Chromeo + Shwayze = The Cataracs. Your Guilty Pleasure.


Chromeo + Shwayze = The Cataracs. Your Guilty Pleasure.

“What happened to make these kids go crazy? The Cataracs. They’re two electo-pop-stars-to-be who were thrilled to be billed as Berkley’s ‘home-town heroes’.”San Francisco Chronicle (Date Book Cover)


We could describe the sound of The Cataracs using the familiar terms: “cutting edge” “universal,” “beyond category.” And we wouldn’t be lying. But save those cliches for a group who needs them. The Cataracs music and buzz speaks for itself.

The Cataracs are David Singer-Vine, 20 aka “Campa,” and Niles Hollowell-Dhar, 19, “Cyrano”. Both members share vocalist duties with Cyrano acting as the sole producer. The pair have developed a electro-pop sound that combines the dance floor sensibilities of electronic music with pop melodies, a risque edge, and east bay swagger. These divergent sounds are effectively cohesive when brought together by The Cataracs’ energy, sense of humor, and undeniably entertaining chemistry.

Myspace exclusively made The Cataracs featured artist last month out of pure love for their booty jiggling jams. Last month also debuted the video to “Baby, Baby”, directed by acclaimed director Taj, best known for Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop the Music”. This month has been even busier with cover stories in The SF Chronicle, The Oakland Tribune, and The Contra Costa Times, as well as a feature in the SF Weekly. The Cataracs video, “Murder She Wrote” has recently debuted on VH1’s “The V-Spot”. Their latest video “Julia” is to debut on MTVU, which was directed by 20 year-old Colin Tiley, a protégé of music video director Taj who has shot videos for Rihanna, NAS and LL Cool J.

“It’s an accomplished video for an emerging pop band that you should keep your eye on.”Arjan Writes

“The Cataracs joyous mix of ’80’s dance pop and modern hip-hop has made it a hit with clubgoers and has garnered the attention of major labels. Some speculate that a record deal could be right around the corner.”Oakland Tribune (Preview Cover Story)

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