Catz ‘n Dogz

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It’s a plain fact – close friends Grzegorz and Wojciech have had a
stellar and prolific career as the house outfit Catz ’n Dogz. The duo
worked their way from humble beginnings to international acclaim,
boasting performances at the hottest venues in Europe and abroad,
their own record label, chart-topping singles and LPs. Their
discography includes the 2018 EP “The Feelings Factory,” Catz ’n
Dogz’s thrilling return to Dirtybird Records. Spring 2019 saw the much
anticipated release of their fourth studio album, “Friendship.” This
album celebrates the friendship that has made Greg and Voitek’s
collaboration so powerful, and features exciting collaborators like
Kiddy Smile and Jono McCleery. In the past fifteen years, the Polish
producers have grown exponentially as collaborators, captivating dance
DJs, and supporters of contemporary electronic musicians.
Catz ’n Dogz have made a lasting impression on the electronic music
community. Taking a firm lead in the Eastern European electronic music revolution, the pair have previously graced the cover of both Mixmag
and DJ Mag Spain. They have held spots on such elite charts as the RA
Top 100 and DJ Mag’s Top 10 Albums of 2015 for their LP “Basic Colour
Theory.” Other accolades include a nomination for Best Track at WMC
Awards 2013 with “They Frontin’ feat Monty Luke” and the title of
“Producers of the Year” from Muno.pl. Clearly, Catz ’n Dogz continues
to dazzle the dancers on the floor and the electronic music community
at large.
The duo hasn’t stopped there. In addition to making music, they
continue to spread the love with their label, Pets Recordings, its
sub-label, Step Recordings, label nights, and Wooded, a micro-
festival. The Pets Recording catalog exhibits a wide range of
electronic musicians, diverse in sound but alike in their ability to
ramp up the dance floor. Catz ’n Dogz’s Step label takes a back-to-
the-basics approach as a vinyl-only label. Here, they celebrate
electronic music’s root functions and hardware tradition, embracing a
grittier sound with some rough edges. Together, Pets and Step combined
represent over 50 artists, including heavy hitters like KiNK and Eats
Everything.
Szczecin, hometown to Catz ’n Dogz, is only 100 miles from Berlin, so
naturally the two DJs were inspired by Berlin’s iconic techno sound
from the beginning. Though Grzegorz and Wojciech recognize the
significance of this influence, they resist pinpointing a primary
source of inspiration. After all, their discography includes tracks of
bright disco and deep house, samples of sexy jazz vocals and bold
spoken phrases. The duo’s playfully innovative spirit is clear. When
they were asked in an interview with Birdhouse: German or Detroit
techno? they responded with Pets’ manifesto: Music Not Genres. As Catz
’n Dogz demonstrate in their DJ sets, their musical ethos approaches
sound through feeling, not category. When it’s too late for house and
too early for techno, you might find something in-between bumping
during a Catz ’N Dogz set, something that resists genre but invites
movement and connection. Here, in this area between genres, Grzegorz
and Wojciech are pushing boundaries as Catz ’n Dogz, and celebrating
the diversity of house and techno music through their label, Pets
Recordings.
Their innovative mixing ability is articulated through the wide range
of collaborators on their albums. In their 2015 “Basic Colour Theory”
alone, Catz ’n Dogz worked with indie greats like Peter, Bjorn and
John, iconic rappers like Phat Kat, and fellow electronic legends like
Green Velvet. These collaborations result in tracks with depth and
feeling as Catz ’n Dogz seamlessly ties together seemingly disparate
genres of music. It is not a surprise heavy-hitting DJs and pop stars
alike have been inspired to add their own touch to Catz ’N Dogz’s
work. “Basic Colour Theory,” that fifteen-track voyage through
experimental sounds, went on to provoke a whole album of remixes in
2016, with new takes from Claude Von Stroke, Jamie Jones, Maurice
Fulton, Anja Schneider and Jay Shepheard. “Basic Colour Theory
Remixed” proves not only the enduring relevance of Catz ’N Dogz
innovative LP, but also their irreplaceable spot in a global community
of producers.
Catz ’n Dogz’s inspired, collaborative outlook on production is
articulated by their own well-received remixes. Just this year, Catz
’n Dogz released an engaging reworking of Claptone’s “Under the Moon.”
Grzegorz and Wojciech have also left their mark on Marlena Shaw’s
“Woman of the Ghetto” in 2017, and Thomas Schumacher’s “Hush” in 2013,
which held the #1 spot on the Beatport tech house charts for five
consecutive months. Just as Catz ’n Dogz have looked beyond the range
of techno musicians for their collaborations, they have reworked
tracks by artists of multiple genres, including rock outfit Kings of
Leon and pop icons Friendly Fires and Roisin Murphy.
Catz ’n Dogz’s upbeat sound translates seamlessly from the home stereo
to the dance floor. In addition to their stellar LP and EP
productions, Grzegorz and Wojciech are renowned for their powerful DJ
sets, the two skillfully reading the room and leading their audience
on journeys into new worlds of sound. Their skillful DJ performances
has made them a staple at some of the most prestigious festivals
worldwide including SW4, Park Life, Bestival, Snowbombing, Electric
Daisy Carnival, and BPM. One can also find them on set lists at the
hottest clubs in Europe and abroad, like Panorama Bar in Berlin,
Fabric in London, Smolna in Warsaw (where they are resident DJs), and
many more.
With multiple projects in production, performance, and organization,
Catz ’n Dogz have already left their paw prints on the global stage of
electronic music. Even with these accomplishments, Grzegorz and
Wojciech are not slowing down — in fact, the best is yet to come. It
is safe to assume that Grzegorz and Wojciech will continue to bring
out the animals in us all with their innovative, dance-inducing sound.