Andy Caldwell and Adam Johan are both virtuosic house producers; one a veteran of both the global dance scene and Yoshitoshi, the other a fresh and exciting face in house music's cultural landscape. Their first collaboration together, "Deep In My heart," was selected for Toolroom's Ibiza 2016 compilation, and its follow up "Hold You" has graced The Deep End with its salacious rhythms and heart-stopping vocals. We caught up with the two to find out about their collaborative process and what gear they would take to a desert island.
How did you two get connected and what lead to your collaboration?
We met each other through a mutual friend and, after spending some quality one-on-one time, decided to write some music together. The first result was "Deep In My Heart" and "Hold You" is the second.
Tell me a bit about the creation of "Hold You." How do you guys operate together in the studio?
Adam: We usually start by going through a few ideas we've started on our own and pick one that resonates with both of us. We live in different cities (I'm in Edmonton), which can be tough, but I go to LA fairly regularly, so we try to get in a session or two whenever we can. Andy has a great home studio and I love being at his place. His dog, cat, and wife are all wonderful company and the set-up of his place is very "California," which I love, as I spend almost half the year in less than ideal weather.
Andy: My dog actually writes the majority of our music, I’m just her bitch.
Andy, you've released through Yoshitoshi and Shinichi with Behrouz in the past. How does it feel being back on the label all these years later?
Andy: It’s a little surreal to be honest. We’ve done some good work together with Yoshitoshi in the past, so I know we are in good hands. There are very few relevant labels left that were founded in the 90’s, you could probably count them on one hand and Yoshitoshi is certainly one of them.
I know you're both gearheads, so I'm curious - what's your desert island piece of equipment at the moment?
Adam: This is a tough one. I've accumulated a fair amount of gear over the last couple years and I have a soft spot for pretty much all of it. If I have to pick, I guess it'd be the Prophet 6 — which, ironically isn't on this track (we made Hold You with Andy's Juno 60 and SH-101), but features prominently on most of my projects.
Andy: Actually for me it would have to be my piano. No electricity on a desert island right? So all my other toys would be useless! Yeah, definitely the piano.