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Tritonal: Everything The NW Loves About Dance Music [Interview]


When Dada Life announced that they would be bringing the Dada Land Compound to the WaMu theater in Seattle, excitement in the Northwest reached what we thought was a peak. Paradiso had just ended and a stupendous slew of tours was on the docket for the end of the summer. Suddenly, they announced the full Dada Land Compound lineup and all Tritonia broke loose.

Texas-based duo Tritonal, made up of Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed, are no strangers to the Northwest. They performed at FreakNight 2013, the Roseland Theater in Portland in May, Paradiso 2014, and more throughout our gorgeous corner of the world. We’ve been lucky enough to have show after show in our area while Tritonal has been touring the globe, running a record label, and releasing new original tunes.

We actually get a lot more offers than we take [to play in the Northwest]. We don’t take them all because we try to keep the markets, to a certain degree, fresh. But Paradiso is different than the Dada Land Compound. People may have missed our set because it’s so far out there, there were long lines, we don’t know. We don’t know who saw us there versus here. We love Seattle and it just makes sense to keep coming back.-Chad


This wasn’t Tritonal’s first go-round with the dudes from Dada, as they’ve played two previous Compound shows. Although one of those shows was shut down prematurely, the response has been overwhelmingly positive for Tritonal appearances in Dada Land. Apart from the combination of Tritonal and Dada Life being amazing for the obvious reasons (they’re both freaking awesome), the relationship between the duos grows stronger through having a common goal: to have a positive experience.

We love to work with people who have high spirits. They always have a smile on their face, they’re always happy about life. They’re showing that in their music, they’re showing that in their sets, and we’re like that too. We love it. -Dave

They’re just funny. They’re funny, and positive, and alert. They’re not drunk, and full of ego, and ‘super cool man’. They’re super easy to geek out with and talk about things that are fun to talk about… We just love them as people. It’s actually hard to play with Dada Life because they bring so much energy! -Chad

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Tritonal taking in a Seattle staple, Dick’s Drive-In.

Experiencing Dada Land is as unique of an experience as you can find in the current dance music climate, but visiting Tritonia offers plenty of benefits as well.

We tried to say: is Tritonia a planet, is it a country, is it a land? What we came to find out is we don’t want to do that. It should be a place to whoever is there that can make it their own thing… It’s a place where you can go to have a better day. It’s a place where you can escape from the bullshit going on, fall in love with some good music, and hopefully, for at least an hour, change things around. -Chad

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