Nov 14, 2012

Cazzette rose to fame almost as quickly as their mentor Avicii. Now with a new album exclusively on Spotify, the Swedish duo is poised to bring their “dub house” sound to the mainstream. Read our chat with them before their recent Boston show to learn the story behind their success.

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LessThan3: You guys made a big splash very quickly. How did you get started as a group and how did you get hooked up with At Night Management?
Seb: I emailed Ash [Pournouri] randomly one night when I was sitting at home watching Avicii interviews. He always talked about Ash and I started wondering who it was. I hopped on Google and found out it was his manager. I sent him an email not really expecting an answer but one week later he responded saying he loved our stuff. We were given a remix of Sweet Dreams to test things out and they ended up really liking what we gave them. From then on it has moved so fast; we started with that remix and then we’ve just been working ever since. A few months after that Ash asked if we wanted to go touring, and we were like “hell yeah!” and signed.
LessThan3: You are known to produce with one another over the Internet–has that changed at all?
Alex: We still work over the Internet mainly. We live in different towns. We’re so used to sending files back and forth that it’s really just more convenient. It’s awesome to get together and produce, which we do once in a while, but everything has worked well so far.
LessThan3: You bring many influences into your music. Where did the idea of this “dub-house” sound come from?
Seb: It was also our manager’s idea. He wanted to bring some dubstep influences to house, and since we are fans of dubstep and house it was a great opportunity to do something new. It became our signature style, but we’re starting to think that our dub-house sound is more of a phase. We love to evolve and try new styles, so it’s hard to say what Cazzette is going to sound like a year from now.
LessThan3: Your album, Eject Pt. 1, came out November 13th exclusively on Spotify (Listen Here), which is a bit of a different approach for dance music. How did that come about?
Alex: I think Ash met Daniel, the CEO of Spotify, in an airport. They took a cab back together and talked about the idea of making this happen. We love Spotify, so it was a very natural thing for us. Our fans seem to use it a lot and appreciate being able to plug in and make playlists on their phone.
Seb: It’s been a big part of our lives. It is really convenient for artists because you can connect with social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It also allows you to build extra things around your release. For example, we’re going to have our own app within Spotify with extra content. We can also update stuff until the last minute before it is published so we can get feedback–something which is impossible on almost any other platform. Plus, streaming is the future, and we want to be part of the future.
LessThan3: Do you guys have any secret weapons you might be dropping tonight here in Boston?
Seb: We have some new singles from the album that we’ll play tonight. We’ve played them at the two dates we just did in New York and Chicago and they worked out really well.
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?
Alex: Oh man, I would want something epic, like a movie soundtrack. Throw that on and watch the world end around you.
Seb: I would have to pick something by Coldplay.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Seb: Forward-thinking house.
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