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I woke up Autograf‘s Mikul and Louis from a nap when I met then at the hotel. In fact they asked for another quick 15 minutes of sleep before we chatted.
Chicago indie dance band Autograf is three guys: Mikul Wing, Louis Kha and Jake Carpenter. Autograf started as an art collective modeled after Andy Warhol‘s legendary New York Factory scene. While working on art installations, Autograf made a few bootleg remixes (including 50 Cent, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations) to fuel parties at their Future Factory space. These remixes became incredibly popular and soon offical remixes followed which eventually led to Autograf releasing original material.
Louis and Mikul were still groggy and disoriented when I woke them up the second time, but we had a great chat. How did an art collective become a dance act? What does the band mean when they tell each other to “bask like a lizard?” We start with the most important question: If Autograf is three guys, and Louis and Mikul get the two beds in the Autograf hotel room, where does the third man sleep? Listen to our chat.
Tracks played on the show…
1) Autograf, Future Soup EP (2016) “Future Soup” (featuring Patrick Baker)
2) 50 Cent & Lil Kim “Magic Stick” (Autograf bootleg remix)
3) Autograf, Metaphysical single (2015) “Metaphysical” (featuring Janelle Kroll)
4) Marvin Gaye “Grapevine” (Autograf bootleg remix)
5) Autograf “Dream” (Robotaki remix) (mp3)
6) Autograf “Dream” (original) single
7) Autograf, Future Soup EP (2016) “Heartbeat” (mp3)
NO songs CANCON
Here’s the extended version of my hang session with Autograf so you can hear all the stuff that won’t fit into radio length. Listen!
Backstage at the Royal Canoe show was a bit of a madhouse as all six members prepared for the show. Those 12 hands become a well-oiled machine onstage to execute this Winnipeg genre-smashing band’s weird and wonderful songs, but in the green room six band members plus beer quickly becomes a party.
Lead vocalist Matt Peters and I left the busy backstage area at Fortune Sound Lounge and went for a bit of a walk on a nice summer evening. We ended up at Vancouver landmark Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which was a perfect place for a chat.
While Matt and I enjoyed the tranquility of the first Chinese or “scholars” garden built outside of China, we did the interview. Here’s a few of the things we chatted about. What it’s like to describe your musical genre to border guards (and why this can cause trouble). How songwriting is like group therapy. Getting your gear stolen while on tour and finding it in your heart to forgive thieves. Approaching songwriting like hip hop producers. What my favorite Royal Canoe song “Bathtubs” is about–one of the best song origin stories ever! What piece of equipment is The band’s secret weapon. Listen!
Tracks played on the show…
1) Royal Canoe, Today We’re Believers (2013) “Bathtubs” (My favorite Royal Canoe track!)
2) Royal Canoe, Today We’re Believers (2013) “Button Fumbla”
3) Royal Canoe, Today We’re Believers (2013) “Today We’re Believers”
4) Royal Canoe, Today We’re Believers (2013) “Birthday”
ALL songs CANCON
The six man army Royal Canoe returns to Vancouver, Friday, September 30th at The Imperial. See you there. Royal Canoe have also released the video for “Somersault.”
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After the release of “The Wheel” in 2012, London’s SOHN spread like wildfire through the internet and within less than a year he was releasing his debut full length record Tremors on 4AD and reportedly writing songs with Lana Del Rey, BANKS and Rhye.
Christopher Taylor, the man known as SOHN, was as sick as a dog when I met him on his luxurious tour bus. (You can hear him coughing throughout the interview.) Despite both of us being a bit under the weather, we had a marvelous chat. I find out all about the origin of his stage name (and just how to pronounce it), dealing with sudden internet fame, writing songs with BANKS and how the King of Pop was tricky. Listen!
SOHN “Lessons” SOHN calls this track a “marauding monster.” Why? You’ll have to listen to the interview.
SOHN “The Wheel” At the end of our chat, SOHN tells me how this song started his wild rollercoaster ride.
SOHN is at The Imperial tonight (Wednesday, November 19, 2014–Doors: 8:00 PM / Show: 9:30 PM) with special guests Wet. See you there!