How did you two meet?
Third Party: We first met at our high school, we both were on the football team and then both ended up doing the Music Tech course.
Did you guys have musical backgrounds?
Third Party: Harry learned the drums and guitar at school and I was a rock star on the clarinet haha Neither of us really knew music theory, just the basics.
Where was your first show?
Third Party: Our first show was for an 18th birthday party in our local town. Our first real show as Third Party was in Miami which was a pretty crazy start to our career.
When was your big break?
Third Party: Our big break was when we signed our record ‘Release’ to Steve Angello’s label SIZE. Not long after it came out we were invited to meet his management company and they said he wanted to sign us to SIZE. It’s still a pretty unreal moment for us to look back on.
Today the DJ scene is flooding with many artists. How does your music stand out from the rest?
Third Party: We like to think our music stands out because it mixes quite a few different musical inspirations. The main core of our sound is progressive house, but you could say there is a bit of everything in the productions. One of the main things we like to do is sample old vocals into our music. We really like the fusion and vibe they bring to the music that slick vocals just can’t bring!
You recently collaborated with Martin Garrix on “Lions in the Wild.” How was collaborating with the #1 DJ?
Third Party: It was an awesome experience! Martin is such a great guy, so it was very easy and smooth to work with him on this track.
Tell us a little bit about your tune “Live Forever.”
Third Party: Live Forever is a special song for us. Not only is it the lead single from our album, but we feel like it captures everything we try to be as Third Party – just great uplifting progressive house music for people to enjoy.
You’ve worked with and remixed some of the biggest names in dance music. Who would you like to collaborate with, but haven’t yet?
It’s probably said a lot, but acts like Daft Punk and Coldplay. Those artists that have the ability to create that magic and originality that very few people in the world can do.
What’s next for you in 2017? New material, festivals, touring?
We have lots of exciting stuff planned for 2017. We’ll be touring the album which will be amazing. Finally our fans will be able to hear first hand what we’ve been working on for 9 months. Some big festivals will be in there for sure! Then yeah, on to the next lot of material of course. We’re not stopping now!
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in the industry?
Just stay true to yourself. We’ve really tried to make a stand with this album and say you don’t need to make radio music or follow trends to follow your DJ dreams. Just make what you love and make it the best sh*t out there, even if it’s not what’s trendy or in fashion! Good music always shines through in the end. You just have to be patient sometimes. Hopefully that reflects in our music, and even if it inspires one fan then we’re happy.
Last question. Like all the best people, you’re from London. When you’re on the road, what do you take with you to remind you of home?
We’d like to say our very British/London personalities and accents haha. We try and stay as grounded as possible when we’re on tour and I think we bounce off each other and our UK team everywhere we go.