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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.


1

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

 
 
 
2

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.'

 
 
 
3

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.'

 
 
 
4

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.

 
 
 
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5

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.

 
 
 
6

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.

 
 
 
7

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.

 
 
 
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8

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

 
 
 
9

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.

 
 
 
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10

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.

 
 
 
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