Troy Hinson and Jared Piccone of the Black Caviar make a rare breed of music producers that have seen both sides of the music business. Piccone, who was once director of A&R with Casablanca/Republic Records and Hinson, a producer for the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show on SiriusXM, now find themselves on the other side of the spectrum- as artists.
Bonding through a chance meeting in Reading, Pennsylvania, the duo’s first attempt at a music career didn’t work out as planned. Not being able to make it big, the duo decided to put aside their music aspirations and began working regular 9-5 jobs.
Unwilling to compromise, the New York City based DJs began dabbling with music again- except this time it worked. Now, the electronic music group Black Caviar has over 50 million streams on Spotify, they’ve landed on the soundtrack for the animated superhero film Spiderman: Spider-Verse, and they’re finally poised for a major break out in 2019!
Todd Michaels: Nexus Radio Lounge here in Miami Beach and Miami Music Week. Todd Michael here- and I have Black Caviar.
Black Caviar: What’s up? I’m Troy from Black Caviar.
Todd Michaels: Troy.
Black Caviar: I’m Jared.
Todd Michaels: Welcome to Miami Music Week, welcome to our lounge!
Black Caviar: Thank you. Thank you for having us.
Todd Michaels: You are so welcome. What are you currently working on? How’s 2019 looking [like] for Black Caviar?
Black Caviar: Well, we just released a song called El Camino. It’s out now on Casablanca- Republic (Records) and we just have a lot of great music that we’re really excited about “in the can,” getting ready to [release] over the next couple of months. We did a song on the Spider Verse movie (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse). So, we have a couple of possible movie offers again coming up. So, yeah! We’re staying busy- and a lot of shows. I think we maybe played a dozen shows last year and now we’re doing that like every month.
The Past & The Future
Todd Michaels: That’s great!
Black Caviar: This is the first year we’re really spreading our wings touring. So…
Todd Michaels: Did you have like one each month last year? Now….
Black Caviar: Yeah, like we’re just getting started. You know, this is a pretty new project for us […] compared to other projects. This is probably.. What, two or so years old? So, we just got a booking agent, we’re spinning now and […] killing it and we’re playing a lot of good stuff.
Todd Michaels: What were you guys doing before Black Caviar?
Black Caviar: Just being adults, man.
Todd Michaels: You were just having regular caviar?
Black Caviar: Yeah, just having a regular caviar. Now we’ve graduated- we’ve been playing in bands since we were probably 13, 14 years old and we’ve toured the world. We kind of, gave up on the rock-n-roll dream […] and we went and got real jobs. We started goofing around, making some music and putting it online, and somehow it started working. We were like “okay! I guess this is what we’re going to do now.” […] We didn’t really even this seriously til’ last summer cause’ we were just like “oh, really? people care?” You know? So, it’s been kind of cool to see [it finally happening].
Todd Michaels: So, a serious question would be- when you guys came out to your family as DJs and musicians- how did they take it?
Black Caviar: Pretty well […] I (Jared) was a drummer before this, […] so they were kind of used to me being a loser and not making any money- so, this wasn’t any different.
Todd Michaels: [laughs]
Black Caviar: (Troy) my parents know that I am doing everything humanly possible to stay a man-child. You know, just looking for the path of least resistance [which] would be a Deejaying.
Todd Michaels: You’ve done everything else- of course, he’s deejaying now!
Black Caviar: Of course! Yes. I’m trying my hardest not to grow up.
Mr. Worldwide, Mr. 305, Pitbull
Todd Michaels: Who are some of your celebrity crushes or DJ crushes or artist crushes- that you would love to meet some time?
Black Caviar: I think we’ve got to start it off with the hometown here: Mr. 305, Pitbull.
Todd Michaels: There you go.
Black Caviar: That guy is our hero, we like all …he does for his community, and he’s obviously got a ton of hits.
Todd Michaels: He’s the national state animal.
Black Caviar: Really?
Todd Michaels: [laughs] No.
Black Caviar: Oh, fooled us! You had me. I got really excited for a second.
Todd Michaels: You really did [laughs].
Black Caviar: We really did. We’re like “whoa! we’ve got to say that in other interviews.”
Todd Michaels: This is one of those [moments] where like I wish there was video of [this] because “You’re like, wait, what!? No.
Black Caviar: We’re easily convinced [by] silly stuff. But yeah, we love “Mr. Worldwide,” “Mr. 305.” We definitely dissect his music as much as we can, and [try to] figure out rhythmically what’s going on- lyrically. What’s going on? What sunglasses he’s wearing, cause’ he always wears the dopest sunglasses- and we just kind of the model our life after him.
Todd Michaels: Ditto. Is there anybody on your personal Instagram that you are following or a.k.a. stalking?
Black Caviar: (Troy) Well, I recently got obsessed with the show “90-day fiance.”
Todd Michaels: I have not seen this.
Black Caviar: Oh boy! You have no idea what you’re missing.
To hear more about Troy’s obsession with the 90-Day-Fiance, Jared’s Alpaca Farm, their favorite cities to travel to (and one day retire in), and their major disagreement over the 90’s novelty track The Macarena. Listen to the full interview below!