About Cash Cash
Known for their melodic, high-energy electronic dance music, Cash Cash emerged in the 2000s and built a loyal fan base with albums like 2008's Take It to the Floor and 2012's The Beat Goes On. They gained widespread attention for their single "Take Me Home" off their 2016 number three Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums-charting Blood, Sweat & 3 Years. They have remained global club favorites with non-album tracks like 2017's "Matches" with Rozes, 2018's "Finest Hour" with Abir, and 2020's "I Found You" with Andy Grammer.
Hailing from Roseland, New Jersey, Cash Cash began with longtime friends Jean Paul Makhlouf (producer, vocals) and Samuel Frisch (producer, DJ). In 2007, a more solid lineup came together when Jean Paul's brother Alex came on board (producer, keyboards). The musicians spent a summer working inside Jean Paul's home studio and emerged with a stack of demos, including a rough cut of the infectious dance number "Party in Your Bedroom." They came up with the name Cash Cash in early 2008 and signed with Universal. An Internet and club hit, "Party in Your Bedroom" also found its way onto their debut release for the label, a self-titled EP that appeared in October. Following the success of that release, they also served as remixers for acts like Krewella, Capital Cities, Kelly Clarkson, and Bruno Mars. Their debut full-length, Take It to the Floor, followed in early 2009 and was supported by a package tour that also included Metro Station and Tyga.
Second album Love or Lust appeared in 2011, self-released by Cash Cash and featuring a pair of singles, "Victim of Love" and "Sexin' on the Dance Floor" (the latter featuring Jeffree Starr). They issued the Daft Punk-meets-dubstep single "Michael Jackson (The Beat Goes On)" in 2012, later included on the EP The Beat Goes On. The band signed to Atlantic's Big Beat subsidiary one year later. Their first single for the label, "Take Me Home," featuring Bebe Rexha, followed in July 2013. The hit was part of the Overtime EP, which also featured Kerli on the track "Here and Now."
The following year, Cash Cash nabbed head Goo Goo Doll Johnny Rzeznik for the single "Lightning." "Surrender" arrived a year later with American singer Julia Michaels on vocals. These songs would later be featured on the band's fourth LP -- and first for Big Beat -- Blood, Sweat & 3 Years. The 2016 release landed at number three on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart and featured additional contributions from Busta Rhymes, Fitz & the Tantrums, Nelly, Christina Perri, and more. The following year, Cash Cash remixed tracks by Clean Bandit, Liam Payne, and Kelly Clarkson, while also issuing the singles "Matches" with singer Rozes and "Belong" with Dashboard Confessional. More non-album singles followed, including 2018's "Call You" featuring MAGIC! singer Nasri, 2018's "Finest Hour" with Abir, and 2020's "I Found You" with Andy Grammer. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung