INTERVIEW: gLAdiator Talks Holiday Traditions, Threesome Brotips & More!

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On Thursday, November 19th, Verboten’s Zeitgeist Night got a West Coast makeover, courtesy of gLAdiator. Dan and Ian of gLAdiator are more than a dynamic duo on the stage; these boys know how to shoot the shit with the best of them, leading me to believe that if they ever want to take a break from disrupting the EDM world with their insane production, then they could easily have their own comedy series on FX. I was able to catch up with the guys at Verboten where we talked about everything from family holiday traditions to threesome brotips. Read below:

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If your last meal had to be either from In-N-Out or Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, which would it be and what would you specifically order? Ian: This might sound blasphemous to some, but I gotta go with In-N-Out. Roscoe’s is really good, but chicken and waffles… you can get that at a bunch of places that do that well. But In-N-Out is just In-N-Out, you know what I mean? Dan: But with Roscoe’s it’s a special taste! Ian: I don’t know, in this moment right now, I’d rather eat In-N-Out. I don’t know I’m just thinking about it. Dan: Mine has to be Roscoe’s honestly. I’d get the Scoe’s special- it’s a half-chicken dark meat smothered, two waffles, butter and syrup. Ian: I have the weird and complicated In-N-Out order – they hate me when I go. I get the double double animal style, no tomatoes, cold grilled onions, cold cheese, chopped chilies. So they’re like reading the whole thing off like, “uhhhhh…ok” and then I’m like, “oh, and let me get extra toast on the buns.” So you just hit them with the whole thing, and they always fuck it up, but it’s worth it! Can you each describe the most “YOLO” moment of your lives to date? Dan: I don’t know there’s so many.. I mean back in the day I used to do some really dangerous shit because I was into roller blading, and there were several YOLO moments at that time. But there were still controlled skate parks where I wore pads and shit so ya know… I know one YOLO moment! One involves HARD New York – I’m not going to tell the whole story, but I was about to get in trouble- I was about to get in serious trouble, like trouble with the police trouble and then in a split second, two people looked away, and I bolted! And I got out, no one asked me again and I was totally chill for the rest of the night! Kind of like the “Zola Story,” where she was like, “She got snatched and I rannnn!!” Ian: If they don’t make that into a movie, then I’ve lost all faith in humanity! That’s one of the most ridiculous stories I’ve ever heard! I understand you guys like Snapple, so I was wondering, if they were to come up with a “gLAdiator” flavor of Snapple, what would it taste like? Ian: They probably already make it, but it would probably be like an Arnold-Palmy or something. That’s just a classic combination right there. Dan: Aw, hell yea! Ooh! What about like a mango Arnold Palmer. Ian: Oh with mango tea and lemonade! Would the “LA” gLAdiator symbol be on it, or just your faces be on the logo? Dan: It would be us harvesting mangoes. Ian: Dan would be picking mangoes and it would be me squeezing lemons just posing like “Hey! This is delicious! It’s lit!” Dan: That would be the Real Fact: “It’s lit!” so you would uncap like every single one and it would just say, “It’s lit!” maybe sometimes it would say “It’s lit fam,” but usually just, “It’s lit!” Our only prospective candidate for the 2020 presidency is Kanye West. Would you vote for him? Or is there another person that you would nominate? Ian: Definitely wouldn’t vote for Kanye, because I don’t think even he knows what he’s talking about right now, so he’s in no position to run the country. Dan: In 2020, if she’s running, it would be Elizabeth Warren. If Bernie’s not still in office… Ian: I was going to say if Bernie was still trying to do it, it’d be Bernie Sanders. Are you guys Bassheads for Bernie? Dan: Hell yea all day! But it’s definitely going to be Bernie Sanders for 2016! Ian: We feel the

Bern every day! Imagine you both were on Jeopardy. Name the one category you both don’t think the other person would know anything about. Dan: Ooohhh okay, you ready? Fucking songs by alt bands of the 90s! Ian: Oh yea, I would have no idea! But for him I’d throw like, 90s R&B heaters or like deep Twitter lingo. Dan: It would be like, “Name the singer of this song!” and I’d be like “I don’t fucking know!!!” and Ian would be like “DAN, COME ON!” Ian: It’d be like Craig David. Dan: Oh definitely and I’d be like “It’s the song about the week! I don’t fucking remember! That guy, his name has something in it!” and Ian would be sitting in the corner just like “I knew it.” But that’s a great question though, you’re killing this interview by the way!

