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In a new age of sound design as the dominating genre of the current generation, the electronic scene has risen to a plateau that no one expected, but with it came consequences. One of those consequences was over saturation, the same sounds over and over, as well as basic too. A Canadian born duo has proven that even in a world of over-saturation production, you can still stand to be different and be an innovator in the scene, they’re Adventure Club. The duo is formed of Christian and Leighton, two musicians that have taken their love of the hardcore & pop punk scene and converged it with a melodic electronic sound.
The Adventure Club style and sound is undeniably distinct and unique and they have risen with the popularity of the dubstep genre and now being one of the dominant producers in the dub-step scene. Along with multiple viral successes through remixes, originals, YouTube videos, soundcloud success and other various outlets, they’ve stayed quite mysterious to the public. Barely doing any press and interviews, but with their upcoming album to release on Sony, they’ve taken the time out to finally let the fans know more about them and UndrgrndSound was there for it. We were able to catch them in a midst of a day full of press on a short stop in New York City in between a quick lunch at the hotel. As Christian and Leighton devoured their meals, UndrgrndSound was able to get to know them a little better, check out how it went.
Voices from the Undrgrnd:
We know you started from a pop punk scene, but what inspired you into producing electronic music?
CHRISTIAN: We were pop punk but we were also in the hardcore area too, with a lot of screaming and break downs. The transition was kind of through a few hardcore remixes/ dubstep remixes of some hardcore songs and they kind of caught our ears because it was a nice a mix of electronic and the area that we were used to. It just flourished from there.
What were some of your influences in electronic music?
LEIGHTON: The ones we knew were like Proxy. And then Skrillex came on board, we idolized him for a while, and definitely people like Flux Pavilion.
Was there a specific moment where you realized you had developed a distinct sound in the industry?
CHRISTIAN: Early on Daisy kind of started shaping it. We like working with a little bit more melody, and some of the stuff we were listening to. The iconic one would be “Crave You”. It was a very well received song, and we just wanted to follow up with that.
How would you describe your sound?
LEIGHTON: Kind of like a mellow take on dub-step. Stuff you can relax to as well, while it still haunts you.
Your music has a cinematic feel, any plans to ever score a movie soundtrack?
CHRISTIAN: I wouldn’t have any complains to doing that, that would be an incredible experience.
LEIGHTON: I would love to do that.
Do you plan to explore your sound into various genres?
CHRISTIAN: We’re definitely testing out different genres and different areas within electronic music. Branching out a lot and trying to open up our eyes to different styles.
The latest song The Crash is at 110 bpm, do you feel that’s touching upon moombahton?
LEIGHTON: Definitely not, it’s more of a four on the floor, Gesaffelstein inspired type of song.
So you guys are into techno?
What are other genres that you plan to explore with the Adventure Club name?
LEIGHTON: Almost everything. With this one album coming out we touch upon five or six different sub genres within the electronic music umbrella. There’s only one typical Adventure Club song on the first part of the album coming. Then we have a house song, a really excessive deeper house type of song, and then the techno 110bpm song.
How do you feel about the new wave of genre like future bass? The Yuna x Adventure Club – Lullabies (ViLLΛGE Remix) caught a potential wave of a new genre.
LEIGHTON: I love ViLLΛGE; we’re big on that kind of future bass that whole trill sound. We’re big Disclosure fans, big Cyril Hahn fans, and big Jacques Lu Cont fans. I hope it catches on.
Do you plan to explore Adventure Club into future bass?
I mean yeah its coming, can’t really announce too much.
Do you still use Cakewalk?
CHRISTIAN: Yes sir.
Any advantages to Cakewalk?
CHRISTIAN: It all honestly it gave us a bit of disadvantage because no one works with it. It’s kind of hard to work with other artists and it’s also hard if you’re trying to learn online. Things like ableton are so accessible online; it’s hard to find any kind tutorials for that. We’re used to working with it for so long though. We’ve tried making the transition once or twice, but it’s a pretty hard process. The work process feel so slow, as well was the work flow
What do you listen to on your off time/gather influences from?
CHRISTIAN: Cyril Hahn, Disclosure, we love listening to that stuff.
LEIGHTON: Lately I’ve been exploring a lot of 2003-2004 pop punk.
LEIGHTON: I think it was a combination of things. That definitely helped though. We just had a lot of blog love, a lot of things that went really viral really fast, an avalanche. It was like a snowball effect.
CHRISTIAN: We have a lot to owe to Nonstop; he’s danced a lot to our songs and performed at a few of our shows.
In your first music video, the two of you are seen as heroes. Who are some of your favorite super heroes?
CHRISTIAN: growing up for me, I know it sounds cheesy now since it’s so big, but I was all about Iron Man.
