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HE BOYS are hard at work when I ar­rive at their Sea Point stu­dio. Beat-mak­ing is the or­der of the day for elec­tronic house DJ duo Pas­cal El­li­nas and Dave Pearce, aka Pas­cal and Pearce.

I’m greeted by El­li­nas while Pearce is out on a smoke break. That’s prob­a­bly the only kind of break they will get, what with their jam-packed gig­ging sched­ule and hav­ing just signed an in­ter­na­tional deal with one of the world’s big­gest elec­tronic dance mu­sic la­bels – Dutch firm Spin­nin Records.

Af­ter a chance meet­ing in 2007, El­li­nas and Pearce have emerged as SA’S hottest pro­duc­tion and DJ team.

Hav­ing dee­jayed along­side in­ter­na­tional acts Avicci, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oak­en­fold and Bass Kleph, it’s no sur­prise that they have bagged a 2012 Sama nom­i­na­tion for Best Dance Al­bum­too.

Their de­but al­bum, Pass­port, fea­tures their dis­tinc­tive elec­tronic beats and in­cludes col­lab­o­ra­tions with vo­cal­ists Michelle Breeze, Yoav, Louise Carver and the Swedish rapper Lazee.

Over the past year the duo have also com­pleted remixes for in­ter­na­tional artists such as Child­ish Gam­bino, Roger Sanchez and TV Rock, to name a few.

Their lat­est sin­gle, Disco Sun, fea­tur­ing the vo­cals of Good­luck singer Juliet Hard­ing, is due for

Tglobal re­lease next month.

The sin­gle comes with a top in­ter­na­tional remix pack­age in­clud­ing Beat­port’s Remixer of the Year, David Jones, Starkillers as well as Trea­sure Fin­gers.

The Disco Sun mu­sic video has al­ready re­ceived more than 110 000 views on Spin­nin’s Youtube chan­nel.

“We have been gig­ging non-stop for two weeks al­ready; it’s been crazy, says El­li­nas.

“Yeah, can’t you see it in our eyes?”

Pearce chips in as they both give me a wide-eyed blank stare to show just how fa­tigued they are be­fore they burst out laugh­ing. But the show goes on. They turn to the com­puter on which they are work­ing on their lat­est beats. It’s the remix of Good­luck’s track Har­lem which Base­ment Jaxx vo­cal­ist Lisa Kekuala lends her vo­cals to.

While the two present their own orig­i­nal mixes, they have made their name over the past 18 months do­ing of­fi­cial remixes of some of SA’S big­gest artists songs – Loc­nville, Gold­fish, Flash Repub­lic, Ze­bra & Gi­raffe and Jack Parow.

Their remixes have charted on Beat­port, DMC’S Buzz Chart and on Euro­pro­pa­ganda’s Ibiza Club Charts. “We take what we’re given and make the best of it.”

A remix is a rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of an ex­ist­ing song, but the artist en­sures the in­tegrity of the orig­i­nal track is main­tained.

“We’ll take the gui­tar riff of a song and project it more, or change it en­tirely,” ex­plains Pearce.

They play the orig­i­nal song and then their remixed ver­sion which sounds noth­ing like the for­mer.

The win­ning Pas­cal and Pearce for­mula, El­li­nas says, is hav­ing a fun sit­u­a­tion.

“We don’t make mu­sic that’s dif­fi­cult to lis­ten to, 99 times out of 100 it’s the mood we’re in, or the time of year that helps us cre­ate.

“We’re two sets of ears, he’ll hear things I don’t. Dave has ex­ten­sive knowl­edge in mu­sic the­ory and is the best vault to work out of and I’m the cu­ra­tor of that vault. He’ll come up with melodies and I can fol­low his rhythm and tim­ing,” ex­plains El­li­nas.

“We be­lieve in each other and that life has brought us to­gether for a rea­son and to bring peo­ple to­gether with our mu­sic,” says El­li­nas. “Not to sound ar­ro­gant or any­thing, but from the be­gin­ning, we’ve had 100 per­cent con­fi­dence in our mu­sic,” quips Pearce.

“The record deal and Sama nom­i­na­tion – it shows us that yes, what you’re do­ing is fine,” says a smil­ing El­li­nas.


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