Well they’ve had us waiting for some time for this one! Teasing us at shows with previews and tweeting about it, but it’s arrived and it’s HUGE. Tritonal has finally released their club mix for their album track closer “Still With Me” on Piercing The Quiet as their latest single and the response has been nothing short of overwhelming. It’s been out about a little over a week now and since it’s release, it’s hit #1 on Beatport.com’s Trance Chart and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Attribute this to the massive support it has released from the industry’s top leading DJ’s and their radio shows. ASOT, Global DJ Broadcast, Corsten’s Countdown, Gareth Emery’s Podcast, Trance Around The World, and others have all played the track. Markus Schulz himself tweeted during his GDJB show: “probably their best work for quite a bit, good vocal too”. Big compliment from a trance giant. This just goes to show how much Tritonal’s stock has been rising in the music world with every single they release. This one is definitely in the Tritonal style of heavy bass synth, melodic breakdown, and the incredibly soothing vocals of Cristina Soto. It’s always a pleasure to the ears every time those 3 work together. While this is a remix of the album track, in comparison they seem like two completely different songs. The feel of the original is a slow, emotional, almost orchestral piece of work while this one is definitely club ready and set to get the Tritonians on their feet with energy. This one most certainly earns the TFSF seal of approval. More releases like this one will certainly keep Tritonal up in the ranks with the rest of trance music’s greats. Be sure to support it and keep it #1 on Beatport’s Trance chart as long as possible, click the link to pick this one up: http://www.beatport.com/release/still-with-me/816819
How do you prepare for a big tour like this?
Chad: Um, I think the last 3 years have been kinda like preparation. You start playing a gig every 3 months and you build into a gig hopefully every month and then as your profile grows. Ours got to a place that now we’re playing sometimes 2 or 3 gigs a weekend. So you just have to get comfortable in your own skin and in front of different audiences. Honestly the hardest gigs, for me personally, are when there’s only 20 people in the room; early in your career when you’re trying to come up, they’re right up in your face and watching everything you do. I mean when you’re playing for 80,000 and you’re up on a big stage, and there’s a big performance going on behind you with the lights and digitals, a monkey can stand up there and look cool with all the lasers going on, but when it’s a small intimate venue and all eyes are on you it’s a lot harder to perform. And earlier on that’s how it was for us and that’s where we developed our ninja skills.
When on stage you guys have a really big connection with the fans. You even call your fans the Tritonians! How do you bring that out?
Dave: One thing that we really love about this music that it does make you dance. But one thing that we love to portray is our energy. It brings it out in us. We like to reach that out to our fans as well and we’re gonna enjoy it a lot more if they enjoy it. And so we’re feeding off everyone’s energy and the night will just keep getting better and better.
Chad: I mean we’re DJ’s… and we’re also producers, we compose music, but we’re there to play. It’s boring to just stand up there and mix. With technology these days, mixing is not that hard. So in a sense, we’re super hardcore cheerleaders. I can say that and laugh at that, because it is kinda funny… but it’s kinda true. I mean we’re trying to get people to have fun, we’re trying to get them to have a good night. We want to get involved, we want to interact with them to show them that we are as passionate about the music that we produce as much as we are about the music we DJ and that’s what Dave was saying.
Can you tell us about your music video?
Dave: It was so much fun it. That was our very first music video! I was up at 6:45 in the morning!
Chad: 5:30 for me!
Dave: We met at my studio at 6:45 ready to go out. Chad, myself, and the producer for the video took us all around in downtown in downtown Austin to North and South Austin. We were jumpin in trees, creeks, rivers…
Chad: It was Man vs. Wild that day. Bear Gyrlls would have been proud. We had on the gear; we were out there doin it! Day 2 was interesting too though. It as the real party set. I don’t want to giveaway too much but it was an adventure and something we had a lot of fun doing.
You guys have a lot of energy and a lot of motivation when you’re on tour. Between the exhaustion of traveling to shows and jet lag, what brings your energy up?
As far as the album goes. How did the title “Piercing Quite” come about?
Chad: A couple of ways. A play on words for the track obviously we wanted to release piercing quiet. And the way that one came about was it was just a metaphor for what we do we do with sound. It’s just a cast of imagery in your head of soft pretty moments to even raw, hardcore energetic, piercing moments. It could bring upon all sorts of things. But at the end of the day we wanted a title that would catch you and unique and we felt at the time, piercing quiet, the original track, had been one of the biggest singles to date. And we wanted to bring back one track that we loved, beef it up for the clubs. We always get requests to play Piercing Quiet. Yet at 2am, people are going for it. It’s like this compressive, real, chill, summery track- which is fine for some DJ’s. But for our energy and where we get to in our sets, it just wasn’t there. So we redid it for that reason. Some people love it, some people hate it. We love it because we can drop it at 2am and set the floor on fire.
