Interview | We Chat to DJ Duo SIDEPIECE about Brand New Release “Together”

DJ duo SIDEPIECE, have just dropped their future hit, Together.

The signature house record features a stunning vocal which sits perfectly on top of a driving bassline, which inevitably keeps listeners locked in.

Consisting of exceptional DJs, Ricky Mears and Dylan Ragland, – also known by their stage names, Nitti Gritti and Party Favor – SIDEPIECE formed in 2019 and have already amassed over two million monthly listeners on Spotify.

The pair have individually worked with some of the music industry’s biggest names, including Sean Kingston, A$AP Ferg, Ellie Goulding, Cardi b, Pitbull, the list goes on.

They said:

We’re just two below average guys who got together to make music we love, but don’t tell our significant others. Everybody needs a SIDEPIECE.” 

Together follows on from their hit track, On My Mind, with friend and renowned DJ, Diplo.

The tune smashed over 75 million streams and is one of 2020s most unavoidable dance tracks, with it now making a resurgence on video app, TikTok.

We got the chance to chat to SIDEPIECE’s Nitti Gritti, about the new track, how the pair are working during quarantine, and three tracks that will lift your mood!

 Hey Ricky! How are you and Dylan?

We’re doing well! We’re excited, we’ve made some progress with shows and events. 

Loving the new track Together. Tell us all about it.

We made Together at our writing camp in Malibu, and it actually came together really quickly!

Malibu? We’re not jealous at all… Why did you two decide to form SIDEPIECE?

Dylan and I both started sending some tech house back and forth a while back and realized there was a lot of potential to start something new for our own house music as a duo.

Well you’re killing it right now! The track On My Mind with Diplo has smashed it! How did that collaboration come about?

Almost three years ago in Bali, I went to a writing camp with Diplo and started the beat for On My Mind. It actually had a totally different vocal when we started it, then Diplo found the new sample and we all decided it would be best as a SIDEPIECE record, since it was in the tech house lane.

We saw on your Instagram that singer-songwriter, Khalid, was enjoying On My Mind. Do you ever know if a song is going to blow up?

I was right behind Khalid at Coachella watching that happen at Diplo’s set, and at that moment, I got really excited for the future of the song.

Well you’ve both worked with some phenomenal artists. Who else would love to work with?

I personally would love to work with Chris Lake for the SIDEPIECE project.

That’s something to excite the fans during quarantine! How are you both finding it and spending your time?

I think we both have been finding ways to work well during quarantine. I visit LA often and go to Dylan’s place to work and we’ve recorded some live streams / documentary stuff during this time. 

If you could pick three tracks to give people a little mood booster right now, what would you choose?

Together seems very fitting haha. I love the Purple Disco Machine remix of On My Mind, and I also love the song Clear My Mind by MNNR right now.

We approve of the choices haha! We can’t wait for the festivals and concerts to be back. So, before you go, what can we expect from SIDEPIECE in 2021?

We can’t wait for 2021 either. We have a lot of potential shows if it all works out where we could showcase all our new music.

Make sure you check out the brand new track from SIDEPIECE and tweet us @CelebMix to let us know your thoughts!

Written by Jodi

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