You may not know Ming + FS by name, but there's a good chance you've heard them before. The duo's laid-back, instrumental drum and bass has percolated through numerous TV shows, including CSI: NY and CSI: Miami, and even a Nissan commercial. So, if there's something vaguely familiar about that combination of rubbery horn stabs and laid-back snare that pops up during tonight's premiere episode of The Buried Life, there may be a reason.
The track "Simple Mathematics" (from the Om Records album The Human Condition) is about "making hard trick seem easy," explains Ming. "When the elements of a song, as disparate they may seem, fall into place, the symphony created is one that only a brilliant equation can represent ... or not." (If anyone wants to write that equation in the comments, please feel free.)
As The Buried Life crew schemes a way into the Playboy Mansion, Ming + FS ripple along. It's a place Ming, for one, is happy to be. He digs the concept for the show and has long been trying to live life to fullest -- or "Live hard, die trying" as he translates it.
"I've been knocking things off my bucket list since I knew what a bucket list was."
What's been on that list? Jumping a bike over a pit of fire. Playing the Coachella festival. Leaping out of an airplane. Swimming with dolphins.
The latest addition is a little more domestic: "I just got married, so having some kids might be next."
In the meantime, he's been busy, having recently finished a remix of "Telephone" for Lady Gaga, and working on new material by 33Hz and Youth Group's Toby Martin. Hopefully, he'll finish up his solo album ("a combo of indie rock and electro dance music with a bunch of great guest vocalists") this year. Listen carefully to the first episode of The Buried Life and you can still hear one of his classic productions.
The Buried Life premieres tonight -- Monday, Jan. 18 at 10pm -- on MTV.
More songs from Episode 1 of The Buried Life:
Javelin -- "Tryouts"
Othello feat. DJ Vajra -- "Same Team Suckas"
The Wylde Bunch -- "Tale Of Two Cities"
Passion Pit -- "Swimming In The Flood"