Who knew that a band could spawn so much talent? From Orange County indie rock band Eye Alaska came not only singer/songwriter Roy English, but the duo of Cody Nadeau and Cameron Trowbridge. Known as BRKLYN (pronounced Brooklyn), they’ve exploded onto the festival scene with a unique mix of live instruments and electro/progressive production. Under the mentorship of Tritonal, their song “Steal Your Heart” became a massive hit on dance radio station across the world. Working with singer Mariah McManus, their new single “Can’t Get Enough” is on its way to becoming the anthem of the summer as is their collab with Paul Oakenfold & Amba Shepherd “U Are.”
RS: Is this your first conference?
Cody: This is year two for us.
RS: How has it changed from last year to this year for you?
Cameron: We have been playing a bunch of shows so we are stoked! Our single came out today so we are premiering that and pushing that hard. It is called “Can’t Get Enough” and it’s fucking awesome.
RS: Is that the one that has the live instruments and sounds very pretty?
Cody: Yeah, the whole drop is guitar so when we play it live we get out in front of the stage and bring a whole live aspect to our show.
RS: So you actually play the guitar?
Cody: Both of us do.
RS: So you guys are actually talented musicians?
Cameron: We both come from bands so first and foremost we want to be a band and a live act. Then we incorporate DJing into our sets.
RS: So you are kind of like Breathe Carolina a little bit?
Cody: No, they’re our boys but we are better. Just kidding, actually my band and Breathe Carolina used to be on the same label, which is how we met.
RS: What was your band called?
Cody: It was called Eye Alaska
RS: So both of you were in the same band?
RS: How many of you were there in that band?
RS: So the two good ones broke out on their own?
Cody: Yeah that’s right.
RS: First time I heard about you guys you did a song called “No Sleep” right?
Cody: Yes, with Maor Levi, that was a dope record.
RS: When you worked with him on the record, what did you learn from him in the studio?
Cameron: The guy is a mad scientist, he is crazy and he can pretty much make anything happen that he hears in his head. It was great to collaborate on that together and make something beautiful.
RS: I can totally hear that. You also had another song called “Steal Your Heart.”
Cameron: Yes, it hit 3 million plays on Spotify. Shout out to BPM and Sirius XM and everyone that gave us love.
Cody: That is our big single right now and hopefully “Can’t Get Enough” is going to be just as big, it came out today and we are stoked.
RS: I just spoke to Tritonal and they are kind of like your big brothers. What was the best advice that Tritonal gave you when you started your career?
Cody: Like you said they have always been like big brothers to us and I think that they saw what we were doing and appreciated our songwriting abilities. They taught us the production side and the mixing side so it was cool to learn that from them.
RS: What about you?
Cameron: They have been a big help on the production side and they are crazy mad scientists in the studio. When you combine a great song with crazy producers it helped us make a big push.
RS: What DAW do you use?
RS: I am curious, why are DJs so afraid of vowels?
Cody: DJs, shmeejays (laughing). It’s because it’s memorable. All caps - you can’t beat that logo. I feel like all the people are hating on the vowels but Urban Outfitters has our whole line. They are selling our logos everywhere. We did that before them!
RS: If you live in Los Angeles why is your name Brooklyn?
Cameron: It means unity makes strength so me and him together make something special. Together we are strong.
RS: When they make the movie of your life, what actor is going to play you?
Cameron: Matthew McConaughey
Cody: Leo! He finally won an Oscar!
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Cameron: We love you guys for supporting us.
Cody: We are nothing without you guys and we write music so that you guys feel what we feel. We hope that you stay on this journey with us, we love you!
Interview conducted March 2016 during Winter Music Conference.