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26 January 2011

Tritonal Interview

Tritonal Interview

With the launch of their new label, Air Up There Recordings, and the soon release of their debut artist album, this duo from America are progressing toward nothing short of the Trance Elite. How are you guys doing right now?

Chad: Things are crazy busy at the minute! Just finished the album, and sorting all of the remixes, Marketing & PR for the Album while also running a label We are set to do a few guest mixes and have a busy month of shows coming too, It’s a good time!

Dave: Well as Chad had mentioned, the album is occupying the majority of our time, but that's a great thing! It's our first album and we're hoping for a great impact in EDM industry - so every ounce of effort is on all ends for us! You just played in your hometown, Austin, Texas, for New Year’s. How does it feel to play at home?

Dave: Oh man, it was so amazing to see everyone come out from under the woodwork and shake the place with us! We couldn't have been any more thankful and excited to play our own hometown! Hopefully many more experiences here like that to come.

Chad: It was great to see all the wonderful faces whom have supported us since the beginning. Thank you Austin, we LOVE YOU! Your debut artist album is about to hit the stores! What work went into it, what can we expect to hear in it, and most importantly, when can we expect to hear it?

Chad: haha, talk about the loaded question! About 2 years of work went into it and it feels good to be done. We wrote and rewrote most of the tunes 3 and 4 times over. Collaborations with Cristina Soto, Fisher, Meredith Call, Jeza, Bethany and Jenry R are all up on the plate! Previews are coming out now, with a full release at the end of March / early April.

Dave: Within the album itself you're going to hear our initial Tritonal sound with a new and improved twist to it. From club thumping to pretty and melodic, you'll notice our objective is to make you put it on repeat in the car and at home ;) You recently launched your very own record label, Air Up There Recordings, a sub label off Enhanced. How did that come to life?

Dave: We thought it would be a wonderful thing to venture down. Seeing that we want to take our sound to a different level, not all labels will accept this; but having our own label gives us this freedom of experimentation to developing a unique style!

Chad: Well, we have had a good standing relationship with Will Holland, and have also wanted to start our own imprint for some time. We are excited to team up with someone as motivated and focused as we are – Will is a Godsend!! We love being able to sign new artists, help them grow and continue to grow ourselves. It also allows us to release what we want, when we want! What are your favorite three synthesizers to use in the studio?

Dave: We have a handful of plugins in our arsenal. The top ones that we jump to all the time are Z3ta, Nexus, V-Station, the lovely Virus Ti and who could forget the Native Instruments packs - wow!

Chad: Massive, and as Dave said the Virus TI for sure, and Omnisphere – hands down. Love them! Can you give the youngster producers out there any tips, tricks, and advice you use in the studio?

Dave: Well if you do have an untreated room, it's wise to at least get some proper monitoring tools. I would start with a good pair of monitors. Another key thing is when you're starting a mix, pull down all your channel faders to half way to give yourself plenty of headroom for a cleaner mix result! This has helped us loads. I've smacked my head loads of times going "OH that's why!" Stay out of the red.

Chad: Most definitely – Be sure to get your room properly treated with some sort of Audio Absorption panels – it will pay massive dividends once your tracks get up to a high level. Your DJ Diary is continuing to grow and grow. How does life on the road affect your relationships with friends and family?

Dave: For me, it is easy to get homesick on the road and It can be tough sometimes. It really depends on how long and far we travel. Haha especially when we go overseas, the communication gets tougher! But my family and friends understand and know that I love them wherever I am.

Chad: Like Dave said, it can be tough, but it also gives me a greater appreciation for my beautiful wife. Skype, International Calling on the iPhone and IM make things a lot easier these days!! Do you have any embarrassing or interesting stories on your travels?

Dave: Oh my, loads of embarrasing moments - but that's what creates some fun memories. One time on our travels abroad, I kept snoring in front of this poor lady and she kept hitting me with a pillow to wake me up from time to time to get me to shutup haha!

Chad: While touring Australia this summer, we played in Syney on a Saturday night. After the gig ended around 2 am, I was so jet lagged that I couldn’t sleep. I ended up walking around the city around 6 am to discover a massive 80,000 person marathon going on called City to Surf. I entered the 14K race and ended up at Bonzai Beach a few hours later – lifetime memory! If you both had only 6 months to live, how would you spend the rest of your life?

Chad: I would sell everything I own and take my wife to some remote island. Living, laughing and loving would be a top priority – with quality time spent in prayer and meditation. Hopefully some amazing food would be in order as well.

Dave: I would give everything I had to those who need it more and definitely spend more time in prayer and stay with family. It's a blessing that we are doing what we do and staying on two feet. I feel I would want to make the last 6 months of my life just helping others in need everyday.

