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Tuesday 13th, January 2009
Tritonal interview
Updated: Thursday 28th, May 2009

: Hailing from the United States, Tritonal consists of Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed, two Producers/DJ's who have launched themselves to the forefront of trance music. In the studio, they focus their boundless creativity and deep passion for designing new sounds to produce modern, slamming tracks. Tritonal's music has been described as carefully crafted, uplifting progressive trance with an edgy, melodic seriousness to it. But, it is in live performances where they really come together and shine. Using their combined talents, Chad and Dave engineer cutting-edge performances that rival the best in today's music scene.

Trance.nu: Hey guys, how are you doing?
Chad : We are absolutely fantastic! 2008 was an incredible year for us, and we couldn’t be more excited about 2009. We just got booked for a 2-week tour in Mexico, and are open for Ferry Corsten in Houston, TX at Bar Rio for the 77002 Party in a couple weeks. Not only that, but our music is really starting get good air time on radio shows and in the clubs. The future couldn’t be brighter!

Trance.nu: Can you tell us about yourself? Who are the 2 guys behind Tritonal?
Chad : Tritonal consists of myself, Chad Cisneros, and Dave Reed. We have both developed a strong passion for music production and sound design. I began my involvement in the trance scene many years ago as a DJ, and then, through my unbounded love for electronic music, branched into production and sound design. Dave, on the other hand, came to music in an opposite fashion. He first began as an independent producer and then more recently entered the DJ scene, as part of Tritonal. Both Dave and I were, and still are, both very eager to learn about every facet of sound design.

Trance.nu: How and when did you guys meet?
Dave : You may have read in our bio, but our relationship came by unusual means. We actually met on an online forum, the Virus TI forum to be precise, while discussing various methods of creating and working with that synth. Over time, we became friends, and as this trust developed, we believed we could produce better, more engaging tracks, if we worked together. Thus, Tritonal was born. We began the duo in January of last year, and we will be at our one year mark January 15th. In that time, we have produced around 50 tracks and licensed with some of the biggest labels in trance. We were honored to be placed on Above & Beyond's Volume 6, Markus Schulz's Armada at Ibiza, and Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance Top 15 album. Dave moved from the Washington D.C. area to Austin TX, and is currently still living in Austin. We have had an amazingly successful year.

Trance.nu: When did you decide to start producing music together?
Dave : There was actually a point in time where I came down to Texas to visit some family in Houston. While I was here, I went to meet up with Chad for the first time at his studio. During that time in the studio together, it dawned upon us that we could do some great things!

Trance.nu: We first heard of Tritonal before the summer of 2008. Overall 2008 was a very good year for you guys, in a few months there were releases on labels such as Anjunabeats (Lights Over Austin), Coldharbour Recordings (Walk With Me), Enhanced Recordings (Somnium), Levare Recordings (Essence Of Kea / Forever) and some others. I've heard the new Tritonal track "Let Solitude" (with vocals by Cristina Soto) is being played already by the likes of Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk and Armin van Buuren. When does this track get released?
Dave: 2008 has been a very good year indeed!! It feels that it was only yesterday that we just finished our first track! As for “Let Solitude” – The release date is January 26th on Flashover Recordings.

Trance.nu: Will there be any remixes of "Let Solitude" as well?
Chad : We actually remixed this tune ourselves, creating our signature Air Up There Mix. We feel the remix really polishes off the project, giving a full on trance version that is still very edgy and danceable. The tune was played on A State of Trance this week, and Armin actually played the Air Up There mix.

Trance.nu: What kind of equipment do you have in your studio?
Dave : Other than our computers, multiple software programs (Logic, Ableton, Cubase, etc.) midi keyboards and other various gear, you will mainly find the Access Virus and the Dave Smith Prophet 08 synth in our studio arsenal.

Trance.nu: How does it go when you are in the studio? Who does exactly what?
Dave : There is no one duty that we have – we just do it. That is, sometimes Chad begins a song, melody, or idea, and sometimes I do. We have a very unique energy when we’re working in the studio together. The main goal is to push each other to get the best sounds, and so far, it’s been a smashing success. Usually, when starting a track, we almost always work on the main idea first and move on from there, but other times we will just start out by simply designing an interesting sound and then use that concept to as a starting point for the song.

Trance.nu: Are there other producers that influence you?
Chad : Oh yes! Where do we start?? Duderstadt, Ronski Speed, Super 8 & Tab, Signalrunners, Ferry Corsten, Jaytech, Oceanlab, Andy Moor - the list goes on forever! We both love to listen to fresh music and learn from it. Inspiration is key in this industry!

