It’s not often that the personality matches the music so perfectly. Canadian DJ/producer Autoerotique is one of the coolest guys that you will ever meet. He speaks off the cuff, about anything, and is that rare mix of intelligent/talented and comical/entertaining. Let this be a warning that this interview is not safe for children, but we know we can “count on you” to enjoy it as much as we did.
RS: How are you doing today?
Autoerotique: It’s Miami, life could be worse but I am hurting a little bit, a little hungover, and a little tired but it is the Miami way. When in Rome.
RS: And you are working on your tan I see.
Autoerotique: I am the second whitest person in Florida right now except for Fort Lauderdale, we have to exclude that area.
RS: And you are number two behind Rain Man?
Autoerotique: Yeah he is pretty white too. I am not afraid of the sun but I am by no means its best friend.
RS: Understood. So you did a really sick mix of Benny Benassi’s “House Music.”
Autoerotique: I actually ran into him at Story the other night and we rekindled an old flame. He is a really nice guy and has a very sexy accent.
RS: That is true, I completely agree with you, he is a charming, hot, Italian guy. If the two of you were in the studio together, what kind of track would you make with him?
Autoerotique: I feel like what people would expect would be some sort of bass house, fidget updated thing but I think that the cool thing about Benny Benassi is that his earlier stuff is so timeless. To go back and revisit the “Satisfaction” era and all the synth and sound design on that track was so ground breaking at the time. It still holds up today, if you play “Satisfaction” everyone knows it, it’s a classic track. We would make something along the lines of that but maybe slightly updated for what the kids are into right now, which is nonsense.
RS: I see, but atonal noise will always work for the kids.
Autoerotique: That’s true, that’s a good point. So renege on what I said, Benny Benassi and I would make the most raging, staple, bass house friendly, 2016 basic ass, EDM track.
RS: Speaking about basic ass EDM tracks let’s pretend that you are signed to Spinnin’ records, which ‘90s record would you do a future house mix of?
Autoerotique: There are none left, everyone has done all of the bootlegs and all of the ‘90s stuff has already been retapped. The whole retro electro thing on SoundCloud is crazy right now. It is amazing to hear but I was talking about it yesterday, there are too many DJs nowadays.
Autoerotique: Yeah we need an app that helps us avoid paths of DJs to get to the people first. Everyone is getting to the table before everyone else. Rihanna puts up a track and literally one second after the song goes up there are a million boot legs and you’re are like I shouldn’t even put my up, it’s not even worth jumping into the water with everyone anymore. That’s why I think that originals are more important and creating tracks that will be classics 10 years from now, which none of us will be doing.
RS: Well no, from what I heard of “O.T.F.” it is pretty sick. It was first kind of leaked back in November and I wondered why it took so long to come out?
Autoerotique: At the time we were working on two songs, we were working on a track called “The Sound” with Major Lazer and “O.T.F.” sort of spawned from the same session as that so there are similarities between the two songs. We wrapped up “O.T.F.” shortly after that and I was with my friend Hunter Siegel at the time and he added things to it that I wouldn’t have thought to add to it. We danced around and played with it and went back and forth and refined it and basically took it and deconstructed it and made it more simple and more refined to the point now where it works and is effective. There is almost nothing to the track and that is amazing. Instead of having all these crazy elements and things flying around it is just so simple now and getting to that simple idea is the hardest thing to do.
RS: Simplicity done well is the definition of elegance, I heard a fashion designer say that once. What does O.T.F. mean?
Autoerotique: O.T.F. is just the acronym for the track which is “on the floor.”
RS: So it’s not only the family
Autoerotique: It’s just a lyric from the track that says “get it low, get it on the floor” and then there is a mysterious word after that that we are not going to tell anyone what it actually says.
RS: That works. So you are staying on Dim Mak or are you going to OWSLA?
