As Tritonal continues their EDM takeover, AscenDance Radio catches up with this unstoppable duo to ask them about their upcoming album release and so much more..
Dayanna Guerrero: Last time we spoke with Tritonian overlords Chad & Dave, it was in March during ASOT 550 at Ultra Music Festival. Since then, they’ve stopped just short of world domination, conquering stages in Creamsfield, Electric Daisy Carnival in both New York and Las Vegas as well as the second of two sold out shows at LA Exchange. They’re set to headline Miami Megaclub, Mansion for the first time in just a little over an hour. How’s the world been treating you since your last stop to Florida?
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Wow! Well I mean it’s pretty much been non-stop, thank you for the accolades. It’s a bit much but feels good to hear. It’s good right? Last night we sold out Vancouver. It was our first time to play for the Blueprint Company over there at Celebrities and we couldn’t be more excited to finally be playing for the Opium Group. It’s a good group, they’ve got some good clubs and Mansion Miami is at the top of the list. It’s one of the clubs that you aspire to always play. The opportunity came actually when we sold out the Exchange in LA. Carlos and Nina who works for Insomniac was over there and put a call over in to Najib and it was done in a matter of minutes really.
Dayanna Guerrero: As if fans couldn’t get enough of your debut album “Piercing The Quiet”, you’re set to release a remixed version of it on September 3rd. However, we noticed songs from it haven’t really had any remixes made for them since the first few singles of “Lifted” & “Broken Down”. Why is that? And can you give us a little preview of who will be remixing some of the songs on this upcoming release?
Dave Reed (Tritonal): We’re going to be definitely playing a few of those tonight. We’ve got Rafael Frost on the remix of “Something New”, Super8 & Tab on the remix of “Piercing the Quiet“. As far as whose remixed it, we’ve just selected some of the people that we feel that have stood out over the years for select tracks for select tracks that we knew were the big ones for “Piercing the Quiet”.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): We’ve remixed 85% of the album.
Dave Reed (Tritonal): We already did this.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): So yeah we’ve remixed 9 of 15 tracks or something like that. I mean to say why haven’t all of them been remixed? Well, we’re just not even a year from the album being released really and we release the singles on the ones we thought we’re the biggest ones.
Dayanna Guerrero: Right.
Dayanna Guerrero: Back on May 31st you posted a picture on your Facebook page of the two of you with Markus Schulz at Ministry of Sound in London. Just a little over a week ago your remix of his latest single with Adina Butar, “Caught”, was released. This got us thinking. Just how pivotal do you feel festivals and multi-headliner gigs are in terms of putting together remixes and collaborations? Do you feel it helps projects get started in a way phone calls or emails can’t do?
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Yeah absolutely. I don’t think it was that show where Markus may have been interested, but we had a chance to sort of catch up with him at ASOT 550 in the Netherlands and we got to talk a little bit about some of the things we have done, some of the things we wanted to do. We spoke to him about possibly returning to the some tracks like “Crash Into Reason” and maybe giving them a new club re-work with our new sound. So, yeah I think it goes a long way when you can sort of sit down with people and say this is what we’re doing, this is where we want to go, are you guys interested in that? Having that sort of human to human contact is always cool. I think that what you’re alluding to is that festivals really are the only place, besides places like Winter Music Conference, where all the big DJ’s and producer are in the same place at the same time.
Dayanna Guerrero: Recently there have been leaks of riders from some of the biggest names in EDM like Tiesto, Deadmau5, Kaskade, etc. and while we aren’t asking you for yours, do you think there’s an item or two on there your fans would find hilarious or quirky?
Dave Reed (Tritonal): It’s actually kind of funny you bring that up because we did our rider when I was 19 right?
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Yeah (laughs)
Dave Reed (Tritonal): And at the time I was on this orange soda, Fanta. I was addicted! I was like put Fanta on there! And the funny thing is that I don’t think we’ve ever gotten orange soda.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): No, ever.
