two souls collaborating as far as music is concerned or did one of you guys find “the love of your life” type situation?

Adam: Um… Well (he’s blushing at this point a little). So, I definitely think I need to give a shout out to my girlfriend Carla for that. She was the inspiration behind that one. You know we run around the country, always touring, we are always moving around and it’s hard for us to find someone that makes us feel one. When you actually “combine” with another person that you are comfortable with and fall in love with, it becomes this Force of Nature. It’s powerful, like this tornado or hurricane or something and that was the basis for the song.

Going back to Further than our Eyes Can See and fast forwarding to today with Force of Nature, how has your process evolved?

Adam: We ourselves are listening to more music and have developed a new style that is all our own. You can’t really call us a dub-step group or a trap band, with all kinds of different up-beats and tempos, stuff to get up to, and stuff to chill to. Force of Nature is a part of that evolving process as far as where we are going with this new album.

And how has the process evolved for you (Borahm)?

Borahm: With what Adam was saying, we are widening and broadening our spectrum and we want to express more things musically. So going back to when we started, it was more dance oriented. We have always been appreciators of all kinds of music since day one. We really now are wanting to bring that into our composition of Break Science and express that. So you know there are a lot more things, that now at this point, we want to express on our record. Chill, sentimental things, things that go hard, sort of all the chakras that we really want to hit.

Speaking of process, I read where you guys actually were backstage at a venue and found an old dusty organ that one of you played while the other recorded it on your I-phone while you were waiting around. Once you got a recording of it, Borahm, you actually took that sound and broke it down and flipped it.

Borahm: I think that is actually one of the songs on Seven Bridges, which is “40 days.” It is actually an interlude type thing. It’s this old dusty pump organ and we actually both were playing it. I played it and then Adam found a little melody and we recorded it on the I-Phone and used that for the record.

Adam: You know, when we are backstage and we find a piano or old dusty keyboard, Borahm is usually going to get on it and play it. So, it’s good. I will usually have the I-phone and record it and we’ll take it home, chop it up and make it a song.

So, since you have worked with so many instruments over the years and allowed them to kind of play a part in the composition of your music, is there any instrument on your radar that you are looking to incorporate into your sound?

Adam: Wow… I would like to work with a choir one of these days. Like the Harlem Gospel Choir and sample them. We haven’t done that yet. And I would like to do Break Science at Carnegie Hall one day with a full orchestra. Like, us in the middle surrounded by an orchestra, maybe a small 10 person orchestra. That would be a good concert for me!

Borahm: Yea, that sounds good to me!

You guys have worked with Kanye, Redman, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill and then you turn around and play a jazz after party with music inspired by Thelonious Monk. It is very apparent your music taste is really all over the board. Is there any one you could name that we would be shocked to know that they, along with all these other artists, are the inspiration behind your drive and composition?

Adam: ( laughing) Obviously, there is so much we are inspired by.

Borham: Yes, definitely anything we really can get our hands on that moves us. Music from the 1600’s to Future Trapp music. If it makes us feel something and moves us, we love it. It is truly endless with us.

You guys have been touring for a few years now. What is the craziest thing you have seen?

Adam: We had to play Camp Bisco and Bass Nectar had played the day before and he sunk the stage. The stage sunk into the ground and our set got cancelled because of the stage.

Stop…are you serious?

(Adam and Borahm laughing)

Borahm: Yes dude, we love Lorin so much but his bass was too strong for the stage. His bass literally sunk the stage!

Adam: Yes, absolutely! They did wind up setting up another stage and we did wind up playing, it was just later on that night on a different stage.

Borahm: Even today, odds were defying us to get here. We just made it to the airport and we have that TSA pre-check to go through the airport quicker. Adam had his on and I didn’t have mine. So, they made me wait and Adam had to wait at the gate. We had to catch two airplanes to get here, with a rain delay, but we still made it. And it’s like that so much of the time. We kind of have to pray to the flight and gate gods ya know? ‘Please let us make this gig today.’ And 99.9% of the time they’ve looked out for us.

And with all the equipment too?

Borahm: Actually, 100%! At summer camp Adam got to the stage 2 minutes before we were supposed to play. He got delayed like 7 hours from a thunderstorm. But he made it…

Adam: Yea, we always make it. Never miss a show!

Borahm: Never miss a show!  You know we call it the airport olympics, too. We are always running with bags and it’s like a decathlon to get there. Swimming, running, biking, to get there.

Adam: You get to your gate and you’re covered in sweat!

Borahm: Yea and then you get a middle seat!

(Everyone laughing)

Now with Imagine Festival coming up in August in Atlanta, any words or thoughts?

Borahm: We love playing in Atlanta. We are definitely getting our dirty south stuff ready!

Adam: Yea, we are looking forward to it and it’s going to be CRAZY!

These guys are true visionaries in the art of music. Something Borahm said after the interview that resonated with me was “It’s not about making a living out of art, it’s about making art out of living.”

If you have not had the opportunity to see them live, it is definitely something to consider! You can experience Break Science and other talented artists at Imagine Festival in August. Click here for tickets. Also, check out our Facebook page for a chance to win 2-Three day passes to the festival with camping included!

Keep Pluggin’ On!

-Sara Jane Overby