You’ve probably know about Cash Cash since their super popular and chart topping party anthem, “Take Me Home” with Bebe Rexha. Following their speedy rise to fame, they’ve earned a reputation as a trio of party guys who know how to have fun, and create equally good music to match.
With their new record “Blood, Sweat and 3 years” dropping just weeks ago, 20something had a chance to chat with the Big Beat Records trio and pick their brains about the new album, what they use in the studio to create hits and how they all met.
20something: Your entire vibe encompasses partying, so tell me how you personally throw parties?
Cash Cash: ‘Make That Cash Cash’ where we bring out different special guests. So far we’ve had Busta Rhymes, Lil Dicky, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana. These parties are always super hyped and high energy, so it would be hard to pick one!
So how’d you all meet?
CC: Alex and I are brothers, so we’ve been at it since the beginning. I met Sam when I was in third grade. We both liked the same music and would trade albums. Then one day Sam’s dad got us jamming together with a guitar and bass.
Since we saw they are so many amazing features on the album we had to know what those studio sessions were really like.
CC: We had the pleasure of working with so many talented features on the album. Working with Nelly was wild because we literally raged in the studio till like 5 a.m. drinking and smoking. Making ‘Lightning’ with John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls was also a trip. We started it just messing around with acoustic guitars and a note pad of lyrics then ended up recording gang vocals together in our home studio.
We brought Christina Perri to our home studio as well to record ‘Hero,’ which was a lot of fun. Afterwards we gave her a solid tour of all the spots near us where they filmed ‘The Sopranos.’ Fitz of Fitz & The Tantrums was also a lot of fun to work with. He also came to our home studio where we just hung and wrote. We like to be very hands on with all our features vs just getting vocals sent to us. We write lyrics and melody with them together in the same room just hanging out. We found we get the best results that way. Three-fourths of the album was done in our home studio and we did the rest in LA at various studios.
As far as this album helping bring the trio together, they agreed that “everyone has a say and their own important role. We split a lot of the work up and are able to get a lot more done that way.” But still with all the fame they feel like “seeing our faces on billboards, hearing thousands of people singing back our songs/hearing our music on the radio, are things that means the world to us”
Fans are definitely number one to this group.
CC: It will always gives us chills and never gets old or loses impact. If an artist thinks that stuff gets old, then I personally think they lost something very special along the way and would recommend reevaluating their life.
So just in case you were wondering what it takes to make a Cash Cash hit, they explained their studio methods to me.
CC: It used to be coffee, but after working with Nelly I think we’re gonna start using his approach a lot more…Crown Royal (Apple) and blunts.
Finally, we end on how important this album has been to all three of them.
CC: We started this album right after we made ‘Take Me Home’ feat. Bebe Rexha back in 2013. We put out a handful of singles since then with the intent of eventually making a full length album. We spent a lot of time on this one because we felt more connected to these songs than anything we’ve ever put out. It’s truly our blood, sweat and three years. We’re a group of two brothers and a best friend, so you can be sure that we fight and have our moments. Overall this album represents that it doesn’t always have to be blood, sweat & tears…sometimes ‘time’ is what can help you reach your goal. We put a lot of heart and soul into this record, but it was hands down the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do as group.
We’ve never been as attached to an album as we are to this one because of it. Making the album was filled with holes in the wall, sleepless nights and fist fights, mental breakdowns, 1 million miles flown, multiple hospital visits, and roughly 1,000 days…hence the tile. We believe it’s our most creative work the three of us have ever made together.
These 16 songs define the craziest years of our lives and we hope they can help define yours as well. Albums are supposed to help people define time frames in their lives..I know I can throw a Jimmy Eat World or Daft Punk record on and have it send me right back to where I was in my life when it came out. A good record will make you remember old friends, past relationships, or memories you forgot about…Years can be relived in just an hour…It’s amazing. Albums just have that special power. This album defines this chapter for us which has been hands down the best three years of our lives. We hope that “Blood, Sweat & 3 Years,” can help define this era of your life the same way it does ours.