Niles dusted himself off and kept forging ahead though. "It left me really vulnerable and anxious for a minute," he admits. "It also gave me the opportunity to come into my own as a solo act and even realize the initial vision that I had for The Cataracs. I like creating intelligent dance music that makes people move. That's what I've wanted to do since the beginning.
Campa and I weren't always on the same page about that. Now, I have an even clearer understanding of what The Cataracs is, and I'm making the best music I've ever made." That's a bold claim, but it's true. From day one, Niles had served as the group's producer and produced other artists under the moniker "The Cataracs". He was behind the immortal beat for Far East Movement's "Like a G6" featuring Dev. The track became a worldwide phenomenon, surpassing digital sales of 3 million and topping the Billboard Hot 100.
It also kick-started the careers of Far East Movement and Dev and created unanimous demand for production from Niles. From there, he worked the board for Dev's platinum smash "In the Dark" as well her entire major label debut, The Night the Sun Came Up, Snoop Dogg's saucy "Wet", and other tracks from the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Usher, 50 Cent, New Boyz, and more. He's also been sought out by everyone from E-40 to David Guetta. At the same time, honing his two-prong vision for The Cataracs, he's pushing the boundaries of pop. On his solo material, he cooks up an infectious concoction of sexy dance music with lo-fi hip hop swagger and undeniable pop bliss. In November and December, Niles will be releasing a free track every week leading up to the debut of a yet to be titled free EP. The next chapter of The Cataracs has kicked off with a bang, and it's only just begun. "I've got confidence like I've never had before," enthuses Niles.
"I want fans to walk away from my music with something they're not getting anywhere else. I want to break the fucking boring static coming out of the radio. I want to give people addictive, catchy songs. That's what I love to do." Read more on Last.fm.
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