From rock band to EDM trio, the story of Cash Cash is quite interesting. Originally a power pop foursome, the band toured with everyone from Cobra Starship to Kevin Rudolf and was even part of the Vans Warped Tour. As their tastes went more electronic and they started doing more remixes for other artists, their own releases followed suit. Two buzz records on Spinnin', including the infamous “Michael Jackson” tribute track, along with their remixes, really increased their presence in the EDM world. Now signed to Big Beat records, their single “Take Me Home” exploded on radio, making the top 10 in countries around the world. With major collaborations and remixes (Hardwell, Showtek, Clean Bandit, Katy Perry), these Jersey boys are definitely ones to watch.
RS: How did you guys meet up with John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls?
Cash Cash: It was insane; the guy at the label that was working on our project was the guy that wrote all the Dizzy Up the Girl stuff like “Broadway,” “Iris” and “Black Balloon.” We were having a meeting with him and he asked us what we liked to listen to. I told him “I am a big ‘90s guy like Goo Goo dolls” and he cut me off and said that John Rzeznik was one of his best friends. He texted him on the spot and told him to work with us and that we were huge fans of him. He wanted to do it and was actually a big fan of what we were doing so it was priceless!
RS: So John actually came in the studio with you?
Cash Cash: Yes!
RS: Oh wow that is so cool. Congratulations on the success of “Take Me Home.” Did you think that it would be as big as it was?
Cash Cash: We knew it was a standout song, it had emotion and the way that the chords moved with the vocals just felt right but we never knew the extent of how far it would go. We are so grateful for the success that we are having right now, it has been our year!
RS: So y’all are really big in Japan, how did that tour go?
Cash Cash: It was great, the fans are amazing over there and the shows are always super energetic.
RS: Being from New Jersey, has Pauly D reached out to work with y’all?
Cash Cash: No, not yet, but we will probably get down with him some time and maybe hit up Atlantic City together or something.
RS: Who would be your dream collaboration?
Cash Cash: That’s a hard question, but Katy Perry, Adam Levine, or maybe Daft Punk and get the robots working and doing their magic, you never know!
RS: There is a sick number of remixes of “Take Me Home,” of all the mixes aside from your original which is your favorite remix?
Cash Cash: Either Jordy Dazz or The Chainsmokers, there is a really cool one that is a downtempo one by Flaxo that is really dope too.
RS: I have to be honest I am really surprised that y’all are even functioning because you guys have done 9 gigs in 5 days.
Cash Cash: We are just getting started, but they say that it’s a marathon not a race so we are just taking it one step at a time. You just have to get from one gig to the next and we take vitamins and hydrate.
RS: I recently opened for Dave Aude and he is really tall and his rider says that the table has to be a certain height. Since you guys are a little more petite, does your rider have a corresponding clause?
Cash Cash: We definitely need to set that up, if it’s not there we tell them we need the cases to stand on. A lot of the Dutch guys are like 6’10" and sometimes when we come after them and it can be a challenge.
RS: If you could put one more thing in your rider what would it be?
Cash Cash: Strippers every night and clean socks.
RS: Spinning as 3 different guys, how you DJ live?
Cash Cash: We all switch it up and each do a couple songs and kind of just rotate back and forth. We have a lot of a cappellas in there and some stuff that we mashup on the fly.
RS: Coming from the world of power pop and now doing EDM, how do you make your music different in this world where everything is starting to sound the?
Cash Cash: We always try new stuff with our remixes and new songs. We try to do different things and use different features, vocalists, and instruments. With our song “Satellites,” we did something cool with the guitar sound. We try not to stick to one tempo either and we don’t stay in one tune.
RS: My favorite song on the EP is “Here And Now” with Kerli, is there any chance that will come out as a single?
Cash Cash: Not sure, we are feeling it out but we have a lot of new music that we are working on right now.
RS: What’s coming next?
Cash Cash: We did a bunch of collabs, we wrote one with Christina Perri and recorded it and it sounds awesome. We did a track with Capital Cities which is an original and we did one with The Cataracs. We are going out to LA next month and we have a lot people lined up so it’s going to be fun.
Interview conducted during WMC 2014.