With edits of tracks from Bobby Womack, Sylvia Striplin, Terrence Trent D'arby and more Autocycle have received support from the likes of UK disco force Greg Wilson. Ahead of their appearance at Chibuku next Saturday (4th May) at the East Village Arts Club alongside Tensnake, SBTRKT, Modeselektor and more we caught up with Liverpool based DJ/producer duo to talk, production, Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, mutant salmon and more...
Where are you now?
In our doom dungeon reading about genetically modified salmon. Do you know there is a farm in the Panamanian rainforest where they are growing this mutant fish that is considerably bigger than normal salmon? It’s like X-Men and Jesus rolled into one. That’s some serious fillets.
For those of our readers who may not know who you are, can you give us a little update on what's been keeping you busy of late?
Well we’re a collective of DJs and producers, so individually we all have day-jobs and then the evenings are focused on playing and making music. It’s pretty full on, busy is definitely the word.
Sylvia Striplin's Give Me Your Love is one of my favourite tracks of all time, so to say I was buzzed when I found your re-mix would be an understatement! What attracts you to the tracks you remix and do you have anything your working on currently you can let us in on?
Thanks, we love the track too! The first thing we have to look for in a record is that as much as it can be amazing, there needs to be something wrong with it. There’s no point making an edit of a record that’s already great, certainly for putting out there anyway. So that’s the main thing, something we like that has a flaw (from the viewpoint of what we want to play in a set).
The next thing is looking to see if someone’s already beat us to it. We got halfway through one track before realising someone had already made an absolute beast of a version that made what we were doing kind of redundant. We felt like right tits. So if the track is wicked, needs something doing to it and no-one else has got there, bang it’s on the Autocycle to do list.
Future stuff coming up, we’ve gotta remain tight-lipped about the records coming out but we’re gonna give away some edits on our SC soon ahead of the summer. We’ve been living in this dream world where it’s sunny all the time and we’re on beaches surrounded by mega birds, so the edits we’ve done reflect that. Turbo tropic step. We’re gonna look like a right gang of weapons when it inevitably pisses and snows all summer mind.
From listening to your music I assume you're big Nile Rodgers fans... What do think you think to the new Daft Punk single?
Nile is the shiznit. His music speaks for itself, but then you’ll find something out about him, and every little revelation makes him more and more likeable. Everything from hearing about his antics at Studio 54 to the really dignified way he’s dealt with cancer, he is like the ultimate icon. We think it’s great that the past few years he’s been elevated to the reverential status he has.
As for the single, it’s boss. You know everyone keeps going on about the massive campaign their record label has been doing but really, they’ve not done that much. A few videos, one or two adverts, and they’ve just let the internet do the rest. Even if the rest of the album is s**t, which we’re almost certain it won’t be, you’ve got to hand it to them that they have played the Hype Machine brilliantly.
We’re also kind of expectant it will have a positive effect on the music industry as well. Each to their own and everything, but commercial dance music needs a kick up the arse and it looks like the more accessible stuff from Disclosure, Duke Dumont and Julio Bashmore is doing it. And now Daft Punk, it’s good. Thing is what the f**k is Guetta going to do now, go back to second rate filtered disco? You’ll get Will.I.Am ripping off Crydamoure b-sides and Pitbull doing an autotune ‘tribute’ to Fred Falke.
Who on the upcoming Chibuku lineup are you looking forward most to playing alongside?
Each other! No, certainly we are hyped about warming up for Tensnake. Back to accessible dance music, ‘Coma Cat’ should of been a number one, and he makes really lovely infectious feel good music. And we’re massive fans of SBTRKT too.
Gotta give some love to the residents as well, James Rand is a brilliant DJ. He also does this amazing weird freaky dance while he plays as well. Super-sonic grooves and flailing elbows. The Swedish house Mafia’s pyrotechnics ain’t got s**t on that.
Summer... do you have any festival sets booked in?
YES! We are playing the Garden Festival in Croatia this July, which is like the reason everyone is in the Adriatic now. We went to the old setting in Petrcane and loved it there, and apparently Tisno is even better. We can’t wait to check out the new site. There’s loads more about it here: www.thegardenfestival.eu
So we are really looking forward to being part of that. Sunshine and idiocy is enough to sell us, but when you throw in amazing music and boats, we are all over that s**t.
Finally, if you had to describe each other in 3 words what would they be?
Homo salmon aficionado.
Interview by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of Autocycle