LEIGHTON: I’m a batman fan.
How do you feel about Ben Affleck playing batman?
LEIGHTON: I tend to ignore it, put a blanket over my eyes and ignore it till it comes out. He might be awesome though I don’t know, but I loved CHRISTIAN Bale as batman.
If you had any superpower, what would it be?
CHRISTIAN: I’d want to be able to fly.
LEIGHTON: I’m going to go with the creep one and want to be invisible.
We’ve seen that you’re friends with Will & James from Synchronice, would you have any plans on collaborating with Synchronice?
LEIGHTON: I would love to work with those guys; I’d love to make a house song with them with really cool sounds. They’re some of my favorite dudes.
How do you feel about the city’s reaction to the drug overdoses and subsequent public scrutiny of the electronic dance music culture?
CHRISTIAN: It’s so hard to say, it’s not like this is the first time a tragedy has happened at a show. You don’t want to take meaning away from what happened, or make it seem like it wasn’t irrelevant, but I feel like it might have been able to be approached a little better. That club in Boston is closed down recently because of that one death. I’m under the impression that Electric Zoo is dead in the water the whole festival at least in New York. The fact that the whole thing can be taken down.
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Do you feel like its left up to the artists or promoters, or record labels?
CHRISTIAN: It’s a global thing, but it’s definitely a responsibility of the people going. You have to know your limits. If there’s hundred thousand people doing drugs, or hundred thousand people doing drugs in various areas, bad things will still happen. People will over dose, it’s what happens, there’s so many people coming to one spot it kind of make it seem like it’s the festivals fault, I wouldn’t point fingers.
How do you feel about the current state of electronic music?
LEIGHTON: It’s starting to get really saturated I think. I don’t want to bring up the whole epic mash-up thing, but that just like kind of proved a point in itself. It’s going to go in a decline for a little bit before the whole new wave of artist takes it somewhere else.
CHRISTIAN: It’s a market right now that people are looking for; eventually they’ll want something new. Just unfortunately I think the way the structure of those songs are designed it doesn’t leave much room for experimentation. You need those big room kicks and that one kind of synthy lead that you just run on. It’s hard to experiment in that area, and keep it in that area. There’s less option when they want to move on from this, and they will just like everything else. Dubstep took the same heat for having the same sounds.
LEIGHTON: All kind of house sounds the same to me too.
CHRISTIAN: It’s just current right now.
How do you feel about the dubstep scene?
CHRISTIAN: it’s been on the decline a little, but I still like the music. It works when appropriate it, and obviously we have a lit bit of a different spin on it, we like making songs out of it in the genre, but it still has its own character.
Leighton, you and Yasmine from Krewella are known as the power couple of dubstep, how did you end up meeting Yasmine and how did it develop into a relationship especially with both of your constant touring schedules?
LEIGHTON: I think I came across their soundcloud when they were first starting. They had like one song, and I hit them up like you guys are fucking awesome, let’s work on a song. We started working on our collab Rise & Fall, and ever since that point me and Yasmine started I guess kindling the fire ha-ha. Lately it’s been really tough to always see each other. Before when we didn’t have such hectic schedules id be able to fly over to LA once every two weeks and we’d hang out, or I’d go to a show, or she’d come to a show of mine. Now they’re on this ridiculous bus tour with their album release. We call each other when we can and keep contact that way.
Do you plan to move to the same area?
LEIGHTON: There’s a notion that we’re all just going to end up in LA at some point when the touring comes down.
How was it coming out as an artist from the Canadian dance music scene?
LEIGHTON: I think it was a blessing; we had a lot of less competition and less saturation to deal with.
CHRISTIAN: we had so much support from the get; it was pretty solid when we were starting off.
What are your goals to close 2013 and what’s the future for Adventure Club, any plans of a live show?
CHRISTIAN: Our big tour to promote our EP is going to be going over the last two months of the year. We’ve definitely putting a lot of thought based on the fact since me and Leighton are both musician, we’ve definitely been putting a lot of thought of integrating that into our performances. A few people are doing it right now; it seems to work really well. So we’re definitely in the brain storming process right now.
Leighton: Our upcoming release is going to be an album, but it’s going to be split up into two parts. It’s going to be released in October and the second parts being released in February. We’re releasing it on BMG/Sony Red.
Do you have any remix EPs already planned?
LEIGHTON: They’re in the works; we’re spoken to a few of our friends. Can’t announce anything yet though.
Our website name is UndrgrndSound, what comes to you mind when you think of the words Undrgrnd Sound?
LEIGHTON: An underground subway system, with a bunch of different dj’s playing a massive rave that no one’s ever heard about.
CHRISTIAN: There’s no way I’m topping Leighton’s imagination.
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