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You've collaborated with other DJ/producers, like Mexico's Javier Estrada, in the past. Who else have you worked with? What other collaborations stand out for you?

DJ NDN: We have a track with Das Racist. I think we're sitting on the last Das Racist track ever right now, which is pretty crazy. We sent them a beat and they sent it back with their verses on it—Heems and Kool A.D.'s verses—and then they broke up. It was like days before they announced the break-up.

We remixed Nelly Furtado. Again, they're kind of just sitting on that too. They haven't put it out yet either.

Bear: That's one of our major projects right now: working on a more collaborative project, mostly with other aboriginal artists. The people who've kind of become our family over the past few years.

Like who? Who should people know more about?

NDN:Wab Kinew. Even though everybody knows Wab Kinew as being this anchor and almost ambassador for First Nations people to non-First Nation people in Canada. He's hosted a bunch of shows on the relationship between First Nations and non-First Nations people in Canada. He was like a CBC reporter.

He did all kinds of stuff but he's a rapper and he was one of the first native rappers that I ever heard that made me proud about being First Nation in Canada. He was in a group called "Dead Indians" in the '90s.

Who are you listening to these days?

NDN: It depends on where I am. If I'm in the house, I'm listening to the CBC. I don't know, I guess the whole trap scene. You gotta keep your ear to the ground. Angel Haze--I'm listening to her a lot. Got turned on to her the last time we were here. Blew me away.

Shub: "Gangnam Style." [Everyone laughs.] This track you've probably never heard of yet. My son loves that song, knows every dance move to that song, so that's all I hear. I love it.

Bear: It's too bad because it used to be Michael Jackson and he'd dance and now it's "Gangnam Style." I came into music as a fan. But the further I've gone into [making] music, the less I listen to it for pleasure. So I just get really focused into certain aspects of music when I'm DJing. Right now, it's the part of the EDM trap scene that's gone more melodic, and it's like trap love songs.

Give me an example.

NDN: That Kito remix— Bear: Kito is awesome in general. NDN: That Kito remix of Jay Z and Kanye's "Who Gon Stop Me?"

What's next for you all?

Shub: We're just working on the new album. We have two albums coming out: one, hopefully, that's coming out in the spring and then one that's coming out in the fall. Doing a couple of local shows that so that we can focus on the album.

Is it a huge priority for you all to keep making music and putting out albums?

Bear: Definitely to constantly be making music. At first, we never thought about putting out an album. We made tracks, put them on SoundCloud, made a video and put it in on YouTube. We never thought further than that. It was our manager, Guillaume Decouflet, who was like "You guys have to make this an album." And that really changed stuff for us.

Once there was a package that people could talk about, could be reviewed, could be put on lists and charts; that changed everything for us. So even though we're not charging for the album, it still an object that people can talk about. I think that's the use of an album now.

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