Here’s what’s on the docket for Tritonal: a three-month U.S. tour with Cash Cash, a new album, a podcast, more collaborations and a baby. The Austin, Texas-based DJ/producer duo is recording the 100th episode of Tritonia, their weekly podcast, at Marquee on August 14. We caught up with one half of the act, Chad Cisneros, and chatted about the milestone podcast, the forthcoming album and his newborn baby girl.
You rescheduled this interview because your wife just gave birth to a baby girl. How’s that been so far?
It’s been a super awesome experience! Now it’s all about getting her home and her mom settled in before our big tour. [The baby’s] name is Stella. We just loved the name, and it gives off sort of an interplanetary vibe, and it’s just cute!
What can we expect when you and Dave Reed record the 100th episode of Tritonia?
This isn’t our first rodeo. We did this with a previous project, reached 100 episodes, and then called it after that. We made the switch to Tritonia to focus on the branding aspect of it, and it’s been amazing! We’re gonna stream it on BPM [SiriusXM Radio], drop a few new records from our next artists’ albums, and we’re also showcasing some never-before-seen visual content. We’re flying in Estiva and Juventa from our label, Enhanced Music, and we’ll play some of their new stuff as well.
On the podcast, you like to give people a taste of what you’ve been listening to lately. What have you been digging?
When it comes to the guys with the big club sound, we’re digging R3hab, KSMR, Jeza—who is on our label—Audien … They’re all doing amazing things. We don’t listen to much club music; we’re more into the chill-out, experimental trip-hop and even pop stuff. We really like Nils Frahm, who is a German concerto pianist. His live concerts are phenomenal! He makes that epic, feel-good orchestral chill-out music that we love. We also like John Hopkins. He produced a bunch of stuff for Coldplay and Steven Spielberg. Guys like those two embody what we love to do.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
We love Coldplay and [singer] Chris Martin. We love watching those guys and their journey in music. But honestly, we’re mostly influenced by things outside of music. We try to eat healthy, meditate and work out. The scene is heavily influenced by parties and all of that stuff, but our influences come from nature and living good, fun lives. I’m a big runner, and I regularly do meditation and yoga. It’s all about finding time to get out of the studio and go outside. That’s an important balance, because it keeps us in tune and on point so we can give Tritonians [fans] the best shows.
You collaborated with Cash Cash on “Untouchable,” and you’re going on a North American tour with them. Is a collaborative album in the works?
An album might be too much, but we’ll definitely do another single with them. We can work on it on the bus since we’re about to leave on this three-month North American tour. We’re hitting 50 cities, so that’s plenty of time to write new music on the road. Expect to hear some new remixes of “Untouchable” soon.
Your latest single, “Gamma Gamma,” leans more on the hard, electro side, which is a little different from your previous work. Will the other new tunes follow suit?
Our new record will showcase our ability to write a variety of tunes. We’re not just going for a certain “sound”; we want to create our own style. People know that when they listen to Tritonal, they’re gonna hear awesome melodies, but we went really creative with the new stuff. We’ve written anything from electro and chill-out to trap and more. We tried balancing our sound while writing and being musicians and just having fun. We can always churn out a typical club record, but that’s no fun. We got into music to push boundaries, have fun and get creative and weird—that’s what we did. Just today, we had a boys and girls choir record the tribal vocals in “Gamma Gamma,” and we’re putting that on another mix.
What else is next for Tritonal?
We’ll try our best to wrap up the album before we leave [for the tour]. We’ve got a new single with The Chainsmokers coming out in September. We’ve got more than 50 songs to choose from [for the album] to whittle it down to 10. Then we’re gonna pick out the singles and focus on branding.
When you’re not behind the decks or in the studio, what are your favorite spots to hit in Vegas?
We love Marquee. It’s one of our favorite spots, and we’re lucky to be residents. Omnia is a fuckin’ amazing venue. The lighting is insane, the chandelier next-level. But outside of the clubs, we just like getting good food and seeing different shows. We’re big fans of Tao [restaurant] and their appetizers and desserts. They make us deep-fried Oreos. Those are ridiculous.
Any advice for up-and-comers in the game?
The most important thing to do is sit with your sound and produce a few songs before you send them to labels and DJs. I know it’s easy to get excited, but I would caution on sending your first few works to anybody. You need time. Finish a few songs, sit on them for a week, then listen again. I can guarantee you’ll have five or six epiphanies about things you want to change after listening to it again. It’s all a balancing act.