Dave Reed (Tritonal): But the one time that we got it.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Just a few weeks ago.
Dave Reed (Tritonal): Just a few weeks ago in L.A. and [they said] “well it was on your rider” and she gave us all this Fanta.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal) & Dayanna Guerrero: (Laughs)
Dave Reed (Tritonal): And I just took one and tasted one and I was like well we need to change that now. Times have changed haven’t they? I mean is there anything else?
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): No, that’s hilarious! I use to drink a lot of coffee, I still drink coffee but I drank coffee dude! I had a Starbucks, not a cup of coffee but bought a box of it. They also had that at the club as well.
Dave Reed (Tritonal): Yeah they brought everything!
Tritonal & Dayanna Guerrero: (laughs)
Dave Reed (Tritonal): If I would have put clown on there they would have brought it.
Tritonal & Dayanna Guerrero: (laughs)
Dayanna Guerrero: They made you feel welcome!
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): It was good actually, it was nice.
Dayanna Guerrero: The DJ Mag Top 100 poll has started and Tritonians world-wide are uniting to vote for you, and your smash debut album has made that task much easier.
You’ve sold out LA Exchange twice. You’ve had 5 #1 Beatport Trance Singles, 50 gigs across the globe in 2012 alone, and the list goes on. Now, the poll only allows you to select 5 choices out of a genre full of talented artists. For all the fans who have already cast their ballots with your name on it, what do you have to say to them?
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Oh man! Thank you guys so much! We can’t express enough gratitude not only for them voting but for them buying the tracks. You know, re-posting and re-tweeting the remixes that we do, showing up at the shows with signs and wearing our t-shirts. I mean the Tritonians, I always say, they don’t fuck around and they really don’t. They’re hard core passionate fans and we’re so grateful for that. To us, the DJ Mag Poll is just one more way in which they can really sort of show they’re passionate about what we do and we feel the same way about them.
Dayanna Guerrero: You’re set to play in the lovely city of Toronto on August 11th. This will be a boat party. Is there a difference for you between boat parties and club gigs? And how does motion sickness add to the dynamic of your set?
Dave Reed (Tritonal): I don’t know about motion sickness, yet. We use to do a couple of boat parties back in Austin. Those were rough, because they were more experimental and I don’t think we’ve ever played an actual pro boat party, but I will say probably it’s going to be a lot different in terms of lighting and sound.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Got to have a generator..
Dave Reed (Tritonal): All of that.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): and got to have proper acoustics, but I think there’s that side of it that’s kind of dirty and grimy.
Dave Reed (Tritonal): And there’s the musical side, I have to change our set around for that too.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): A little bit more of a sunny set.
Dave Reed (Tritonal): Not that we’re going to be playing chill-out, just you know more uplifting..
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Feel good stuff. I think it’s probably a lot more intimate because you’re just right there. There’s no stage, there’s no big laser show, the smoke and mirror are removed and stripped down and it’s basically you and your fans on a boat.
Dave Reed (Tritonal): You can’t run out, you can’t run away.
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): (Laughs)
Dayanna Guerrero: Well you guys have some high energy sets, what are the chances someone’s going to jump off board?
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Jump off stage?
Dayanna Guerrero: Jump off the boat.
Dave Reed (Tritonal): This guy might start flying! If its starts chopping too much, he’ll change into a helicopter.
Dayanna Guerrero: Kelvin & I have been Tritonians since 2009, and we have to say that we’re still amazed by not only how big you guys have blown up, but especially how fast it has all happened. There are so many artists in this industry who can’t get half as big in double the time, and it couldn’t be happening to two more deserving, genuine, and humble guys like yourselves. We, and all the fans at Ascendance Radio, wish you nothing but the best in your careers. Good luck at Mansion tonight, thanks for sitting down with us!
Chad Cisneros (Tritonal): Thank you so much!
Dave Reed (Tritonal): Thank you!
Be sure to also buy your copy of Tritonal’s latest album “Piercing the Quiet”.