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Exclusive Interview: Tritonal « The Top Sound

Exclusive Interview: Tritonal

In a very short period of time, trance has evolved from a “back-room” genre, to one of the most sought after forms of music, and one with one of the strongest followings I have ever seen. Mind you, I am only speaking about the genre in terms of the American perspective when I make such a statement. As you know, my love for trance started in Europe where the genre has flourished for many years.

Something huge has happened in the last six months, and suddenly swarms of people are flocking to the trance stages at festivals like Ultra and Electric Daisy Carnival. Just a year ago, you would never have seen such a large presence of trance artists at these shows. Now, these artists have all but taken over and are not only rolling up to festivals with their own stages, but they are taking over the main stages as well!

We recently interviewed one of trance’s biggest names, and one of the first Americans to really make an impact on the genre; Andrew Chen, aka Shogun (Click here to read that interview). The purpose of our interview with him was to help uncover some of trance’s mystique, and serve as an exploration into a genre that a lot of Americans yet to indulge in. Today, I would like to continue that story and present you with an interview we conducted with another one of trance’s biggest acts, Tritonal.

For the few of you who are not familiar with Tritonal, they are an Austin, Texas based trance duo. In a very short period of time, they have grown to become one of the biggest names in the genre, and tour the world on a near constant basis playing absolutely massive shows alongside other heavyweights like Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Dash Berlin, Gareth Emery, Shogun, Above and Beyond, and many others. “Their debut artist album Piercing the Quiet produced seven top 20 Beatport singles, including five that held the #1 position on the trance chart.”

So with that introduction in mind, let me introduce you to Dave Reed and Chad Cisneros!

Mike:
Hi guys, thanks a ton for taking the time to interview with us. We’re huge fans, and major supporters of trance — It was actually the genre that got me personally into EDM. You guys are already really well known, so I want to try and break the mold with this interview and skip over all the biographical nonsense.

Chad:
Thanks for having us as well, appreciate the awesome support :)

Dave:
Thanks for having us for sure!!

Mike:
Let’s start with the simple — why trance? Up until very recently, it was the forgotten genre of EDM here in the states. Luckily, it’s now blowing up. What made you guys go into it when you first started?

Chad:
Well, I guess it was the emotion we felt when listening to it. Really good trance incorporates a lot of the musical aspects which we love —> melodies, classy vocals, and great energy. We started the Tritonal project listening and producing full on, uplifting trance and although we still love that sound we’ve grown into a new trance sound that seems to be doing well.

Dave:
It’s so heavily melodic — that’s what has always drawn me to judge music, melody. That being said, trance was just so easy to fall in love with. Today, it’s evolved to where I wish it had been recognized many years ago. Now it’s starting to influence the bigger genres!

Mike:
What’s the craziest thing you guys have gotten to do since you began producing music and touring the world? It doesn’t even have to be music related, but we all wonder what’s the most wild thing EDM stars have gotten to do.

Chad:
We actually had 18 flights in 11 days on a recent tour! My God, not the most exciting of things but def one of the craziest to date! I also ran a 14km “City To Surf” marathon race in Sydney at 7am after playing a gig in Sydney. I was so jet lagged I couldn’t sleep and just hopped into the marathon w/ 80,000 Australians! Ended up at the beach and an amazing run!

Dave:
Oh wow, Chad said it before I did… those 18 flights in 11 days were exhausting! We’ll never forget that experience haha! However, on a more positive note, before music took off, I remember always wanting to just at least see Hawaii one time. Today, we’ve been there nearly four times; one time in particular where I went sledding down this huge hill on some cut up cardboard boxes! Nearly fell off, but was fun!

Mike:
Who’s the coolest guy in trance to chill with? It must be wild when all the trance guys get together.

Chad:
Hmm, tough question. Gotta say we got on really well with W&W on our Australian tour! Really great to kick it w/ those guys!

Dave:
W&W were awesome to hang with on the tour. Nearly every day we’d do something. Otherwise, I’d say perhaps Ferry Corsten! Really nice and down to earth guy :)

Mike:
Do you guys have any good stories from hanging out with some of the other big trance producers? There has to be at least one hilarious time, airport incident, tour bus mania, on stage pranks?

Chad:
We actually had a massive Go Kart race on the Creamfields tour. Above & Beyond (Jono & Paavo), W&W, Giuseppe Ottiavani, Sied Van Riel, Tritonal, Marlo, etc. Sied was a go kart beast!!

