Swedish dance-music duo Cazzette – featuring Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Bjorklund – made a splash in 2011 with sizzling remixes of hits by Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Adele and many more, plus their own anthem, “Beam Me Up,” which went viral on YouTube and Spotify. Now, they’ve upped the ante with the three-part album “EJECT,” which allowed the guys to receive feedback and adjust their sound accordingly. Check them out Friday night at Mansion as they break out new dubhouse tracks - and their trademark giant cassette-tape headgear, just to blow your mind a bit.
Bjorklund talked to Miami.com about the show, Cazzette’s evolving sound, and the duo’s musical goals.
What can we expect from your show?
We’re really excited to play, and we have a bunch of new music. We’re still working on some of it – we’re in New York right now finishing up some stuff. We have two new singles and some remixes that we’re really hyped to play, and we’re bringing out the headgear, which has been gone for awhile.
So what inspired the big cassette-tape head things in the first place?
We were inspired by Daft Punk, to be honest. And we just wanted to bring something extreme to the production, and it’s a cool thing to do, to put on more of a show.
You guys are obviously inspired by Swedish House Mafia, but how about before them – what drove you to create EDM?
I wouldn’t say we’re so inspired by them anymore – they’re really talented, but we’re really trying to do a lot more of everything right now, just to make things more interesting. The state of EDM right now is kind of like a lot of the stuff sounds the same, and we don’t really want to follow that pattern.
How big for Cazzette was your performance at Ultra in March?
You always tend to bump up a notch after you’ve played Ultra – I think it’s a great way to market yourself as an artist and show people what you’re all about.
What gave you the idea to release “EJECT” in three parts?
It was great for us, because we could actually take feedback from Part One and bring it into Part Two and Part Three. So it was really cool to interact with our fans in that way, and it was great for us because we could keep the album active for longer – it was just not like release it and here it is – hello!
Dance music has really hit the mainstream, with Avicii, David Guetta and Calvin Harris having hits on Top 40 radio – is that your goal?
Yeah. I never understood people who think that because something becomes popular, they don’t like it anymore. I mean, the music is still the same – if it’s a good track, why would it even matter, you know?
“Beam Me Up” hit it pretty big – how do you top that?
Umm, I think what’s really good about that track for us, and what I feel secure about as a music producer is that, when we made that track, we made exactly what we wanted to. There was no compromise on anything – we loved the song. And I think it would have been different for us if we had manufactured it, like we forced it or something, or if the label pushed it, but it was 100 percent me and Sebastian. So I don’t feel stressed about topping it – we have some amazing new music that we’re gonna play in Miami, so I’m not worried at all.
Speaking of new music, has your sound changed recently from a mix of dubstep and house?
Yeah, definitely. I would describe our sound as a bit more mature now. It’s just that the whole dubstep thing was really good for us in the beginning, because it allowed us to stand out shortly, and everyone jumped on board, and then it was not fun anymore. So we like to try out different kinds of music, and we’re still searching for our sound, really. But I think our sound might be that we don’t really have a sound [laughs].
Photo by Jacob Shulman