2013 has been a big year for the dubstep duo we call Adventure Club. Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Christian Srigley and Leighton James have made countless accomplishments this year, from appearing at some of the biggest festivals to having their remix, “Lullabies,” being featured in Ultra Music Festival’s official after-movie (see below). This spring, they also came out with their very own Superheroes Anonymous mix series, which features a full hour of tracks specially handpicked by our two heroes, themselves. What fans love about Adventure Club is their implementation of delicate, female vocals with chillstep instrumentals that complement each other in ways that we’ve never seen before. Their signature sound is delineated through three of their most famous remixes: “Crave You,” “Youth,” and “Lullabies.” However, their immeasurable talent is also seen in original productions such as “Rise & Fall,” (featuring Krewella) and “Need Your Heart” (featuring Kai). We’re all so proud of the achievements Adventure Club continues to make, and we finally were given the chance to speak with them about their music.
On top of performing at Ultra for the first time this year, how did you feel about your remix of “Lullabies” being featured in their official after-movie?
It felt like such a huge blessing. Our Twitter feed starting blowing up, and our natural first reaction was, "This must be a joke." Grabbed my laptop bag in a panic, and we caught the last couple seconds of it. The smiles on our faces were just straight goofy.
This was also your first year at SXSW, correct? What do you think about their recent extension to electronic dance music?
Looking back on it, I wouldn't expect any less. SXSW has this no judgment vibe…it's a gathering unlike any we've seen. There's a broad range of artists that come in to play the festival, it's nice to be in a city were everyone has their ears to the ground, trying to soak up as much music and art as possible.
What was the dance music scene like in Montreal growing up, and why did you change your style?
We were introduced to the Montreal dance scene when we were about 18. Montreal caught this HUGE Ed Banger wave, that sound dominated the scene for a year or 2. Then a lot of other Euro electro acts we're the craze. One of us worked for Turbo Recordings, a label ran by Tiga and his brother Thomas, that really introduced us to electronic music as well.
The first time we got acquainted with a "dubstep" sound was hmm…I think it was around the time Boys Noize had just released 'OI OI OI,' whenever that was? (f*ck Google right now). We saw Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki in the tiny warehouse, and at one point during Steve's set it got all half timed and wobbly, most people had no idea what to do but vibed the f*ck out of it anyway. The producer who is now Sinjiin Hawke was standing beside me and said "I can't believe they're playing dubstep right now" I had no idea what he was talking about. The next day we did our due diligence on YouTube and found a sound we fell in love with. We wanted to make it our own.
What about your Superheroes Anonymous series mix (to listen to this mix and other tracks, click here)?
Jus' tryna spread some jams.
Was the name, “Adventure Club” a play on the American cartoon, “Adventure Time”?
Your signature sound is delicate female vocals with a heavy, dubstep twist—how did you come up with this brilliant idea?
It wasn't like that at first. We wanted to make the heaviest, most disgusting noises, but didn't really have the experience behind us to manipulate and design sound. We did what we could, but always knew we wanted to have vocals in whatever we did. Our "Crave You" remix really solidified our overall ideas about where we wanted to take our sound.
How do you find all of these tracks to remix? I didn’t know who Foxes or Flight Facilities were until I heard your remix of their songs.
We have an affinity for indie music. We listened to that Flight Facilities track on repeat during the previous summer. Foxes was just kind of a lucky hunt and find for music, totally love that girl.
Because we've recently lost some of the most prominent dubstep producers like Skream and Feed Me, do you think the genre might be starting to die out?
I can doubtfully say the "buzz" is not as strong as it was per say (but I don't really pay attention anymore). I find in some markets the early birds are starting to get tired of that sound and are less open to a full set of dubstep. On the other hand it's a flourishing sound for some of the late bloomers. The shows are still always packed, and the fans that come to these shows are generally open to hear any kind of electronic music. I like the current evolution of the scene.