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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cataracs

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Two have become one. Production duo the Cataracs have downsized from a twosome to being the project of Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar for now. But there wasn’t any big drama — Hollowell-Dhar and former partner David Singer-Vine are still BFFs.

The Cataracs have worked with Dev, the Far East Movement and more, putting their production stamp all over modern, West Coast street pop.

Here, Hollowell-Dhar shared 10 things you might not have known about him and/or the Cataracs and their musical resume. Find out where the Cataracs’ name came from; how Hollowell-Dhar got one of their songs yanked from a radio rotation; and how he and former partner Singer-Vine first hooked up through music. Their work together began because of a diss track, but it’s not how exactly how you’d imagine it.

Get your education on the Cataracs here and now.


The first person I ever smoked weed with was Lil B The Based God.





The Cataracs’ name was inspired by the Snoop Dogg lyric, “Smoke till ya eyes get cataracts” from his song, ‘What’s My Name Pt. 2.’





The instrumental and chorus of ‘Like a G6′ were made in about 25 minutes. The instrumental consisted of four instruments and the chorus we took from a Dev song we had done the week before, called ‘Booty Bounce.’





I drink about five Kombuchas a day. My favorite brand is GTS and I was actually lucky enough to receive a few free boxes from them.


I’m half-Indian. My dad immigrated to the U.S. when he was 25 and I go back to visit once very two years or so.





Snoop Dogg’s song ‘Wet,’ which was remixed by David Guetta and became No. 1 internationally, was originally going to be a Cataracs’ song. If you do some searching, you can actually find the original demo featuring our vocals.





I found Dev on Myspace and asked her to come work with me after hearing a song called ‘Blonde Trick’ that she had recorded into her laptop, about dissing a girl that her boyfriend at the time had dated before.





On tour opening for Usher, I went out on stage and yelled “What’s up Canada?,” when we were actually in Oregon.





In 2009, our local dance radio station, ‘Energy 92.7,’ put our song ‘2nite’ into rotation. But I managed to get it dropped after they had us open for Kaskade at one of their radio events and I repeatedly climbed up the rafters, throwing water at people. I may, or may not have been intoxicated. Three years later, in 2012, we released a song called ‘All You’ featuring Waka Flocka Flame and none other than Kaskade himself.





I met David, ex-member of the Cataracs and still a good friend of mine, through a diss song I released against him in high school. It led to us starting the Cataracs and becoming best friends.



Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

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