If the two of you were in a threesome together, what would be your three brotip rules? Ian: Woah, this is a very very personal question. No eye contact probably. Dan: That was the first one I was going to say! No wiener touching… Ian: Definitely, and what’s number three… Just be respectful of the other person’s space? How about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?” Ian: Hahaha yea, I’d be like “yeaaaa and let’s not talk about it!” Dan: Haha yeah. That’s so funny, that’s a really funny question. If the two of you were in a horror movie, who do you think would die first? Ian: I would obviously die first, we know the answer to that. Just being real! I’d be like “yea I think it would be chill, let’s just make a run for it!” and Dan would be like, “No! We have to figure this out!” Dan would like hit it with a logical way and I’d be like “Let’s just get the fuck out of here! The door’s right there, let’s just fucking go!” Then I’d get like chopped in half like “Noooo!!!!!” While garnering fame over the past few years, what is an aspect of your lifestyle that has changed that you didn’t initially anticipate? Ian: I guess we get more free shit. I have way more airline miles now than I did before. Dan: I didn’t think I would have to hire so many people. I didn’t think it would have grown as much as it has-considerably! When you include- not that I want to talk about it- money, and then branding, and then art, and then mixing and mastering, and then publicity. Ian: It takes a lot of stuff to keep the wheels running. Dan: But! All of those people and the work that they do is so important. So it’s not like, I “have” to hire these people, it’s like, I need to hire these people. These people are so important to us. So major shout out to all of them. Just want to make that clear. Even though it’s a part of the life I wasn’t expecting, it’s a part that I’m so glad we have. Given that holidays are around the corner, do you and your families (both touring and LA families) have any special traditions for this time of year? Ian: For me, on Christmas Eve I always spend the night at my grandparents house with my mom, my aunt and my cousins. Then Dan’s fam has an ill Christmas tradition as well. Dan: Yeah! Which Ian is also a part of. We do a Christmas Eve dinner at our house, invite some close family friends- Ian’s family- haha, our friend David’s family, and it’s just a good old-fashioned dinner. Ian: Thanksgiving is a little different. We always do it at a different place per year with my fam, but my mom always makes mac & cheese because I demand it, like “if you don’t make it, you’re cut!” So that’s always fire. That’s about it, oh, and we get that honey baked ham. It ain’t Thanksgiving without a honey baked!

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What’s more offensive: the concept of unfrosted pop tarts or sriracha factories shutting down? Ian: The sriracha shutting down for sure. Because I put that shit on everything and like, it you put enough butter on an unfrosted pop tart, you can still make it work. Dan: It’ll still be good, just put on some butter, cinnamon sugar and shit. Ian: You could doctor up the unfrosted pop tart, but with sriracha there’s no replacement. And there’s been all those fake sriracha’s popping up, and “off-brand” sriracha, just fuck that shit. And honestly, if we’re all being honest, toaster struddle shits on pop tarts. Because it’s warm and flakey, like 25% more fruit, and you can do your own icing! And you can draw on it! Dan: You can draw a little dick! Ian: That’s what I do every morning dude. That’s how I start my day! Dan: Toaster dick! On a personal note, I have to say that interviewing this duo had me in tears of laughter. No better way to end an interview with “toaster dick!” Keep up with gLAdiator on their SoundCloud page HERE.

Interview by Liz Tillman

@LizTillmanNY

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