Interview: Bombs Away
Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM | Molly Boekenheide
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A word of advice: being drunk tonight is just borrowing happiness from tomorrow. As you can tell...I borrowed a lot of happiness from today at the show last night.” - Sketch

Well, indeed. Sketch, of the infamous Aussie DJ duo, “Bombs Away” was in need of some dark sunglasses, a couple of aspirin and a tall glass of water when we all conveined for this interview. He came in very slowly and deliberately with his brother, Tommy, who asked in a soft tone if it would be possible for them to get a couple of Red Bulls (presumably, to help them find their proverbial roads back to happiness; but we digress).

Although painful, their hangovers were worn like a badge of honor; Bombs Away rocked the house at Atlantic City's Pool Party in Harrah's on Wednesday night, and then well into the wee hours of the morning. The show was the second stop of their North American tour and a stellar way to greet the East Coast. 

After opener DJ Prime got club goers ready to party, Bombs Away stormed the stage to thunderous cheers. They kicked-off the night with Looking for Some Girls, and some girls did they find!  The duo soared into Big Booty Bitches, issuing a call to action that could not be ignored.  The Bomb Squad then took the party up another notch when they broke into a spectacular cover mix of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's Thrift Shop The crowd went absolutely insane, jumping in unison while chanting every lyric.

Following Thrift Shop, the duo was ready to celebrate as they exploded into their hit Super Soaker, spraying the crowd with shaken bottles of champagne. Clubgoers basked in the glory of Australia’s finest! They Came Here to Party, and party they did! Girls clamored onto the stage to show off their dance moves; Sketch and Tommy schmoozed with audience members, shared shots, and just generally, “borrowed happiness.”

Booze-soaked fans sang uninhibitedly to live mashups, including; TJR's What's Up Suckas into Nom de Strip's Techno Saturday, and Deorro's Shotgun into Reece Low & Lefty's Monk Funk. Sketch and Tommy wrapped up the set with their upcoming hit; Better Luck Next Time and a special encore remix of Swagger. NO! Don’t go! Their fans pleaded.

Even after this exhausting performance, the brothers graciously agreed to talk to Joonbug about their partying ways, touring, and what's next:

What are you guys listening to these days?

SKETCH: Miley Cyrus! [Laughs] No, not really. I've been listening to Savant, heaps. He's actually a savant, he's really, really cool! He's just so...

TOMMY: Complex! He's so melodic, just everything about him is brilliant.

S: He gets a bit of a Skrillex comparison because of the vocal cuts, but he's just like, really, really complex. There are a lot of like, melodies within his structure that are just amazing.

T: Especially for electronic music, like, you usually get it a lot simpler, but he's good.

S: Some of them have like, entire orchestral productions! A favorite one is Fat Cat Shuffle.

T: I think that's off his first album.

S: Yeah...yeah! It's an older one, but still so great. 

T: So great.

S: So, yeah...I'd say Savant. And Australian-wise, we do a lot of work with him; his name's Komes. He just did the preview mix for um...Robin Thicke? The Blurred Lines one? It was just a bootleg, but it's gone crazy. I think it got like, 20 million views or something in a couple of weeks, so yeah, he's really cool. He's one of my good mates, but all of his stuff is so bumpy, like...super, super fun, so he's good. He keeps with new stuff. Like, he just released this new track, This Is How Fkn Babies Are Made, um...and we just add it to our set, we just can't get enough of it. So, it's cool.

What is – in addition to Miley Cyrus, of course – are your guilty pleasures?

T: I like dark chocolate.

S: He does like dark chocolate. 


S: But like, so do many other people.

T: I like it SO. MUCH.

S: Musically, mine is 80s hair metal. I just...cannot, CANNOT get enough. Man! We're actually halfway through a cover of Final Countdown. Big, big trumpet solos, it's gonna be great. We've been working on it for like, two years, because can't release a song like that unless you nail it. But, I love it. 80's hair metal is just like, the best! That, and like, epic power ballads. Yeah, just...ALL the time. If people would listen to it, we'd produce something like that.

T: We're probably not talented enough.

S: We would try.

T: Yeah.

S: Me, I love it…just heaps. I wanna try to get someone like David Bowie or someone on a track one day. We're gonna get, like, our people to hit up his people and try and do a comeback tour, like an an EDM track with one of the big guys.

T: ...That's a great idea!

S: It IS a great idea! I just came up with that like...right now, so you've got the scoop!

What would be your dream collaboration? 

S: Someone cool...

T: I think with collaborations it's about just getting along with someone, ya know? There are some pretty cool people that we've worked with in the past, like...I'd say Potbelleez, but we've already done them. We actually have a track we're working on with them, it's gonna be huge! You have to take a lot of things into account. That's a good question, a really good question!

S: Because, it'd be easy to say someone like Pharell, who's produced ALL the biggest tracks EVER. I imagine someone like Prodigy, or something like that; one of the guys that we grew up listening to who use to produce before like, Ableton, and FL, and Cue Bass and stuff. I'd love to work with someone who came up with the analog stuff and built their name on that. But I'd love to work on a track using that kind of stuff, ya know? I'd like to use different methods and stuff, that'd be really, really cool. So yeah, I'd say Prodigy. But, like...old school Prodigy.

