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How long have you been producing for and what software do you guys use?

We’ve both been producing for a few years. We start our tracks in Ableton and finish them in Logic.

Where does the inspiration for your tunes come from? Which DJs/Producers would you say are your biggest inspirations?

Our inspirations come from a lot of older rock stuff and current indie alternative stuff, when it comes to our melodic work. Our favorite DJ/producers would probably have to be Sander Van Doorn, Diplo, Deorro, Steve Angello, Zedd, Dada Life


How did you guys first meet? Did you instantly know the success that could come with combining forces?

We met while we were away at college in Santa Barbara, playing the local bar circuit out there as more open-format kinds of DJs. When we decided to actually take the artist route, it didn’t take long for us to link up and realize that our workflow together was something special.

What has been your favorite venue to play at thus far and why?
Avalon Hollywood. Because it’s the Avalon.

What’s the best advice you can give to an up and coming producer?

Gigs don’t mean much if you’re not promoting your own music or remixes. Doesn’t matter how sick the venue is. So if you want take the DJ/producer route, do it right!

Any upcoming releases or collabs you can tell us about?

We’re keeping a steady flow of free content coming out while we are closing down a couple pretty sweet deals. Tweet us @CharityStrike to stay up to date on that stuff once it’s all locked down.

There is a lot of crazy talent coming out of LA, how is the Electronic Dance Music scene in LA right now?

There really is and we are super happy to be in that pool of local up and comers in the scene. Excited to see which of us will really break through this year.

I know you guys will be played alongside ‘Cazzette’ and ‘Spencer Brown’ at Avalon LA on April 19th, how do you guys like to prepare for big shows like this?

We create some exclusive new mashups and practice random little tricks that are unique to every set we play. Doesn’t matter how big or small the gig is, we do the same preparation to make sure that what our fans are hearing is a unique set with twists that’ll melt their faces off; sober or intoxicated.

Where do you see the future of Electronic Dance Music going?

There will be the commercial side of things and the more underground scene. Dance music has been reaching a massive level and we love that there is still room for growth.

The beginning of 2014 has been nothing short of extremely promising with your recent releases—your remixes of ‘DubVision & FireBeatz – Rockin’’ as well as ‘Showtek – We Like To Party’ are displaying your talents and unique spin on Melbourne Bounce music—a genre we feel is about to absolutely explode. What else can we expect from ‘Charity Strike’ in 2014?

Whether it be future bounce, like the ‘Rockin’ remix, or big room bounce like the ‘We Like To Party Remix’, the key is that we are going to keep a gritty consistency to the flavor that we like to add to the bounce style that is getting popular so fast these days. We like it rugged and tough, but still fun and groovy.

With the struggles of constant travel as a DJ, how do you try and stay fit while on the road?
We both like to stay at hotels that have gyms and bring along our protein and green powders of sorts to stay in the game.

Would you say exercise helps improve your creativity and overall workflow in the studio?
Definitely, The mind follows the body.

What’s your Favorite Healthy Meal?
Philip: Grilled Salmon, vegetables, brown rice, and kim chi
Mike: Similar stuff but zero meat for me.


What is your favorite aspect of the Fit Lifestyle?
Mindset, staying healthy helps us stay positive and perform with a clear mind.

What do you do when you are not working on music?

We are both at the gym 6 days a week. We also like to surf, play baseball and hang out with friends and family.

Favorite inspirational quote if any?
Philip: “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
Mike: “Good things take time.”