Meet the artists behind Dirtybird Campout: Catz ‘n Dogz
The inaugural edition of Dirtybird Campout took place in Silverado, CA during October of last year — and what an inauguration it was. Coonskin caps were donned, water balloons were thrown, and attendees’ unfulfilled childhood dreams came true, all amidst a perpetual stream of delectable beats courtesy of Dirtybird and friends.
Returning to Silverado’s Oak Canyon Park this October 7-9, Dirtybird Campout’s sophomore year promises to be bigger and better than ever. In addition to the label’s own roster of exceedingly talented acts, names such as Tourist, Paranoid London, and Marc Houle have found their place on the lineup, with a few more surprise guests still to come. Ahead of the festival, we’ve teamed up with Dirtybird for an ongoing interview series spotlighting both the imprint’s own stars, as well as the myriad of world-class artists on the bill.
Catz ‘n Dogz has proven to be a long-standing and formidable force in house music. They’ve penned remixes for Dirtybird’s own Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke, taken on Moodymann with their edit of the classic “Freeki Mutha F cker,” and, perhaps most notably, released a remix of Thomas Schumacher’s “Hush,” which went on to cement itself in the number one spot on Beatport’s tech house charts for five consecutive months. While Catz ‘n Dogz are no strangers to Dirtybird as a label, 2016 marks the duo’s Campout debut. For a healthy dose of quirky house cuts, Catz ‘n Dogz are one act not to miss on this year’s lineup.
How long have you been DJing for & how did you get your start?
We’ve been DJing together since 2003, first we had a project called 3 Channels and in 2005 we changed the name to Catz ‘n Dogz. We were both living in Szczecin in Poland. I had a radio show with electronic music and Voitek was promoting and playing parties. When the new club opened in 2003 we started to promote parties together and DJ.
What was your first label release? Would you still play it?
First track we released in 2003 on Trenton Records and right after that we had 2 releases on Crosstown Rebels and Trapez. We play some old stuff from time to time but from what we heard people still play them and enjoy, which make us happy. ☺
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
There was few, hard to say which was the biggest. I think we had 3. First one was a remix of “Who’s Afraid of Detroit” for Claude VonStroke, then edit of Bibio we did and recently remix of old Thomas Schumacher track “Hush” which was a big hit.
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
I would try something extreme like David Guetta on Tomorrowland.
What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird campout?
We heard the whole atmosphere is great and the location. We love to play open air events and when you add friends that means the party is gonna be great!!
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
There’s a lot of friends playing and amazing DJs I would definitely check J.Phlip, Paranoid London, and Justin Jay.
What are three essential items you wouldn’t go camping without?
Wellingtons, rain coat, flashlight, and power bank.
Do you have a favorite (or funny) camping memory?
We were doing a lot of crazy things on the campings. I think my favourite memory is when you come back after all night of partying and your tent is in the sun so its too hot to sleep there. You finish sleeping outside in the sun and when you wake up you’re red everywhere ;) happened to us many times.
If you want to sleep on the camping the golden rules are: never ever put your tent close to the Drum ‘N’ Bass or Goa Trance stage and try to find some shade.