Saturday Night Session 024: Tritonal opens up about what could be their most personal body of work to date and craft custom mix to celebrate the release of ‘U&ME’

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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.


Producers Chad Cisneros and David Reed of Tritonal are known for creating some of the most uplifting songs electronic music has to offer. Their ascent into notoriety is thanks to their ability to blend a catchy vocal with a hard-hitting progressive drop that resonates in a night club and still maintains radio appeal. Over a decade into their careers, Cisneros and Reed have cultivated an avid fanbase dubbed ‘Tritonians,’ and their productions are as popular as ever.

Whether it’s through their music or their in-person presence, Cisneros and Reed emanate an infectious positivity that has come to define the Tritonal brand. Those who know their stories know their hardships make their uplifting moniker the ultimate irony. Both artists have faced their own demons, and being DJs and music producers wouldn’t be the first career choice for many who have faced similar setbacks.

Cisneros faced a severe drug dependency during his youth, and even ended up incarcerated for a time. As many can imagine, being a DJ after facing addiction isn’t an easy life, which he is the first to admit. There are few careers that are as physically draining and provide as much temptation as being a touring artist. Cisneros has maintained his sobriety, and he is now the co-founder of Infinite Recovery in Austin, Texas. He and co-founder Michael Dadashi have worked to create a place that provides a path forward for those looking to beat addiction. To Cisneros, helping others is his way of nurturing his own sobriety.

Cisneros comments on the battle he and co-founder Michael Dadashi face on a daily basis, stating, “He and I are both in long term recovery, and my role outside of Tritonal is primarily to help others who are suffering from addiction. I balance this like most people- sometimes very well and in stride, and sometimes I feel like I’m absolutely losing control! Ha! Life can be as serious as you make it, or as trivial.”

Reed too has found himself in a career that exacerbates his severe fear of public speaking, which he has battled since he was a kid. Being in front of a crowd and engaging an audience isn’t just important in this line of work, it’s vital. He continues to work through this fear when it comes to both live performance and press opportunities, and he is the first to admit he is still very much a work in progress.  

Reed notes, “It does make it a taxing job internally. I honestly tend to overthink things or say the wrong thing when in my head I know better. I will say though, I was much worse before I was exposed to being in live environments such as this kind of career. So in a way it has helped me to grow more aware of myself, which helps me accept that this is just the way I am. I will do my best each time to have a good interview, to not be awkward, but yet be as real as possible. So yes, it is a fear of mine, but I have no fear in showing that public speaking is my weakness.”

While many artists lead with their hardships to define their brand, Tritonal has historically embodied hope and happiness. Both Cisneros and Reed are very focused on wellness of the mind, body, and spirit, which is where the concept for their third and newest album was born. The duo released 19-track U&ME, which takes the listener on a journey through the group’s best. Trance, Progressive house, and even some drum and bass is featured throughout the compilation.

Cisneros and Reed give insight into their inspirations for the album, stating, “U&ME is a pointer towards Unity.  So much of humanity is based in dualistic mentalities – ‘us vs them.’ We wanted to flip that base level unconscious mindset, to a title that reminded us that at a core level we are all the same. This body of work was made in Love.”

Unity points towards the ultimate balance, and when asked how he finds balance, Cisneros jokes that his answer makes him sound like someone reading from a wellness page. He maintains that sobriety, exercise, meditation, and living out their truth are key to both artist’s happiness. Given the duo currently tour, run a record label, produce music, and have families with young children at home, their tips are certainly worth listening to as they continue to prove they can do it all.

Tritonal’s Saturday Night Session is the perfect representation of what fans can expect from U&ME. The hour long mix takes the listener through album highlights and blends their newer releases with the energetic drops that fans have come to know and love from the duo. 


Chad, the fact that you’ve started Infinite Recovery is amazing. How do you balance being a musician with your work at Infinite recovery?  

Well, I should start by saying that I’m an investor & co-founder of Infinite Recovery, but all of the hard day to day work and credit should be given to my long time friend and CEO Michael Dadashi. He and I are both in long term recovery, and my role outside of Tritonal is primarily to help others who are suffering from addiction.  I balance this like most people- sometimes very well and in stride, and sometimes I feel like I’m absolutely losing control! ha! Life can be as serious as you make it, or as trivial.

