The Cataracs Biography
Last updated: 06/06/2012 11:00:00 AM
The Cataracs are an American indie-pop duo formed in Berkeley, California. The duo started out as an independent group, during their years at Berkeley High School. The two were first signed to Indie-Pop label. Their music is considered to be a mixture of genres including rap and pop. They are currently based in Los Angeles, California.
David and Niles met in their sophomore year while attending Berkeley High School. Singer-Vine was featured in a rap CD that was being passed around campus. Dhar eventually heard the CD and subsequently created a response to the CD. The "diss" response brought the two together and they soon became friends. In 2003, the two joined together to create The Cataracs (named after Snoop Dogg's song "What's my name Pt. 2" after the phrase "Who smoke 'til your eyes get cataracts") . In the summer of 2006, they released their first album, Technohop Vol. 1. Soon they had 2,000 units in only a three month span. In August 2006, the group joined with The Pack to make the single "Blueberry Afghani". The song soon became a hit and was chosen as a "Download of the Week" by 106 KMEL and many such as The Fader, UK's Hip Hop Connection and XLR8R praised it.
The two graduated from high school in the summer of 2006. Dhar went on to attend San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California and Singer-Vine at Columbia College Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois. But in order to pursue their dreams and career in music, they both decided that they would have to leave school, respectively. The duo then packed their bags and moved to Los Angeles, CA, where they began working on their music full-stream, creating songs like "Club Love" and "Baby Baby", which went on to be featured on the hit reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians in early 2010. By 2007, they released their second album, Technohop Vol. 2, and in 2008 they released their third album The 13th Grade.
In their new stage, they discovered fellow Manteca, California native, Dev, a singer who posted much of her work on MySpace. Dhar then asked if she would like to sing for them, leading to the song "2Nite". The Cataracs, along with Dev, got signed to the Indie-Pop Label, which also features musicians such as Bobby Brackins and The Pack. They were later signed to their current label, Universal Records. Through Universal they began producing music for artists such as Far East Movement and Glasses Malone. The Cataracs had their most mainstream success with the song "Like a G6" which was written by Singer-Vine/Dhar and produced by Dhar. The song peaked at #1 on the iTunes top 100 songs in the USA. The chorus for the song comes from a line in the song "Booty Bounce" by Dev, which they also produced. The duo went on to produce songs for albums such as The Pack new album, Wolfpack Party, which hit the iTunes Hip-Hop charts at number 9. It has been rumored that a song with rapper Snoop Dogg, the inspiration behind the group's name, is also in the works.