Poolside (band)

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Poolside (2012)
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Dance, daytime disco, chillwave
Years active 2010-present
Labels Day & Night Recordings
Website Official website
Members Filip Nikolic
Jeff Paradise

Poolside are Los Angeles based duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise—their sound is described as "Daytime Disco." Poolside's debut single "Do You Believe" was positively received by peers, Todd Terje, Dimitri From Paris, and The Magician,[1] and Dazed & Confused praised the song for its "pop-tinged disco, brimming with optimistic vocals and retro acid synths,"[2] while NME lauded its "supremely casual decadence."[3]

"Take Me Home," Poolside's second single was released in November 2011 and was used as the first song on Aeroplane's In Flight Entertainment compilation.[4] Their debut album, Pacific Standard Time, was released on July 9, 2012 on Day & Night Records[5][6]

The band has performed at high profile festivals like Coachella (2014), Primavera Sound (2013) and FYF (2013).


Filip Nikolic[edit]

Filip Nikolic is a Danish born producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist, known for his contributions in the rock, dance and pop genres. Nikolic gained notoriety with his group Djosos Krost, collaborating with Horace Andy and John Holt.[7] Nikolic toured the world as the bassist for the Danish pop group Junior Senior and moved to Los Angeles, California in 2004.[8] Once in Los Angeles, Nikolic joined the LA based band Ima Robot as a bassist and eventually, a co-producer.[9]

In 2006 Nikolic formed the dance duo Guns n' Bombs, which Pitchfork described as "Justice like electro"[10] releasing two singles on Kitsuné and remixing Chromeo and the Gossip - his work led him to tours in Japan, Europe, North America and Australia. In 2012, Nikolic's band Ima Robot released their album Another Man's Treasure.[11]

Jeffrey Paradise[edit]

Formerly known as DJ Jefrodisiac, Jeffrey Paradise is a DJ synonymous with San Francisco's young, hip and ready to party scenes[12] – he is part of the dynamic force behind two of the best dance parties in San Francisco, Blow Up and Club 1994.[13]

In 1998, Paradise moved to San Francisco to pursue fashion design; however, shortly after arriving he abandoned fashion to be the front man for a new wave/hardcore band The Calculators.[14] After two years he split with the band, allowing him to finish his degree at San Francisco State University and the others (Luke Jenner and Vito Roccoforte) to form the band The Rapture.[12]


In 2004, Filip Nikolic (at the time bassist for Junior Senior) and Jeffrey Paradise met at Frisco Disco, another one of Paradise's earlier parties in San Francisco. A year later Nikolic came out to Los Angeles for a few months and the two gathered together in the studio to have fun and make a few songs.[15] In 2006, the duo decided to make a disco influenced project; however, both were busy with other projects and their work “never got too serious.”[15] Later, in 2010 Poolside debuted their first EP/single “Do You Believe.”[16]

In 2010 LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy put Poolside into greater public notoriety by frequently incorporating their cover of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" into his dj sets. [17] [18] James Murphy continues to use the track in his recent dj sets, such as at the 2012 HARD Summer Music Festival and the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Party.[19]

The duo released their track “Take Me Home” in October 2011 followed by a video released on Scion Audio Visual on November 2011.[20]

On July 9, 2012, Poolside released Pacific Standard Time.[6] The album was put together with no serious goal in mind, only to make groovy, daytime disco sounds as a result. The LP takes you to a sunny California paradise, and as Pitchfork music blog says, "It's a disco album that slinks along with the urgency of a teenager on the first day of summer vacation."[21]



  • Pacific Standard Time / Day & Night Recordings (July 9, 2012)[6][21]

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • "Do You Believe" EP / Future Classic (March 28, 2011)
  • "Take Me Home" single / In-Flight Entertainment compilation / Eskimo /N.E.W.S. (October 24, 2011)
  • "Scion A/V Presents: Poolside - Only Everything" single (July 26, 2012)[22]


  • "Day & Night" (2011)
  • "Night People" (2011)
  • "Fall Back" (2012)
  • "Seasons Change" (2012)
  • "Stir It Up" (2014)
  • "Contact High" (2016)


  • The Rapture - "In The Grace Of Your Love (Poolside Remix)" DFA Records (June 19, 2012)
  • Matthew Dear - "Her Fantasy (Poolside Remix)" Ghostly International (July 31, 2012)[23]
  • Laid Back - "Fly Away (Poolside Edit)" (November 20, 2012)
  • Black Sabbath – "Planet Caravan (Poolside Rework)"[24]
  • Neil Young - "Harvest Moon (Poolside cover)"[25]
  • Cassiano - "Onda (Poolside & Fatnotronic Edit)"[26]
  • Little Dragon- "Cat Rider (Poolside Remix)"[27]
  • Fool's Gold - "I'm In Love (Poolside Remix)"[28]


  1. ^ "Poolside: un nuovo genere da ascoltare a bordo piscina". Soundwall.it. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Poolside". Dazed Digital. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20131004213936/http://poolsidemusic.com/post/3568982419/poolside-1-on-the-nme-chart. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Aeroplane—In Flight Entertainment | Album review". Time Out Chicago. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Pacific Standard Time is Released Today". Poolside Music. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  6. ^ a b c Sendra, Tim (2012-11-13). "Pacific Standard Time - Poolside : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  7. ^ "Filip Nikolic Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  8. ^ Aaron Williams (2012-06-28). "In Rotation: Poolside - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  9. ^ "Artists | Filip Nikolic - Ima Robot - Los Angeles, CA, United States". TC Electronic. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  10. ^ "Various Artists: Kitsuné Maison 4 | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  11. ^ "Another Man's Treasure". Ima Robot. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  12. ^ a b Port, Ian S. (2009-07-10). "Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Jeffrey Paradise - San Francisco - Music - All Shook Down". Blogs.sfweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  13. ^ "Blow Up". Blowupsf.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  14. ^ "Jeffrey Paradise - About". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  15. ^ a b "Filip "Turbotito" Nikolic interview |". Arkcollective.com. 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  16. ^ "Poolside - Do You Believe? (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  17. ^ "Poolside". Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  18. ^ "DJing Is Easy: Pt. 2 of Our Post-Moogfest Talk with James Murphy". Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  19. ^ "Review: HARD Sumer Music Festival 2012". Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  20. ^ "Poolside Interview | Scion Audio Visual". Scionav.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  21. ^ a b "Poolside: Pacific Standard Time | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  22. ^ "Scion A/V Presents: Poolside — Only Everything | Official Scion AV Blog". Scionav.com. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  23. ^ "Matthew Dear: "Her Fantasy (Poolside Remix)"". Pitchfork.com. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  24. ^ http://poolsidemusic.com/new-black-sabbath-planet-caravan-poolside-rework/" (December 17, 2012)
  25. ^ http://poolsidemusic.com/product/harvest-moon-sade-remix-12/. Retrieved 2012-12-08.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ https://soundcloud.com/poolside/onda-poolside-fatnotronic-edit.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  27. ^ https://soundcloud.com/poolside/little-dragon-cat-rider-poolside-remix.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ https://soundcloud.com/poolside/im-in-love-poolside-remix.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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