What is “deep house” music? It’s boppy, DJ-made, highly dance-able and highly fun. Especially when surfers Paul Fisher and Leigh Sedley of the duo Cut Snake are spinning it at some San Diego carnival-club or on the beaches of Bali. And while house music isn’t exactly what you’d expect most surfers to get into, you’d be surprised by the people that are asking, “What is that?” Recently signed by Jay-Z’s Three Six Zero agency and with a debut album on the way, Cut Snake just might slither into your next favorite playlist. —Beau Flemister
SURFING: Where’d the name Cut Snake come from?
Cut Snake: It’s an Australian expression from “mad as a cut snake.” [laughs] We use the term for everything, really. Like, if Parko is ripping, he’s going mad as a cut snake. It’s loose times and mad as f–k; anything that’s crazy.
Where do you guys usually play?
We play a lot in San Diego and Los Angeles, and as far as Australia and Bali. Places like Voyeur and Bang Bang in San Diego and then we’ve done the Roosevelt and Standard Hotel in LA. Which was big for us because some really big DJs got their starts there.
Describe a particularly cut snake Cut Snake show you’ve had, as of late.
Recently we were playing at an amazing club in San Diego and acrobatic dancers were coming out of the walls in outfits, dropping down from the roof, spitting fire from their mouths — it was like we were in Cirque du Soleil or something. One guy had a big snake on stage and was throwing it around the crowd; it was pretty loose that night. [laughs]
You think surfers in America are catching on to house music like they have in Australia?
I think so. When we first came over, not a lot of the surfers over here had heard much house music, but we’d play it and they were curious and they dug it. Even just the other week on a boat trip, Hawaiians Koa Rothman and Ian Walsh heard our songs and Ian was like, “Whoa, what is this? I need this for the chicks!” [laughs] But I think that has to do with our sound. Anyone can get into it; it’s not too in your face, but has just the right tempo. It’s really accessible. But the support from the surf community has been amazing. Ultimately, we just want people to hear our music and have a good time.