Autoerotique: I just did a release with Mad Decent and I am doing a release with a couple of other labels. I just put out an EP with Dim Mak and “O.T.F.” will be on OWSLA. Right now I am just kind of jumping around, I have a little bit of freedom. I have been on Dim Mak for 8 or 9 years now so I feel like I am entitled to exercise my liberties, my rights and freedoms. It’s the first time in a long time that I have had an opening in my schedule to leave and go and do other things. It’s exciting to work with other people but I will return, I will come back, the cat came home the very next day.
RS: I like that you talked about freedom and I liked that you gave away “Kids Don’t Care” as a free EP, that was really cool of you, what was the reasoning behind that?
Autoerotique: We gave it away free at first and then we put it up for stream and download afterwards. I feel like the way that people get their music now is mostly just through almost like freemium anyways like Spotify, Apple Music and things like that. The subscription based streaming services are changing the ways that everyone gets their music. Half the kids that I tap into that are upcoming or new fans to the music who may be as young as 14, 15 or 16 years old don’t even know what Beatport is and have no idea what SoundCloud even is sometimes. The majority of them are just getting all their music from Spotify so it makes sense to get things up and get them out to people on the platform that makes the most sense for the new generation.
RS: Funny you bring up the new generation, you are Canadian right?
Autoerotique: Yes, unfortunately, just kidding!
RS: Sultan + Shepard are Canadian also and I wanted to ask you who do you see as the next up and coming Canadian talent that we should watch for?
Autoerotique: There is a house producer from Toronto called Poupon. He just did a collaboration with Bixell Boys and he is making music that is house and it’s classic house but he has reenvisioned it in a way that it is like a mixture of cool house, underground house, deep house and tech house and it’s super classy. He is a classy guy.
RS: Like you.
Autoerotique: I’m a scum bag, an alcoholic scumbag from Toronto.
RS: Going in that direction what is the most ratchet thing that you have seen at a show?
Autoerotique: There is a lot and my brain is pretty fried so it all sort of blurs into one whole thing which is from years of ruining my brain. There was one time I was at this party in New York City and I think I was playing with Party Favor who is an old buddy and he took a video of this chick who was giving a blow job to the sub-woofer. She had really long hair and she was just nogging on the subwoofer in front of everyone right in front of us. She was by no means a smaller individual and her size didn’t help the situation in this circumstance. I love everyone of all shapes and sizes and colors but if you are going to get up publically in front of people and do something like that you might as well go all the way in, you are already dedicated. I have a video of it which I watch sometimes.
RS: After the hulk Hogan video.
Autoerotique: Yeah that’s right, you need a topper, you have to put the cherry on top.
RS: So you are playing at Ultra during the day and then playing in Canada that night.
Autoerotique: Yeah that’s what they told me, I don’t know how it’s going to work but we are going to try to make it happen. Hunter and I have to fly right after the Ultra set, we are both playing at Ultra and then both playing in Toronto with Drezzo at Hunter’s party called No Neon. I am actually playing tonight as well in Miami; it is the same party.
RS: Crazy schedule. I don’t know how you do it.
Autoerotique: It’s not always like that for me, I am lucky enough to not always have big bookings.
RS: I’ve never heard it phrased like that.
Autoerotique: Right? So it’ll be cool, I’m excited, it’s always fun when things like that happen.
RS: When they make the movie of your life which actor is going to play you?
Autoerotique: You know you have to give it to Tobey Maguire because he has no jobs right now, he ruined Spiderman for everyone and he cries a lot, which is something that I have in common with him. What was he in? Seabiscuit, the jockey movie? Tobey Maguire, the Maguire that everyone forgets, shout out to Tobey.
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Autoerotique: Remove the visual correspondence of myself and Tobey Maguire from your heads even though he is pretty sexy. Thank you for listening to my music, thank you to every single one of you, especially the people on Snapchat who show me their butthole at least once a day. It’s not even chicks, it’s dudes which is fine because I accept all of you as friends but you could at least bleach it or thread it, get your butthole threaded or something. It’s bushy and it’s a crazy butthole and this guy just shows me a butthole every day, once a day. It’s just a butthole and I feel like that is what snap chat is for.
Interview conducted March 2016 during Winter Music Conference.