Poolside on EDM, the Los Angeles Scene, Pacific Standard Time, and Fine Wine

Photo by Dustin A. Beatty
Perhaps not since the Beach Boys has a musical act been as evocative of Southern California as Los Angeles production duo Poolside.

The title of the pair's 2012 debut album -- Pacific Standard Time -- gives it away. And the sun-kissed laid-back disco grooves are pure Californian leisure -- a perfect soundtrack for lazing around on a pool float in a reefer haze and sipping a margarita.

Of course, Poolside's live sound must be a far less lethargic beast, what with the benefit of a new band lineup bringing the inherent funk and four-on-the-floor jack of the studio recordings to the fore.

Find out this Saturday when Poolside stops by Eve for Poplife, Nightdrive, and Heard's Mission to Mars Halloween bash, alongside Bonde Do Role and Com Truise.

We here at Crossfade spoke with frontman and vocalist Filip Nikolic about the L.A. scene, his new slab of Cali-infused tracks, and making music under the influence of a complex cabernet.

See also:
-Miami's Halloween 2012 Music and Party Guide

Crossfade: Who is Poolside? How did the partnership first come about? And what were you each working on musically before you paired up?
Filip Nikolic: Poolside is Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Fare, making music influenced by mescal and summer. We met before I even lived in America, which is over nine years ago. I was touring with Danish band Junior Senior and Jeff was hosting the afterparty at now-legendary Frisco Disco at the Arrow Bar in San Francisco. That night, we bonded, and since then, we have been friends and doing random little music projects through the years.

It wasn't till about two years ago that Poolside was formed, after a two-day studio/pool/wine session. Before Poolside, I was doing a lot of studio work, and made records with my other band Ima Robot, which kinda slowed down cause everybody got so busy with other stuff. So it was good timing that Poolside all of a sudden started touring a lot. Since I've known Jeff, he's been doing tons of DJing and throwing big parties. Jeff also used to be in the band Paradise Boys, and I actually played bass for them on a West Coast tour they did years ago.

What is California to you? How has the scene and way of life there shaped you as artists?
California is definitely a huge inspiration and a factor that heavily shaped our sound. Moving from Denmark to Los Angeles was pretty unreal for me. The laid-back lifestyle and the endless summer was and still is amazing to me.

Do you see yourselves as a part of the whole L.A. Beat scene? Do you feel like part of that musical ecosystem, bouncing ideas and inspiration around with other artists there?
The music scene that we are a part of in Los Angeles basically consist of friends that just happen to make music too. And for some reason, we all tend to make similar kinds of music. The last few years, we have all been getting more mellow in our sounds as a counter-reaction to a lot of the heavier dance music. Me and Jeff just decided to take the mellow sound even further. We took it out of the night club and placed it at one of our favorite L.A. settings, which is the pool party.

We are definitely part of the scene and everybody is constantly helping each other out, which is supernice. Nobody really cares about competition, which makes the whole thing superrelaxed. I personally love it like this -- I'm too old for some career race, and don't really care about who's more successful, etc.

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