Los Angeles, CA – Time is cash for COASTCITY.
For the upstart Latin duo, touring all through the nation and overseas for exhibits and work alternatives has grow to be a routine a part of life, and their cease in Los Angeles is simply as hectic as you’d anticipate. When I arrive at Nature’s Brew close to downtown to fulfill with them, their noon break is something however, with producer Danny Flores’ head buried in his laptop computer as he tweaks the combo to their upcoming single.
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“I’m actually bouncing tracks proper now as we do that interview. I’m right here although,” he says with a heat smile.
COASTCITY could also be lower than a 12 months faraway from the discharge of their self-titled debut EP, however they’re the furthest factor from being new to the music business. Since starting their careers over a decade in the past, Danny Flores and Jean Rodriguez have labored with a few of music’s largest names comparable to CNCO and Beyonce, respectively, however it wasn’t till 2017 that they determined to formalize their musical connection and take a look at the waters as a duo.
“Danny was out right here in L.A., and I got here to work on my solo album that was going to be titled COASTCITY,” Jean says. “I used to be already at that time, we had been doing a lot collectively, I needed to market the entire venture as artist/producer.”
The two first met again in 2006, when Jean was making ready for a pageant look in Orlando. Jean wanted band members to help him on stage, and after a good friend steered Danny as a possible choice, the singer satisfied the producer to go to him in Miami so they may get a way of one another’s on-stage chemistry.
“I believed he performed merengue,” Jean says with fun as he recalled his first impression of his future teammate. “He had a shiny shirt and white footwear; I opened the door and was like ‘Woah, okay.’”
Still, Danny’s willingness to drive over three hours only for a preliminary assembly spoke volumes to Jean, and earlier than lengthy the 2 had been plotting the primary of many reside exhibits. Over a decade later, their debut venture exhibits the kind of synchronization you’d anticipate from them by now, with Jean’s vocals completely complementing the glowing, luxurious instrumentals by the use of Danny. At seven songs, it’s solely the start of what’s to return from the rising duo, however nonetheless did greater than sufficient to earn them a GRAMMY Nomination for Best Latin Urban/Alternative/Rock Album.
“The first album, we had been creating the sound of COASTCITY; the second is the sound of COASTCITY,” Danny says. “Just with the ability to establish what that’s, so now, you’ll hear that Caribbean Soul all through your complete new file.”
Spend a couple of minutes speaking to the 2 artists behind COASTCITY, and also you’ll hear that buzzword ‘Caribbean Soul’ come up early and infrequently. It’s a strategy to describe their distinctive model of Latin R&B, involving vivid manufacturing selections and luxurious soundscapes handled with a breezy, natural groove. The relaxed, but invigorating vibe particularly matches with Jean’s private vitality, forming the idea of what he listens to in his free time in addition to what he needs to create.
“I might be on the health club listening to straight R&B,” he says. “I’m simply at all times on that chill mode.”
It applies to Danny as properly, though he admits he’s extra liable to flashes of anger. When his breakfast burrito arrives halfway by way of our dialog, the frustration on his face is obvious, and he’s fast to voice his displeasure on the burrito being “somewhat too sloppy.” Eventually, he reorders a plate of bacon and scrambled eggs which fulfill his urge for food, even when he says the plate is somewhat too soiled for his liking.
“You’ve seen these Snickers commercials, ‘you’re not you whenever you’re hungry,’ Jean says. “That’s Danny.”
Still, it’s that exact consideration to element that makes their self-titled EP such a top quality product, with impeccable preparations that enable every factor within the combine to superbly construct off one another. Both Jean and Danny are closely concerned within the engineering course of, taking the additional time to get the right pre-mix and generally dealing with everything of the method themselves.
When it involves their music creation course of, it’s equally interwoven; generally Jean will ship over a free melody for Danny to flesh out, or Danny will deal with nearly all of the beat making course of and permit Jean to deal with the lyrics. You’ll hardly ever hear Danny’s vocals on a observe, however on their upcoming single “Salvaje” he steps to the mic to spit a verse, including new dynamics to enrich Jean’s singing.
“I’m popping out rapping somewhat bit, I feel it’s the primary time,” he says. “Other than that I’ll do a variety of background vocals. It simply sort of occurred that approach, however it sounded dope, so we left it.”
Now that the duo has laid the muse for the COASTCITY sound, they’re having fun with the liberty to actually dig into the writing course of and do extra with their lyrics. Their subsequent album might be a way more private assortment than the primary, a venture which they are saying was a lot simpler to put in writing now that the template is totally in focus.
“That first album is a masterpiece that we’re very pleased with, however we tried a variety of various things,” Jean says. “Now we all know what works and what didn’t, in a way, so it actually paved the street for the following chapter.”
Relive the COASTCITY EP down beneath and comply with the duo on Instagram @coastcity for extra updates.