Recently we challenged The Cataracs' Niles Hollowell-Dhar to dust off a song from way back when and give it the remix treatment it always deserved. Dubbed The Platinum Project, our web series with the unmistakably talented producer chronicles a weekend at a beach front home in Malibu; a happy place Niles and some friends rented to help feed the creative juices. Now that we've had the chance to get to know Niles in episodes one
, it's time to invade the studio for a sneak peak at Niles' creative process at work. In episode three we finally have the chance to witness feature track "Young In LA" transform before the eyes and ears, flexing its' muscles with addictive electro skirmishes that invade the original piano chords, drums that erupt over the course of the track, and some unexpected harmonies that splash the entire song with some goose bump worthy, emotional weight. It's a look inside the process of one of LA's most talented producers and the transformation your ears have been waiting weeks to hear. Also, download the entire song HERE
David "Campa" Benjamin Singer-Vine and Niles "Cyrano" Hollowell-Dhar combined their songwriting, vocal, and production talents in 2003, while they were attending high school in Berkeley, CA. Three years later, after taking their name -- the Cataracs -- from a line in Snoop Dogg's "Whats My Name, Pt. 2," they released an independent album, Technohop, Vol. 1, and produced the sparse and booming track "Blueberry Afghani" for fellow Berkeley-based group the Pack. The duo released a handful of low-key albums and mixtapes and broke through with "Like a G6," a collaboration with Far East Movement and vocalist Dev that topped the Billboard Hot 100 in late October 2010. Dev herself released a Cataracs-produced single, "Bass Down Low," which reached the chart by the end of the year. the Cataracs maintained their hit-making streak with Snoop's "Wet" -- yet another stripped-down, bass-heavy track -- which was made for Prince Williams bachelor party and charted in early 2011.