Amsterdam-based DJs and production duo Yellow Claw recently released “Bassgod” via Barong Family. “Bassgood” features the talents of Ramengvrl, Sihk, and Juyen Sebulba.
Made up of Jim, aka Jim Taihuttu, and Nils, aka Nils Rondhuis, Yellow Claw burst onto the scene in 2010, hosting a night party at the Jimmy Woo in Amsterdam. They followed with a series of hot singles, rocketing to the top of the charts in the Netherlands and Belgium.
They signed with Diplo’s Mad Decent label in 2013, followed by dropping their debut EP, Amsterdam Trap Music, followed by performing at the Tomorrowland Festival. Since then, Yellow Claw has started their label, Barong Family, created a dazzling line of merch, hosted writing camps in Asia, and released four LPs. Their music attracts 3 million monthly Spotify listeners and habitually tops Billboard’s Dance charts.
Yellow Claw’s status as elite music producers has allowed them to work with artists such as Saweetie, DJ Snake, A$AP Ferg, Ty Dolla $ign, Quavo, Becky G, Tyga, and many others.
Tattoo had the opportunity to speak with Nils, not only about Yellow Claw’s wickedly contagious music and the new single/music video “Bassgod,” but about Nils’ ink, of which his favorite is the one on his right hand.
Which music artists are you listening to right now?
Doja Cat, Yaeji and Audrey Nuna.
How did you get started in music? What’s the backstory there?
Sold my motorbike when I was 17 and from that money bought my first turntables. Soon after I scraped enough together to buy a computer and Logic and I never looked back.
What musicians/singers influenced you the most?
Everybody that brings something new to the table, to be honest. From Mura Masa to ZHU to Blocboy JB.
Is your sound evolving? If so, how and in which direction?
Definitely. We try to redefine ourselves every year. It keeps everything fun. New shit only.
What inspired your new song “Bassgod?”
We were actually in a studio camp in Thailand when we first worked on…
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