When it comes
to DJs/Producers on the rise, few can
fail to overlook the DC-based duo of Saeed
Younan and Palash Ahmed, better known
as Saeed & Palash. Through the combined
ability to morph a track into their stylized
version of tribal harmony, they have been
turning heads across the globe. Saeed
and Palash were even recognized early
this year for their amazing talents behind
the decks when they were nominated in
the Breakthrough DJ category at the 2003
DanceStar USA awards held in Miami, Florida
during the Winter Music Conference. In
the fall of 2003, they began the Addictive
Sessions radio program broadcast on various
stations worldwide, which is rapidly gaining
popularity and helping to make Saeed and
Palash household names.
With their latest release Addictive Beats (Star 69), Saeed and Palash have again developed a technically well-composed look into the world of the deep house and tribal dancefloor. Each half of the album serves as an outlet for both Saeed and Palash to show what they bring to the duo while also adapting mixes that stand on their own.
Recently, Saeed and Palash took some time to give us a little insight into their views on their music and the exposure they have received.
Shawn Wallace: Do you think of yourselves more as "DJs who produce" or "Producers who also spin"?
SAEED: Since I started
out as a DJ first... I see myself as a
DJ that produces. but now I see my self
as a DJ who produces what he spins. I
love going in the studio and manipulating
tracks and doing re-edits so I can spin
them out and see people reaction.
PALASH: I started Djing
in 86 and only started producing in the
mid 90s so I'm a DJ who produces.
What do you think has been the key
factor for the surge of interest in your
work over the last year or two?
SAEED: We always put 110% in everything we do... from remixes to djing to running our label. it's a lot of hard work for 2 people. so it's nice to be recognized for it all... thank you.
PALASH: we've been working hard for a long time but in this business, it takes a while for your work to get recognized.
What have been some of the bigger
moments of your careers so far?
SAEED: Seeing the world and meeting good people that appreciate what you do. It's the best feeling in the world when someone comes up to you and say how you've touched their life with your music.
PALASH: Djing at some of the clubs that I used to read about in the music press. Plus making so many new friends around the world.
Are you currently holding residencies
(together or solo)? And if so, where?
SAEED: I Play at a club in DC called RED... I've been playing there for over
6 years. it's the only real underground
house club in DC with a wicked sound system
and the most intimate venue you could
PALASH: Not currently but I've been thinking of doing a small residency in town. Something for my friends. We also play at ARC in new york every other month. So I guess that's a sort of residency.
Are either of you (or both) involved
in any current side projects other than
your releases as Saeed & Palash?
SAEED: I've done some solo stuff in the past for labels like Yoshitoshi, Strictly Rhythm, Groove on, Twisted, and others... I've also got 2 remixes included on the mix comp we currently have out (Saeed & Palash Addictive Beats)
One being a remix of Loco Dice "Phat Dope Shit" and the other is "Tweakin" by Thick Dick.
PALASH- Nope, besides what we do together, I've got a lot of other projects and commitments so I really don't have a lot of time.
How did it feel to be nominated
for Best Breakthrough DJ at the Dancestar
USA 2003 awards show?
SAEED: Loved it... it's a great feeling to be recognized for something you love so much.
PALASH: Was very nice. Honored that people like our music enough to nominate us.
How would you describe the overall
sound of your new release "Additive
SAEED: Sophisticated house music with tribal beats and teched out grooves.
PALASH: House music!! That's it.
How has the response been so far?
SAEED: Excellent... we get a lot of
e-mail from people saying how much they
love the CD. I have a friend that works
in tower records in D.C. and he said a
guy walked in and purchased 4 copies...
when my friend asked him why 4 copies?
he said "man this CD is so good I had
to go out and buy 4 more for my friends...
. Now that's cool as shit :)
PALASH: Really good. Lots of great responses
from people who usually listen to other
Do any of the tracks in particular
seem to standout? Are there any that the
crowds are really feeling?
SAEED: I get a lot of people asking about the Thick Dick remix of "Tweakin" since that particular mix is not out yet.
PALASH: I've been getting a great response
from the David Gausa "Vibe of the
Iberican Beats" track.
How does Addictive Beats differ
from your previous work?
SAEED: If you listen to both Tide Edit
and Addictive Beats... you'll notice a
small but significant change... I say
the sound has matured and it show how
divers we can be.
PALASH: I think our sound has evolved since Tide Edit. Its hard to explain, we just do what's in our heart.
Since you each mix your own disc
on Addictive Beats, how much conversation/input
goes on between each of you regarding
the other one's disc?
SAEED: We pick out the tracks we wanna
use and go in the studio and mix our CD.
Simple as that.
PALASH: We each pick our tracks and mix our own cd. The only input in the other cd is to make sure we're not using the same tracks but other then that, its totally up to each person.
For Saeed: How would you describe
Palash's disc to a new listener?
SAEED: I'd say big room Tribal beats with a prog/techno edge.
For Palash: How would you describe
Saeed's disc to a new listener?
PALASH: Good deep house music for a drive.
What were some of the aspects that
each of you liked from the tracks that
made it onto the album? Are there any
particular sounds or themes you were looking
for when planning out the track list?
SAEED: I wanted to make a party CD..nothing too serious... just something for people to get down to. So I decided to do something fun and have a sample intro with a guy saying "hey the party is over, let's all go back to my place" which is funny cause I've been known to say that a lot to my friends after a club. So when my friends heard that... they were all laughing cause they knew what I was trying to do. Picture it this way... my disc takes you from a deep vibey car ride from a club to my house for the after-hours, and things just get crazy and the party is full on... that's the theme I guess.
PALASH: I just wanted to capture a set I would play at one of my favorite clubs. This is a mixed dance cd so I wanted to make sure people would move their asses to the disc. :)
How has the feedback been for your
Addictive Sessions radio show?
SAEED: Excellent... we've got more radio
stations asking us to do the same with
PALASH: Excellent. The stations are very eager for each session and lots more signing up.
Where/how often is the show broadcast?
Is it live?
SAEED: Yes, it's mixed live from our gigs all over. and it's broadcast some stations once a month and ever other month.
PALASH: Monthly live mix from a featured club which changes every month.
What else can we expect from you
in the future?
SAEED: More Funky Beats, and an artiest album that's gonna drop early next year on Distinctive Records.
PALASH: we are touring the world in support of the cd right now.
Do you have any remixes slated for
release during the rest of 2003?
SAEED: We are concentrating on our artiest
album right now... we've pushed remix
projects aside for now. But we do have
a remix for Columbia Records called "Music"
by Vivian Green coming out end of the
year and we're also working on a remix
for STAR 69 Records.
PALASH: the artist album.
If you had your choice, who would
be your dream artists to remix?
SAEED: J-Lo! just kidding... ummm maybe
not :) I would really love to work with
PALASH: I would love to work with Zakir Hussain.
Are there any new/upcoming releases
(other than your own work) that you are
looking forward to hearing?
SAEED: I just picked up the new Wink CD... I'm diggin that.
PALASH: I'm interested in hearing the new Basement Jaxx album.
Anything else you'd like the Raves.com
audience to know?
SAEED: Yes, I like to thank the Raves.com Audience for the support and keepin the tribal vibe alive.
PALASH: Thanks for all the support, we really appreciate it!
-- written by Shawn Wallace