PeaceTreaty Are Enjoying EDM Stardom as Part of the Dim Mak Family
|Angelo Patino-Patroni and Josh Anaya of PeaceTreaty|
It's hard to believe all that the Chino Hills duo PeaceTreaty has achieved in the mere couple of years they have been making electronic dance music together. Since we last spoke to Josh Anaya and Angelo Patino-Patroni they have continued their momentum on the OC native Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Record Label touring the world including at Insomniac's Nocturnal Wonderland in San Bernadino and Electric Zoo in New York. With remixes for artists like Robbie Rivera and Hot Mouth out now their primary focus is to finish their full length debut album which has been in the works since they released their EP in 2011. Tonight they are bringing their eclectic big room house sound to White Rabbit's Havoc Thursdays at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. We caught up with Josh, Angelo and their cute pug Ziggy at their studio in Newport Beach where the two reside, to catch up on what life has been like for the OC duo as a part of the well known Dim Mak family.
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OC Weekly (Alejandra Loera): Since we last spoke in May you released your first single in over a year since being singed onto the Dim Mak label. Tell us about "In Time."
Patino-Patroni: We did "In Time" with the amazing singer Anabel Englund. It was a different spin on what we usually do, but had a good response. We wanted to show people a different side of PeaceTreaty which is just a taste of what the full length album is going to be like. People already know we can make tracks that sound like everyone else. We want the album to show what else we can do.
Anaya: We're trying to make our own sound, but still be diverse. Diversity is the main focus of this album because doing the same thing, well we get tired of that shit. It's going to have everything from dubstep to drum & bass, progressive house to funky house. Even a minimal indie slow track. I want to show that we are producers. I think there will even be one non-dance track. We got a lot of new support with "In Time" from artists like Morgan Page and David Guetta. Normally the same dudes like Tiësto, Afrojack and Hardwell support us, so that was really huge. I think this album will help mold our presentation in the EDM world.
When will it be released and do you think it still has that big room house sound which you are known for at clubs and festivals?
Patino-Patroni: We're hoping it's out by summertime, even though our manager would probably like it sooner. With 10 tracks there's going to be a couple in there that aren't for the club obviously, but we have our club bangers for sure. We do have our next single coming out next month though. Paulina is adding vocals to it, so we are pretty stocked on that. She happened to be in the states and knows Steve Aoki and we just kind of hit it off. We are wrapping it up now trying to potentially come up with a new name for it. I don't usually care for song titles, but when there's vocals behind it, it tells more of a story.
Anaya: The actual basic parts of the song were written two years ago. So we are revamping it to sound more modern. We are also working with our friend the singer from Max and the Moon for a track which is very old-school Kaskade and Deadmau5 like. Dzeko and Torres is another group coming out on Dim Mak that we will be collaborating with. The album as a whole has taken over a year to make. Much longer than we expected but we are working non-stop on it now that festival season is at a halt.
Speaking of festival season since we last spoke you got your fare piece of the pie with stops all over the world since playing at Insomniac's Beyond Wonderland. Where else did you go?
Anaya: Ya we played a lot of big festivals this year actually. Tomorrowland is the best festival by far. We are ready for next year. The production is on another level. People are very proud of where they come from so they bring that vibe there. Like a cultural experience. People are also a little bit more knowledgeable about the music. Instead of playing all of the mainstream stuff we got to play crazy different styles of music. That's really the coolest part I think. Plus you are in another country!
Patino-Patroni: While in Europe we also did another show called Beatpatrol with Dim Mak. That was pretty awesome with 10,000 kids going crazy in the rain. They were even sketched out about the water and the music wasn't working at one point. We can't wait to go back next year! EDC was pretty epic. We played on Laidback Luke's stage in Las Vegas and Governor's Island in New York.
What was one of your favorite tour memories?
Anaya: I think meeting Lil John at Tomorrowland was pretty cool. I remember being on stage and they were like okay you're about to go on so I turn around to look back at Steve Aoki. Then I think Angelo is to my right and it's fucking Lil John. Then I look to my left and tell Angelo "wow it's Lil John." I was like come on take a shot out of the bottle and he was like "naw naw naw." It's funny because everyone was handing him drinks and he wasn't drinking out of anyone's drink. He's probably seen some shit or something because he was only drinking straight out of his bottle.
Patino-Patroni: I remember being so tired from being in Miami all week for WMC and we went to the Swedish House Masquerade. I was napping in the green room and all of a sudden I hear someone say "Angelo" so I jolted and stood-up and it was actually Axwell calling Steve Aoki. He was like "I'm not talking to you" and he started laughing at me. I was like "Fuck." How embarrassing here I am napping in the green room. It's so crazy there everyone plays different pool parties and clubs. You have a set at 3pm and then another set at midnight. But then you have to wake up at 10am to do an interview and then a studio session at 8pm. It's nuts! Miami is the best example of work, play and business.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about DJs?
Patino-Patroni: People think that we are always partying, always drinking and always deejaying. Most of the time if we aren't performing or on the road, we are here in the studio all night. We are doing normal things. People think that it's always on the go. I can see why because of those touring artists that are non-stop. It seems like that on the internet and paper. Like take Steve Aoki. Most people think that guy is always on tour and he's partying everywhere. In reality he doesn't even drink. He just chills and hangs out. I talk to a lot of other DJ's and when they aren't touring they are in the studio as well. Ya we still party. It's definitely part of the scene because we do play party music, but if we party as much as people think we do I'd probably be dead.
Anaya: Another big misconceptions with DJs right now is that everyone makes there own stuff. When you get more involved and you start working with bigger people, having ghostwriters is just the way it is. Everyone that's big doesn't write their own music. They have world renowned writers from all over the world come and have sessions with them. It's in every industry. Even pop artists have people write their music. You get to the point when your image becomes bigger than your actual talent. Not to say that those people aren't talented. But the song composers and songwriters make a living doing that all their lives. Yet, we write and produce all of our own music. That's the fun part for us.