Autograf Talks about Corona Electric Beach and their Upcoming Plans for the Year [INTERVIEW]
Autograf recently headed to Hollywood to perform at the newest and hottest beach party, Corona Electric Beach. We had the chance to catch up with them along the ride to discuss their new releases and find out a little bit more about what inspires this quirky group. Here's your chance to get to know Mikul, Jake, and Luke, the talent behind one of our favorite DJ trios, Autograf.
EDM.com: What came first, your passion for art or music? How did you come up with the idea to fuse them together to create the unique style and motives of Autograf?
Autograf: Art definitely came first. Jake went to art school for sculpture, and Mikul was a graphic designer and art gallery owner in Chicago. The fusion happened when Mikul was throwing raves in his gallery and Louis started DJing with him and then they brought me (Jake) up with my 8 foot tall robot to put on stage and perform. So it was a fairly organic path from art to music- and we still really enjoy keeping our origins in art alive- we have several art projects slated for 2017 that we're very excited about!
We want to be remembered as an overwhelming force of positivity and creativity and to be remembered as 3 men that went into unknown territory and made our own destinies.
You chose the name Autograf to represent leaving a legacy, something like a signature for the world to look back at. What kind of legacy do you hope to be remembered for when your career comes to an end?
We want to be remembered as an overwhelming force of positivity and creativity and to be remembered as 3 men that went into unknown territory and made our own destinies. We want to inspire others to do the same, to make their own unique path and help others along the way. But to be honest really we aren't that concerned with our legacy. We want to make our mark on the world, but the most important thing is for that mark to be a force for good and to inspire others. If we accomplish that I doubt we'll care if anyone remembers us as individuals. It's the movement that matters.
You guys just released two new singles “Simple” and “You Might Be”. How do you think the style of these new tracks compares to your past releases? What was it like working on these songs with two amazing vocalists, Victoria Zaro and Lils?
Both Victoria and Lils are bosses and totally own their craft. We worked with Lils in person in the studio. What was incredible, she's like white Ri Ri (laughs). And with Victoria we were sent a finished vocal. Victoria is more the strong silent type, haha they're both awesome. Also – both of them sang live with us at Coachella and that made for an unforgettable weekend!
Don't worry so much about the future. A lot of the most memorable moments and fun nights happened when we were just starting out, and we always thought of them as small shit always comparing ourselves to our heroes – but those moments were golden.
If you could give your past selves—just getting into the music industry—some advice, what would it be?
Don't worry so much about the future. A lot of the most memorable moments and fun nights happened when we were just starting out, and we always thought of them as small shit always comparing ourselves to our heroes – but those moments were golden. Stay humble – and remember where you came from.
What can fans expect from your upcoming show at Electric Beach? How do you find your beach outside the DJ booth?
They can expect us to perform fat off of all the incredible French food lol. Food aside we love playing in France- so they can expect a super high energy set! Well for Jake finding a beach is easy as he lives one block from the beach in Santa Monica haha but for the rest of us we use meditation and cheesy iPhone wallpapers to keep us by.