Episode 10: Interview with Robbie Rivera! Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Robbie Rivera is known for producing “tuff, sexy tribal house music”. In 1998, motivated by complete artistic control, Robbie Rivera and his wife Monica launched their own record label, Juicy Music. Artists who have collaborated with Robbie Rivera on remixes or compositions over the years include Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Santana, Faithless, Basement Jaxx, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Kaskade, Pink, Ferry Corsten and David Guetta. DJ magazine has named Rivera one of its ‘Top 100’ most influential DJs as chosen by its readers. Mr. Rivera produces the weekly radio show called “The Juicy Show” which airs weekly on SiriusXM and around the globe.
Episode 5: Interview with The Chainsmokers! The Chainsmokers have become the hottest young American EDM DJ duo. They’ve gotten immense support by friends such as Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Tiesto, W&W, and more. Their live shows are becoming the most sought after in EDM. Their wild antics, hilarious personalities, and addicting productions have fans interacting with them non stop and running to see them live every chance they get. In this episode, we dig into their #1 smash hit “Roses” and learn more about their signature sound, overcoming #SELFIE, how you can become a hit with what they call 10,000 hours to success, and so much more! Then laugh at this week’s Drunk Dial… ever get wasted and prank call a bar?
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Episode 17: Interview with Tritonal! Tritonal capped off an outstanding 2015 with the January 2016 release of “Blackout” – the long coveted but previously unavailable single featuring Steph Jones’ delicate vocals and a pop twist on the duo’s melodic sound. “Blackout” quickly became Tritonal’s fastest-selling and -streaming single to date, the latest in a long line of hits for Austin, Texas songwriters and producers Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed.
In the previous year, Tritonal surpassed 53 million streams in aggregate on Spotify, over 10 million of that attributable to the Chainsmokers collaboration, “Until You Were Gone”. The duo has also remixed Adam Lambert’s hit “Ghost Town”; reached millions of listeners on iTunes, Soundcloud and Sirius via the podcast, Tritonia; and sold out iconic venues New York’s Terminal 5, San Francisco’s Warfield, and L.A.’s Club Nokia along with the majority of the Untouchable tour with Cash Cash. As of early 2016, the tour’s anthem, “Untouchable”, has been streamed over 19 million times.
Formed in 2008, Tritonal spent their early days on premium imprints like Anjunabeats, before eventually landing at Will Holland’s Enhanced Music, which Cisneros and Reed came to co-own. Key moments on Enhanced include: “We Belong”, a pivotal 2009 Ferry Corsten rework; the hit-laden 2011 debut album, Piercing the Quiet; and the acclaimed 2013-2014 Metamorphic EP trilogy featuring euphoric favorites “Follow Me Home” and “Now or Never”. “Now or Never” cracked the Top Five on Billboard’s Airplay Dance chart, a placement recaptured by follow-ups, “Anchor”,“Colors”, and “Untouchable”. In a first for the duo, “Now Or Never” also became a sports anthem for CBS’s Thursday Night NFL broadcasts in 2015, introducing the duo to millions of new fans weekly.
Tritonal’s evolution and success prove that compelling songwriting, innovative production, and exuberant performances resonate with music lovers of all kinds, from underground purists to stadium fanatics.
Episode 23: Interview with Griz! GRiZ is a Michigan-born electronic music producer and musician who has attracted an enormous live following, regularly playing major festivals and selling out headlining tours. Referring to his music as “future funk,” GRiZ produces glitchy, energetic tracks with booming dubstep bass and elements of jazz, hip-hop, and soul.
Born Grant Kwiecinski in Southfield, Michigan in 1990, he began playing alto saxophone and piano as a youth, and dropped out of Michigan State University in order to pursue a career as a musician. His debut album, End of the World Party, was released in 2011 by Mochipet’s Daly City label, and its sample-heavy downtempo tracks made a splash online. The saxophone-wielding musician began supporting popular touring electronic acts such as Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, leading to his own successful headlining tours.
His self-released second album, Mad Liberation, appeared in 2012, followed by the more socially conscious Rebel Era in 2013. His fourth album, 2015’s Say It Loud, featured numerous guest vocalists (including Talib Kweli and Ivan Neville) and an increased presence of live instrumentation, working toward more of a vintage funk sound while remaining contemporary. GRiZ stuck with the organic funk approach for 2016’s Good Will Prevail. His fifth album, it featured guest appearances from Eric Krasno, Big Gigantic, Muzzy Bear, and others. He’s working on new music — including a sixth studio album to follow-up 2016’s Good Will Prevail. But GRiZ cautions against anyone holding their breath waiting for it to surface imminently.