Just a few weeks ago we hit you with a really outstanding EP by a duo fresh on the EDM scene. While Black Cards may be new to dance music, they’re both well known veterans in the music industry, and more importantly, they’re guys who possess a whole lot of talent.
After Fall Out Boy went on hiatus, bassist and music icon Pete Wentz formed Black Cards as his new main project. Originally, the group was intended to be a four-piece band, but after the departure of vocalist Bebe Rexha and guitarist Nate Patterson, Wentz and Spencer Peterson decided to continue on as an EDM production/DJ duo.
Anyway, I was blown away by their debut EP Use Your Disillusion – I had to learn more about these guys; they’re by far one of the most exciting acts to hit the scene in a real long time. So, with that said, we got a chance to chat with Spencer Peterson who was able to provide us with a much clearer picture of how Black Cards formed, the work that went into producing their hit EP, and what the future holds for the rockstars turned superstar producer/DJ duo!
Hey Spencer, thank you so much for being with us! I’m sure things are really crazy right now with the release of your new EP.
Thanks for having us! It’s nice to take a break from retweeting things about our record for a second, haha!
So let’s jump right in! Being from NJ, I was real into the band scene back in high school, and I know you were/are the drummer of Hidden in Plain View, but how did you get into music originally, and moreover how did you get involved in production/DJing?
I started playing drums during 4th grade in the school band and continued that all the way to the Atlanta Institute of Music after high school. Eventually, I left AIM to start touring and recording full-time — that’s what I’ve done ever since.
In 2008 I heard Justice’s ”Cross” and Wolfgang Gartner’s “Firepower“… that changed everything for me. It totally flipped my perspective of dance music. I played the shit out of “Cross,” and got way into the Ed Banger catalog — just finding all this new music I didn’t know about was really exciting. Our friends GRVRBBRS turned me on to a ton of shit too and I ran with it, especially DatA, MSTRKRFT, and the Bloody Beetroots. Then, about 2 months into early-Black Cards rehearsals, Pete texted me real late one night and goes “yo can you make beats?” I had no idea how, but I said yes anyways. I had Logic, but only used it for backing track stuff. The next day I got up and started teaching myself. Lots of youtube tutorials early on, haha!