Exclusive: The Cataracs' Niles Addresses Unexpected Break-Up: "He Wants To Travel & Get The F*ck Out Of LA"

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 5:54PM

Written by Amber McKynzie & Cyrus Langhorne

Days after production duo The Cataracs officially split up, SOHH got a hold of Niles "Cyrano" Hollowell-Dhar to find out David "Campa" Singer-Vine's state of mind and how serious the break-up is.

Niles, currently on vacation in Mexico, admitted he is uncertain what career path David has planned.

"[David's said his other passion if teaching, is that what he's doing now?] That I don't know. I do know he wants to travel and get the f*ck out of LA which I can understand," Niles told SOHH. "[There's] no second person. Just me. And to be honest I'm pretty excited about the freedom this means for me creatively." (SOHH)

He also said David, at the very least, is completely separated from anything Cataracs-related.

"[What's next is] how to continue and make The Cataracs bigger than ever," Niles added. "From what I understand he'll be leaving music alone for a while. But he did mention that he'd always write songs here and there." (SOHH)

Last week, Niles released an open letter speaking on the break-up.

"The Cataracs, as of 2 weeks ago, has taken a new form. David informed us of a pretty big decision... The decision to follow his heart and put music down. At the time, it hit me like a sack full of 'What the f***" bricks. But, it's a choice I respect. He deserves happiness and if it's not here in The Cataracs, then he should be out there finding it. As some of you may know, I've always been the only one in The Cataracs who produces music, so that doesn't change. In fact, instead of slowing down these last weeks, I've collaborated with artists I could only dream of before and created the best music of my career. And the music will only continue to get bigger and better. You just won't be hearing David on it anymore. It's sad... But some doors close so that new ones can open." (Facebook)

Prior to their split, Niles and David's music industry run lasted nearly a decade.

David "Campa" Benjamin Singer-Vine and Niles "Cyrano" Hollowell-Dhar combined their songwriting, vocal, and production talents in 2003, while they were attending high school in Berkeley, CA. Three years later, after taking their name -- the Cataracs -- from a line in Snoop Dogg's "What's My Name, Pt. 2," they released an independent album, Technohop, Vol. 1, and produced the sparse and booming track "Blueberry Afghani" for fellow Berkeley-based group the Pack. The duo released a handful of low-key albums and mixtapes and broke through with "Like a G6," a collaboration with Far East Movement and vocalist Dev that topped the Billboard Hot 100 in late October 2010. Dev herself released a Cataracs-produced single, "Bass Down Low," which reached the chart by the end of the year. The Cataracs maintained their hit-making streak with Snoop's "Wet" -- yet another stripped-down, bass-heavy track -- which was made for Prince William's bachelor party and charted in early 2011. (MOG)

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