We had some fun with Cash Cash backstage at TomorrowWorld this year, reminiscing on what it was like to be young and (relatively) free of responsibility. The guys gave use some powerful insight on what it's like to make electronic music in this day and age, as well as how to have fun doing it. Here's a peek into the minds of Jean Paul, Alex, and Sam:
Batch: If you could go back in time and give advice to your 18-year-old selves, what would you say?
If I was to go back to my 18-year-old self, I’d tell myself: relax, but it would be the same thing as when I’m 50 years old and telling my current self to relax. Up until now, I think we’ve done everything we’ve needed to do. There’s a lot of things we could have changed... you gotta tell yourself, you look in the mirror, you clean yourself up a little bit, go out there and get some more girls’ numbers… Musically we did everything alright, but for the whole package, my 18-year-old-self would have said: get with so many more girls. We could have stepped up our style a little bit. No more bell-bottom jeans. When you’re 18 years old and you’re in high school, you can be getting with everyone. We were late bloomers.
Batch: Do you remember having a breakthrough moment?
Two years ago we were down in Miami (we didn’t play Ultra), but we were networking with them and had a few shows in the city. Then Hardwell dropped our remix on main stage, and we were like “Oh shit.” He didn’t even ask us ahead of time, he just played it. The big moments for us have been when Nicky and Hardwell play our songs on their radio shows, and we give back by putting upcoming artists in our radio shows. We did artist-on-artist interview for Huffington Post with them—Cash Cash interviews Harwell—for that week in Miami, as well as a production piece.
Batch: What are you most excited for this weekend?
The butts. There’s a lot of them. And stickers to stick on them. Musically, we’ve got a bunch of new stuff we’re playing out; we’re excited to see the response.
Batch: How's your tour been this summer?
Lollapalooza was awesome, EDC New York was tight, we did Firefly in Delaware… that was one of our favorites definitely. Electric Forest, a bunch of shows in Canada and Texas. Usually we’re just in and out, but we at least get to hang out at night. Festivals are really the only time we get to see the other DJs and music friends; we’re playing their music and they’re playing our music. We love hanging out with Henry Fong, Krewella, Adventure Club, Tritonal, the list goes on.
Batch: Favorite set of all time?
Firefly. Lollapalooza was sick, too, but Firefly is definitely up there.
Batch: What's your advice for new producers?
If they didn’t do it by 2014 they should try different music (just kidding).
To be honest, my biggest advice would be to don’t think EDM, just think producing. Good music, good songs. Don’t think about just a synth patch, think about doing something different. Experiment, try to find the sound that works with you… don’t have a range. That’s the biggest problem a lot of producers have, it’s their range. When you think about it, you make music with a computer that can do everything you could possibly imagine, why would you put yourself to just a small box? Some artists just make songs at 128.
Batch: Tell us about the evolution of your producing and setup
We use Cubase. Out of the box. We used to have a Juno 106—it don’t work no more—and we used to use it on every song. We started out all playing instruments, like piano and guitar. When it comes to knowing music theory, I think it depends on the type of music you’re making. For us, it’s important. For bangers and stuff, you don’t really need it. But if you want to write songs, you have to know music theory.
Keep up with Cash Cash on tour here.
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