A duo backed by a fanatical fanbase, Essex pair Jonnie Macaire and Harry Bass are best known to the music industry as ‘Third Party‘ and best known to many as the next big act set to dominate the electronic world. With a wealth of previous production experience, the duo have been steadily building for years with a series of electrifying productions under the stewardship of personable manager Alfie Bass.
But it was their 2017 album ‘HOPE’ which really caught the eye, spawning several anthemic hits such as ‘Hurt’, ‘Live Forever’ and Martin Garrix collaboration ‘Lions in the Wild’; with the latter becoming a staple part of the live sets of Swedish juggernauts Axwell Λ Ingrosso.
With their very own Release Records hosting a showcase evening at London’s iconic Ministry of Sound club, supported by the likes of Pete K, Tom Staar, and Corey James, We Rave You caught up with the in-demand pair for an exclusive interview before they took to the stage…
Harry! Jonnie! You must be excited to play here at Ministry of Sound?
“Yeah it was the first club we always came to when we were younger so it has always had that real significance. This is our 5th show here and every time it gets better and better. The sound system here is one of the best five in the world, if not THE best. This is where we grew up on house music. So it has a really special place in our hearts, and this year we ticked off a huge item on our bucket list by getting the residency here.”
Talk to us about your ‘HOPE’ album! How long it did take to produce?
“We had songs made in the locker for a while, but overall it too around 2 years to make and it came together in the last 6 months. We don’t have a particular favourite track, it is like trying to choose your favourite child but if we had to choose, I would say ‘Veins’ because when it goes off LIVE, it really is something special!”
You’ve had a HUGE year, but was has been your highlight of 2017?
“We have played ADE, Creamfields, the Steel Yard, so many great shows, but we would have to say The Stage in Liverpool, it was the biggest night we have put on ourselves, everything was individual to us and we didn’t have any outside help, so it was a big thing to do. We were really happy with how everything went, and we want to just keep developing from here!”
Any information you can give us yet on the second album?
“We are cautious on giving an exact date, but exclusive news for you… it will drop early in 2018! And we are playing 2 new tracks from it tonight. Our first and last tracks tonight are both new.”
Harry, I spoke to you earlier at the pre-party and you were just putting the finishing touches to a track then, is that one of your new album tracks?
“(Harry): Yes, that is one from the new album that we’ll play tonight! (Jonnie): But also, we have a lot of music in our library that we just need to put the finishing touches to and release. Music is always the main thing for us.”
What does 2018 hold in store for Third Party?
“We have some other stuff that we’ve been working on, and the second album, and we will be spreading out the Release shows. So we will be doing Manchester, as well as Europe, and Asia. We plan to drop our album early in 2018 and then more of the same hopefully… Great music and great live shows!”
Frequently using the hashtag #ProgIsAlive on their social media channels, you’d have to agree with the Third Party boys, and it is in no small part down to their own influence on the scene. Producing throwback progressive house anthems of the genre’s finest era, the duo have elevated themselves to a new level of support, with their army of rabid ravers bouncing from start to finish of their two hour set at Ministry.
Slamming through an insatiable cut of Third Party classics like ‘Get Back’ and ‘Everyday of my Life’, the pair fused their own hits with a series of classics, including Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Save The World’ and Eric Prydz’s timeless ‘Opus’ as well as the latter’s ‘On/Off’ from his Cirez D alias. Quite frankly, the Box (Ministry’s main room) had not seen a set like it in years. Packed with energy, the atmosphere in the room felt like a pivotal moment; the gathered masses knew they had witnessed something special.
Having informed We Rave You of details of their second studio album (set to drop in early 2018), it seems as though progression is the key word for the progressive masters. You’re witnessing the start of something special, so sit back and enjoy the rise of the most exciting dance act to break through in years. With headline festival mainstage appearances surely now only a matter of time, the future is looking bigger than ever for Third Party.
The fans can feel it in their hearts. And they can feel it in their veins.
— Third ≡ Party (@ThirdPartyLive) November 5, 2017