Behind The Beat | Adventure Club Interview
My introduction for this Canadian bass duo really needs no further explanation, and if you haven’t heard of them yet you’re probably on the wrong website. Adventure Club has had a groundbreaking last couple of years blowing up in the EDM scene, and more specifically, in the Dubstep genre. The combination of Leighton James and Christian Srigley has resulted in a huge new sound that has the Dance music nation wanting more (as shown by the response and attendance at Ultra Music Festival this year). I had the unbelievable opportunity to talk with and get to know the duo a little bit better. So sit back and listen to the 2013 Ultra Music Festival set of the amazing Adventure Club.
OTB: When did you guys first start experimenting with music, and what triggered you guys to stray down the EDM and more specifically Dubstep path?
AC: YO! We’ve been working on music for over 10 years now. We started as a touring band, lugging amps around, all that fun stuff that causes a lot of touring bands to break up… cough cough.
After that, Christian and I started experimenting with producing that computer music. Albeit, everything we learned was straight off forums and YouTube tutorials, so we had a basic understanding of production paired with ideas that we wanted to get out. A lot of trial and error.
OTB: Where did you guys first meet and get the idea to come together and start collaborating to produce music?
AC: We met in high school, jammed out with our guitars in a couple improv blues sessions, the rest doesn’t really matter.
OTB: There’s no question that you guys have had quite the crazy past couple years, any crazy stories or parties from being on tour?
AC: Dude it’s just been fucking AWESOME. To be honest the first year is hella blurry. It was new to us so we just drank and drank and drank and then drank some more, really did some damage to our Canadian livers. That was until we started getting big (props to DJ’s out there who can rock that shit every night).
Unfortunately, a couple months ago, Christian was crowd surfing, and something in his back just really went wrong. He woke up the next morning pretty much paralyzed on his left side, he’s still recovering and we hope to be back on the road really soon.
OTB: Have you guys thought about changing your live set now that there are more and more artists using full interactive set-ups?
AC: Of course, our 2013 Fall tour will include a lot of live and interactive elements.
Asides from production, we will hop on various instruments that we’ve used in multiple productions. Can’t really say too much more…
OTB: Obviously to get where you guys are at now has taken years of practice since you first started; what advice do you have for any producers who are new to the scene or just starting out?
AC: A couple things stick out in my mind. We had a ton of musical theory going into the production of electronic music. In that regard, we weren’t shooting in the dark.
We were still learning how to manipulate synths, learning a sound as we were writing music. That forced us to speed up the process, even though our production skills themselves were still elementary.
Side note. We’re still pretty elementary at it. It would blow your mind how much time goes into sound design and detail, it’s little things that have to be there that the average listener doesn’t hear.
All in all, we put a lot of emphasis on theory, with that it’s easier to portray the emotions you’re trying to get out.
As far as getting a name out there…we were super guerrilla about it. Got our name out mostly online, and any way we could.
OTB: If you could do a collab with any artist, EDM-related or not, who would they be and why?
AC: We’re actually mostly into collaborating with non-EDM artists. A couple people would be Daughter, Ladyhawke, Sigur Ros. Also would LOVE to get my hands on some Sleater-Kinney acapellas! (That list could go on and on).
EDM wise though… big fans of Ryan Hemsworth, Nari and Milani, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Organ Donors, Ummet Ozcan. Again, only to name a few…
OTB: What is one thing that you guys always need to have (or want to have) in your dressing room before a show?
AC:… Roasted chicken.
OTB: Out of all the shows that you guys have played so far, what has been your favorite or most memorable show, festival, venue, etc. to play at?
AC: Ultra this past weekend, by far.
OTB: What big plans can we expect from Adventure Club in 2013? Album? EP? Tours?
AC: Album should be dropping in August. With some collabs that we’re super stoked about. Full 90 day bus tour will follow.
Check out this BANGIN’ new mix the boys put together, the first installment of their new mix, dubbed “Superheroes Anonymous”
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