By E.R. Pulgar
Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf, and Sam Frisch of electronic group Cash Cash sat down with WSN to talk about the success of single “Take Me Home,” their remixes, and their plans for 2015.
WSN: What was it like working with John Rzeznik (of the Goo Goo Dolls)?
JPM: We grew up huge Goo Goo Dolls fans. Getting in the studio with him was one of those priceless moments you can’t even explain. It was just epic, you know?
AM: We grew up playing in garage bands and covering Goo Goo Dolls songs. It was really cool working with him.
JPM: It was one of the most intimate writing sessions we’ve ever done. It was very collaborative. When we put the song together, it was just acoustic guitars in the studio, laptops. Just going line for line, throwing lyrics at each other, throwing melodies around. Even to the recording process, we were getting vocals together in my basement studio. It was pretty cool.
WSN: What inspired the concept behind the lyric video for “Surrender?”
AM: We were working on the official music video and the label surprised us with it.
SF: The label teamed up with this visual designer we had actually been in touch with to do live visuals for us and we had no idea that they had contacted them.
JPM: It was so good. It was funny because we’re trying to do like a really weird video and this is a weird lyric video. It makes sense, keeping it weird.
WSN: You guys also remix for other artists. What was your favorite song to rework?
JPM: That’s a tough one. I think, for me, the Katy Perry “Birthday” remix. When you’re doing a remix you make something that’s completely the opposite, which is great. Some of our best remixes – the Capital Cities (“Safe and Sound”) remix or the Krewella one (“Alive”)- just take it in a whole different direction, but for the Katy Perry and the Bruno Mars (“Treasure”) we kind of came in there wanting to jack things up and electrify it, not try and change the song too much. Stay true to the original, but also feel like a remix.
WSN: How did the success of “Take Me Home” affect you guys’ career?
AM: It changed our lives! Kept us busy all year, got us a lot of awesome gigs, our shows were growing… the audience response when we dropped the songs was just crazy.
JPM: The respect from other producers. We produce, mix, and master all of our music, and a lot of times people don’t know about that. The fact that other producers are think it’s awesome that we do that means more to us than just selling a million singles or gold records. You work so hard, and just to have other people recognize that really means a lot.
WSN: Closing remarks?
JPM: We want to thank everyone for all the support and 2015 is going to be even better. We have more cool songs in the works; our new song “Surrender” is out now, and we have another song we’re working on with some really cool features. I don’t want to give them away.
E.R. Pulgar is a staff writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org