An interview with Feenixpawl
We chatted to Josh and Aden of Aussie dance duo Feenixpawl while they were back in Australia for their national tour about all things new music, working with Kaskade and a bunch of other random shit.
Since taking their base over to LA, the boys have nabbed themselves an ARIA, a beatport number one, have new music on the horizon as well as their latest releases for Axwell’s label ‘Axtone,’ not to mention they’re starting their own label.
Called Eclypse- keeping in theme with their radio show- the boys hope the label will allow them to have more control over their releases as well as signing new, exciting talent.
On why they’re venturing into record label management, Aden says it’s all about making music for the love of the craft.
“We’re just going to release music that we love and it’s not really going to be about money and that kind of thing for us, it’s more just releasing good music.”
“We’re all about supporting younger talent; I mean that’s how we came up, people gave us an opportunity,” Josh added.
Having worked with some of the biggest names in the business, Feenixpawl definitely know what they’re doing, after all, they have a decade under their belt!
You’ve gotten some love from some really big names like Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Avicii, David Guetta and Kaskade- What’s been the best part about doing all of this?
J: We’ve been doing this for about ten years now, so it took us a while to build a name and I guess to get recognised in the industry. To get that recognition is mind-blowing, you always hope for it you never really expect it.
How did you come to work with Kaskade on Room for Happiness? What was it like working with him?
J: We did a bootleg of an Adele track, that we just gave away on our Soundcloud and somehow he caught wind of it and started just playing it out. He actually just hit us up on Twitter after… it was just before In My Mind was about to come out. He said ‘would you guys be interested in doing a remix?’ And we we’re like ‘yeah sure.’
It was really kind of out of the blue and random. I think that’s how he does a lot of his, remixes for his tracks, he gets younger guys that are up and coming.
Have you ever met him?
J: Yeah, actually. The first time we met Kaskade, we were DJing with him at the Marquee at Las Vegas. He hit us up, like ‘let’s go have dinner’ so we had dinner and it was quite funny because he goes ‘I play a lot of your stuff, so I don’t know what I’m going to play tonight.’ He’s a great guy and he’s always helped us out throughout our career… we’ve been pretty tight with him ever since.
What’s the best gig you guys have ever played?
J: In terms of festivals, we’ve played main stage the last couple of years at Stereosonic , it’s our home country so…
A: I think Sydney, we played kind of early, I think it was 2:00pm or 3:00pm and even at that time there was about thirty forty thousand people there, which is crazy and that definitely stands out for us.
J: One of our favourite clubs in the world is Paradise Club in Mykonos, we always love playing there.
A: It’s something else, there’s nothing else like that in the world.
J: Open air when the sun’s coming up. It is heaven.
What’s the most fucked up thing that has ever happened on tour?
A: It’s interesting but I wouldn’t say it’s that fucked up, we were meant to play at Electric Zoo in New York last year, it’s a three day festival and we were meant to play on a Sunday and unfortunately two people passed away the day before.
So, the Sunday got completely cancelled so we didn’t get to play. This year we got booked again and we were playing on the Sunday again and we were like this couldn’t possibly happen again. So what happened is we ended up going to the festival and we played, and we played quite early. Basically as soon as we finished there was the most epic storm.
J: It was literally like a hurricane.
A: They cancelled it again
J: … this storm came and just destroyed the whole festival and then they shut it down. But apart from that I don’t know, we like to get crazy but I don’t think anything super fucked up has ever happened , but not that we’d tell you anyway!
Besides you’re music and your laptop what’s the one thing you can’t live without when you are touring?
J: That’s a good question…
A: Where would you be without your allergy shit?
J: Yeah I need my allergy medication, that’s how much of a geek I am!
Who’s the coolest DJ you’ve ever met?
A: Well, Kaskade is notoriously known throughout the community as probably the nicest DJ that there is.
J: He’s a chiller. He’s a surfer dude you know, he’s got that chilled out vibe about him.
A: Swedish House Mafia, to be honest when we met Swedish House Mafia it was a pretty surreal moment. It was like right before they were peaking. And they’re three really cool fucking DJ’s.
J: we had just done a track with Axwell and we went up to him and he didn’t recognise us because we obviously have never met before and we go ‘hey man, we’re Feenixpawl and he goes ‘come in! Big group hug,’ then I spilt my drink all over him, I was that excited! The first thing he said was ‘Oh don’t worry about [it], come into our green room. We’re not really drinking tonight so you can have whatever you want.’
And then he left. So this security guard watching me and Aden sitting in the green room. Eating grapes.
What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever done or said to you?
J: Getting tattoos is still surreal, we have this fan who is getting our logo tattooed on her and a lot of people have had our lyrics to our songs tattooed on them. That’s surreal.
A: We haven’t had any scary stalker moments or anything- I don’t think we’re quite at that level yet.
J: The tattoo thing, it freaks me out… it’s for life.
A: I wouldn’t do it
J: I wouldn’t get my own logo tattooed on myself!
What’s the best party you’ve guys have ever been to?
J: Oh god, I think there’s nothing like a good house party. Actually the other weekend we went to one. You know the Stafford Brothers?
At their place at LA they just bought a new house and they had a wicked house party. I think they’re known for their house parties. Every time we go to their place for a house party it’s normally pretty wild!
A: Every year after Stereosonic, they do an after party and that is a wild party because all the DJs are there and it’s like- ‘there’s Tiesto, what’s up?’ and then Ingrosso will walk in. That party’s really wild. All the artists let their hair down because it’s been a long two weeks.
What’s left on your bucket list?
A: Shit, that’s big. See it’s funny because we basically travel the world but we don’t see any of the places. I could say I’ve been to this place but I haven’t seen any of it, because we fly in for a few days so.
J: I think we’ve toured Brazil maybe six times, we’ve been to Rio a bunch of times but I never even seen Christ the Redeemer or anything like that. Our bucket list is pretty long, I still haven’t been sky diving or bungy jumping.
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