TABS Remixes Indie Pop and EDM Hits into Ass-Shaking Extravaganzas
The two met in 2008 when they both were guests at a weekly gig at Club Congress in Tucson. After Andersen (who's also known as Swookie Monster) spun a remix by Photek during his set, Hoss struck up a conversation about music and the bromance developed from there.
"He was the first person in Tucson who knew what I knew," Hoss says. "And we instantly bonded and spent the rest of the night talking about music."
Two years later in 2010, they began collaborating. As for the explanation behind their partnership's name, Hoss says it came from a text message between the two where Andersen's phone auto-corrected the word "faves" into TABS.
"And I was like, wow, I guess TABS is the thing to say in Phoenix. So we called each other it as a joke for awhile. And when it came time to come up with a name, we just said, let's call it TABS," he says. "It's an inside joke, it's a great story, let's just do it. People think it's a moniker for things and we've made up silly stories for what it might mean, but really it means nothing."
According to Andersen, it took the duo little while of working in several different genres to find their niche. While their debut performance at an event promoted by local DJ collective The Night Thieves, as well as their first-ever remix of "Holidays" by Miami Horror, were well-received, something felt amiss.
"We were doing everything in the beginning: Moombahton, dubstep tracks, house tracks, main room," he says. "So a year ago we really talked about changing up our style to not only be more dancey, but to capture artists that were bigger in the scene."
Andersen says they tried a different approach to creating remixes.
"Since that talk, its always been about creating dance-oriented sounds," he explains. "We've been playing club gigs so long that we ask ourselves when we're writing songs, 'Are people are going to dance to this?"