Saturday, 8 October 2011

ALECKS AUCLAIR


Alecks Auclair hails from California, but his tracks are far from sunny. His sound is heavy, accompanied by intricate, delicate melodies throughout, creating cloudy layers with neat production. They're pensive songs, that possess an other worldly quality, making you want to pull a few shapes but simultaneously lulls you with a sedative bite. A really talented artist, the outlook is bright.

Could you give a brief Alecks Auclair history?

Born and raised in California, i started making beats and loops, mainly ambient trance like stuff around 2007 when i wasnt jamming with bands, i was making stuff under the moniker YOTO. i actually released a ep back then but i dont think anyone really heard it lol. the area i was in was mainly driven towards metal and indie stuff so it was hard for me to get out there for a bit.
around 2009 i started really focusing on things, 2010 moved to los angeles. and that really affected my outlook on electronic music, i actually saw that there was a huge demographic of people that were into this stuff as much as i was ha! it was a real trip, got me motivated.

Who did you grow up listening to?

i heard so much growing up from my parents, lot of 80s LA Punk stuff, and 80s rock, nina hagen, erykah badu, the rat pack, a ton of psychedellic/folk music from the 70s. I remember specifically loving alot of the rap of that time, Young Mc, Biz Markie, Beastie Boys, and of course michael jackson. i played "bad" everyday almost everyday. the come to daddy video for aphex twin also blew my little mind. Nirvana was definitly my favorite band when i was a kid, as a teenager i was really into hardcore and post hardcore, i think it was my junior year i discovered aphex twin again and just fell in love with idm and ambient music.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.

i actually seem to write best in threes. but the one i just recently worked on had a susumu hirasawa sample from the paranoia agent soundtrack, ive been really into anime soundtracks lately. its a kind of traveling track, perfect for driving montages. every song i do, i learn something new, i make a point to do that, i want the listener to grow up with me, as cheesy as that sounds.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

i was in this experimental hardcore band "Of Forty Thieves" and we had a song called red sonja, that was about a prostitute that frequented the pizza place we worked at. her name was sonja and she was really gnarly, so we named it after the female counterpart of conan the barbarian, seemed appropiate. Besides that, probably this awesome song about dominoes me and my friend roxy wrote, its about dominoes and masturbation, dont ask. hah


What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Anything Late at night, intimate talks bout very unintimate things, Tapping into the greater consciousness and bike rides.


What other artists are you into at the moment?

Lapalux is killing it right now, Kastle, Aker, Susumu hirasawa, Millions, The Notwist, and The cars.


Where would you love to tour?

Northeast, canada and new england, that would be too cool for words. that or the uk! i just really wanna get out there, which should be soon, i may end up getting on sxsw, which would be a great way to kick this off. but i need management!

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?

at the moment im workin on this ep/beat tape to share with the world and possibly gonna get onto the sxsw lineup, if not im still gonna tour the greater west coast next year. the ep is due out 11/11/11, and after that ill be focusing on the live set. Until then, its back to the headphones! thanks for talking with me, and stay rad!

Keep your eyes peeled for the release of Alecks Auclair new e.p, set to drop 11/11/11. You can listen to more at the BANDCAMP SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK TWITTER