These two are cocky, funky, silly, and real. So much you instantly fall for their beats and dig on Shwayze’s lyrics. You secretly want to hang and party in their Malibu pad, they make it look all too easy. They are not your older brothers, but they might as well be. Their songs provide a soundtrack for what the kids are thinking, doing, and even drinking (i.e. “Corona & Lime”). Summertime music is what they are known for. Their upcoming sophomore release this fall, “Let it beat” will prove they are much, much, more.
With an electric throw back to the 80’s and a thump blended with the finest club beats, their first single, “Get you home”, sneaks up on you and gets you dancing quicker than a shot of tequila!
A hip-hop duo they say, but not the typical of sorts. These two are known as Cisco Adler, the singer who also produces, while Shwayze raps. Together there is talent & heart behind the duo. The combination is sheer brilliance, with a flair for toking it up and loving the ladies. Lucky for us, they write to create impressive songs about it!
And guess who got to speak with the boys?
Veronica Barriga: You guys are on the soundtrack for the film, Sorority Row, and are shooting the music video soon I hear…
Shwayze: I just got off the phone about that… It’s gonna be cool. The director of Sorority Row directed our music video. We got him to come through and most of the girls from the movie are in the video. I don’t wanna give you too much, but it’s gonna be good…Gotta watch it when it comes out!
VB: A lot of your songs are about girls and love. Now we often hear about Cisco’s endeavors-
Shwayze: Ha ha, exactly…
VB: But what about you, what cha working with, do you have a girlfriend?
Shwayze: Um, ahhhhh…
He is torn, for a second.
I don’t think I have a girlfriend. I have someone I’m talking to but- it’s hard you know, cause we’re always traveling. Music is my girlfriend, pretty much. It’s makes it a little difficult, but I’m always looking, looking for the right girl.
VB: “Get you home,” the new single, there are about five different people who have remixed it. What’s it like hearing your original creation through their version of the song?
Shwayze: I love it! I love it! I love hearing everyone. It’s crazy. We got Lil John, Dj Class and it’s…
He stops, I hear some noise on the other end, and he tells me Cisco is there now and somehow we lose track of what the hell we were saying…
VB: The new single… I haven’t heard the entire album, but it’s got a little bit of an 80’s vibe, a lot different from your first release.
Shwayze: We sat down, wanted to try new things out. With the last record we got to do a lot of clubs… So we wanted to have a song people could dance to, but still chill/feel good music. Cisco, he’s just got a wide range of stuff. When I first meet him, he was in a rock band, so that’s what I love about our collaboration. It’s never one thing.
Cisco: It’s pretty much an example of us throwing a bunch of things into a pot. It’s an example of where we can go. You can’t put the single or the album into one category. From the minute we did that song, it was a rapper and a singer. So that was two different worlds colliding already. Whatever form we do will always be a version of influences… From pop rock to electric beats. We showcase a lot range on this record!
VB: Describe your writing process. Each time must be different, but how do you guys approach it?
Shwayze: Cisco is in the studio, like 24/7. The studio is at the crib so he’s in there, being the mastermind, creator of the song. We come up with the concept, and then I go in and write my verse. With this record we really crafted big songs. It was about stepping it up.
Cisco: I make the beats, but even when it’s done, that’s not necessarily what the end product will sound like. We might go back and change the verses, adding here and there… Bringing in new sounds, trying to keep making it the best it can be. We make sure the verses are perfect for the song.
VB: Sounds like an ongoing process, till they give you a deadline or cut you off, and then you’re like…ok fine, we’re done.
They crack up, "Exactly!"
VB: “Let It beat” features some great acts like The Knux and Snoop Dogg. What was it like working with those guys?
Cisco: The knux are our boys. We’ve worked with them before, brought them out on tour with us… and we became great friends. So that was like friends jumping in, and just rocking out. Snoop Dawg, he’s a legend and one of our major influences on the hip hop side… So that was like a dream come true.
It’s cool that he would even get on there- It’s kind of a nod to us, of respect, in the hip-hop arena. Sometimes people don’t give Shwayze enough credit, they just see us individuals and think it’s not hip-hop.
VB: It’s a different kind a of hip hop….
Soon Cisco is off on a tangent!
It’s like, what the fuck is hip hop? Hip-hop has never been one thing! When hip hop started it was mostly guitars, an Mc jamming to guitars…
Did I mention I love these two…… “Tell um boys, tell them!”
VB: Were you nervous putting out this second album? As you know, people usually judge “staying” power with the 2nd release.
Cisco: I don’t think we were nervous. We got a song on this record, “Livin' it up,” he sings a lil bit about it, talks about the “sophomore slump.”
He then breaks into Shwayze, and delivers it, as a matter of fact like:
“Don’t be mad when you’re girl leaves with with us”…
Shwayze: We were excited to get back in the lab, after being on tour for eight months with the same songs. Those songs, to us, are like 3 or 4 years old. So it was really about, ‘let’s get back in there and make new songs!’
I ask about their upcoming college tour. September 17th to October 8th
Cisco: The college tour to us is like our bread and butter.
VB: Why did you choose to focus on, (well I guess it’s a given) the college campuses and that group?
With out hesitation, Cisco jokes, “Cause their wasted!” Shwayze then puts it into perspective.
Shwayze: Naw, just kidding. I don’t think we focused on them. We just do what we do, and the college kids connect with it.
Cisco: The thing about college tours, is like, it’s everywhere… You’ll have a 13 year old, and right next to her a 40 yr Rasta! It’s all good, as long they don’t touch each other…
I’m still laughing…
VB: Right, yeah I gotcha, but they are diggin’ the music, just the same. How are your friends and family reacting to your success, and you guys rising to the top?
Shwayze: I don’t have to many friends, I have 5 or 6 boys in my life that never change no matter what… My grandma, you know she is proud.
Cisco: We come from love. Malibu is sort of a small community and everyone roots for everyone here.
VB: What a good place to hang out in Malibu, for people from out of state?
Shwayze: There’s this street in the center of Malibu where you can find lot’s of overpriced shops…
Just then the record label comes on the phone (out of left field, might I add) we’re wrapping up, let’s wrap up… Just when it was getting good- what the…
VB: Describe each other in 3 words…
Shwayze: (I seem to think he’s describing himself, but it goes) Intense, focused, Hilarious. Um, well no- he starts to change his mind…
Which I think is funny.
Then a sincere Cisco goes… “No, no I am, I am,” As if to encourage Shwayze to keep the answer.
It’s no wonder these two had an MTV show. And after this, I’m likely to campaign for another!
Cisco then describes Shwayze as “young and hungry”…
I couldn’t make out the other word he used but I’m sure it was along the lines of "talented bas ass". That would be my guess.
In moments, Cisco starts fucking around…”Baby, baby, dick”…
VB: Big bigger and big…
There is all sorts of silliness going on back and forth. They got me… Until, I snap back into reporter mode, because the clock is ticking…
VB: What do you hope people take from this album?
Shwayze: I just want people to see that we’ve grown and we’re getting bigger, we work hard, and just want to keep doing it!
Cisco: With the last album, and all the kids we met… They would tell us, “This is the soundtrack for our lives! This is what we roll to the mall with! That’s what we get high with! This is what was on during the first time I made love!”… It’s about them growing up, and we provide the soundtrack for it.
I’d make it required listening, for those who love to have a good time.
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