Nonstop2k: What kind of mindset do you think would be helpful to the upcoming and aspiring producers who wish to develop themselves in the industry?

Dave: Try to not force it too much and stay focused. Having a good, consistent flow of tracks helps, but then realize that eventually quality is going to be better than quantity. It's important to find yourself a really good workflow to groove with on a daily basis so you can stay strong and sane. If you're beating your head against the wall - step away, rethink and return. Workflow is critical - it will make all the difference with your tracks in the end.

Chad: Well, get ready to grind. It’s a competitive industry, with loads of talent. You have to not only produce tracks at a high level, but consistency is key in a market place where the shelf life of most tracks is only a few months! Spend good time developing your sound, work hard, and things will turn up. Where do you predict the status of electronic dance music, globally, in the next five years?

Dave: EDM is has been having major changes within it already! You see the electro basslines already influencing the older trance sound. Now, the 4,4 beat is influencing the r&b industry and crossing over into many commercial jams. My hope is that within the next 5 years, EDM and the commercial world will unite, thus creating more opportunity for more artists! It's exciting.

Chad: I see EDM continuing to cross pollinate with other styles like it already has been. The migration of modern trance towards a more progressive and electro sound is apparent in just about every major artist out. Even longstanding labels who have been known for uplifting full on trance, are now moving towards a more tech, house influenced form of trance. Its exciting times in sound design. In the US, Hip Hop and R&B are seeing all time high levels of 4/4 beat influences. I see the lines between commercial and EDM continuing to blur even more. How would you describe your sound in three words?

Chad: Sexy, Edgy and Melodic ;)

Dave: Moving, Emotional and Powerful You have a very beautiful melodic sound. Who are your musical inspirations?

Dave: Ah well, my heart has always been into beautiful melody. I find myself being inspired by even the smallest sounds to the prettist melodies I've ever heard in even artists like, Pink Floyd, Cold Play, Acceptance and I could really just go on forever here!

Chad: Love, love, LOVE Coldplay! If you could collaborate with any musical artist at any time in history, who would it be?

Dave: I would love to get in the studio with Seal or Colbie Caillat

Chad: Chris Martin or Rhianna Any plans to work with other vocalists besides Cristina Soto on singles in the future?

Chad: Yes, we have already done so with a total of 5 vocalists on our new album. Meredith Call from Winter Kills, Jeza and Fisher are all amazing!

Dave: Additionally, I'm sure we'll also like to work with more vocal talent in the future as well. What can fans expect from your new record label this year?

Dave: A lot of unique music for sure! We're looking to build the team with a new, incredible sound. Be ready world - Air UP There wants to take you on an adventure.

Chad: Expect big things from Norin & Rad – Look out for the The Gift, its incredible HUGE! Lastly, what are your goals for 2011?

Dave: Get the new studio up and running fully and have a sucessfull album release!

Chad: Play Europe more, break the DJ Mag Top 100, and enjoy our Album Tour Dates. Thanks for taking time to chat with us! Hope to see you in a club this year soon!

Dave: Thank you! A great massive hug to everyone who has been pushing us through thick and thin! We love you.

Chad: You as well, and a BIG Thank You to all the fans who continue to inspire us!

03 January 2011

W&W Interview

W&W Interview

In just a few short years this Dutch duo has broke through the top ranks being voted at #71 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs. Known for their big room sound, bangin’ basslines, euphoric melodies, and their innovative production quality, they found some time in their busy schedules to sit down with us at Nonstop2k. Hey guys, where are you right now?

W&W: We just got back home. We played in Montreal last weekend, which was really amazing! How long have you been coming to

W&W: We always get all our MIDI files from there if we want to do a bootleg or just want to know the exact chords or rhythm of a melody. We probably have an account for about 4 years now already. You just played at Circus for their 10 year anniversary with Sean Tyas and Tritonal. What was it like?

W&W: Circus in Los Angeles is a great club; it's full of music-loving people who are really up for a party. They know most of the music that you're playing, but they are also very open minded if you test out new material. When, where and how did you two meet and form a group together?

W&W: We first met at Trance Energy back in 2007. After that we started hanging out a lot, we didn't really make music, we just went to parties and hung out. When we got back from the ASOT 300 party we were both up for producing so we decided to make a tune together and that's how Mustang and the entire W&W project was born. You guys have a very unique sound in your productions. How did you come across it?

W&W: We really love that big room sound, so what we do to create it is we layer a lot of different synths, each having its own function and then melt them together to get our typical big lead, sounding as one wall of sound. Our sound is a combination of a lot of tricks we learned over the past couple of years to get your tune sounding big and in your face. How do you typically begin a new production? Who focuses on what part?