David, how do you maintain such an extroverted job (and heavy tour schedule) given you have battled with a severe fear of public speaking for your entire life? You’d think this would make performing a very taxing job for you.

This is something I definitely do struggle with, especially when it comes to live, on camera, on radio.. it does creep up on me at times, and other times it doesn’t depending on the environment. You’re absolutely right, it does make it a taxing job internally- I honestly tend to overthink things or say the wrong thing when in my head I know better. I will say though, I was much worse before I was exposed to being in live environments such as this kind of career. So in a way it has helped me to grow more aware of myself which helps me accept that this is just the way I am, and I will do my best each time to have a good interview, to not be awkward, but yet be as real as possible. So yes, it is a fear of mine, but I have no fear in showing that public speaking is my weakness. 

What is the best and worst thing about this career?

Chad – stepping into the
studio at 10am w/ a fresh cold brew and a good nights sleep –
ready to get weird. 

Dave – I think it’s safe to say the
worst thing about this kind of career, although there’s much gratitude for
seeing the world, the amount of travel and late nights can be pretty fatiguing
and taxing on your body! We try to rest as much as we can between travel and
studio production! 

How do both of you balance young kids, a heavy tour schedule, your radio show, producing new music, and maintaining your sanity?

Chad – Well, as stated before we both undulate in and out of what we consider “balancing well”, ha!  Hard to feel balanced sometimes when you’re upside down from a flight back home from China. That said, sobriety, meditation, exercise, responsible diet, and living our Truth are KEY points.  They sound like something read off of a wellness page, but in reality meditation is crucial to building presence and awareness moment to moment.  Sobriety while touring enables faster recovery times from jet lag, or lack of sleep. Exercising daily rejuvenates serotonin, and resets the body.

Can you tell us more about the title U&ME and what this album embodies for you?

U&ME is a pointer towards Unity.  So much of humanity is based in dualistic mentalities – “us vs them.”  We wanted to flip that base level unconscious mindset to a title that reminded us that at a core level we are all the same.   This body of work was made in love.

Can you each tell us your personal favorite track off of the album? It could be because of the track itself or the process that went into making it!

Chad – Mine is “Medicine!” This record at a fundamental level, reminds me of why Dave and I fell in love with Trance – even though it’s got a Drum & Bass beat and bpm. 

Dave – “Medicine” as well for me! I also really enjoy “Diamonds.”

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Tritonal deliver robust third studio album, ‘U & Me’ [Stream]

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Tritonal deliver robust third studio album, ‘U & Me’ [Stream]Tritonal Credit Jason Fenmore

The lead up to the release of Tritonal‘s third studio album, U & Me, was nothing if not eventful. The electronic duo offered their listeners glimpses of the sound that would shape U & Me by releasing one single from the then forthcoming project each month, prompting streamers to stay in a constant state of playlist updating. Tritonal instituted the steady release schedule with debut single, “U Found Me.” The Austin-native duo maintained the momentum with the Mozella-assisted “Gonna Be Alright,” and Tritonal’s collaboration with Kapera and Ryann, “Easy.” Soon after, Tritonal would share “Hard Pass” and “Diamonds.”

The bevy of tracks that preceded the full-length production predicted the expanse of new Tritonal material that fans could expect from U & Me. U & Me makes its way to major streaming platforms with a total of 19 new cuts that hold the lively, energetic appeal that initially attracted and maintained fans’ attention long after. U & Me sees musical cameos from a number of artists, ranging from Rachel Platten to LEVV to Lourdiz, among others. U & Me is out now via Enhanced Music.

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + moreA TRAK NWM 11.1

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

A-Trak kicks off the week with a wow-worthy new original, “Work It Out,” and iLan Bluestone and Maor Levi tap EL Waves for “The Distance.” Diplo dons his cowboy hat for an upbeat remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” and RAC takes on one of his favorite new artists, Oliver Tree, in an alternative-inspired mix of “Hurt.” Afrojack and Jewelz & Sparks bring along Emmalyn for “Switch,” and Flosstradamus puts an intense spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “REDLIGHT.” Moon Boots delivers his first offerings of 2019 in the form of the Keramas / Harpanet EP, and Klingande and Joe Killington prove put the spotlight on a bright harmonica theme in “Ready for Love.” Goldroom continues to deliver a slew of originals in 2019, this time teaming up with Love, Alexa for “Do You Feel It Now?,” and Nero travel back to the ’80s in “The Ballad of Synths.” Party Favor links with everyone’s favorite dancer, Salvatore Ganacci, on the flaming-hot “Wasabi,” and 1788-L flexes his talents on his new EP, S Y N T H E T I K. Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump form a talented trio on “Summer Days,” and Koven tug at the heartstrings on “Love Wins Again.” Lucas & Steve reveal the Ultra Live Anthem of 2019, “Inception,” and Hotel Garuda keeps the groove going on “Head In The Trees.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Tritonal releases enamoring new single as they inch closer to their forthcoming album’s full release

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Tritonal releases enamoring new single as they inch closer to their forthcoming album’s full releaseTritonal Diamonds Artwork

Tritonal fans have been properly fulfilled through 2019 thus far, with the duo releasing one single per month off their upcoming U&ME album. The latest in this line of previews is “Diamonds,” featuring vocals from Rosie Darling. As can be expected from Tritonal’s releases, Rosie Darling plays an integral part in the song, mesmerizing the listener from the opening notes and carrying the track all of the way to the drop with her wistful voice. A house-inspired crossover build laden with euphoric synth arrangement gives “Diamonds” a dynamic edge.

Tritonal comments on the track in an official release, stating, “‘Diamonds’ digs deep into the notions of pain and change, feelings that often cause us sorrow. If we can embrace them as our guides to evolve and grow, remembering that change is the universe itself, we can be well on our way to fearlessness.”

The duo will be celebrating the 250th edition of their radio show Tritonia at select shows in Chicago, Boston and New York. Tickets for these shows in addition to their U&ME tour can be purchased here, and “Diamonds” is out now via Enhanced Music.

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

This Friday’s slew of releases is highlighted by the much-anticipated release of Gesaffelstein‘s HyperionWe’re also welcoming yet another Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge release, along with a calming new Baltra “Vocal” Remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ “Energy Fantasy.” Seven Lions returns on a heartfelt remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Sahara Love” with Zoë Johnston, and Rinzen reveals a tantalizing two-track mau5trap EP, Prologue. Hardwell teams up with Mike Williams on “I’m Not Sorry,” and Pegboard Nerds return to Monstercat with the energy-packed “Gunslinga” with MC Mota. Boombox Cartel links with Karra on “Nothing to Hide,” and Dabin taps Inukshuk and Nevve on the journey-like “Another Day.” Audien and Echosmith craft a radio-friendly tune in “Favorite Sound,” and Lost Frequencies and Flynn “Recognise” each others’ talents in their new collaboration. Dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers deliver a new original, “We’ve Got to Try,” and Shadient takes no prisoners in his new Gud Vibrations release, “Abberate.” David Guetta and Tom Staar team up for “This Ain’t Techno,” and Alesso unveils Progresso Volume 1 with tracks like “CONFESSION.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + more

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NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + moreFalls Festival 2

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Tritonal trek across the states in ‘U & Me’ Tour

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Tritonal trek across the states in ‘U & Me’ TourTritonal Credit Jason Fenmore

Tritonal‘s U & Me tour is officially under way. The expansive adventure across the states sees the seasoned duo showcasing music from their upcoming LP of the same name, which we know so far includes endearing new singles, “U Found Me” and “When I’m With You. Off the sound of it, U & Me appears to be a culmination of their foray into the softer, pop-leaning world of music and a body of work that encourages singalongs as they take the road.

The tour thus far has taken Tritonal across the West Coast with stops in San Luis Obispo, LA, Seattle, and Albequerque, with the second leg taking them to Salt Lake City, Denver, Houston, and Chicago. It will conclude on the East Coast with stops in New York and Massachusetts.

Find out more on their album and purchase tickets to their remaining shows here.

