NOVEMBER 04 // THE FOX THEATRE // OAKLAND
Before the music, there was Future Soup. This was the first creation by Autograf, an eight-foot 500-pound sculpture. It's an obsession with the Future and the limitless possibilities it holds. What started out as a desire to "make art," turned into a curiosity to make music. This curiosity has set the Hype Machine charts ablaze hitting either the #1 or #2 spot five times for Autograf's debut remixes of Marvin Gaye, Pharrell / Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, French Horn Rebellion & Savoir Adore. In a short period of time, Autograf has gained critical acclaim in the blogosphere being named to Indie Shuffle's annual "Best Remixes" award along with numerous features on ThisSongIsSick, Thump/Vice, Dancing Astronaut, Gotta Dance Dirty, Earmilk and more. With BBC Radio 1 airtime, and over 2 million Soundcloud plays and growing, this new music project is here to stay.
With all the newfound success for the music, Autograf hasn't lost sight of the desire to make art. "We have some new sculptures in the works, and are also developing a hybrid electronic live show. We're making our own midi-controllers, analog filters and custom digital instruments. For our live shows, we want to create a unique experience for the audience that goes beyond the DJ booth. For our DJ sets, perhaps we'll install our sculptures to make a sort of dance party meets art installation. There's just so much we want to do."
With no shortage of ideas, where they go is as limitless as their vision for the "Future." One thing is for certain; Autograf is taking their "Future Soup" mantra to heart.
Under his professional nom de plum Goldroom, Legg’s found considerable success as a producer. But at heart, he’s a songwriter. His influences (the non-electronic ones) veer toward the likes of Tom Petty, Al Green and Ryan Adams. In his own music you can hear hints of French disco, bass lines inspired by New Order and angelic vocals layered over (as Legg describes) his “nostalgic production tones.” It’s sonically grand, sure. But at heart: real songs, with real emotions, evoking loneliness, the ocean, the West Coast.
Live, Goldroom has brought his music to life both in live form, with full live band, and in the more traditional form of DJ appearance. 2015 was a landmark year for Josh, with the first year of his High Seas tour, festival performances around North America through the summer (including LA’s FYF at sunset) and his Waiting To Ignite Tour of North America.
Having signed to Downtown Records in 2015, Goldroom is currently working on his debut album which he intends to release in the second half of 2016.