TWYN could be the future of techno in Miami
Without Miami, TWYN might not exist in its current form.
The electronic jazz duo, present on the Miami scene for over 10 years, blend aspects of traditional jazz with Miami techno. They came to play in classic Miami venues like The Corner, Floyd and Space Club.
“This band literally wouldn’t exist anywhere else, maybe as it is,” drummer Aaron Glueckauf said. “If you hear us using the sounds that go through these types of speakers designed for a DJ or that kind of environment, it’s the Miami aesthetic that filters through our sound.”
A collaboration between Glueckauf, former drummer of the Lemon City Trio and Electric Kif keyboardist Jason Matthews, TWYN has been instrumental in expanding the Miami techno scene while pushing the genre forward.
The two met while pursuing their studies in jazz music at the University of Miami and began performing in underground hip hop events before Wynwood became a popular place for music.
“The twins have a certain language,” Jason said. “There is a kind of telepathy. As we have been playing together for so long, we understand where we can go even when we improvise.
As jazz musicians, much of their writing comes from improvising in live performances, where they take audiences on intense psychedelic journeys. But unlike many contemporary experimental groups, TWYN’s sound merges into a clear melody that everyone seems to be following intensely, creating an atmosphere unlike many others.
“I think people really understand the language we’ve built with each other and our chemistry,” Jason said. “It’s amazing because most of the time we’re so immersed in improvisation that we question ourselves, and then when we go out people are like ‘it was drugs’.”
Their unique infusion of rhythm and melody along with their smooth transitions can send you into a trance, forgetting where you were moments earlier and before you know it, having you dance on your feet.
“It’s nice to live on this edge,” Aaron said. “Sometimes when you’re improvising in front of a lot of people on set there’s an excitement that influences what you’re playing, even when you don’t realize it.”
TWYN performed a series of concerts with New York’s experimental cyberwave group Now Vs Now. Both performed at the new Space Park in the Magic City Innovation District for an intimate yet electrifying night.
“Many people compare [TWYN] and us to jazz music, ”said Now vs. Now keyboardist / producer Jason Lindner, known for his work on David Bowie‘s latest album,“ Blackstar ”.
“We’re still playing a branch or a mutation of jazz, but it’s so much about bringing new ideas and being contemporary. While we both love tradition in different ways, it’s more about anticipating and being in the moment.
“There’s kind of a gap between being a live band and music made by one or a group of people in a studio or on a laptop. Examples of having very good accomplished musicians who have a lot of musical training [are seen] less and less. So I think we’re playing with that space, ”Lidner said.
TWYN said they’ve always pursued whatever influenced them, and although the project started out as a funk and blues instrumental group (originally called Edgy Sketch), Jason’s experimentation with synthesizers has become the root of their sound today.
“The introduction of looping really took everything to another level because now we could look like more people than two,” Aaron said. “[The origins of the sound now] come to use the format of jazz and funk, which is all improvisation and groove, and to put it through the prism of modern technology and modern sounds. It’s like a live Hip Hop Instrumental.
During the pandemic, the two set up a studio and released an EP in December called “Eudaemonia”, with songs on Spotify like “Jellyfish”.
Now they’re working on a full album they’re recording in Jason’s house.
“We brought the drums and put them in my room, then I was in the other room. We didn’t see each other and we just had a bunch of ideas for about two months, ”Jason said.
TWYN said their production mindset is different from their live acting in that when recording they try to make songs that are cool for everyone to listen to. Their next album will contain a lot of dance and groove music.
“What we bring to the stage is the duality of putting on and playing a live set that comes from jazz and all these things that we’ve been doing for years, but also having the studio side where we go into. studio and produce music that doesn’t have to be tied to what we’re going through, ”said Aaron.
As Miami’s techno music scene continues to grow, TWYN may be at the forefront.
“It happens in waves everywhere, and I think Miami is no exception,” Jason said. “It’s a place that lends itself to it. . . . I think we may be at the forefront of a new wave of people doing more things like this.