You guys have been all over the world. What's the difference between US fans and overseas fans? 

S: US fans are different, in Australia, glow sticks and stuff...a lot of clubs ended up banning them because people were getting poked in the eyes and stuff, so it's really cool to see them over here. Like, everyone goes all super-crazy, and it really just steps up that craziness factor when people are like that; just all the lights and all that. I think US fans are a little bit more, like...they're there to – it's more of like, a rave rather than just a club.

T: They have a little bit more respect as well though. In Australia, when we're onstage...they – people just grab us. It's hard to perform when they just won't let you go. They'll just grab you. Grab you by the skin, grab whatever they can.

S: Lately, they've been grabbing our junk and trying to pull us out into the crowd and stuff, it's...its escalating very quickly. I've had my hat stolen, my necklace yeah, the difference is that American fans are a little bit more content with their own space, like, to go and rave, where as Australian fans are very much's just very crazy and fun, but sometimes it just gets a little bit hectic. Yeah. The difference is that I feel less safe in Australia because of all the crazy girls grabbing at my junk; and NOT in a fun way.

Do you guys have a celebrity crush/man crush?

S: 100% Ricky Martin. That guy, man...he's just so awesome! He's gay now, isn't he?

T: He's always been gay.

S: But like, “officially” gay. As for girls...Tommy, you've got that chick that you're a fan of that you always say that you love...

T: [sighs] I liked the show Greys Anatomy and now he thinks that I'm in love with Kathrine Heigl.

You guys obviously have massive amounts of girls in your videos, do you personally choose them?

S: We do, yeah.

T: Well, some of them we do, some of them we don't.

S: Like, for Super Soaker, there were so many people that applied. The only problem was that the video was shot in a penthouse, it was a pool party in a penthouse, and there was a limited amount of people that could go up there, so we had to cut some. It was SUCH a hard job; I just don't know how we dealt with it.

T: We had a very helpful assistant though.

S: We did! Sara helped us out.

T: I don't think we actually had to kick anyone out of that one.

S: Yeah, then the afterparty happened and it was out of our hands. So the answer is yes, we do choose some of the people. We'll often put on our Facebook like, casting calls and stuff, like we just did a casting call for our new video, ,Better Luck Next Time, instead of going to agencies. We like to get people who like us to be in our videos, so that's been really cool. Every one of our videos that we've ever done, we've put a thing on Facebook that said, “we're filming this day, send in your details and we’ll hit you up. It’s been pretty cool, it makes the party better and stuff like that. Especially when we did the Party Bass video, it was really cool.

Do you guys come up with the ideas for your videos?

S: Yeah, all of them. I mean, not that they’re very complex [laughs]

T: They go through other people’s hands, but they don’t always get our image so much, so we always have to ride them about it.

S: Yeah, sometimes they’re a little bit too serious, and –

T: They try and make us look cool…and we’re not cool. We’re idiots, so...

S: Yeah, we write and do all of our own videos because sometimes, like…video companies or directors will try and make us look like “cool guys,” and it really just doesn’t work. It’s just not us. We’d rather just be silly and muck around! The new video though, Better Luck Next Time, we wrote that together, and then we’ve actually got quite a big name for the…the main guy? The lead? I’m sorry I’m stupid right now, I’m just so tired! But yeah, the lead guy is actually an actor in Australia, he hosts X Factor, his name's Luke Jacobz. He’s like, the lead character, a pretty dark and stormy guy, and he goes along, and you think he’s being a bad guy, and then it turns out that he’s just training for a croquet tournament…it’s crazy [laughs] But it’s really good, it’s our favorite video so far, because it’s got the party stuff towards the end, but it’s got a bit of a storyline throughout the whole thing, so it’s cool.

What’s next?

S: Yeah, I guess the next stop for us is the rest of the American tour, then we’re up to Canada, the Australia for a bit – we’ve got some festivals there, then we go to Asia for a while, then Europe, back to Australia, and then our big American tour! We’re gonna come over here for a good few months, and our goal is to hit every state. There’s fifty…two, right?


T: 52? Where did THAT come from?!

S: I don’t know! Maybe weeks in the year?

Have you guys ever had any issues traveling so much with your name? 

S: Well, we used to have jerseys that said “Bombs Away,” and security would be all over us until we explained that we're not, like...crazy bad guys. But yeah, it's a thing that we're coming across a bit. As soon as people see that it's not like that, it's okay. But when they read it, it's different.

T: I think if we had the Facebook page “BombsAwayMusic” or something, having the “music” tag on the end would really change their perspective on it.

S: Yeah, we really don't want to be associated with anything bad like that. It's a WWII plane reference, you know? Like, “drop the bombs” kind of thing, but...yeah, it is a thing that comes up. Maybe we should just write it like “Bmbs Away” but pronounce it the same, but it will just be written differently? 

T: So now you've got the scoop on that as well!

S: More scoops than an ice cream store. BAM!

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