Q. Tell me, how did you guys come about?
A. Back in 2004, Michael was successfully touring and producing his own projects. Alex, getting his first release, won a remix competition for Above and Beyond, and when Michael heard the song he asked the label to get Alex’s contact info and got in touch with him, asking if he wanted to remix one of his songs. The remix never saw a release, but we became friends and continued making music together.
Q. At what moment did you say, “Okay, we are doing this”?
A. Do you mean Pegboard Nerds? After many years of making remixes, some ghost productions and doing other “behind the scenes” work, we decided we wanted to make the songs we put our heart and soul into our own. More specifically, in 2011, we decided to take our current batch of WIPs and demos, and develop them into full songs of our own, and decided on our name. With (more than) a little help from an anagram generator. Thanks anagram generator!
Q. Could you name some of the musical influences for Pegboard Nerds?
A. Many, many, spanning over 30 years of Electronic (and other) music. Queen, NWA, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Ferry Corsten, Orbital, Fatboy Slim, Cappella, Masterboy, 2 Unlimited, Knife Party, Skrillex, movie scores +++
Q. How did you guys come up with the Pink Clouds EP idea for Breast Cancer? Did someone inspire you?
A. It was a combination of many things. The song wasn’t called Pink Cloud to begin with, as we had another chorus for it, but missed the verses. Through an executive producer we had been working with for almost a year we got in touch with Max Collins (of Eve6 fame), and upon hearing the song he asked to get the file without the (then) current chorus. He came up with the whole Pink Cloud theme, and while it took a little time for us to get used to the new direction, we fell in love with it. Then someone on our team proposed the idea of connecting the song and it’s theme to charity, and with October, the rest was pretty easy.
Q. Where did the influence or inspiration come from for your new sound in Pink Cloud?
A. The goal was to provoke as many people on the internet as possible... No wait, we just wanted to step away from trying to make harder songs, and more melodic and vocally driven songs. We both like good pop music. It is kind of inspired by various future bass songs and artists such as Flume, Waveracer, Lido.
Q What is your fondest memory on tour?
A. Many different ones! Red Rocks, EDC and some of the Spanish festivals were unreal. But several smaller venue tightly packed clubs where everyone goes absolutely crazy has been unbelievably fun. Many stage/show “accidents” and mishaps (many of which the crowd never notice) still have us laughing hard when we think of them! For example when Alex headbutts the CDJ so it stops. Or forgetting what city you are in when you are shouting to the crowd.. Oops!
Q. How do you spend your time between tours? Hobbies?
A. Procrastinating of course! All the time between tours is spent making new music, working on collaborations, remixes etc.
Alex: I like to draw sometimes, or make graphics. Read a book, or watch a movie. Troll the internet for comments and laugh at the silly ones.
Michael: I don't have any hobbies as such, but I love to watch a movie or a tv show when there's a little time.
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Written by Daniel Colon