Pascal & Pearce can show you how to ‘Lose Control’ [Interview]
SA favourites Pascal & Pearce have been rocking dance floors for round a decade, with no signs of slowing down; In fact this dynamic duo is going from strength to strength as they continue to produce hits.
Their new single ‘Lose Control’ features Johnny Apple and will take us to that summery bliss we’re all anticipating as the days get longer and the sun shines a bit louder.
From moving to Universal to having cooked up a production storm this winter; who they’re listening to and more; this is Pascal & Pearce- if you’re in the business of losing control you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve always tried to push the boundaries on our side with regards to music production and style…”
Your new single, Lose Control featuring Johnny Apple is currently thawing people with its sexy summer swing. Although you wrote the instrumentals last summer, it is released now, close to summer. How important is timing regarding releases?
Pascal & Pearce: For us the timing wasn’t a main factor, the season is irrelevant – it’s more the feeling that the song inspires. We were sitting on the instrumental for a while, but once we met Johnny we knew it was a good fit, so the timing kinda worked itself out!
Throughout the years you have record label hopped from Just Music to Spinnin and now to Universal SA. How important is it for artists to feel at home and supported by their labels and do you feel that way at Universal?
Pascal & Pearce: Of course, being signed to Universal is a massive honour and we’re really happy to be a part of the family! It’s definitely important to feel the love from your label – throughout our journey we’ve always tried to keep that in mind and do what’s right for us.
From Deep House to Dubstep, you are masters of flowing between sounds and remaining open-minded and hearted regards to making music. Is there a ‘genre’ of electronic music you are opposed to writing?
Pascal & Pearce: Not at all, we’ve always tried to push the boundaries on our side with regards to music production and style – we both come from such diverse musical backgrounds, and we listen to a lot of different music in our off time… so we have a ton of influences when making music together, which definitely helps keep the style fresh and exciting.
In a 2013 interview Dave Mac (IDM’s editor in chief) described Dave as being “more relaxed and easy breezy” and Pascal as the philosophical insomniac. Is this still true or have things changed?
Pascal & Pearce: Hahaha things have definitely changed a bit! It’s good though, you can’t have growth without change. As our career and personal lives have grown, we’ve definitely gained a ton of experience and learnt a lot… Pascal is still philosophical though.
You are household names in South Africa and are also making waves on the international circuit. What’s your long-term goal and where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Pascal & Pearce: It’s been an amazing journey thus far! Long term goals for us would definitely include more tours overseas, more awesome collabs. and just making music that gets out to as many people as possible. We’d also love to explore the world of music production for TV/Movies/Video Games one day… so we’ll see where we are in 5 years!
Who’s beats are currently moving your feet?(any artists you are digging at the moment, from any genre.)
Pascal & Pearce: Kyle Watson, Solardo, Fisher, Dillon Francis, CamelPhat, Chris Lake, Das Kapital, Mike Kelly, Kostakis, Phlegmatic Dogs… all of them are making really cool beats at the moment!
What has been a career highlight in the time of Pascal & Pearce?
Pascal & Pearce: It’s tricky to pick one specific thing, but for us the travelling has been a really awesome highlight. We’ve been blessed enough to see beautiful places all over the world, and all just because of music… if that isn’t living the dream, then we don’t know what is.
Do you have any news to share with your fans- what’s cooking in your pot this year ahead?
Pascal & Pearce: We’re currently working on a bunch of music that will be available later in the year. Winter has always been a very productive time for us in the studio – there’s nothing like locking down a solid studio session on a cold winter’s day! And obviously a ton of shows, check our socials for more info 🙂