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Poll 2020: Breathe Carolina

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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’.”

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 23:00

Style: 
“House/pop/future house.”
Best known for: 
“Our high energy shows.”
Tune of the year: 
Dave: “Joel Corry ‘Head & Heart’.” Tommy: “Jax Jones ‘This Is Real’.”

Poll 2019: Breathe Carolina

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As well as putting out a whole bunch of ace tracks this year, including stand out singles 'Too Good' and 'Get Away', 2019 has been all about Breath Carolina working on their new album 'DEADTHEALBUM’, which drops mid-November. “It is a huge deal for us with our label partners Atlantic, Big Beat and Spinnin',” Tommy tells DJ Mag. “David is singing on all of the songs, so it is a really big showcase of us, our work, and what we can do.”

The energy-enhanced Denver duo, who currently reside in LA, have been working super-hard on getting their fifth album ready to drop in mid-November. And they're raring to go on a 2020 tour to promote it. “We're consistently creating new and exciting content for our fans around the world,” they say.

On our question of gender balance Breathe Carolina also point out that their weekly podcast allows them to talk to all different genders and people about the industry that they're a part of. It's something they take seriously and a position that they value highly. “The information that person may hold to help a younger listener understand the workings behind the scenes is invaluable.”

 

Do you submit your DJ set lists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“No.”

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“We think people need to realise that artists are human too, and some are more sensitive than most — it’s what makes us artists in the first place. Having people online harshly bashing artists for taking a break, or having to cancel a show due to illness or whatever, can be a huge part.”

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“Personally, we are just trying to show support and encourage everyone. We are seeing more and more women at festivals and shows and it’s amazing.”

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“We have been trying to carpool more to meetings and the studio and such, taking one car instead of two. We are both also very adamant about recycling in our homes. Every little bit counts.”

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

Tommy: “My BMX bike.” David: “Skateboard.”

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Tommy: “I don’t have one, but I feel super-guilty every time I eat pasta... but I love it.” David: “Binge-watching Friends.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-18 10:02

Style: 
“House/alternative/pop.”
Best known for: 
“Our super high-energy shows.”
Tune of the year: 
Tommy: “MK 'Body 2 Body’.” David: “Malaa 'Revolt' feat. Jacknife.”

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From: Bochum, Germany
DJ style: “House/big room house.”
Best known for: “Bringing the punk rock energy to the rave.”
Fave tune of 2018: Tommy: “MK ‘17’.” David: “Jauz ‘In The Zone feat. Example’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: Tommy: “Rezz.” David: “San Holo.”

Combining punk rock roots with dance music’s urgency and rhythm, Breathe Carolina have been a big deal in America since 2009 when their MySpace page racked up over 30 million plays. The Denver duo have been there, done that and got the tour T-shirt since then, having released four albums, six EPs and hitting mainstream success with their 2011 single ‘Blackout’ which charted in the UK, Canada and America.

More recently, they’ve upped the electronic ante, signing to Spinnin’ in 2015, collaborating with a string of EDM A-list names, including Bassjackers, Streex and Dropgun, and even reworking the timeless SNAP! classic ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’ into a prime-time festival banger.

And while most DJs can rely on a cavalcade of CO2 cannons, big tunes and the occasional mic shout-out to amp up their show, Breathe Carolina’s live music background mean their sets are a riot of vocals and frontman theatrics, making them one of the must-see EDM live acts this year.

Words: ANDY BUCHAN

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 14:32