Before they formed their deejay duo, Oceans, British producer/writer/vocalist, Kiz, first met Danish producer/writer, Ubizz, on a songwriting camp on the stunning Greek island of Santorini. Bumping into each other by chance in Berlin shortly after, they took it as a sign of fate and decided to get in the studio together that very week with the goal of capturing some of that island magic. Their track “Cold Ain’t For Me” made for a seriously strong debut outing, amassing over 40-million streams (and counting) worldwide. Now, they’re back, looking to build on their momentum, with their latest “Deep Blue” release, embedded below.
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SunCity Paradise: Kicking it off with Kiz’s home city of London, what really stands out and makes it special to you? Where would you send a first-time visitor to get a real sense of the area?
Kiz: London is an awesome place to kick it and get inspired. For me, it’s the multicultural influence and the diversity of the people, lifestyle, culture and mentality. I feel like LDN has a natural glow and warmth about it. It’s a vibrant city full of dope history and architecture, yet it still has a very modern soul. I would suggest you start by jumping on the Piccadilly line and walking around at a few of the central stops. Just let the surroundings and the buzz settle you in and when the night comes, head west in your best.
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SCP: What was your first real exposure to music? How did you get inspired to create your own and eventually pursue it as a career?
K: We both got inspired by music at young ages and grew up with plenty of it around us. My personal turning point was in primary school, when they introduced music class to our school for the first time in my fourth or fifth year. I discovered my love for instruments and creating very early, and that evolved over the years. It really started making a difference for me in university. I had set up a small studio in my dorm room, and spent many nights with the boys recording with a mattress against a wall and a laptop setup.
SCP: To create music, and traveling to promote it, must be such a feeling. What’s the most impactful and meaningful part you cherish about it? Does the travel help inspirationally?
K: We are both blessed to travel a lot, and absolutely, yes the travel is inspiring. Traveling is a major part of our operation. In my life, travel has inspired almost everything I’ve written, and when I say travel, that even means hopping into a car and going into London town or to the countryside. Spain had a major part, the Balearics mainly, where I was in a relationship that inspired some of our songs. Then there was shooting the first video in Panama, and doing the second in California. It’s all about making memories and creating inspiration for us! The Oceans songs themselves are all about memories and travels with loved ones, and the lyrics reflect the summertime sadness of sharing and missing those special moments.
SCP: Talk about your latest release “Deep Blue” that just dropped. What was your thought process around this track? Describe your excitement to play it live for your fans.
K: Deep Blue is a special song to us, the song was very naturally inspired by simple yet complex matters of love, memories, travel and lifestyle. We wanted to create a hook mainly, that sums up this summer: “Palm trees under the light of the moon, I got a suitcase full of memories of being with you.” You get the idea. It’s summertime sadness that makes you feel happy. We can’t wait to play it live, because there’s so many ways to play it! It was written on guitar so its can be jammed acoustic, but eventually we look forward to playing it with a full band and track!
SCP: How does music and travel complement and go hand-in-hand with each other?
K: Traveling is a great inspiration for us, so moving more towards the creative process, pretty much every time we’re in a different country we’re having sessions: writing records for other artists, with other producers and other mixers, etc. It’s just a continuous creative flow. It’s beautiful to travel to different studios and just kick it with likeminded people. Sometimes the best songs come out of these sessions, because you feel so good when you’re out and about. I think the worlds of music and travel compliment each other magnificently.
SCP: When searching for a personal getaway, are you looking for a serene beach or after a more active, adventurous getaway? Why?
K: This is a hard one, but the truest answer is both. As you can tell from our videos, we are adventurers. I myself love to drive fast; I always dare myself and push myself to enjoy every moment. If I’m getting away from the stress and business of my day-to-day life, sometimes the beach is the vibe. If it’s when I’m traveling for work or I’m writing music (which I don’t really consider work) it’s a full-blown, adventurous getaway. We also love a road trip! We often take cars out and just get lost somewhere for a few days.
SCP: One of our core objectives at SCP is to bring people together while traveling, not only to influence people to see and appreciate our beautiful world, but to also minimize cross-cultural divides. What effect does traveling, specifically surrounding dance music, have on humans in this regard? How has it broadened your perspective of the world?
K: That is a beautiful question and has a beautiful intention behind it. Dance music is a culture, and all music is known to bring people together. That’s why I think writing internationally helps so much in building our character and it gives us a wealth of knowledge. I look at traveling like a currency. If you have done a lot, you are wealthy. Travel has put a lot of creative ideas into my head, it’s expanded my vision and focused me so much more. When you go out to party in basically any city, everyone is out to do the same thing: dance and enjoy themselves! Music is the middleman between the people and the communication that joins them.
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SCP: Everyone has a list of places that they still have to hit. What are three destinations, either work or pleasure, that you need to see? Why?
K: I want to go everywhere that I possibly can. Like I said, traveling really feeds my soul and there are many places to visit. If I could choose three right now they’d be Japan, Columbia and India. Japan, because I want to experience the culture and lifestyle there. Columbia for its natural beauty, culture and history. I want to go to the rainforests and visit Ciudad Perdida too. India, because I’m Indian of origin and I’ve never visited! I want to explore the culture, food and history. It’s time I explored my roots!
SCP: What is the most beautiful outdoor location that you’ve played at? How did the beauty add to the music?
K: We haven’t played that many shows yet, but one performance that was awesome and intimate was in Bocas Del Toro, Panama for our video team and crew. We were on a boat back towards our hotel between these small tropical islands. The stars were glistening above our heads and we had bioluminescence glowing beneath the motorboat. The vibe was perfect and we just had a guitar on the boat with a few drinks. Here is where our team first heard a few of the songs we had been working on. What a perfect night.
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SCP: When you’re relaxing on a beach or just have some downtime are you listening to dance music? Or do you like to switch up the tunes? If so, to what?
K: We definitely like to switch up the tunes; we both have a really eclectic ear so we like our R&B, our electronic pop and also a lot of alternative music. At the moment, I’m really loving most of the global top 50 on Spotify, reason being is that it has become so varied in style. We have everything from pop to hip hop to Latin, and it’s dope! Music is going in the right direction and there are some amazing new artists coming through right now too!
SCP: Lastly, what do the next couple of months have in store for you?
K: Most importantly, the release of Deep Blue and what comes with that is a lot of interviews, new media and content projects, also traveling. We’re in the studio working on new music for our fans and working hard to build up the brand. We also want to focus on creating a cool live show that brings you right into the feeling of our music. Stay tuned!
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