Total Ape is the producer and artist-duo constiting of Pär Almkvist and August Vinberg – that just last year re-emerged with their single ‘Young Gods’.
“We’re trying to push the limit in terms of energy, melody, and concept,” says August. “The music reflects a feeling of losing your shit.” “There’s the emotional side that can evoke memories, and there’s the primal side that just feels good,” adds Pär. “We pursue both”. On paper, their backgrounds couldn’t be more different. “I came from the jazz world,” says Pär. “August sang for a death metal band before we met. It’s like a collision of the chords and the craziness,” he laughs.
Striking a singular chemistry, they began writing and producing for other acts, landing placements in the J-Pop and K-Pop genres. Naturally, the focus shifted to creating their own material. Inspired by the likes of Skrillex and “other dope producers,” the pair quietly amassed a musical arsenal. Initially obscuring their faces and identities, they uploaded “Love You Better” to Soundcloud in 2016 and stirred up enthusiasm among tastemakers as Dancing Astronaut, who called it “loud and bold enough to restore hope past the nation’s more segregated urban musical exploits.”
Simultaneously, they became a sought-after remix unit, creating official remixes for Nathan Sykes’ “Give It Up” [feat. G-Eazy], Neiked’s “Sexual,” Miss Li’s “Bonfire” and many more. As buzz continued to grow, Warner Bros. Records offered the duo a deal. 2017 is the beginning of something bigger for Total Ape.