Autoerotique stores electro, techno, house, Dutch house, Dutch-colonial house, rave, rock, rave-rock, indie-rock and even ska on speed dial and calls them up frequently. Their effortlessly protean, shape-shifting sound can careen wildly from project to project, so it’s not unexpected to hear them transform from Techno to, say, Norwegian black metal on the same record – thus, earning them the lazily au courant nick name “Autobots”. Cutting their collective teeth as indie band producers they hop-scotched over to dance music after receiving a marijuana-lubricated epiphany to Groove Armanda’s first album at the tenderized age of 17—only to be swallowed whole by the city’s burgeoning dance scene. After toiling as producers for EMI during 2008, these working class heroes took a much-deserved personal break and like Martin & Lewis, Simon & Garfunkel, The Captain & Tannille etc. In early 2009 and signing with Dim Mak Records, the duo streaked like a tracer bullet through the strobe-lit sky of the T.O. dance community with their official first single Gladiator featuring remixes by Aoki/AM, Klever, Larry Tee/Alexander Technique, The Faint, Ac Slater & Milano. Following the Gladiator EP, Autoerotique showed off the many colourful arrows in their musical quiver releasing remixes for Benny Benassi, Felix Luker, Tiesto, Etienne de Crecy, Joachim Garraud, Sarah McLeod, Lykke Li, Shinichi Osawa, Chris Cornell & Timbaland, Diplo & Laidback Luke, Larry Tee, B. Rich, Disco Bisquits, Fischerspooner and Weezer.
You’re from Toronto, what’s your local EDM scene like?
Toronto is awesome – there’s a ton of DJs and producers from here…. Like Zeds Dead, deadmau5, Grandtheft, Shaun Frank, Keys n Krates, Hunter Siegal, REZZ, Torro Torro, MSTRKRFT etc etc. The list just keeps growing.
You collabed with Major Lazer on the huge tune ‘The Sound’, what was it like working together?
It was super cool! Diplo is amazing, he’s very inspiring.
I’ll be playing “The Sound” aswell as a big new collab with Diplo called “Waist Time”!!
Speaking of huge tunes… Let’s talk ‘Asphyxiation’. It’s clocked up 3.5 million views on YouTube. Where’d the idea for the music video come from? What did you think of it going viral?
Whoa, I haven’t really checked on it in a while – that’s great news! The music video was an idea that we came up with together with the director Amos Leblanc, he’s amazing. I would have been surprised if it didn’t go viral, I mean the concept was just so.. strong!
You announced on Twitter that you’ve just wrapped up your ‘Darker Things’ EP, what are some of your inspirations behind making this one? What sound can fans expect?
It’s very dark, it’s got lots and lots of bass. 🙂
There’s a couple references and Easter eggs to one of our favorite eras of dance music.
Similarly, how would you personally describe your sound?
Straight up bass house! But it’s always evolving – usually straying away from what’s right now onto what’s next!
What’s been your most memorable show? Where’s your favourite city to play?
That’s hard to say – it might sound like I’m pandering but I’ve always loved Sydney and the Gold Coast.
I remember being at some crazy after party last time I was in Sydney, such a good time.
What track are you most proud of and why?
Hmmm I think we find ourselves going back and listening to LZR BASS, AUH, OTF, Ratchet, Waist Time, and this new one Reverse the most.
What have you been listening to lately?
A LOT OF RAP MUSIC.
What’s next on the agenda for AutoErotique?
Maybe an LP? There are A LOT of great things in the works…
You just released your new single ‘Brains’, together with Brohug. How did you create this?
“We did this entirely over the internet! With both of our touring schedules over the summer it didn’t leave much time to meet up. We started out first coming up with the drop and building the sound and went back and forth with Brohug about 7 or 8 times I think. They refined the concept, refined the drums and added some great flavour overall. We are super happy with how it turned out.”
What does this record say about your musical evolution as an artist?
“‘Brains’ is the third track to use a new style we came up with a little while ago regarding drops. Our recent remix for DJ Snake and a remix for Danny L also follow that vein of sound design. Really cool stuff behind the scenes. I think the drop is also a return to some of our earlier sounds from 2011\2012 personally – ‘Turn up the Volume’ most notably.”
The track is featured on Spinnin’s New Dance Music Friday playlist. How important is Spotify to you?
“Spotify is the “radio” (air quoting myself right now) of this generation, its continuing to outpace Apple Music and be the place where kids find new music. Spinnin’ + Spotify might be the best combination since peanut butter and jelly – unless you’re allergic to peanut butter.. Man… If you’re allergic to peanut butter you don’t know what you’re missing. Amazing stuff right there.
We sincerely appreciate the support, in an age where every stream counts – we count on playlists like Spinnin’s New Dance Music Friday to reach people and places that haven’t heard of us.”
Which recently released dance tracks should definitely be added to New Dance Music Friday?
-Curbi – ‘Insect’
-DMVU – ‘Bloccd’
-Dombresky – ‘Hostyl’
-Virtual Riot – ‘Basement Dwellers’
-JVST SAY YES – ‘Do That Shit’
-Ghastly – ‘Geisha‘
Catch Autoerotique at Sky Garden this weekend.