Not many duos have flown to the forefront of the NYC scene as quickly as Grand and Warren have been able to. Grand and Warren not only exemplifies a literal crossroad in downtown Jersey City, it also serves as the metaphorical convergence of two unique yet complimentary minds which makes up this fantastic new pair, comprised of Gary Rabbitt and James Alexander. Since their alliance, they have been featured in some of the tri-state’s largest nightclubs such as Pacha NYC, Lit Ultra Bar in Philadelphia, 4Sixty6 in West Orange, NJ and Bliss Night Club in Clifton, NJ. A Grand & Warren experience involves the sweet sounds of speakers pumping a variety of House Music including Progressive, Progressive Electro and Progressive Drums.
This duo is the perfect match to start out EDM Girl’s #MCM for up-and-coming producers with all the success they have been having lately. Plus, come to think of it, besides the brief information given on their website, you probably do not know much about Gary and James.
EDM Girl: How did the two of your get into DJing and producing? Which came first, the DJing, or the producing?
G&W: We started DJing first. Having hip hop roots had inspired us to become turntablists. As we got older, we started producing house music which eventually led us to switch to our current setup (4 CDJ2000s and a DJM900)
E: Why did you two become a duo, versus playing and producing individually?
G&W: When we first started working together, we used to do separate sets. One day we were booked but they only gave us one time slot so we did it together and haven’t looked back since!
E: It seems everyone has been talking about Grand & Warren quite suddenly, what do you feel the turning point of your career has been thus far?
G&W: A lot of things have factored into our success so far. First and foremost, our team. These guys (and girls) have helped us organize and harness our abilities in order to put them to good use. Second, our fans and supporters. If it weren’t for our fans, who would we be? Their continuing support has helped us stay motivated to keep giving them something new and fresh.
E: Where was the first venue you two played? And when was it?
G&W: Celebs in Haledon, NJ. Very small place but it was the craziest college party! Good memories there. We played there every Thursday between 2009-2011.
E: What was the highlight of 2013 for G&W?
G&W: We played quite a few shows that were awesome in 2013. Our first time playing Pacha NYC main floor, our first out of state gigs (Lit in Philly and Liquid, Cleveland, OH), but nothing compares to the experience of playing Pier 94 with Hardwell. It was an honor to be asked to open for the number 1 DJ in the world! What a great night!
E: What do fans have to look forward to in 2014? Any big releases or shows you can talk about?
G&W: Our plan for 2014 is to collab with as many artists as possible. We really want to focus on our production and our sound so when someone hears our track, they’ll know it’s Grand and Warren.
E: What fuels your love for creating and playing music for your fans?
G&W: It’s definitely a good feeling when you play a production that you’ve worked on for hours and hours, all to see the crowd go wild! It feels good to see the crowd love a track that they’ve never heard before, especially when it’s our own.
E: What is your current favorite track to spin live?
G&W: Global Brothers – Houseworks. This track has some really dope drums!
E: Who has been your favorite DJ thus far to play with?
G&W: Steve Aoki and Borgore threw their Afterparty at Pacha NYC and we got to close them out. It was great hanging with the guys from Dim Mak and Buygore!
E: If you could give any advice to other up-and-coming producers and DJs, what would it be?
G&W: Laidback Luke gave us advice via twitter when we first started and we’d like to pass that along. “Just keep going, work hard, and never give up on your dreams.” Best advice we could have ever asked for.
E: What serves as your inspiration for creating music?
G&W: The list is endless. From bands like Pink Floyd and the Beatles to hip hop artists like Fab and Jay, even the Temptations. We draw inspiration from all types of music. It’s important to take from past artists and incorporate it into what’s hot in the scene right now.
E: What has been the most challenging thing you have had to overcome thus far in your career?
G&W: Truthfully, being with each other, as well as with the team, 24 hours a day, EVERYDAY. We are with each other at our best and at our worst, so dealing with everyone’s personality is sometimes a struggle but like any other family, we stick together and overcome our obstacles together.
E: What has it taught you?
G&W: Overall, being with each other all the time has helped us discover what everyone’s strengths and weaknesses are, and with that knowledge, helped us to better each other.
E: What does the scene look like to you two at the moment? What do you see trend wise that is either becoming big, or dying down?
G&W: The scene is always changing. As artists, it’s a constant battle to figure out what the next hot thing is going to be. Constantly pushing the envelope and trying to adopt other styles into our own work. As far as music on the rise, we think all types of music will adopt more to the electronic sound due to the growing technology.
E: What is an ideal venue you two would like to play someday?
G&W: Playing at Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden would be AWESOME!
E: What is your favorite part about playing for a crowd?
G&W: Watching the crowd’s energy grow with ours! Sharing in the moment! Seeing the anticipation in people right before a drop! It’s a whole different experience from our side of the decks, to say the very least.
Looking to see Grand & Warren live? Check them out with Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway at Pacha NYC on January 31st. More information can be found here.