It was another warm clear night in Dallas Saturday night. I’m running behind to interview Tritonal, the Austin-based EDM duo accompanied by Cristina Soto. They are scheduled to perform an hour and change from now at The Lizard Lounge in Deep Ellum.
As I phone Chad (Cisneros) to let him know my status, I’m immediately put at ease and attempt to find parking at their fabulous hotel. I eventually get impatient with valet, park at the gas station across the road, make my way through a busy valet, and walk into the hotel lobby to find Chad and Dave (Reed) sat on a throne in the lounge. The ambience of the room is exciting and I realize how underdressed I am to be here. They warmly greet me and we proceed to some seats across the room. The two proceed to tell me about their recent Australia/Southeast Asia tour. Dave assures me of the EDM following overseas and tells me how great it has been to achieve the same turnout back in the States.
One of my interview questions was directed at Dave’s decision to move 1,500 miles across the country to work with Chad. I was especially surprised to learn the two had not worked together before this, a true leap-of-faith indeed. I would have expected months of online collaboration before such a move. Without hesitation, Dave lets me know it has all been worth it; the two worked daily and diligently to complete their first collaborative works and since have had success after success.
With my engineering background, I can’t help but get into the gear used to make their hits. Mostly using Apple’s Logic and Ableton’s Live, both are eager to use any and all tools searching for their dynamic and hard-hitting sounds in the studio.
Cristina shows up out of nowhere during the interview and drops down beside my chair. She’s cheery and dressed like a trance show cheerleader, which I find out later, is a fairly accurate description. Chad tells me he met Cristina through a mutual friend and it’s been a treat to work with such a talented vocalist. I ask about her jazz and classical training, was it key? Was it easy shifting to progressive trance? Her response was expected, but still very relevant to any music lover. She tells me she had always been intrigued by who was doing EDM vocals and naturally decided to get involved. Her classical training would prove to be very useful in determining harmony and progressions for her work with Tritonal.
I end the interview, thank them for their time, and wish them a good show.
I arrive at the Lizard Lounge to find Chad and Dave already working the decks and crowd. Cristina is performing her part of the set and working the crowd with her moves and great vocals. She is poised high above the guys and surrounded by video screens displaying the Tritonal logo. The neon blue lighting around the decks (you could get close enough to watch their entire performance) set the stage. The venue lighting compliments their stage presence and I immediately feel like I’m not watching a typical trance act.
The music, surprisingly didn’t include a ton of ‘drops’; these are commonly used to bring the energy of the room back up. However, the drops they did do were very creative with seamless knob-tweaking. I could tell these were well thought out, and whether or not the crowd noticed these details, the response on the dance floor surely mimicked their efforts.
Dave not only worked the crowd with his DJ skills, but signaled repeatedly to the crowd signs of love. Chad’s motions seemed to ride the sound waves out, spreading the vibe throughout the crowd. Of course, I think everyone that wanted a CD, surely was thrown one by both guys. It was a real treat that Cristina performed with them, between the three of them, the crowd was having an amazing time…need I say more?
Unfortunately, I could not stay for the entire set, but I truly enjoyed meeting them and what I did see I would recommend to any music lover. Keep on ear out for Tritonal, they are here to stay.