According to Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar, one half of the production duo The Cataracts, the State of the Union for dance music is a positive address.
“You go back 10 years ago and Eminem said, ‘Nobody listens to techno,’” recalled Niles during a chat on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “So yeah, it’s definitely a better day and age for dance music.”
“When people put you in the studio, sometimes they want to hear ‘G6,’” admitted Hollowell-Dhar. “Really, when we made ‘G6,’ we were just sort of uninhibited and we were making whatever sounded good to us at the time.”
Clearly the thought process worked – because now in addition to the aforementioned artists, a one 50 Cent has tabbed the production team to create multiple tracks for his forthcoming album.
“All throughout my high school, that’s all we listened to was Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and even before that, like The Power of the Dollar. I was a 50 Cent fan for the longest time,” Niles revealed. “(The songs we did for him) sound great. It’s natural but it’s still sounds like some future, 2012… it’s just really crazy.”
The security that 50 Cent implements so that his tracks don’t leak sounds just as crazy.
“I had to take the vocals to work with them and (50 Cent’s people) had to put this effect, like everything was distorted, but I needed the stuff to work with so I could create the beat around it,” the producer said. “They put this really weird filter over (the vocals) so that I wouldn’t leak it.”
50’s people also didn’t tell The Cataracs when the songs would be officially released.
“They’re still taking submissions for the last two or three songs, and then I don’t know when singles are going to come out,” said Niles. “I would think you’d probably hear it over the next two months.”
Hollowell-Dhar explained that due to the rapper’s schedule, most of the work was done without him in-studio, but they all did work in person for the first time about five months ago.