The legendary duo Cosmic Gate was in town this week for a video shoot and we were lucky enough to have Bossi stop in for an interview! It was a really cool experience for our team to get to sit down and talk to someone who has had as much success as Cosmic Gate has, and learn a little about what life is like for a world-famous DJ. Read all about it below:
How’s the Wake Your Mind tour going so far?
Well, haha people always ask us that like we aren’t always on tour… But anyway, I live here in the US, and I’m loving this round of it, it’s like playing at home. We’re in town [LA] for a few days to shoot a video our next video with Emma Hewitt. Then we have two days off before starting the tour up again on Thursday at Beta in Denver, then it’s off to Marquee in Las Vegas.
Now some questions from your fans. What’s your favorite US club?
Oh, well – there’s a lot of good ones! Avalon here in LA – it’s a very energetic and young crowd. We have two shows coming up there at the end of the month for MDW which is going to be a great time. Ruby Skye in San Francisco is another one – it’s just a gorgeous venue. I also like Pacha NY, there’s great energy there, and Toronto’s The Guvernment.
Which festivals are you looking forward to playing this summer?
Aside from Nocturnal, we’re playing EDC… then in Europe we’ll be at Global Gathering in the UK. We’re also going to play a big event in St. Petersberg, Russia. It’s kind of nice because it’s a midsummer kind of night – the kind where it’s only dark for an hour. You’re playing at 3 am and it’s still daylight, at 4 it’s dark, but as soon as it is you see the new day rising. It’s very cool.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Haha well, simply because there are 2 of us we try to give away our responsibility to the other. Five minutes before the show starts, we’ll turn to the other and be like “So, which track are YOU going to start with?”
Do you guys play pre-recorded sets?
No, it’s all about playing the right track at the right moment. Sometimes we’ll start off with the same opening track – when you have a good opening track it’s hard to find. Right now it’s the Eric Prydz remix of M83’s “Midnight City.” When it fits, and you’ve been getting a good response, you start with it. Then you have to read the crowd – are they more into trance or progressive? Once you get a good read on them, then you go with the flow.
What’s your go to song to get the crowd pumped up?
First we were known for our productions, and then the DJing came about – so we have always focused on our own productions in our performances. Half of our sets are our songs, and we get the biggest response from our songs.
Which up & comers are you paying attention to?
There’s fortunately a lot of new good stuff going around right now – like Arty – he’s blowing up out there because of his production skills.
“You get out there because of your productions… or because you live in Jersey.”
Outside of EDM – what kind of music do you like listening to?
Everything and nothing. A lot of times I just skip on music. Sometimes it’s overkill to be listening to other things when you’re preparing for shows… you’re always over your Macbook loading in the new tracks, and you’re listening to your set properly before the show, you’re always listening.
Personally, I like a lot of chilled stuff – no hard beats, Ibiza kind of chill out music. Nic loves opera, not that he listens daily – but our background spans from pop, to rock, independent, 80’s nu wave, all the way to opera.
“We grew up on techno and house and we put in different ingredients, and hopefully the meal tastes good.”
What do you crave after a long show?
When you play a long show, have had a couple drinks, and have used up all that energy performing, you want to EAT. So we crave a huge breakfast and are usually looking for a good after-hours spot. When your adrenaline level starts to go down, you begin to realize how much energy you just gave, so you want to just load up and try to get some sleep. I never really sleep “well” after a long night of partying… but you try to at least.
If you could collaborate artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Frank Sinatra! Well really, I just would have liked to have seen one of his shows.
A lot of artists fit our style, but we like to find new people. For example we work a lot with Emma Hewitt – our guys in the UK pointed her out to us. We listened to her and then we saw pictures (haha JK) and we knew she’d be a good fit. When we got in touch with her we already 10 or 12 tracks done so we produced some demos just for her, and she sent the vocals back and we were just like wow, WTF. She fits us really well business wise and on a personal level. And the crowds simply love her.
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Big thanks to Bossi who was very down to earth and super-easy to talk to! Be sure to get tickets to their 5/26 show at Avalon Hollywood where they’ll be rocking the crowd with another one of their AMAZING sets! GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.