With today’s music growing vastly at a faster pace than ever, there are new genres being introduced and old genres being revamped for the new age styles of music. For instance, trap music which originated in the year 2000 from southern rappers and crunk music. The style and genre was spread to the masses around 2003 after artists like T.I. and Young Jeezy started releasing it, and now new artists like Gucci Mane and Wacka Flocka Flame all release trap music in the rap music category with almost every new artist releasing at least one trap-style song. A genre that was originally made to rap about selling drugs and hard life down south was refurbished very recently for the new age. Along with the new age came the boost of the music industry; Electronic Dance Music or as the kids know it “EDM”. Genres like dubstep were promoted internationally and artists from all over the world rose to fame with the rise of electronic music’s take over. But what about the kids that still had a love for hip-hop and still enjoyed new electronic tracks? They were introduced to the new style of trap with a fusion of electronic music. Although keeping the deep kicks, snares and hi hats from hip-hop, the new style of trap incorporates vocal cuts and synths from all styles of electronic music. Dubstep trap, Dutch house trap, progressive trap, everything was given a trap version. But the catalyst song to spark off this fusion arguably has to be the remix of the dance hit by Major Lazer – Original Don remix produced by Chicago’s finest producer duos Flosstradamus which released early 2012.
The Original Don Remix was the one of the most played tunes in Winter Music Conference, Miami Music Week, and South by Southwest in 2012 gaining support from big named DJ’s like Diplo, A-Trak and even dubstep DJ’s like Flux Pavilion. The song created a reaction in the crowds that every DJ would love to see, absolute dance madness. But who were these two producers that immediately rose to fame doing back to back tours with Dillon Francis & DJ Slink? They are J2K (Josh Young) and Autobot (Curt Cameruci) aka Flosstradamus. Producing for about 7 years and both of them being DJ’s for a decade, these two producers had a goal to spread their sound, and whether it was from their own hype on soundcloud and the internet or because of DJ’s from every corner of the globe dropping their remixes in clubs & festivals, their sound was heard. They had their start in the industry back in 2007 releasing a mix album for Vice Records as part of Toyota’s Scion “CD Sampler” series. In addition, during the summer of 2007 they embarked on an international tour with Chromeo. Being close friends with the Fool’s Gold family has definitely helped in the success of the career for these 2 producers. They’ve produced tracks for Kid Sister (J2K’s Sister) who actually came up with “Fool’s Gold” name for the record label.
After focusing on partying and dj’ing for quite some time, by 2011 the duo had barely any shows lined up. Within that year they ended up playing a show in Denver to an audience of 5. With no bookings, J2K and Autobot strategized a plan to upstart the Flosstradamus project. That year J2K spent his time making demos and Autobot came to Brooklyn, New York to learn engineering techniques. By then it was J2K laying down the edits and remixes and sending them over to Autobot to mix the songs to make them sound like massive tunes to blast on speakers spreading their hype through-out the scene. By 2012 Flosstradamus was able to perform 3 sold out shows in Denver. Affiliated with both Diplo & A-Trak since 2006, Flosstradamus was able to remix the hit song “Original Don” from Diplo’s side-project Major Lazer and have releases on both Mad Decent/Jeffree’s and Fool’s Gold Records. Since then they’ve collaborated with Diplo, Juicy J, Iggy Azaela, and have official remixes for big named artists like Usher. Now their advice to other artists is to constantly stay touring as the way to stay on the radar and scene, and that’s what J2K and Autobot have been pressuring themselves to continue doing.
Their live act packs a punch of bass for all sorts of fans for EDM and hip hop while sampling live on stage. They make a set list, trigger loops, songs, and layer acapellas on an APC 40 while using a Novation Launch Pad, the touchAble app running on an iPad, and Traktor. Playing mostly originals and remixes of theirs now that they have stocked up on tunes for the name Flosstradamus. From playing a show for 5 people to touring internationally playing sold out shows on the Flosstradamus name, Chicago’s finest hip-hop producer have come from humble beginnings to wide-spread fame. Almost everyone knows the Flosstradamus name now, and if you didn’t know, you’ve probably heard their remixes or songs at a party without knowing because they are definitely a driving force that will not be stopped for years to come.
Flosstradamus’s epic Ultra 2013 set up above bears witness to what will surely be a top-notch show at Webster Hall this coming Friday! So get ready for the Trap!!!
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