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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: teamwork. Talk ‘Afterhours’

Last month LA duo teamwork. joined forces with Scottish star Nina Nesbitt and LA-singer AJ Mitchell to release their latest track, electro-pop number Afterhours. Having already worked on hits including Nick Jonas/Robin Schulz’s Right Now and Cheat Codes/Fetty Wap’s Feel Great this time they’re going from the shadows to the centre stage. We talked to the duo to find out more about the track and their musical career so far.

Can you describe yourselves in five words?

Ambitious, Creative, Kind, Fun and loyal.

Can you tell us a little bit more about how teamwork. was created?

We created teamwork in the late summer of 2018. We’d been working together a lot for 2 years with various artists, writers and DJ’s and it just felt like a natural progression to do a project of our own. We reached out to a few artist and DJ friends of ours to see if they would be interested in doing a collaboration and everyone was up for it so we got to work and things started coming together really quickly.

Recently you teamed up with Nina Nesbitt and AJ Mitchell on catchy After Hours, how did this collaboration come about?

Afterhours was a song I wrote with Nina Nesbitt and Dan Muckala in London at the end of 2017. I always really loved the song but it kind of sat around for 6 months or so. Nina was one of the first people we reached out to when we had the idea of doing this project and she was down to feature on it, so we started working on the track and creating a drop and we added a bridge. We’d been working with AJ Mitchell around that time too and we thought it would be cool to have a male artist on the song too. We sent it over to him and he was into it and came in and cut it a few weeks later. The rest is history!

What’s your favourite thing to do ‘after hours’?

Binge watch TV shows and stay up way too late

What prompted the move from working behind the scenes on the tracks to stepping out to the forefront on Afterhours?

I think we just felt like we had a bunch of great songs we’d worked on that we wanted to get out into the world and we wanted a chance to be the artist ourselves instead of always helping someone else create their vision.

You’ve worked on tracks such as Nick Jonas/Robin Schulz’s ‘Right Now’ and Fetty Wap/Cheat Codes ‘Feels Great’ what’s been your favourite track to work on so far?

Honestly, I think ‘Afterhours’ has been our favourite track to work on so far. It’s been a really nice change to go from working on a song for another artist to having the full creative control ourselves and getting to be involved in every creative decision with the song from the first inception to the final release.

Who would be your dream collaboration – dead or alive?

I grew up listening to a lot of ’90s and early 2000s pop and r&b so some of my dream collabs would be artists like Lauryn Hill and Aaliyah. We’re also both massive fans of Beyonce and Drake and would love to one day get a chance to work with them.

What’s one interesting fact about you which readers may find hard to believe?

That I write most of my songs in the gym. There’s something I find really works with the combo of exercise and creativity for me, and it’s way less pressure than when you’re in the studio with the artist. Some of my biggest songs have been written and sung into my voice notes app on my phone while lifting weights at the gym.

In five years’ time, what would you love to have achieved?

I think we’re both really excited with the initial response the song has been receiving and just want to keep building on momentum. We’d love to keep releasing songs with artists we love that are connecting around the world and put together a crazy teamwork live show.

What’s coming up for teamwork. in 2019?

We have lots of follow up songs and features in the works – stay tuned and follow us at @teamwork.music on Instagram and @teamworksongs on Twitter for all the updates!

What do you think of Afterhours? Tweet us @CelebMix and share your thoughts. 

Written by Nicola Craig

A keen lover of boybands, nearly all genres of music and travelling. I'm always looking for new artists to check out, so send them my way and you might be able to be smug knowing you helped me find a new favourite band. You'll probably say I have long hair, most people do.