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Galantis Reveal Their Secret to Staying Uplifting, Talk Concept Behind 'The Aviary'

The Swedish DJs explain to Fuse how a Hong Kong aviary helped form the blueprint for their second studio album

Swedish electronic musicians Galantis have been busy hitting the road to promote their latest album, The Aviary, and made a quick stop at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2017 to shake up Day 1. The duo chatted with Fuse about the concept behind their second studio LP and their unique, unpredictable sound, all while soaking up the vibes of New Orleans' City Park.

Revealing that he literally sat in a Hong Kong aviary when he began writing The Aviary, Christian Karlsson was initially inspired by the idea of creating music without tools. "I know all the pretty birds are in here. I just need to find them. They're here!" he says. "I told [Linus Eklöw], 'That's what we are in.' We don't need anything. We just need a freaking phone to record our songs on."

When asked how they maintain their feel-good aesthetic without becoming cheesy, Karlsson explained the importance of studying the artists who came before them. He tipped his hat to the innovative late '60s/early '70s acts who knew exactly how to keep their sounds fresh and who continue to inspire the duo.

Check back all weekend for more of Fuse's on-the-ground coverage from Voodoo Festival 2017! Below, watch jazz-electronic act Marian Hill tease their upcoming album while creating Halloween masks:

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