Trance.nu: How long do you guys normally work on a production or remix?
Chad : It totally depends. Dave and I have spent 3 weeks on a big vocal tune, and we have also cranked out a solid remix in 2 days. Sometimes, we are more eager to try new things and meddle with the sound, and others, we find what we are looking for and roll with it.

Trance.nu: Talking about remixes, can we expect some new remixes by you guys in the near future?
Dave : Actually, yes! We just finished a remix for Ronski Speed and are currently finishing off an Air Up There remix of our own track, “Piercing Quiet” which includes a chill-out remix as well!

Trance.nu: Are there any classic tracks that you would love to remix?
Chad : I would personally would love to remix Air For Life. That track was and still is one of my all time favorite tracks.
Dave : For me, although it has already been remixed plenty, I would love to have my own take on “As the Rush Comes” by Gabriel & Dresden. I can never get enough of the vocal in it! As for “classic” tracks, New Order’s “True Faith” or Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” would be serious fun to remix. New Order’s vocals are perfect to complement even modern trance beats. On the other hand, “Dead Man’s Party” is one of the ultimate party songs!

Trance.nu: How would you describe your own sound?
Dave : We do our best in every track to create a soundscape that is engaging to the listener. Our goal is to mix uplifting and sometimes mysterious vocals with emotional melodies and gripping beats. We try to make each song unique in some way that will bring the listeners back for more!!!

Trance.nu: You're both from the United States, it looks like trance music is getting more popular there every year. What can you tell us about the trance scene over there?
Dave : The trance scene in the United States is definitely alive, active, and growing. Due to the size of our country, certain locations with large populations, such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and Washington D.C., are currently experiencing a ‘boom’ in the trance scene. As for Texas, which is where we currently produce our tracks, the music scene seems to be in a state of flux. We are hopeful that the continued success of electronic music will reinvigorate these local markets and clubs.

Trance.nu: Besides producing, you also DJ. Do you both DJ?
Chad : Yes, we both DJ. We work well together, and use one another to not only judge the crowd, but to make sure our mixes are top notch. We also do Ableton Live sets, which can get very intricate as we spend a lot of time mapping out different ideas we could pull of live. It’s more work, but the mixes come out impeccable and the creative possibilities are limitless. We feel that two guys can bring more energy and a better show than one. We plan on doing some Live PA's as well very soon, and will be performing our productions with the use of laptops and keyboards.

Trance.nu: What can people expect when they see you guys DJ-ing?
Chad : You can expect to see two guys playing their hearts out, and really driving the crowd. We are full of energy, and we feel we have a wonderful charisma behind the decks. We bring that energy with us to the shows, and you can tell how much we love the music by the way we play. We are currently creating some HD videos of some of our recent gigs which should be up soon.

Trance.nu: I've heard you also have a radio show. What can you tell us about that?
Dave : Our radio show is called Air Up There, which is currently broadcast regularly on danceradio.gr and on our website as a podcast. In our show, Chad and I like to showcase what we think are some of the best tracks floating about in the industry. We really have a lot of fun with it, and we do our best to make sure our fans enjoy it also!

Trance.nu: Are you guys making music fulltime? Or are you still studying or have a job besides this as well?
Chad : Yes, we are both making music full time and are blessed to be able to do so. We realize that being able to do this is a gift, and are working so hard in order to establish ourselves globally so that we can continue to do this successfully for a very long time to come.

Trance.nu: Do you have any hobbies besides music?
Chad : I work out, enjoy American Football, and play basketball as well.
Dave : Aside from music, I enjoy biking and hiking when my schedule permits. I also enjoy cinematography, photo editing and web design.

Trance.nu: What can we expect from Tritonal in 2009?
Chad : You can expect to see some solid releases from Flashover, Levare, Anjunabeats, and Armada. We worked so hard in 2008 that we already have a few nice tunes set to release in 09'. That, however, isn’t stopping us from continuing to produce new songs. We are currently in the studio, working on some fresh material that we know everyone will enjoy. In addition, we are currently in talks about some possible big gigs in 09. As we expect a lot from ourselves, you can expect great things from us in 2009. No doubt about it.

Trance.nu: Thanks a lot for your time and good luck in the future!
Thank you! Thank you for the great interview and questions.

Written by:
Twan van Loon

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