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INTERVIEW: The White Panda
February 15, 2011, 2:35 pm
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Sooo I’ve been waiting until Jillboard surpassed its 100,000th view to post this interview. Well, it happened! Congratulations – you officially read my blog too much! Lolzobvsjk, keep reading… I’m shocked and honored that you choose Jillboard for your listening pleasures over all the other great sites out there. I honestly never thought I’d see these views in 6 figures, let alone this quickly. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Oh and, thanks. Please keep reading and spreading the word around about Jillboard Top 100.

For the 100,000th view special, I wanted to interview Jillboard’s favorite mashup kings, The White Panda. They agreed. So here it is.

If you didn’t know, The White Panda are two young young, unsigned mashup DJs from California. Consisting of DJ Griffi and Procrast, these guys currently reside in Boulder, Colorado and spit out killer mashup after killer mashup. Their future plans are to make more music and learn to teleport, both of which desires I share with them. Talents include making great music by use of sampling, the ability to make a crowd go wild, and the ability to sleep anywhere.

The two boys met at 6 years old. “It took us 16 years to come up with the idea and we formed the group in summer 2009”. The name “The White Panda” came about by a series of ideas in a brainstorm. “Everybody loves pandas” – wise words of Procrast. What began as a hobby quickly turned into a passionate music career. They knew it was right to enter the music business as full-time artists after a conference call with an agency that urged Procrast to drop their current career plans and replace it with music. “Sounds dispassionate – its not. The fact is that’s when I knew it was possible, so that’s when I knew I wanted to do it.”

These guys aren’t just “DJs” though, they are serious musicians crafting samplings into new creations. “Rhythm, cadence, melody, trial and error” inspire their song choices. Inspired by “anyone who pushes the envelope musically”, they are driven by watching these people (such as “Daft Punk”) “make good music before it is good music”.

This March, The White Panda are playing a show in Cancun alongside Sam Adams, Wiz Khalifa, Chiddy Bang, and Pretty Lights at the Electric Beach Festival. If I wasn’t a broke college student, I would be there in a heartbeat. This is a massive show for them, “It’s a crazy feeling. And it doesn’t go away”. It all started with their first super exciting moment in the music industry: “The first time one of our songs got posted on the Hype Machine a couple years back it went to #1 most popular. We loved that site, never expected to be on it, much less at the top of it”. And now they share a Mexican stage with the hottest acts on the college market. “Shows like this have massively energetic crowds. No comparison to performing in front of that kind of audience.” Procrast is stoked to be sharing the stage with Pretty Lights, a personal musical role model of his. Sounds AWESOME. So jeal of everyone going to this concert…

Their advice to aspiring mashup artists: “If you love doing it, awesome, keep doing it. If you’re just doing it to try and make a career out of it forget it. You gotta be good, and you gotta get really lucky. There’s a million people doing it now.” Very true. I asked what their favorite mashup of their own is, and Procrast said, “Probably ‘Fireflies Goin’ Down’ because it was the first track of mine I ever heard at a bar (long before I thought this project would amount to anything)”. Between the both of them, “What You Know About Little Secrets”, the song that put them on the map, is their favorite.

So why do people like mashups? What’s so cool about hearing 2 different songs put together? Out of everything they said, my favorite quote was this: “I would never call [mashups] original creations. Nor would most mashup artists, we all admit that we’re purely sampling. But the way music works nowadays, radio stations overplay the hell out of anything that’s any good and people want and need to hear it in a different way to continue to appreciate it. ”

If you like the White Panda, and I’m sure you do, you’re in luck. They’re currently working on a new album in Colorado right now, some official remixes, and hinted at some originals too. Also..drumroll….a Spring 2011 tour! Visit their official website www.thewhitepanda.com for music, tour, etc. Links to their social networks below. Also, these bachelors (in the musical sense) are unsigned, so if you’re an indie label and a-lookin’……

Their latest mash, “Infinite Dream” (Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” Vs. Guru Josh Project’s “Infinity”) is above and is AWESOME. Perfecto.

White Panda Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewhitepanda

White Panda Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thewhitepanda

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