Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets burst onto the scene as Detroit Swindle in 2012, with their seminal release “The Wrap Around”. The international breakthrough that followed, took them completely by surprise. All they had ever aspired, was to maybe have a couple of their tracks released. They weren’t even aware of the fact that a friend had sent their tracks to Huxley, the British DJ who signed them to his new imprint Saints & Sonnets. ‘We were looking at each other, like: “Did you send out anything? Me neither.”’
Six years down the line, Detroit Swindle has become a household name for quality, funk-infused and catchy as hell house music. They have released on renowned labels like Freerange, Kaoz Theory and Dirt Krew, have remixed the likes of Hercules & Love Affair, Chet Faker and the late Romanthony, and have broken a few artists themselves on their own imprint Heist. Lars and Maarten have managed to stay relevant in today’s rapidly changing electronic music scene, and are currently finishing the preparations for their second studio album.
We sat down with the charming duo for an open-hearted talk about combining a strict work ethic with having fun, finding out what your sound is, learning how to say yes to the things that feel right, and building a platform that will strengthen your career and lift your spirits as an artist.