After almost a year of online campaigning by the #SAtrancefamily it was confirmed in July this year that Tritonal would be touring to South Africa, #tritonian JOY! Joined by Simon Patterson, Chad & Dave (Tritonal) blew crowds away at 'The Side Show' in Cape Town and 'Truth' in Johannesburg on the 31st of August and 1st of September respectively, certainly nights that will not be forgotten by those that attended. We had the opportunity to interview Chad and this is what he had to say:
Q1. It's been a very exciting build up for the #SAtrancefamily over the past month in anticipation of your arrival and we are so excited to finally welcome you - What were your expectations of South Africa as the tour date got closer and now that you're here for the very first time, how does it feel?
A1. Chad - You know, to be honest we didn't know what to expect. This was our first time to ever even visit the country, so we were open minded. It was truly apparent from the moment we landed that we were in for something special, as our guestmix was airing LIVE on FM radio as we were driving from the airport to the hotel! Literally South Africa had "Tritonal" trending on Twitter and from that point on, the excitement grew into a frenzy.
Q2. To look back a little now, since the release of your debut artist album 'Piercing The Quiet' in May last year, it seems as if you've been swept around the globe on a whirlwind of success - Which of the events that you've played at & cities you've travelled to, has stood out for you as most memorable so far and why?
A2. Chad - Well, EDC Las Vegas has been the gig of the year for us. We played after BT and right before Armin and there were like 300,000 people at the festival. I think around 60,000 at our stage and it was so EPIC! Other highlights have been Creamfields Australia, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Mansion in Miami and Exchange in LA.
Q3. To get to your music, it's no secret that 'Tritonal' has developed a unique & energetic sound which you've quickly become synonymous with and is, in most part, responsible for your incredible success to date - How did this 'style' of sound originate and what kind of creative process do you guys follow to keep putting together such BIG productions?
A3. Chad - It originated from the fact that Dave and I come from different "tastes" if you will. He came from the full on, uplifting trance side and I came from the deeper, progressive house sound of Chris Fortier, Sander Kleinenberg, Nick Warren, Satoshi Tomie, Sasha & Digweed, etc. We fused our styles into now what is very electro, progressive techy trance... It's a sexy, clubby sound but is still heavily melodic.
Q4. Who were your influences in your musical 'upbringing' and can you recall the first time you were bitten by the EDM music bug?
A4. Chad - I can, it was by Josh Wink - "Higher State of Consciousness". Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, Hybrid and BT were HUGE for me early on!
Q5. We always like to know what music Producers listen to in their spare time, so if we were to have a look at what's on your iPod playlist right now what would we find?
A5. Chad - M83, Pretty Lights, Coldplay, Eric Prydz
Q6. Now, you're currently signed to one of the most exciting labels in the industry, Will Holland's 'Enhanced Recordings', and we think it's safe to say also one of the most respected considering the entourage of internationally acclaimed names in their stable - How would you describe the relationship with the Enhanced team and what kind of an influence has the label had on you since signing with them?
A6. Chad - I don't even think of it as a "label" to be honest because Will and I are such great friends. We literally talk daily, sometimes multiple times daily. He has an amazing ear and I trust him so much in terms of his gut instincts. It all comes down to the music and myself, he and Dave are always kicking around track ideas. Will does the things we don't have time for, like work out the promos, contract up tracks we sign, and make the logistics work so that we can stay creative.
Q7. We're eagerly awaiting the release of 'Piercing The Quiet - Remixed' and based on the YouTube promos over the past month we expect it to be another great success - After this album what's in the production pipeline for Tritonal and where to from here on your Tour itinerary?
A7. Chad - Tour wise we're doing like a 20 city, North American tour alongside our friends Super8 & Tab! We're working on a new track with them called "Arc" and it's the "ARC TOUR". We also have two collabs with BT, working on a remix for Above & Beyond and a huge collab with Rafael Frost! Lots of stuff!
Q8. Part of our passion as the SAtrancefamily is to see more South Africans producing music and representing our country on an international stage, what advice would you give those passionate youngsters out there who aspire to achieve the kind of success as Producers & DJ that you have.
A8. Chad - Work as hard as you can in the studio, take tutorials, take classes, and constantly A-B your early tracks to others. We still do this to get a feel for things; it's a great way to learn! It's all about the 3 P's --- Passion, Practice, Perseverance!
*We would like to thank Alwyn Viljoen for the stunning photographs used in this interview article - You can find Alwyn Viljoen Photography here: