Interview: EDM Duo Case & Point Applies The Music 'Pressure'
Boston, a historical city centered around our country’s independence, diehard sports fans, and um, beans. We love Boston dearly at VIBE, but dance music is not the first thing that comes to mind when speaking about the New England city. But with groups such as Terravita, Soul Clap, and now, Case & Point coming out of the small city, perhaps the view is changing. Case (Casey Vadum) and Point (TJ Jordan) have been mastering their dynamic electro sound and very well may have discovered not only their own sound, but the solution to today’s monotiny in the electro house charts.
Their newest release, "Pressure," is a prime example of the much needed refreshing take on electro that still has power and emotion to it. At VIBE, we sit down with these EDM powder kegs who are on the cusp of having a seat at the dance music table amongst today’s big names.
VIBE: We’ll start with a very tough question: What are your favorite drinks?
Casey: Well to generalize you could label us as whiskey drinkers
TJ: Macallan 18 year, Laphroaig.
Casey: If those are around we’ll drink them but we also don’t turn down Johnny Walker and Maker’s Mark. We just love whiskey.
What was it like growing up in Boston and being lovers of dance music? Do you feel that your location influenced your music in any way?
TJ: Boston is a really interesting place. It’s a smaller scene where a lot of people are focused on the [dance music] community itself. In a way, Everyone is in a way pulling for each other
Casey: Boston’s proximity to other cities also makes for an interesting dynamic. Being a very condensed area with a lot of cities close together, I was driving to raves all over New England.
TJ: I started working at an all drum and bass record store, with the guys who are now known as Terravita. It just so happened that Casey grew up with these guys so that’s how we met. I guess its hard not to say being in Boston influenced us both!
The track ‘Pressure’ seems to signify the feeling of releasing tension. Do you think that sentiment could have a bigger meaning?
TJ: I think we were both going through a bit of a stressful time when we wrote this track, and the theme and structure of the track seemed to parallel what we were both individually enduring.
Casey: We are really working hard to not make tracks that sound like everything else out there on the Beatport Top 100. There is always a bit of pressure to make something fresh as well, so I guess that also plays into it a bit.
It seems that you two are taking that step towards being regular names you would see on a festival bill. What has this tipping point felt like?
TJ: I hate the long process of getting to that tipping point.
Casey: It’s been a grueling process getting anywhere in this industry, but having fans say how much they love your music and building the whole process is incredibly rewarding. We love the internet!
How does it feel to hear your stuff being played by guys like Porter Robinson, Laidback Luke, and Dyro?
Casey: It’s always an unreal feeling to know that a bigger artist we look up to, is playing our music. I remember being at EDC NY and I heard Porter Robinson play ‘Upgrade’ and it was absolutely amazing to be on the dancefloor side. It was a pretty surreal experience to be with everyone in the crowd losing it to a track we worked super hard on.
You guys have donned the new age idea of giving away your music for free. What is your stance behind that?
TJ: We love giving stuff out for free cause it gets your music out there to as many people as possible. As a newer act this is pretty important to help increase your chances in cutting through the noise.
Casey: Yeah, exactly! We’ve been lucky enough to receive support from popular blogs and it makes a lot more sense for them to give something out to their audience as well. We are definitely continuing to embrace this mentality and we are going a step further and are starting to push out acapellas and instrumentals of our tracks for free for Case & Point fans and other producers that want to give their own take on our tracks.
What is next on the horizon for Case & Point?
Casey: We have a few gigs that we are excited about. We are playing Bella Terra and House of Blues in Boston. We have a pretty aggressive release schedule lined up including a remix of ‘Bulletproof’ by Doctor P, and a few exciting collabs we are in the early stages of, that we can’t yet mention.
In exactly one year from today, where do you expect to be, what will you be doing, what will you have done the night before, and what’s for dinner?
TJ: It’s always hard to predict where you might be in the future, and I feel like it might be bad karma to do so, but we would definitely love to be playing our music out as much as possible, and reaching as many fans as possible.
Casey: Yeah, what TJ said, not really sure, but I do see palm trees and boats.
TJ: And what’s for dinner? I don’t think our diet would have changed much between now and then, so a bottle of whiskey and we’re probably running late for the gig, so we’ll have to skip dinner.