Pop Quiz: Poolside

Aidin Vaziri | The summer pop charts may have belonged to Carly Rae Jepsen and Maroon 5, but the backyard parties and beach bonfires were all about Poolside. The Los Angeles duo made up of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise (a San Francisco transplant who promotes the parties Blow Up and 1994) labels the music on its first album, “Pacific Standard Time,” daytime disco. It’s as good a description as any for the relaxed dance grooves and breezy choruses of songs such as “Slow Down,” “Do You Believe?” and the group’s ultra-chill cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.”

Jeffrey Paradise of Poolside
Q: Your song “Do You Believe?” was literally an overnight hit. How did it happen?
A: The first day we were in the studio that song just popped up. We put it on SoundCloud that night, just to send to a couple of our friends. I wanted to make it a private link, but I didn’t want to spend the money. I thought, who can possibly hear this? The next morning it had 3,000 plays and something like 50 comments. We honestly thought there was a malfunction.
Q: Did you ever figure out how it got so much action?
A: Some blogger in England found it and posted it. Then it got reblogged on a bunch of other sites. We had three record labels that wanted to release it 12 hours after we recorded it.
Q: After years of playing in various bands, you were probably a little cynical about the whole thing.
A: I wouldn’t say cynical. I had no interest. Working with a label sucks. Being independent is hard. We had no intention of getting into that world. Our original idea was to never play anything but pool parties. Now we’re touring the world with a full band. It’s like a job, all the sudden.
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