Do you think this album represents your signature sounds as far as recruiting new fans? Do you think it achieves what you wanted it to?
What do you see for 2012? How can you top 2011?
Are there any rituals/traditions you guys do before a show?
Dave: That’s a good question. In fact we do. Sometimes depending on the show, we have to get to point where we tell ourselves that we are by ourselves, we are not on stage, there is no lights, there is nothing. Sometimes Chad & I will have a little prayer.
Chad: A little prayer to make sure we are on solid ground. We don’t drink when we play. We don’t do drugs. We don’t do any of those things to calm our nerves. It’s really a lot of orange juice, red bull, water, & sleep
What are the strengths you two see in a DJ duo vs a solo act and how do you help each other?
Chad: That’s a good question. I think as a duo, cause I’ve DJ’d before on my own, and I know how it’s like DJing with Dave, it’s great having somebody there who’s on the mix, while the other person is working on the visuals, or thinking about where we need to go in the set, communicating what people are reacting to and what people aren’t reacting to. What you are seeing vs. what I’m seeing. As well as, if Dave’s working on a mix and it’s a long mix, and it’s in key, and he’s doing some trickery over there, I already have the next track queued up or ready to be queued up. You can kinda get two or three tracks ahead, especially when you have four decks. Quick mixes, it’s all about quick mixes, you can get into the next track right away.
Why did y’all use different vocalists on the album and not just Cristina Soto?
Dave: Variety. We wanted to show variety of vocal talents.
Chad: And Christina is amazing. She knows she’s our girl. But like Dave is saying, to us a vocalist is like another instrument to embed in songs. Christina has a very unique, very amazing, very beautiful voice. But you could instantly tell it’s Christina. But we wanted to do something different, so people can see our variety.
Where did your name “Tritonal” come from?
Chad: We went through so many names, so many bad names we will never tell you! You are not gonna get ‘em out of us! One of the things we came up was Tri-tone. And we liked the fact that the word Tri-tone is musical, it’s a chord. It got like an interesting history. Back in the old school days when the Roman church was running things, that chord had a distinct tonality; it used to be called the devil’s chord, and was outlawed in church and stuff. But we are not evil guys! It’s a cool chord! But the word Tritonal is an explosive. It’s 80% TNT. So, when you put together something that’s explosive and something that’s musical, we felt like that would have a good impact, A. And B, that’s a name you never heard before, and C, it’s unique & it’s catchy you know. So with those qualities, we are like boom! That’s it! Lock N’ Load!
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What were your childhood influences in the realm of music and how do you feel this has affected their production/composition techniques?
Chad: We both come from musical influences. I have a mother who had five sisters, and all five sisters were travelling singers. They had old vinyl records and stuff lying around the house that I grew up listening to. Grandmother is a piano player. My grandfather is a guitar player. My mom is a singer, so I grew up in a musical family. That said, I was a crazy little kid who needed to go out. I was involved in athletics & friends a lot. I played piano as a kid, but I think when I was like 14-15, I really go into music. And it’s at that point a lot of my friends were deciding to go in the DJ route. Instead of saving up for vinyl, I saved up and got like studio gear. First thing I got was this box that you could program beats on, and I thought it was so cool, to make loops. And from there it just kinda grew.
Dave: I grew up in a musical family too. My mom played piano & my dad radio DJ’d for a station for about ten years. I was growing up with my sister, she ended up teaching herself how to play piano, and I ended up learning that. I loved melody so much that I got into trance and classical music. I wanted to make trance so bad. The music I love so much, it’s so melodic, that’s the reason why I loved it, and it carried me through some rough times as well.
David, I’ve known you since you started out on this venture; it’s cool to see how the music has grown! Where did you all meet and start working together?
Chad: Online Dating Service!
Dave: We sure did, didn’t we?
Chad: Matchmakers.com go check it out!
Dave: It was about the time Chad & I got the Virus TI synthesizers. Virus TI is a hardware synth, it’s one of the best out there for trance production. The thing is incredible. And we were sharing our thoughts, ideas, and technical problems; and we were actually sharing each others music online on the Virus TI forum. I showed Chad some of my projects, and we actually came up with the idea of maybe we could do a track together or something. Chad and I started talking every day, then we ended up working on a mix together, it was a remix for Armada. From there, it took off.
Do you guys still play Halo at all? I know you two are big fans, but the hype has pretty much died off. Regardless, are you two stoked for the new Halo 4 release?
Chad: Oh wow, the Halo fans…
Dave: Halo fans are back!
Chad: We don’t play as much as we used to. We still play it, we hammered it first. It had a lot of buzz.
Dave: It was the time the game came out. I just thought the score was amazing. The theme music to Halo 3 is absolutely incredible. Now one else has done it.
Chad: Now that the album is down, we will take some time out for some creative journey.
Dave: As for the game itself, I would love to play it.
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