It’s Raining Catz ’N’ Dogz Remixes!
Polish production duo Catz ’N’ Dogz are releasing a very special remix version of their killer 2015 album ‘Basic Colour Theory’ – we check in with them to discuss the project, their label Pets Recordings, and their enviable gig schedule.
DJs, producers and House Music soldiers Catz ’N’ Dogz, (Trapez, Crosstown Rebels, Pokerflat, Boxer, Dirtybird, Pets Recordings) are back this month with an outstanding remixed version of their hugely successfully ‘Basic Colour Theory’ album from 2015. ‘Basic Colour Theory Remixed’ drops on the 11th March and features reinterpretations from the likes of Karizma, Claude VonStroke, Fred Everything, Matthew Herbert, Jamie Jones and Eats Everything. The original album contained 15 genre-bending tracks, ranging from house of the distinctly smart variety to a clutch of immaculately produced down-tempo / lounge jams, all of which have been given the remix treatment in a range of underground styles, from indie dance to techno. These are cutting edge productions from some of the finest producers on their respective scenes and the results are predictably high quality. The project works both as a set of individual dance floor tracks and as a stand alone album too; a truly successful remix album.
So how did Catz ’N’ Dogz get such a stellar line up of remixers?
“Mostly we choose people we know for many years, we were playing a lot of parties together and of course like their music and productions. Some of the people asked us to make a remix as well or even sent us their edit before. The album is very melodic, lots of instruments and vocals. When we were working on it we knew already that we were gonna have a remix album to be able to play some of the track in the clubs”.
This spirit of collaboration is also evident from Catz ’N’ Dogz’ back catalogue, which shows a distinct tendency to collaborate with other artists and producers. Is this part of the scene important to them?
“It’s good fun usually and you expand your creativity and production skills. Usually, when we work with somebody in the studio, you learn a lot of new tricks from each other. Also, you never know which direction the production process is gonna go. It’s very interesting for us to collaborate with people who are not in the scene and who don’t produce house or techno every day. We had a great session with the Cloud Boat guys, their roots were from metal music and they had a completely different approach. We made a good mixture I think”.
The approach has clearly paid off with the set of tracks that make up ‘Basic Colour Theory Remixed’. So after the release of the album, what plans are in the pipeline for Catz ’N’ Dogz?
“We have a pretty busy calendar after Basic Colour Theory Remixed is out, we have a great EP from Trikk, we are also doing a special project on Pets Edits in April for Record Store Day. In May we have a new EP from us, 2 tracks that we have been playing since BPM and we are super happy about. We also gonna release a second album on Pets after the summer from a very talented artist Thorsteinsson”.
Finally, we have noticed that some of the best production teams benefit from trying out their tracks at clubs and festivals for months before they release them, a technique that Catz ’N’ Dogz also use. It has been said that the skill set needed to be a DJ and to be a producer are very different, but there’s no doubt that the pairs’ production chops have been honed by their experience as DJs.
We wondered how Catz ’N’ Dogz have been enjoying the festival DJing circuit?
“We just did a 1-month tour of Asia / Australia. The gigs were great so we definitely gonna come back. Right now we’re touring Europe, working on our festival in Poland called Wooded and soon doing another USA tour and Sonar Pets party. We have a lot of funny stories but I don’t think we can write about them! We’re definitely looking forward to coming back to the US as the scene and parties are always very good”.
So a very busy few months for this DJ and Production duo who are currently at the top of their game. The ‘Basic Colour Theory Remixed’ album is going to be hot and picking up plays from some of your favourite selectors – keep your eyes and ears open for it!