W&W: Mostly we start with a melody or a sound, and from there on we build the track. The sounddesign part is Willem’s task same a starting a melody or main part to a new tune while Ward mostly finishes the particular melody and does the beats plus overall equalizing. While we both do the things we’re good at, the other is there to assist which creates a very effective working environment. We usually start making the main part first, but sometimes we just make beats or synth sounds and put them aside. Then we can always use a particular beat or synth sound in one of the new setups we made. What are your top three synths you use in the studio?

W&W: That would probably be the Lennar Digital Sylenth 1, AccessVirus TI and the ArturiaMinimoog. They all have a different function in our productions. For example the Virus sounds very big , has a lot of body and great filtering/releasing and with a punchy Sylenth 1 on top it can create a huge sound. You guys are building a hectic DJ diary. With all that time in planes and airports, how do you make the most of it? Do you work on productions on the go?

W&W: No we only make music in the studio at home because we want to be able to listen to it loud to get in that enthusiastic and inspirational mood, and we want to use our equipment. If we're producing on a laptop with headphones we feel kind of limited. There’s no question you have to work hard to get where you’re at. Could you tell us a little about your worth ethic and mindset that got you where you are today?

W&W: We always want to improve on every aspect. As soon as we have done something, like made a tune or did a DJ set, we're already looking forward to the next thing we're working on. We always set goals, and then do everything that is possible to reach that goal. If you never had a musical influence growing up, what do you think you'd be doing with your life?

Willem: Wow difficult one, if I was good enough maybe a soccer player. If not I studied economics so maybe would have started my own business in something I would like when I didn’t do music.
Ward: It’s hard for me to imagine a life without music, but I like cooking so maybe I would have become a cook. What genre of music can you not stand to listen to?

W&W: We're both not really big fans of Jazz, but even in that genre there are certain songs that we do like.We listen to a lot of different music genres to get inspiration,like all possible kinds of EDM or pop, rock, hip-hop and sometimes even classical music. How important is it to have a unique sound in electronic dance music?
W&W: It is probably the most important thing there is. It's the thing that makes you stand out from the rest; if you sound exactly like someone else people won't notice you. What goes through your mind when you are performing in front of thousands of people? [Have you ever messed up a transition while DJing?]

W&W: Playing in front of a huge crowd is one of the most exciting things there is, so much adrenaline involved. It goes by really fast and it’s almost like you don’t even know what’s going on. We actually never had a major mess-up so far (fingers crossed) so let's hope it stays that way in the future. How does it feel for Armin van Buuren to claim you two the future of trance music?

W&W: Well of course it's amazing that someone so big and influential as Armin van Buuren, who has done so much for trance music saying things like that. He helps us a lot with our career and we are very grateful for that! Do you produce any other genres of music?

W&W: We produce a lot of different genres, for other artists as well as just for fun. We want to be able to do any kind of music, so producing other genres is a good learning process. For instance we make house, electro, progressive, ambient and sometimes pop stuff. Any advice for the youngsters and upcoming producers?

W&W: Try not to copy other artists, try to find the things in music you like and the particular elements used in it, and try to usethe foundingredients in your own concept.

Also don't try to release a track which you're not 100% satisfied about, just for the sake of releasing it. Better wait till you have something really good, so your debut release immediately gets good response and gets played by big DJ'sas well as noticed by a lot of people. Where do you see yourselves in five years?

W&W: Hopefully still making the music we love to make and DJ all around the globe. The Netherlands has currently some of the biggest DJ names such as AvB, Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, SVD, Afrojack, etc. How does it feel to be among them, being voted to spot #71 in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100?

W&W: We actually didn't expect to enter at all, but being voted into the DJ Mag top 100 means a lot to us. The fact that so many people around the world voted for us feels like a big appreciation for everythingthat we've done the last couple of years. Any new collaborations, productions and remixes to look forward to within the next few months?

W&W: First up is the remix we did for Sean Tyas - Banshee, coming out on A State Of Trance Recordings. After that the first single “Impact” of our upcoming debut artist album will be out in February.
On the album some collaborations will be featured, one of them will be the track we did with Dutch talent WezzDevall. The coming weeks we will be planning more collaborations, so stay tuned for that. We're very excited about the album, and we're looking forward to the release the coming summer. What new things can we expect from you two in 2011?

W&W: There are a lot of good things coming up in 2011. We will do a lot of gigs, so keep checking out our website every now and then if you wantto know where to find us. Due to our huge amount of homemade presets in different synths, we might release some sound banks for all the upcoming producers to use. Besides that a lot of cool things we unfortunately can’t talk about. Awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us!

W&W: No problem! Thanks for having us and all the best with the website!