Only concerned with making the perfect soundtrack to sunbathing in their backyard in California, Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise are two good buddies inspired by mezcal, dancing, fine food, and good friends. For more pop credentials than having their own pool, one half of the duo is an LA-based Danish producer who plays bass in Ima Robot (Nikolic), whilst the other is the party promoter in San Francisco, formerly of hardwave band The Calculators with Luke and Vito from The Rapture. The newly formed duo's debut single is a lesson in pop-tinged disco, brimming with optimistic vocals and retro acid synths entitled "Do You Believe?" out on Aussie label Future Classic with remixes from the lovely Jacques Renault, James Curd, and Cosmic Kids.
Q & A
...so special about you, then?
We're obsessive about disco records, mezcal (we are drinking it right now actually), we love making delicious food with tons of fat and butter, and we don't ever play at night clubs... only daytime pool parties.
...your worst vice?
I think our worst vice is also our best quality: we spend half our studio time drinking mezcal and going in the pool and it really isn't very efficient… however it's when we are a bit drunk and totally relaxed that we make our best music.
…the story behind your name?
Filip's recording studio is literally a poolhouse in LA, and the pool is literally 3 feet from the entry (the same pool seen in our video) and the purpose of our music has always been creating the soundtrack for a perfect day chilling by the pool.
... your favourite sound?
90s skateboard videos. Clack!!
...your worst fashion secret?
Jeffrey: "I always try to look out of place."
Filip: "My best and worst fashion secret is that I haven't bought any clothes in nearly ten years."
...your favourite websites?
... good for breakfast?
This morning we had six large Italian sausages, fresh fruit salad with tons of berries and Asian pears, and wood oven baked eggs covered in fresh herbs… it was really good.
...at the top of your shit list?
We don't have a shit list.
...are you listening to now?
Jeffrey: Bobby Womack, Luther Vandross, Neil Young - On The Beach, Tyrannosaurus Rex - A Beard of Stars, Walker Brothers, weird 80s boogie, I listen to so much music everyday.
Filip: 90s Dave Clarke mixtapes
How would you describe your work?
We usually buy a bottle of Del Maguey Mezcal at Cap n Cork and maybe some wine and then we work on a song for a few hours, once it starts sounding good, we listen to it while chilling out in the pool… then we repeat this process until the song is finished. When it's done we cook.
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