October 2, 2014

Case & Point: Boston-Strong Electro-House

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Case & Point: (from left) TJ Pointe & Casey Vadum

By Shannon Horowitz

Case & Point, two upcoming Boston DJ/producers, have been working tirelessly for the past year, and the positive results are rolling in.

In January, the duo—Casey Vadum and TJ Pointe—released “Savage,” an electro-house gem that joined Beatport’s Electro House Top 100. Additionally this year, Case & Point dropped a podcast through the Monstercat label, and it hit No. 1 in 13 countries. And just this past week, the pair released “All On Me” (feat. Gamble & Burke).

At one of their recent Boston shows, DJ Times sat down with Case & Point to discuss their past, present and future.

DJ Times: Tell us about your previous work with music.
Point: My parents were band teachers and I’ve been playing music since kindergarten—lots of instruments like violin, viola, French horn, bass. I’ve been in choir, jazz bands, funk bands, metal bands.
Case: I started at a young age, too, playing piano and drums.
Point: We both started playing at a young age and we both got into electronic music at different times. I started working in a record store with guys from Terravita, listening to what they were working on, and they kind of took me under their wing.
Case: So TJ was working at a record store, it was called  “Trainspotters” just like the movie. I grew up with the guys he worked for. So I always viewed him as the intern.
Point: Casey would come in the shop, hang out, he would l get drunk and I’d be in the back sorting records. (laughs)
Case: We finally gave him a break. And now I view TJ as an equal. Took a while.
Point: I was [known as] the “intern,” then I upgraded.

DJ Times: So when did you get interested in EDM?
Case: I was going to raves in high school. I’ve been going to raves forever.
Point: I was listening to Crystal Method and Fatboy Slim, so, around 2007. Chemical Brothers too, anything by Chemical Brothers.
Case: Crystal Method was one of the first  groups I listened to.

DJ Times: When did Case & Point come together?
Point: I was hanging out with one of our mutual friends, working on my older act. We were just talking one day, just talking about the music we enjoyed. We both liked this music and no one was really DJing it in Boston at the time. We really wanted to push big-room sound with emotional, Kaskade-types of tracks with big synths and big kicks. In Boston, you don’t really have an act that really does that, or at the time, didn’t have that.
Case: We kind of came from bass music a bit. After electro, we went into bass music because our friends Terravita were making bass music. But we’re the first ones out of our group of friends to go into this bigger, more emotional sound.

DJ Times: You recently signed with Monstercat. How’s the experience so far?
Case: “Savage” was our first track with Monstercat and we’ve just release “All On Me,” our next single for them. We’re really excited to be with Monstercat. Their mission and their vision directly align with ours, I think.
Point: All the releases on there are really good, too.
Case: Pegboard Nerds, we’re huge fans of them.
Point: They’ve always been on our radar for tracks—we’ve always been playing tracks that are on Monstercat.
Case: Lets Be Friends is really good, Astronaut. Most of the people we really respect are on that label. The guy running it, Mike Darlington, is really amazing. He really has a good vision. We’re super-excited. “Savage” was really well-received by their audience.

DJ Times: Why did you decide to split “Desire” and “Impulse” into two different songs?
Point: We wrote “Desire” as an influence, as an instrumental and it was a great track. We spent a lot of time on the instrumental, making sure the melody was really good, that the chords were together, that everything fit pretty well.  And we were working with this girl Callie, who we knew.
Case: We weren’t quite finished with the vocal version and EDM Tunes wanted us to premiere a track for their launch to be a featured artist. And then we almost were done with this vocal version and we wanted to share it with the fans.
Point: We played it for a bunch of our close friends and stuff and some people really liked the instrumental and some people really liked the vocal version of it. It’s kind of polarizing actually. So why not release both of them? It just worked out well.

DJ Times: So what’s next?
Point: More tunes, definitely want to do more stuff on Monstercat. We have a new secret weapon as far as production goes… that we can’t dive into, but it’s pretty gnarly.
Case: We’re excited about this new technical thing we have figured out in the studio.
Point: We’re always looking for a new sound, new thing to work on.
Case: I feel like we’ve made a breakthrough on our sounds. Case & Point 2.0 is coming—the new revolution of us!

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