interview by: MICHAEL
Following the success of truly masterful remixes of Queen & David Bowie’s Under Pressure and Ashanti’s Foolish, DJ duo TRAVELER, consisting of Zander and Peitzke, is making massive moves in world of dance music.
Rocking the airwaves, TRAVELER’s feel-good summer jam, Do It (Traveler Music/Stones Throw Recor is yet another testament to musical diversity. Raver Magazine had a chance to catch up with the dynamic duo, and this is what they shared with us. RM: The first question that comes to mind is how did Zander and Peitzke meet to form TRAVELER? What’s the backstory on how you both connected? Zander: Peitzke and I have known each other for a long time and we both grew up in Santa Barbara. I founded TRAVELER while I was in college about seven years ago with my friend Blair. The project was always meant to be a live electronic band, but I began performing the TRAVELER shows by myself as DJ sets. Last spring when Peitzke came onboard, we re-launched the project. Peitzke: When I first started hanging with Zander, he was already an established club DJ and producer, so we eventually decided we wanted to create a new project together. We spent close to a year trying to find a good name and branding for the project, but we didn’t find anything that we were set on. RM: Talk to me about the TRAVELER Remix of Tuxedo’s “Do It” by GRAMMY® nominated artists Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Jake One (Taurus). From the outside looking in, it is a seductive throwback that is leaving fans of TRAVELER’s music open mouthed. They wonder... how can such an outstanding track ever be made better? Yet it is breathtaking on many levels and it begs the question, how did it all come about?
Zander: Thank you! Yeah, we love this track. We met Mayer Hawthorne’s manager at some parties in Los Angeles and got the stems for Do It through a mutual friend. Ryan was pretty stoked when we got the stems for this and he started working on it right away. Peitzke: I wanted the remix to be unique while keeping the upbeat funkiness of the original. I immediately loaded the stems into a new Ableton session and started messing around on keys. First I played those melodic chord stabs and that arpeggio that can be heard throughout the intro and breakdowns. Then I built out a rough arrangement and passed the project off to Zander. Zander: Peitzke did a great job getting this one started. I worked on the sound design and the mix and added the second drop with the 808 bass line and the funky melodic lead. When I brought the track back to Peitzke, he jammed a killer solo over the final build up. From there it was a lot of tweaking and editing. We’re very happy with the way that one came out! RM: Emotion, emotion, emotion is how best I can describe TRAVELER’s music. Fans love this and the fact that when you play, the level of originality far outweighs everyone who attends expectations. Why are both originality and taking people on an