The Los Angeles based artists, Mr. Jeffrey Paradise and Filip Nikolic, are undoubtedly considered the pioneers of the disco-house revolution we are currently in.
Poolside has an extremely colorful background in the music industry to say the least. We are very excited to bring the “Daytime Disco” legends to Sun Sets @ Cafe de Mar Sydney.
On this interview for Bright Side, the duo talks all things Poolside:
How did the friendship Filip and Jeffrey come to be?
Jeffrey: We’ve known each other for about 9 years. We met at a party I used to throw in San Francisco called Frisco Disco. Junior Senior were booked to guest DJs on their first US tour. At the time Filip was the bass player in the band and he came out to the gig. We got to talking about music and records at the club and really hit it off. We went out to an after party and just had a lot of fun and same musical interests. At the time he lived in Denmark and we didn’t really think we would ever meet up again, but a year later he came out to LA for a few months and we wound up hanging out again and we started playing around in the studio making some songs and just having fun, nothing too serious. and there is where it all started.
The Rapture, Ima Robot, The Calculators… Since you guys have both played with various band, each with a different style, which would you say represent your taste most accurately?
The Calculators was a really the first attempt and putting a disco and new wave influence into the music that I was into, which at that time was hardcore and punk. So that philosophy of being influenced by dance music and injecting it into a unusual context has been at the heart of my projects and djing ever since then.
We see you were the mastermind behind ‘Blow Up’ and ‘Club 1994’, can you tell us a little bit about those events?
I started djing in San Francisco in the early 2000s and it was at the time when indie rock and dance music were colliding for the first time in the USA. It was really exciting to hear these sounds coming together and see dance floors fill up with different cross sections of people typically segregated by “scenes.”
I’ve always created my events by realizing there is a type of music I’d love to hear when I go out dancing and no one is doing it in the style I want. So I’d start my own club to fulfill that desire to hear that music out. Blow Up, Frisco Disco, Club 1994 all came about that way.
How did your music begin to be deemed “Daytime Disco”? Will Poolside ever consider drifting outside of that genre?
It’s a genre we made up, we were making music that’s a nice soundtrack to being out in the sun, ideally by a pool. Simply put, it’s disco music that is nice to listen to in the daytime. We will be pushing the boundaries of the genre for sure but will remain the root of our influences.
We would definitely consider you guys pioneers of the modern disco revolution. What is your guys opinion on the outburst of producers making nu-disco, disco-house, etc…
I love to hear new artists finding influence with disco and house. I think it’s really special when music can bring joy and I feel that house and disco does that in a unique and special way. The more artists that follow a musical path that brings that joy to people the better as far as I’m concerned.
Best drink to have if someone was sitting poolside while listening to Poolside?