The Cataracs’ Covert Takeover of L.A.

What happens when you write a song that tops worldwide charts and sells over three million downloads in the U.S.? Your phone starts to ring—a lot. Los Angeles based producers The Catacracs’ proverbial mobile has been ringing off the hook lately, thanks to their surprise 2010 smash, Far East Movement’s “Like a G6.”

While the duo is still far from a household name, David Singer-Vine and Niles Hollowell-Dhar, both in their early twenties, are already working behind the scenes with names America knows well. Everyone from Snoop Dogg to 50 Cent is down with this duo of beat makers. “He’s just a cool-ass guy,” Hollowell-Dhar said of 50 Cent, who the Cataracs recently collaborated with for three songs for his forthcoming album. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was like that last physical CD I think I ever bought. I know all the tracks,” he said. “To produce and work with Curtis was just surreal,” he said from Hollywood’s Serenity Studios earlier this week

But the Cataracs aren’t just working behind the scenes anymore. The Berkley boys, who started making waves in the Bay Area before they moved down to Los Angeles last year, are stepping into the spotlight. “’Top of The World’” is our toast to the perfect electronic pop song, with maybe a little bit of rap,” said the Cataracs’ chattier half, Singer-Vine, of their new single (It already has nearly a million views on You Tube).

“They were all just real girls we plucked off the street,” Hollowell-Dhar joked of the female extras featured in the wild clip for “Top of the World,” filmed in a sleazy Hollywood hotel. “They needed a place to stay that night.” It’s a new look and sound for The Cataracs, but it’s also a return to what they’ve been doing on a smaller scale since the mid 2000s, when they were just teenagers putting out tracks that resonated on MySpace. “Sure you can point fingers and say people are chasing a trend, but dance music has been around a long time,” said Singer-Vine. “Maybe there is a ‘formula’ right now that is becoming predictable, but people said rap music was a trend, too.”

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