More than half way into 2017, we’ve seen the rise of so many new incredible acts in the music industry! We decided to bring one of these artists into the spotlight, as we had the chance to talk to up and coming artist autoclub! Based in Los Angeles California, the singer/songwriter has been working vigorously to perfect his craft and reach his full potential. Last week , he released his debut track “Cat” which showcases his incredible vocal range as he works to build on his signature sound. This week, we talked with autoclub about the release of his newest track, his song writing process, and much more in our exclusive interview:
How did you come up with the name autoclub?
When I was a kid, my family used to visit my mom’s side of the family in Chile a lot. A lot of my childhood was spent on the coast of Antofagasta at this colorful beach called “El Autoclub”. As I grew older the memories from that beach stuck with me and I like to think I’ve left a part of me there.
What do you feel about your music sets you apart from every other artist?
My voice and guitar play-style are really what I base my songs around. I have been influenced by electronic and soul music from a young age so I think that is where I get my deep love for a grooving bass-line and a catchy melody.
Your newest release “Cat” has been getting some really great feedback! What was your thought process in making this track?
I remember thinking up the first line of Cat, (which I ended up constructing the song around) “you pounce on me like a house cat” and my phone being dead. (voice memos on my phone are my go-to whenever I get inspiration for a song) I ran to my room just singing that line over and over again until my phone restarted. This happens a lot more than I would like.
What inspired you for the concept of your “Cat” music video?
The music video for cat was directed by my good friend (and absolutely brilliant artist) Kendall Hill and me. (He did the cover art for Cat as well) We actually met in a Twitter group chat with a bunch of other “starving artists” that my other friend introduced me to. We really wanted the video to feel old without feeling boring. I got a lot of my inspiration from videos that I did when I was first starting out. I would film stop motion clips or cut old vintage media together then overlay it with audio from demos that I had recorded and put it on my social media.
What, has to this point, been the coolest moment in your music career?
So far I would have to say the coolest moment in my music career has been working side-by-side with producer Eliot James. He doesn’t know it, but he had been one of the most inspirational people to me as a young musician. I would listen to records he had produced and try to mimic his production techniques. I strived to be more like him and worked hard to get noticed. Funnily enough, I grew the balls one day after recording five demos on my laptop to send them to his manager. Three months went by of casual chatting with this manager of his before I found out that none of the demos had even gotten past the manager to Eliot himself. About a week later I received an email from Eliot telling me how much he enjoyed my work. One thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was recording with one of the most influential people to my music career.
If you could collaborate with one artist/singer who would it be?
I really want to collaborate with many artists but “Channel Orange” has been my favorite album since I was 17, so it would have to be Frank Ocean this time. He’s one of my favorite all around artists, everything he puts out is his best work. I really would like to work with Mura Masa though, he a truly inspirational producer.
Do you have any upcoming tracks you can talk?
I have a few new tracks in the works. I’m currently working with Kendall on artwork and recording videos, so stay tuned and you won’t be disappointed!
Who are the biggest inspirations on your music?
Frank Ocean, Eliot James,The Temper Trap, Tears for Fears, M83, to name a few.
What software do you use to use to produce your tracks?
I’m not ashamed to say that my roots in production stem from Garage Band. I’ve played around with Pro Tools and Logic but record almost everything in Ableton now.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Probably teleportation for the practicality of it. Time travel would be cool too, I would totally go back in time and buy a bunch of apple stock before it’s worth anything.
Do you have a message for your fans?
I appreciate you for listening to my music, I really do. Just knowing that you were listening while you went on your morning jog or while you drove to class makes my day. For those of you who message me privately, thank you for taking the time to share your emotional responses and connecting with me. It keeps me going.
What else do you have planned for the rest of 2017?
2017 has been a big year for autoclub. New songs and visuals coming soon, with shows coming later this year. I can’t wait to share it all with you!
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