Catz 'n Dogz Talk New Album: "We Want to Try and Make an Album We've Never Done Before"
Poland might not be a major exporter of EDM talent, but it did spawn two major international tastemakers. We're talking about Catz 'n Dogz, of course, AKA Wojciech "Voitek" Taranczuk and Grzegorz "Greg" Demianczuk, DJ-producers extraordinaire and the masterminds behind Pets Recordings.
As a European counterpart of sorts to Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin's beloved Dirtybird, the Pets label has been responsible for some of the decade's most massive records and breakthrough artists, bridging the gap between bass music, house and techno. And it follows that Catz 'n Dogz are quite adept at destroying dancefloors, as you'll find out when they throw down at Treehouse on Thursday.
Crossfade: How did the two of you first hook up? What glues the partnership together?
Voitek Taranczuk: The town that we come from, Szczecin, has less than 400,000 people who live there and the scene is very small. So it was just a matter of time until we met. From the beginning, we had a similar vision. I don't know how to explain it, but a lot of people in our hometown were kind of thinking about what other people think about them, so every time they were organizing a party there was no real proper vibe. At the beginning, it was just Greg and I organizing parties, and these parties immediately had a really good atmosphere. What we were doing was just very natural. We never thought it would go so far. I guess we were just lucky.
I guess the fact that we were really different, that's where the name Catz 'n Dogz comes from. At the beginning, we were completely different people. I was always more of an active person, doing sports, and on the other hand, taking a lot of drugs and doing a lot of different things. Greg was still going out, but during the week he would just sit at home, always go everywhere by taxi, and know more about what's going on in the market, and economy and stuff like that. I was more into EDM and smoking joints. I think that is what actually helped. The music really connected us and glued us together.
How did you first get drawn to electronic dance music? Were you exposed to much of it while growing up in Poland? What has the local scene been like during time there?
As I said earlier, in our hometown there were a couple of people that were organizing parties. Our hometown is a one and half-hour drive from Berlin, so a lot of DJs from Berlin were playing in our hometown at the beginning of their career. We had Ben Clock playing in the restaurant in our hometown for 50 people. We had had Dixon playing for 30 people in the basement at a pizza place. But that was 10-12 years ago, so that was at the beginning of those big DJ's careers.
So in our hometown, there were these really cool things happening for two years. But, fuck, I actually forgot -- what was the question? I always take the subject and carry on in a different direction. Yeah, so then a lot of things changed in our hometown because Poland joined the European Union and a lot of people could go to work, especially to the UK, and a lot of our friends moved out from our hometown and a lot of people that were living next to the border of our hometown also moved out to work for better money and for the same hours -- so we lost a really big crowd of people and the scene kind of died, I guess.
The first contact was just because a couple of friends of ours were throwing really cool parties, because Berlin was so close, so definitely in our hometown they were cool. There were really cool underground parties in our hometown. Like late '90s to early 2000s.