Dev and The Cataracs served as the opening act for Robyn at MD Presents Pride Night at California’s Great America Friday, May 27th. Following their heart pounding show at the main stage shortly after 11:30pm, David and Niles of The Cataracs and Dev were ushered backstage to rest before heading home for sleep so they can jump back on tour with Usher in Sacramento.
Backstage, I got to sit with The Cataracs and Dev and as you will see, find out a lot about these three very down to earth, Northern California musicians.
Examiner: You guys just got off stage. How are you guys feeling right now?
The Cataracs (David): (Deep sigh of relief)
The Cataracts (Niles): How do you show the sun to a blind man?
E: You guys are back in the Bay Area. During your performance you keep saying how it felt good to be back home. Where have you guys been?
TC (David): Wow! Two days ago we were in Vancouver; the day before that Omaha, Nebraska, before that Winnipeg, Canada.
Dev: All over the place
TC (Niles): Everywhere! South Carolina, North Carolina, Columbus, Orlando. We’ve got to see America.
E: All the traveling has been a result of being on tour with Usher which is still going on.
TC (Niles): Yea, we’ve got a few days left. We’re in the home stretch now with California so it’s actually a relief because it’s like our hometowns. Places we’ve played before; Sacramento, L.A, San Jose; it’s nice.
E: How’s the experience of being on tour with Usher been Dev?
Dev: It’s been great. I’ve done a couple tours before; I’ve done one with Jeffree Star where we played a lot of underground rock venues. It’s like the complete opposite end of the spectrum now playing in front of ten thousand people in arenas with some legends and these guys (pointing towards The Cataracs) which is kind of a relief for me getting to be on stage with my homies (laughing). It’s been amazing.
E: The Cataracs are from the Bay Area. Dev, are you also from the Bay Area?
Dev: No, I was born in Tracy, raised in Manteca. (Looking over to The Cataracs) I’m like an hour from you guys.
The Cataracs: (Joking) We’re not going to hold that against you
Dev: Where I grew up is tight as f*uck
TC (David): She’s got a lot of pride
Dev: I do! I love it. It’s so quiet, nobody bothers me.
TC (Niles): That’s our little Devie
Dev: I’m from the cuts.
TC (Niles): our little diamond from the cuts.
Dev: Diamonds from the cuts, I love that.
TC (Niles): I’ve got to say though, the real story behind us all is that when I was in 8th grade, we had a graduation party here at Great America and I got caught smoking pot outside in the parking lot and security ambushed us like a swat team and it basically resulted in me getting expelled from the Albany school system. I went to Berkeley High School and that’s where I met David and we formed The Cataracs.
TC (Niles): So because of this place right here, smoking dope and getting kicked out of the Albany school district is why The Cataracs were formed.
All: Thank you Great America.
TC (Niles): So the moral of the story is, smoke dope
E: Being back at Great America and performing – The Cataracs opened the show, Dev finished the show. – how’s it feel being back home performing for a home crowd.
TC (David): Can I take this? Since we have connected brains right now
TC (David): We’ve been doing these huge arena shows which are amazing but there is always these seven-to-ten foot barriers separating us from the audience. Even though there was a little space tonight (between us and the audience), it was still intimate. In an arena you feed off the crowd but it was way more of a personal experience because you can look at individuals and pin point people in the crowd. It equals into this awesomeness on stage. It feels really good.
Dev: The intimate feeling was there for sure.
TC (Niles): They loved it
Dev: Yea, they sang every word to Booty Bounce, that was tight.
TC (Niles): We got a lot of love tonight
E: Towards the end of the set, we got a sneak preview of a new track that you guys (The Cataracs) worked on with Dev that was produced in Costa Rica. Tell me about the new album.
Dev: It’s called A Night The Sun Came Up. Me and The Cataracs spent the whole month of January recording new stuff
for it. I’m really excited for everybody to hear it. It’s due out September 20th. It has a bunch of our stories, different tempos and textures. People will be able to see that I can pop bottles and I have a soul which is going to be nice. I have a lot of little surprises in there for everybody.
E: The album’s coming out in September; I’m assuming there is a single out right now.
Dev: Yes there is, it’s called In The Dark which was also produced in Costa Rica. It has this cool Sax (saxophone) line and it’s very spicy and flavorful. The video will be out soon too, I just shot it the other day.
E: We know where Dev is going, what’s up with The Cataracs?
TC (Niles): Oh man, The Cataracs album. We’ve spend so much time giving and giving to other people – we did G6. Top of the World was the first record we put out that’s all our own so we got to be greedy a little. Now we get to work on The Cataracs album. We kind of set this prophecy up for ourselves that we are these musical genius and we are going to deliver this impressive, incredible album. And now it’s really time to do it; to sit down at the blank page and write that Macbeth, that masterpiece, that Great Gatsby. Hopefully we do deliver; I think we will from the bottom of my heart.
E: What are The Cataracs? You guys are producers, remixers, lyricists, rappers, singers
Dev: They do everything!
E: They do everything!
TC (Niles): Do it all, just like a mini-mall
TC (David): We’re artists. We’ve done this for so long and it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to create a body of work where we actually have an audience and something to live up to; want to live up to. We love music and ready to sculpt that masterpiece.
E: What’s the name of the album?
TC (Niles): Our album is yet to be titled.
TC (David): It might just be self titled and you just heard it first
E: Where are you guys with your album?
TC (David): For the past two years, we’ve found success in working with other artists which is a way you learn a lot about yourself as an artist. There’s no regret. It’s been such a learning experience. You ask where we are at; we’re starting from scratch after this tour and that’s the way I like it. It’s going to be a clean slate.
E: What does the summer hold?
TC (Niles): The tour ends in a couple days and then we are going right to the studio and do what we do best, just make music and everything that comes with making music. It’s a beautiful thing going on tour and doing shows like this. What created all this was just us being in the studio, making music and being us. That was the seed for all of this.
E: Dev, I’m sure you’re going to be pushing that album
Dev: Yes, I am. I’m going to go to London, Sweden, Norway, Dubai, Spain to promote the album.
E: Why are you spending so much time abroad to promote the album?
Dev: When G6 peaked last August/September, that’s when I started touring the states and haven’t stopped since. I’ve been doing radio and the Jeffree Star thing. I went on the road with Robyn actually and The Far East. Now it’s time for me to spread my music over there just a little bit and hopefully get back in the studio before the summers ends.
Dev and The Cataracs have come a long way but surely no where near done. This Thursday, The Crib is hosting a Dev Single Release Party focusing on In The Dark which is available now on iTunes.
Keep up with:
- Dev: Website | Twitter
- The Cataracs: Website | Twitter