Tritonal returns home for show at Emo’s East
Tritonal is a trance D J duo composed of Chad Cisneros, 32, and Dave Reed, 24. The pair, who made the Top 100 list of international D Js (No. 65) in a recent issue of DJ Mag, returns home to Austin, playing Emo’s East on Saturday night. The show is presented by Disco Donnie and Nightculture and includes other global D Js. (www. emosaustin.com, 8004628)
Tell us how Austin and Texas played a role in your electronic dance music.
Cisneros: Growing up in Texas, electronic dance music was such an underground genre. ... When I first heard it, I fell in love. I was introduced to the music at various parties in Austin, Houston and Dallas in college. I was studying business and economics at the University of Texas and started taking audio engineering, music theory, sound design and synthesis courses to learn more about music and how to produce tracks professionally.
It wasn’t too long after college that I met Dave on a sound forum online and we realized we had similar tastes in music, production styles and career goals and we started the Tritonal collaboration. We’re just approaching our fifth year of the project and have reached some amazing milestones.
Reed: I actually grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, which is where I fell in love with dance music. I was always the oddball out around my friends. ... But I would listen to it constantly — so much that the very first tracks I’ve ever heard stick with me to this day.
Throughout my years of high school up into college and onward, I had become heavily involved in producing and writing
When Dave and I started Tritonal, we went after the industry on two fronts. The first front was the production front. We produced like maniacs, licensing tracks with labels around the world. The second front was the DJ front, which locally is always a political one. We knew that the key was making hit records, but that didn’t stop us from hitting the streets at night to help local promoters pass out fliers and promote events. ...
Reed: After I had moved down to Austin from D.C., I never had dance music; always reading books on producing, programming, sound design and synthesizer use.
At first, it was just a hobby and fortunately now has turned into such a blessing. When Chad and I met online, we were always yapping each other’s ears off on what we were working on and designing. ...
What were your first experiences with Austin night life?
Cisneros: I was a college student and my first experiences, like so many kids, were down on Sixth Street. The whole mainstream, Top 40 music did nothing for me, so unlike so many of my peers, I didn’t opt in to the sorority or frat culture. ... I spent time working on D J mixes, ... trying to figure out how to make my sound full and unique. ... experienced the night life before. It was so cool to D J live at these small events with Chad. Even though there were very few people, the experience was life-changing in such a wonderful way.
Along the way, we met many big acts, such as Markus Schulz, Armin van Buuren and Ferry Corsten. It really wasn’t until one of our gigs in Austin, when we opened for Corsten, that we started turning heads. We opened with a pretty hard set, met Ferry and slipped him one of our tracks, “Essence of Kea,” and he signed it to his label that week!
When you started the show, did you ever imagine you’d be as successful as you’ve been?
Cisneros: The first tracks that we saw really make an impact globally were “Piercing Quiet,” “Essence of Kea” and “Let Solitude.” It was pretty much overnight that bookings from places like Moscow, Australia, Hawaii and Asia started rolling in after these records hit. We started “Air Up There” as a monthly show initially, to give us an outlet to showcase the tracks ... We never imagined it would grow into what it is today and are so thankful to our Tritonians around the globe who have made this possible.
Tritonal, (Austin natives Dave Reed and Chad Cisneros), will be home for a show, which includes other global DJs, on Saturday.
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