There’s nothing very peaceful about the music California natives Josh Anaya and Angelo Patino (PeaceTreaty) produce—unless you find solitude on the dancefloor among a gaggle of revelers going bonkers to devastatingly heavy beats. We do and we’re guessing you’re on board, as well. Crowds at Control at Avalon in Hollywood can testify. Steve Aoki can too, he handpicked and signed the guys to Dim Mak Records. There’s a reason names like Tiesto, Benny Benassi, deadmau5, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Afrojack, Felix da Housecat, Kaskade and Wolfgang Gartner praise the boys of PeaceTreaty. Here’s one right here: PeaceTreaty’s remix of Diplo & Oliver Twizt’s “Go.” Here's another: the PeaceTreaty Remix of Whiskey Pete & Sporty-O's tune "Heard Of Us." There’s a reason why the mighty Moby called upon PeaceTreaty as one of the remixers for his latest single, “After.” The boys make music that destroys dancefloors.
The people down under are about to get a taste of it, there’s an Australia Tour kicking off January 14 in Sydney. On the music side, be on the lookout for a new remix for DJ R3HAB coming out via Wall sometime in the next couple of months. As for original work, the boys are currently in the process of working on their debut album due for release on Dim Mak Records sometime next summer. There’s also a bunch of new material, new sounds and some huge collaborations with artists such as, Hot Mouth, DallasK, No Body, Autoerotique and a couple other big surprises in the works. Yes, 2011 was a full-on PeaceTreaty assault and we don’t see their activity slowing down in 2012.
We were singing for a memorial service for the victims of 9/11…At the end of the concert I was speechless and it hit me real hard how the song reached out to all the people at the service.
How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
I would make a video of a rocket taking off into space while simultaneously flashing pics of a subwoofer speaker blasting people in the face with bass.
What was your favorite toy as a child and when/why did you stop playing with it?
Hmm… I would have to say my favorite toy was my super sweet PowerWheels Jeep. I stopped romping around it because I got too big to fit in it and moved on to my first bicycle. Plus the MPGs were horrible…kidding.
Any colorful incidents involving a fan?
I don't think I will ever forget the moment after our set at Nocturnal Wonderland where the fans all stuck around for us to sign the free shirts we were throwing out during the set…I didn't expect people to stick around afterwards and it was amazing to just get to hang out with some of the fans right after such an amazing experience.
Favor us with a moment in life that changed the course of, or defined, your aesthetic philosophy.
There was a moment a few years ago in NYC, I was on a classical tour with my chamber choir in college, and we had a performance at St Paul Church a few blocks away from Ground Zero. We were singing for a memorial service for the victims of 9/11 and our closing song was an amazing song about world peace and the willpower of mankind. At the end of the concert I was speechless and it hit me real hard how the song reached out to all the people at the service. It made me realize that even after all the trouble people see there’s always some hope.
Your creative arc. Alpha to omega, go.
Usually before we start we gotta make sure the studio is clean and the mini fridge is stocked up. Then we power everything up and open up Logic Pro. We sit down and talk out all the ideas running through our heads…then rummage through our sample vault and our different synth AU's and get to work. Sometimes we have a couple of double shots if we know its gonna be a long one…Sometimes we take a break from a project and just listen to our favorite tracks at the moment or watch an episode of Workaholics or something to get some inspiration and just loosen up a bit, then get back to work. If we are ever unhappy with a song or a part we go back try something else, some other idea and make sure the final product is perfect to us and we always think... “If we played this live right now…will the crowd go crazy?” Personally I gotta have a bag of sunflower seeds and at least one of my guitars lying around for any downtime.
The movement from CD to MP3 was a big paradigm shift in the music biz. Crystal ball time. What will be the next big shake up? How are you going to come out on top?
I read somewhere that some major record labels are already planning on stopping CD productions within the next 5 years and just going all digital and making CDs for just limited edition albums etc…I’m not against it, it’s just the changing of times. It’s our job to just keep making the music our fans want to hear and hope those fans have iPods and MP3 players. I always think about how crazy it was for DJs back in the day that had to lug around boxes and bags of records…now all you need is a tiny USB stick. I call that winning any day.
Do you think there are any commonly held societal beliefs that are false?
Education is definitely important, but I believe people should study what interests them the most and follow the academic path they truly desire. Drugs are bad but so is coffee and so are cigarettes so people just need to pick their poison and be aware of the repercussions.
PeaceTreaty's Brazilian Blowout Mix: (you can download for free here)