Dave:
Haha! Last year at the Adelaide airport in Australia, we kept bumping into Roger Shah for some reason…over and over again lol. Then we just decided to eat something before catching our flights.

Mike:
Alright, let’s get back to the music. Do you guys have a favorite track out of every one that you’ve produced? I’m sure you probably have individual favorites?

Chad:
Hands down, “Still With Me” ft. Cristina Soto (Original Mix)

Dave:
I really enjoyed “Can’t Keep It In,” but I’d have to say, that “Still With Me” still wins me over and over because of how it was produced and how musical it is. It’s so different from the usual. No percussion, no crazy effects.. just music :)

Mike:
Your collaboration with Ben Gold, “Apex,” is possibly my favorite Tritonal track of all time. I also feel that it has the energy necessary to appeal to most American’s who aren’t used to trance. Having said that, have you guys altered your style in anyway to appeal to the American crowd? (I definitely see their point here about the slower commercial stuff being attractive to Americans).

Chad:
Not really, in fact I would think that Apex in particular is more banging and actually more appealing to the European crowd. The slower commercial sound is more appealing to the US market and I’m sure you can hear some of that influence in our stuff as well. We listen to all sorts of stuff and at the end of the day, just try to keep it fresh.

Dave:
We’re actually evolving our Tritonal sound naturally… there’s no forcing any such thing to appeal to any one “style” per se. We just simply like to stay modern, unique and fun :)

Mike:
2012 has so far undoubtedly been your biggest year yet. What’s been the highlight of the year so far? What do you have planned to keep up the momentum?

Chad:
Playing ASOT 550 at Ultra Music Festival, Miami!! In order to keep up the momentum, we intend to keep hammering releases out. We haven’t slowed down in the studio and hopefully won’t have to!

Dave:
Additionally being able to travel to the Netherlands to play ASOT 550 in Den Bosch was incredible!! That was the first time I’ve been able to travel back to my home country in nearly 15 years :) We have a ton of new material and ideas though that we are already working on for the rest of our 2012 schedule and to prepare to bang into 2013!

Mike:
Although I personally couldn’t make it to EDCNY, several of our team was there. They, alongside tons of our fans have said that your set was among the weekend’s best. How do you guys prepare for a festival show? What’s different about it in comparison to a regular tour?

Chad:
Well, we mainly edit down tracks so that they are shorter. This allows us to play more music during a shorter set. We also put tracks into key and try and play new edits and mashups!

Dave:
We also like to just put on a damn good performance :) enough of just standing as a DJ — we like to get involved in our crowd, interact and get our hands dirty! We like to have a good time!

Mike:
If you guys could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? You’ve surely visited some truly amazing places by now. However, I have a feeling that Chad is going to say his hometown of Austin, Tx… It is an amazing place!

Chad:
Your right on, I LOVE AUSTIN!! After traveling around the globe, I have such an amazing appreciation for Texas and just love it here. \o/

Dave:
You know I must say I do miss Washington, D.C. but after moving to Austin, I don’t think I could ever see myself leaving. Everybody is nice here and laid back. I mean, who wouldn’t like it here? Otherwise, give me an island and I’ll move.

Mike:
What are you guys most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

Chad:
FESTIVALS!! Playing Electric Daisy Carnival, ASOT in IBIZA, Tomorrowland, Nocturnal, Beyond Wonderland and many more.

Dave:
Pushing musical boundaries! I can’t wait to see where our music has evolved by the end of the year :) It’s such an exciting development and to have our fans witness it, is priceless!

Mike:
If you could give any piece of advice to aspiring American trance artists, what would it be? It’s definitely a much more difficult road than it is for producers in trance-loving Europe.

Chad:
Well, I would say work hard on your productions and sound nonstop! We certainly continue to do this, and there is no substitute for continuously producing solid productions

Dave:
Agreed here. There’s really no other way. Production is key to unlocking and achieving. Stay unique, be yourself and be headstrong.

Mike:
Any final words for our readers?

Chad & Dave:
Absolutely – We want to thank our AMAZING TRITONIANS around the globe for all of the support!! You guys are the most important thing to us and we love you!!

Mike:
Guys, thanks a ton for your time! Definitely hope to see you out on the road soon. Naturally, shots are on you guys :) Haha kidding!

-Mike @3nVMusic

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