Tritonal trek across the states in ‘U & Me’ TourTritonal U Me Tour Dates

TRITONAL U & ME TOUR DATES
1/25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
1/26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
1/29 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
1/30 – Chico, CA – El Rey
1/31 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
2/1 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
2/2 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
2/6 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
2/7 – Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom
2/9 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
2/14 – Salt Lake City UT, Sky
2/15 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
2/16 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
2/21 – Bloomington, IN – Kilroy’s Sports Bar
2/22 – Houston , TX – Stereo Live
2/23 – Dallas, TX – Stereo Live
2/28 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
3/1 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
3/2 – Pontiac, MI – Elektricity
3/6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
3/7 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
3/8 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
3/9 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
3/12 – Mashantucket, CT – Shrine
3/14 – New York City, NY – Terminal 5
3/15 – Philadelphia, PA – North Seventh (FKA Electric Factory)
3/16 – Washington, DC – Echostage
3/21 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
3/22 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
3/23 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein teams up with The Weeknd, Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man join forces, Don Diablo flips Panic! At The Disco + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein teams up with The Weeknd, Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man join forces, Don Diablo flips Panic! At The Disco + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

In one of the most anticipated releases already this year, Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd have teamed up for “Lost in the Fire.” deadmau5‘s “Midas Heel” and “Drama Free” have been re-released as part of Netflix’s Polar soundtrack. Calvin Harris taps Rag’n’Bone Man for the soulful “Giant,” and Don Diablo takes Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” to new heights with a spirited remix. In a powerful mega-collab, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, and W&W have delivered the catchy “Repeat After Me.” Tiësto‘s “Grapevine” sees a fun reinvention by Tujamo, and Lost Kings drop “Anti-Everything” from their new Paper Crowns collection. After months of anticipation, the UK’s Gammer has finally unveiled his notable hardcore remix of Ran-D’s “Zombie.” STANDERWICK puts his stamp on Gareth Emery and Emma Hewitt‘s December release, “Take Everything,” and Luttrell returns with an ethereal number, “Into Clouds.” Party Favor throws it back to 2012 with a release of the same name, and WAVEDASH get heavy in new track, “Whiplash.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.


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NMF Roundup: Rusko goes old school with ‘Mr. Policeman,’ W&W remix Steve Aoki and BTS, Galantis jet to ‘San Francisco’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Rusko goes old school with ‘Mr. Policeman,’ W&W remix Steve Aoki and BTS, Galantis jet to ‘San Francisco’ + moreRusko

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

As 2018 winds down, Rusko cranks it back up with the release of the feisty “Mr. Policeman.” W&W try their hand at remixing Steve Aoki and BTS‘ “Waste It On Me,” and Galantis close the year with the reveal of their latest original, “San Francisco” with Sofia Carson. The Disciple Records team got together to create one massive holiday collaboration called “Fix The Rail.” NGHTMRE shows no mercy on a VIP remix of The Chainsmokers‘ “Save Yourself,” and Koven tap into Ilan Bluestone‘s new remix compilation with their take on “Another Lover.” Xilent and Chime team up for a hefty dubstep tune, “Twinkle,” and Promnite takes on Alexander Lewis‘ “Off Guard.” Throttle unveils a groovy new Spinnin’ release, “Like This,” and Lipless takes on Nervo in “Emotional.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Good Morning Mix: BRKYLN spreads the ‘Good Vibes’ on new Radar mix [EXCLUSIVE]

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There’s a new duo in town. LA-based BRKLYN continues to become a strong force heading into 2019. Cameron Alexander and Cody Nadeau kicked off the year with a remix of “Everybody Hates Me” from The Chainsmokers Sick Boy project, garnering enough traction for a Sirius XM Cookout Mix on Diplo’s Revolution. From there, it was all about increasing creativity, leading toward a 5-track debut EP released on Tritonal‘s Enhanced Music imprint. With their first full body of work, BRKLYN earned a spot on Dancing Astronaut‘s Radar mix series.

The mix will lift some spirits and bring back nostalgic memories, thanks to BRKLYN’s seamless mashing of historic dance tracks with hits of present day styles. Kicking off with their EP’s first official single “Good Vibe” featuring label-mate Zack Martino, the mix quickly descends into Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” dropped into Kaskade. Other highlights include a heartfelt Avicii feature on “Silhouettes” mashed with Martin Garrix‘s recently released “Yottabyte,” and an early Chainsmokers vocal from ROZES layered perfectly over Porter Robinson‘s “Divinity.” The duo also includes some new tracks from the EP, including a collaboration with Disco Fries on “Brightside.”

BRKLYN’s Things I’ve Learned EP is out now and they’ll provide direct support for Audien at Academy LA and Metropolitan in New Orleans NYE weekend.