Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ / Producer? Who was your biggest inspiration?
We’ve always loved house music, and up until a few years ago, were merely the kids at the front of the crowd for every show. All those times watching your favorite DJs play to thousands of people is truly an unforgettable experience, one that resonated so deeply within us that we knew we had to become just like them. Mixing music was the next step.
We began DJing separately at first, merely as a means to share good music with our friends. Once you learn how to mix, it ends up taking up every waking minute of your life. It’s like some sort of drug.
Our biggest inspiration has always been DJs that take their performances to the next level, giving the audience a true, unique PERFORMANCE. Laidback Luke is known as the DJ’s DJ, because he does just that. (Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Thomas Gold)
Since our DJing career has taken off so fast over the last year, we are now at the point where we are focusing every spare minute on producing. Producing is just the next step in the progression, and a very exciting one at that. It’s what truly separates the men from the boys. We can’t wait to share our sounds with the world!
Will this be your first time in Hong Kong? Is there anything that you are looking forward to doing or seeing in particular?
Yes! This will be our first time in the entire country of China! We are very excited, although we won’t have much time to do all of the sightseeing that we want! We are only in Hong Kong for 36 hours, before we have to catch our flight out to Las Vegas to play another show! We just want to taste all of the delicious and unique foods that HK has to offer... Any suggestions?
How do you feel that DJing and producing has changed over the last few years?
The scene has definitely changed a bit. It used to be sort of an underground scene, where most people that you would take to would have no idea what house music was. Finding a friend that listened to EDM was not only a relief, but a bonding experience too! Nowadays, everyone seems to listen to it.
It’s all for the best though. Even though everyone seems to be trying to be a producer or a DJ, and granted there is a lot of bad music being put out, the “cream will always rise to the top” as they say... it just means that truly good music will prevail and we will all be better for it!
What was your favourite memory of 2011 and what do you have planned for 2012?
Our favorite memory of 2011 would have to be playing on the Kandy Kruise with Avicii, the EC Twins and Paul Oakenfold. It was a three day cruise ship between California and Mexico, and it was 75% girls! BEAUTIFUL GIRLS. Let’s just say it was one of the wildest weekends of our lives :) ...
We are really excited for what 2012 has in store, as we are traveling nearly full time, all around the US as well as countries around the world. We have locked in residencies at some of the top spots throughout the US, so to lock some big ones up aboard will be an awesome addition! Our main goal for 2012 is to be asked to play a major festival with international DJs.
What can we expect from your upcoming performance at PLAY?
We just want to bring the party! More specifically, we want to bring the feel good, uninhibited party vibe that we have on the West Coast of Southern California and share it with our friends in the East! We have been preparing tons of new bootlegs and edits that’ll make you kids go crazy. And you better believe that we will be dropping our new original track, The Beginning... it has been setting off dancefloors across the US.
Aside from your DJ equipment, name you top three touring essentials.
Burts Bees Lip Balm is ESSENTIAL. Nothing worse than chapped lips.
Laptop with good DJ Headphones. Nothing makes an 18 hour flight go by faster than being able to crank out an original track on the plane. It’s like having a portable studio.
iPhone. Always have to be connected to our fans via Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud. We like to answer their questions, share wacky photos, and tweet about things that make us laugh while we are traveling around the world.
What is the weirdest thing that you’ve seen from the DJ booth?
On the Kandy Kruise, we came out one morning to say hi to the EC Twins during their set, and we look into the crowd... There was an older man with an 18 year old girl... let’s just say he was “munching her bottoms” in plain view for everyone to see! There was a crowd of kids cheering him on and taking pictures! Let’s just say he was having a good time!
Do you have any pre gig rituals?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but we don’t have anything weird that we do before hand! Mainly just show up an hour before our set, hang out at our table, drink with fans and mingle. Get in the zone!
Who in your opinion are the best up-and-coming producers at the moment?
That really matters what you consider “up and coming”, but if age has anything to do with it, I would say Alesso, Arty, Madeon, and Pierce Fulton. They’ve all achieved notoriety, some more than others, but they are years younger than most of the big DJs, so they show a lot of potential in the future. Two of my favorites that aren’t as young are Michael Brun and Michael Calfan.
If you weren’t a DJ/Producer what would you be doing?
Let’s just say that we would still probably be playing music if it didn’t pay the bills... starving artists by night and surfers by day!
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