After celebrating their 200th episode anniversary in style by curating their label’s most requested tracks on social media, Spinnin’ Records are back with the 202nd episode of the Spinnin’ Sessions podcast. Taking over from last week’s hosts are the American Electronic band Breathe Carolina. Although quite different in their sound in comparison with Sam Feldt’s Tropical House tunes and Hook N Sling’s thumping style, Breathe Carolina assure something different at every avenue they are offered – be it behind the decks at the biggest festivals in and around the world or at small party sessions such as Spinnin’ Sessions mix. With them on board for this mix after a flurry of top notch artists from the Spinnin’ Records camp, the host label has another hot-hot guest mix to handle this week.
The first hour of the mix features music from the likes of Lenno, Trobi, Alok collaborating with Bruno Martini, as do JP Candela and Robbie Rivera followed by Stadiumx & Muzzaik’s single ‘Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life’ and KSHMR and Crossnaders’ latest single ‘Back To Me‘. Anna Lunoe & Sleepy Tom single ‘Stay Awake’ makes a return to the mix.
This week’s Spotify feature is from Curtis Alto, whose track ‘Intimacy‘ is featured on the show as part of the label’s weekly Spotify upload. While in the Spinnin’ Talent Pool department it is George Kane who has pipped his fellow producers to get featured as this week’s talented artist on Spinnin’ with his track ‘Bazaar‘.
While Breathe Carolina gave space to Tom & Jame, Holl & Rush, Tujamo, Kayzo, Marshmello and Brillz in their hour of the show, it’s mostly dominated by their own scintillating productions – an apt curation of which gives the first hour of the show a run for its money. All in all, another great week behind the decks at Spinnin’ Records HQ.
We Rave You had the opportunity to chat with Breathe Carolina about their production style and their goals for 2017. Check out the full interview below.
How was the transition from being a fully functioning and touring rock band into producing electronic dance music? Any challenges you’ve faced during that time period?
We always produced electronic music , the first album was written , produced , mixed and mastered in garage band. We haven’t ever really used real instruments at all on our songs except for guitar here and there so it’s what we have been doing since the beginning 🙂 People seem to think because we were on tour with rock bands we were a rock band. But if you listen to our music since the beginning it’s always been dance music.
We see you’ve had collaborations with prominent artists in the scene such as Blasterjaxx and Bassjackers. How did these collaborations come about and how did it feel to be working alongside these massive names?
Those collabs came really easy. We are lucky enough to have built really strong friendships with both Blasterjaxx and Bassjackers. I would consider them some of my best friends . With Blasterjaxx we sent over the initial idea for ‘Soldier’ and they loved it and they really took it to another level! With Bassjackers, ‘Marco Polo’ it was originally a break we wrote for their song “bring that beat” but they wanted to make the drop revolve more around the break melody. So us and them and Reez made an entire new track out of it! For ‘Can’t Take It’ it was really smooth , we had gotten the vocal from CADE and wrote the track around it and sent the initial idea to Bassjackers and they added their amazing touch. The difference in production quality from before Ralph touched it to after was night and day. He is one of the best producers in the scene in my opinion!
Speaking about collaborations, your latest one on Spinnin’ Records ‘Up All Night’ is quite different from your usual releases, being more of a genre-defying and a ‘crossover’ type track. We can definitely hear influences from your early rock background strewn throughout, can you walk us more through the creative process behind it?
Ya sure! It was a really cool one for us. Streex first off is so talented and they are really fantastic writers. We wanted to do somewhat of a throwback to music we grew up on and when Streex sent over the initial idea for ‘Up All Night’ we knew this was a perfect way to do that!
How does your rock background influence your current music in general? Have you thought about incorporating live instruments into your DJ sets to make them more unique?
Honestly, our songs have always been prominently dance and electronic . When we added live instruments before we did it as an added bonus , we made up new parts for live as there wasn’t really live guitar, drums or bass in our songs. I think we will stick to the live singing / djing for now. But in the future we would like to build a special type of show with live elements.
Rumours say that you guys are working on a track together with KSHMR. Is this true? If so, we can’t wait to see and hear the final product!
Man , Niles is so talented ! We have sent some ideas over and talked a bit about it. Nothing is solidified yet but we would love to do it.
What more can we expect to hear from Breathe Carolina in terms of music this year? Any exciting collaborations, tours, festival slots, etc to look forward to?
Ya tons ! We have ‘Up All Night’ together with Streex, which just came out , we have a single in May and an EP after that, and more singles right after that ! Working on collab #2 with Blasterjaxx also!