Interview: White Panda Talks Electric Zoo, NYC, and Boring Jobs
White Panda has been making noise online since they burst onto the scene with their unique take on mash-up production. From computer screens to the clubs, the DJ duo has brought a specific sound party-goers have been looking for all across the country. From one dance party to the next, Dan and Tom have seen it all.
The guys currently have spot dates booked across North America. Check out the dates here and look for a special announcement early next week about their show in ATL.
What inspired you guys to start creating mash-up production?
We started doing this style of production when we were in college. At that time, some artists like Girl Talk were doing some really neat things with sampling which inspired us. We started getting very interested in dance music, and sort of began to merge our influence of Girl Talk with our love of dance music to form our own style.
How long will you typically work on a track before you feel that it is perfect?
It really all depends. Sometimes we can realistically finish a track in a day. There are also times when there is a particular sample we really want to use, but it takes several weeks to find the right fit, and formulate the track to our liking. Now, with expectations a lot higher for the music we put out, it generally takes a little longer to make tracks.
If you weren’t making music and helping kids go HAM all across America, what would you be doing?
I (Dan) would be an Electrical Engineer somewhere in the Silicon Valley and Tom would be a Management Consultant in Chicago. Yeah we’re nerds at heart.
How was playing at Electric Zoo this year?
Incredible. We always love going to NYC, and to be playing at one of the premier EDM festivals in that city was an amazing experience and a lot of fun. The energy and size of the crowds at these events is enormous, so it always pumps us up to do performances of that magnitude.
What’s been your favorite place in the world that you’ve performed at?
New York always holds it down. In terms of a city that consistently brings it the most I’d say NYC, but there are definitely times when crowds in smaller towns have insane energy and enthusiasm, which makes for a great time. As long as the people are ready to party and have a good time, we’ll definitely feed off of that vibe.