LessThan3: Do you guys typically tour all together?
JP: Usually me and Sam do most of the touring, and Alex will stay back and work in the studio if we have a remix or radio show to do. There’s always something to do in the studio. We get double the work done. Sometimes though, for things like this, all three of us come out.
LessThan3: JP and Alex, you two are brothers. Are there any brotherly shenanigans that go on on tour?
JP: Oh yeah. We go at it pretty hard. That’s why I think it’s actually better that he stays home.
LessThan3: How has your life changed in the past nine months since Take Me Home was released?
JP: It’s been amazing. Hearing it on the radio, hearing DJs drop it, hearing people talking about it in a good way, it just means a lot to us.
LessThan3: When was the first time you heard it on mainstream radio?
JP: We heard it on BPM on XM, then after that we heard it on Z100 and KTU out of New York City. Those are the stations we grew up listening to.
LessThan3: Does it ever get old seeing everyone sing along with it?
JP: Never! When we drop the beat and everybody sings, it just riles us up.
LessThan3: You guys used to be a pop-punk band. How did the switch to EDM occur?
JP: It was easy. We were more like an electronic band similar to Cobra Starship. We had keyboard, synths, all of that. We were a band, but we were definitely very electronic. We produced all our own records at the time, too. Recorded, mixed, and mastered everything. It was easy for us to make the transition between getting rid of the guitars and bringing the keyboards more to the front. We switched to electronic drums, too. We also got into remixing for other artists as well. That got us more serious remixes, and that had a drastic effect on our sound.
LessThan3: How did your production of Live For The Night with Krewella happen?
JP: They really enjoyed the fan reaction to our remix of Alive. After that they wanted to make an original track with us.
LessThan3: How did your collab with John Rzeznik come about?
JP: Our radio guy John that works at Warner is actually the guy that broke all the Dizzy Up The Girl songs like Broadway, Iris, Slide, and Black Balloon. This is crazy for me, because I’m a huge Goo Goo Dolls fan. When I met him, he told me that he worked with them, and I was like, “Wow. You need to set us up with a studio session.” And he literally texted him on the spot and hooked it up. He said “When the guys are here in LA, let’s make it happen.” My jaw dropped.
LessThan3: Are you working with any other artists right now?
We are currently trying to finish a song we did with Capital Cities. We’ve got tracks with Christina Perri, Pegboard Nerds
, Henry Fong
, James Blunt, and The Cataracs coming too.
LessThan3: Who is high on your list of dream artists to work with?
JP: It would be cool to do something with a singer like Kelly Clarkson or Katy Perry.
LessThan3: What are the differences between working with mainstream pop vocalists and dance music vocalists?
JP: A lot of the vocalists can get stale really quick in the dance community. They’re not bad singers; it’s just that the vocalists tend to be a little overused, and you feel like you’re listening to the same song. We’re all about using out-of-the-box vocalists. For example, no one had used Bebe Rexha before. Same with John Rzeznik; it’s so different, so out there. We’re also thinking about collaborating with some rappers.
LessThan3: What do you do for fun?
JP: We do this every day. It’s literally 24/7. But we all have little hobbies that we are good at. I personally love animals. The remixing work we get is cool because it feels like it’s a separate entity of the group.
LessThan3: Do you guys like the 3D element they are using in this show?
JP: It’s insane. When we heard it was gonna be 3D we were like, “This is probably gonna be cheesy as hell.” We all got together, and we gave our input, and Budweiser gave theirs. And they really sold on making it 3D. Then we showed up the first day and put the glasses on and it was like, “Oh my god. This was so worth it.” They “3D-afied” our graphics and put it in conjunction with theirs. We were blown away.
LessThan3: What’s the hardest thing about being on tour?
JP: We’re producers, so we are constantly working on music. It’s tough when we’re on the road because there’s a lot of stuff we can’t do, even if Alex stays behind. We need to really all be together to solidify stuff. We all shine in different aspects of the music. It gets a little frustrating. We are starting to have a good balance between live shows and studio, though. It’s gonna be a good year.
LessThan3: We hear a lot of artists say that it’s difficult eating on the road. Do you find it’s hard to not eat the same thing over and over again?
JP: That’s actually the one thing we don’t skimp out on. We love to eat, so we definitely treat ourselves to meals on the road. Steaks and sushi are some of our favorites.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?