Alexander Björklund and Sebastian Furrer have some serious expectations to live up to. As Cazzette, they are the second act to be managed by Ash Pournouri (the other being Avicii), and the first single off their debut album, Eject, has already garnered some serious buzz. Vegas Seven caught up with the down-to-earth duo in advance of their Dec. 10 show at XS to chat about everything from Alex’s special mushroom sauce to hooking up with Pournouri.
Alex, your dad used to blast techno in the car. And Seb, your dad was a DJ. My parents don’t even know what house is!
Björklund: My parents are pretty young. It was all right for him to be listening to that kind of music compared to my classmates’ parents, who were older.
Furrer: But trance and dance music has always been popular in Europe—not necessarily huge on the radio, but people always listened to it.
I heard you guys met on MySpace?
Furrer: I was just beginning to make music and saw Alex’s page. He was making cheesy techno music like me back then. I contacted him, and he said, “I stopped making that kind of music, and am making house music now. You should do that, too, because it’s going to be the thing.” Then we didn’t talk for two years until I sent him a demo I had made. He thought it was cool, and that we should collaborate. After that we really started working together and became Cazzette once Ash flew us up to Stockholm to meet.
You guys and Avicii share the same manager, Ash Pournouri. How did that come to be?
Furrer: I was sitting at home one night and just e-mailed him. I saw interviews with Avicii, and he was talking about Ash all the time. I was like, “Who is this Ash guy?”
Avicii has called Pournouri his unsung force. Is that also true of Cazzette?
Björklund: Yes, no doubt. There is so much work he put into us. He comes up with ideas and helps with the tracks. He helps out with everything. It’s almost like having a third band member. We will bounce ideas off one another until all three of us are happy.
Furrer: People see an artist and think the music is everything, but there is a lot of work behind that which people don’t see at all. It’s a lot of hard work, and without him [Cazzette] is nothing.
You’ve already done a number of remixes for Avicii and Swedish House Mafia and have now debuted your own song, “Beam Me Up.” What sound are you going for on the new album?
Furrer: It’s really hard to say, because every track is very different. We have this dub-house signature sound, but also some melodic tracks.
Björklund: And indie stuff. It’s going to be a very mixed CD, where it goes from calm tracks to ones with very outward fades. Each track has its own charm. Some are more progressive, and others are more suitable for the radio—not in a cheesy way, but with catchy vocals and melodies.
Furrer: “Beam Me Up.”
The album is titled Eject (Part 1)? Any plans for a follow up?
Furrer: We are doing a collaboration with Spotify. The album is exclusive on Spotify worldwide before iTunes or Beatport. It helps the album stay active longer than just a simple release. If we release it in parts, it keeps our fans active in the process.
Björklund: The album is actually spaced over three parts, but in the end it’s the same album.
Did you guys actually post one of your phone numbers on Twitter?
Furrer: [Laughing.] We posted a friend’s number.
How pissed was he?
Björklund: He was pretty pissed.
Furrer: He had phone calls for four days.
Björklund: I think he woke up with 600 missed calls. That’s not too bad; we have 20,000 followers! But, it was a joke, and he thought it was funny.
Seb, what’s with the pet rat?
Furrer: It’s mine. I just got it.
Björklund: It’s not a rat; it’s a hamster!
Alex, explain your “mushroom sauce?”
Björklund: Yes, that’s what I do. I like it; it’s good sauce.
Björklund: I buy them or my parents pick them, because I don’t pick them myself. Wait, [laughing] good mushrooms, I mean; food mushrooms, not trippy mushrooms!
Do you cook for Seb?
Björklund: I cook for friends; he’s not my friend [laughing], he’s my co-worker.
How was it to spin for Avicii’s birthday party held in New York City in September?
Furrer: It was really cool, a great night. It was crazy-crowded. A crazy girl told us off. She was like, “You must leave this place! What are you doing here?” She was so drunk. We were about to go on and were standing right next to the stage after [Avicii’s] mini set and she starts yelling at us, “Get off the stage.” We were like, “No, we are going to play.” She was like, “Get off.”