Listen To Cardiknox's #TBT Mixtape, Inspired By Their Music-Obsessed Dad's 'Fantastic' Record Collections
Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's new series showcasing artists' very own throwback-themed playlists, exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week's spin comes from Cardiknox. The Los Angeles-based pop duo, comprised of Thomas Dutton and Lonnie Angle, have toured with Carly Rae Jepsen, The Knocks, and Phoebe Ryan, and swept the festival circuit w/ sets at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly and more. With the release of their recent gritty pop single "Bad Boys,” the pair paid homage to their music-obsessed dads, who filled their childhoods with record-collecting classic rock and pop.
Today, the duo continue to wax nostalgic with this week's #TBT Mixtape, featuring Prince, Sublime, Green Day and more.
"My musical tastes were dictated in large part by the massive vinyl collection my dad spun on the daily," says Lonnie. "His love of classic rock clearly influenced me, and while I wasn't listening to what most of my friends were into (see: NSYNC & Backstreet Boys), I did find my way to some musical discoveries (like No Doubt) that have ended up shaping and influencing me as a musician."
Adds Thomas: "I was all over the place. Some favorites were The Police, Prince, and Arrested Development. [My dad] also belonged to one of those mail order CD clubs where you could get like 20 albums for a penny when you first signed up. He would let my brothers and I pick some out of the catalog (so crazy that that’s how we got music!). The first CD I went out and bought from a record store was Green Day’s Dookie. Or maybe it was Smash by The Offspring. The first band that made me want to start a band of my own was MXPX, local heroes. I saw them at Bumbershoot for one of my first concerts and was just in awe."
Give their set a spin and also check out some throwback snaps from the group's childhood below.