Since their MySpace page accumulated 30 million plays in 2009, Breathe Carolina have become a potent voice in electronic music, combining electro-pop and EDM with a mid-2000s punk rock aesthetic. The duo, who hail from Colorado, USA, have since released five albums and nine EPs. Their 2011 anthemic party single, ‘Blackout’, still finds itself spun today after racking up massive mainstream success when it charted in the UK, Canada and America simultaneously. Auto-tune and vocoders may dominate their work, but it’s the duo’s amalgamation of post-hardcore influences and dance-oriented electronica which ends up being infectious.
Breathe Carolina’s latest project, ‘Dead: The Album’, was released late in 2019. Their first studio album in five years and their first since their departure from Fearless Records, ‘Dead: The Album’ strays towards a new sound weaving together elements of various strands of EDM and leaning heavily into pop and R&B. After five years without a studio album, this latest venture marked a turning point for the duo who were set to take 2020 by storm. One can only expect 2021 to fulfil their ambitions.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
Dave: “Besides making music, I have been cooking a lot. It’s very therapeutic.” Tommy: “Just trying to stay active, making music, working out, going on runs.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
Dave: “Never take for granted sleepless nights or long plane rides — haha.” Tommy: “We need to set up artists for success without live touring. We are fortunate enough to have our business running even without shows..."
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
"No matter if it’s the dance music scene or any other scene, racism is never OK and should never be tolerated. We need to open up more opportunity on every level of the dance community.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“We always strive to lead with an ALL are welcome approach and make a conscious effort to collaborate with artists, creatives etc from all backgrounds.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
Dave: “One of them is Nero’s ‘Promises (Skrillex remix)’.”
Tommy: “Daft Punk’s ‘Digital Love’.”