The Cataracs are an Indie-Pop band based in Los Angeles, California. Originally from Berkeley, California the band consists of David Benjamin Singer-Vine “Campa” and Niles Hollowell Dhar “Cyrano.” The duo initially started out in their high school years at Berkeley High School. The band was originally formed in the year 2003 and has been together ever since.
It is an interesting story about how the band was formed. During their sophomore year at Berkeley high school, Singer-Vine recorded a rap song and circulated the CD of it around school campus. Dhar eventually came across it and responded to this CD by making a diss song in retaliation as a joke. The two eventually met, started recording together and decided to form a band. The name of the band is another story – the name Cataracs comes from a song titled “Whats My Name” that was written and performed by Snoop Dogg, one of their favorite rap artists. They thought it was funny that one could “Smoke ’til your eyes get cataracts,” a lyric in the song. Another interpretation of their name however as the band suggests is that they “see things differently.”
In the year 2006, they got their first break when they released a single together with Berkeley, California native music band ‘The Pack’. The song was titled ‘Blueberry Afgani’. This song became quite popular and subsequently became 1 of one of the most downloaded songs from reputed sites like The Fader and XLR8R. These internet sites also praised the song for its rendition. In the course of that time, the song got the title of ‘download of the week’.
The Cataracs would not have turned into a success if the duo had stuck to high school and college. In 2006, they graduated from high school and decided to pursue music full time. They moved to Los Angeles for better prospects. They came up with songs like ‘Baby Baby’ which was featured on the reality tv series – “Keeping up with the Kardashians”.
They had released about three albums by the end of the year 2008. The Cataracs were on Myspace one day and came across singer Dev who was a native Californian. Most of her work was updated on her MySpace page. The Cataracs invited Dev to record with them. In the year 2009, together with Dev, The Cataracs achieved more fame and also released their hit song ‘2Nite’. The success of the song landed The Cataracs and Dev on the Billboard charts.
Some of the studio albums that have been produces by The Cataracs are “Techonohop Vol. 1″ in the year 2006, “Techonohop Vol. 2″ inside the year 2007,“The 13th Grade” in the year 2008, “Lingerie” inside the year 2008 and their latest album will be released in 2012 on Universal Republic Records. They’ve also been featured as an artist with numerous other bands such as Shwayze, New Boyz, and Glasses Malone, and 50 Cent. The Cataracs are also the sole producers and co-wrote many of the songs on Dev’s debut album “The Night the Sun Came Up”. Be sure to keep posted on out website for more The Cataracs information.