Corduroi Interview

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. The Lone Star State has its fair share of amazing artists,
ranging from the of blues maestro Stevie Ray Vaughan to the chopped and screwed sensibilities of 
Houston’s U.G.K. (R.I.P. Pimp C). Nestled in its heart is Austin, Texas, a city famous for the annual
 week-long musical orgy known as SXSW and a characteristic“weirdness” best exemplified by the
cult classic Slacker. Regardless of its reputation it has become a popular destination for young people 
looking to ride out our haggard economy whilst figuring out their lives in friendly atmosphere with warm smiles.

Though it has only rained about three times this summer, with a record breaking 67 back-to-back days
of triple digit highs, Austin is not suffering from a lack of ambition and creativity from its burgeoning 
electronic music community. Despite its relatively small size, Austin has started to make waves in the 
blogosphere with a new generation of electronic artists who want nothing more than to demonstrate to 
the world their particular approach to synthetic rhythms.

Multi-instrumentalist Cody Wilson a.k.a. Corduroi is a red blooded Texan, born and raised in San
 Antonio,TX. Now based out of Austin, Wilson is a beatsmith who crafts his very own blend of 
electronic music, ranging from ambient chillbeat to laid back post-dub. He was recently added to the 
impressive roster of artists at Mush Records after releasing his Anything for Now EP in May and 
continues to work on new material and preform.

Sometimes it seems that while some musicians are made and others are born. Would
 you say that you come from a musical background with strong creative genes or did
 you develop you own skills?



My family definitely has its share of talent. My grandma Mazy Barnett was a very talented
 women who played ukelele, piano, and was also a very gifted painter. My dad played
 guitar in his teens and was into jam bands and stuff back in the 70′s. He was in a number
 of bands playing that a lot of Americana, Country, etc.



How did you first become interested in music?



I got interested in music through classes in elementary school where I first played
 woodblocks, recorders, glockenspiels… the normal kid music stuff.



In 1st grade I got a Casio keyboard and started playing melodies like the Jurassic Park and
 Darth Vader theme songs. I was really into movie soundtracks when I was a kid and didn’t
even listen to rock. Though I was raised Christian by my mom she didn’t discourage me
from listening to different kinds of music.

 I picked up the guitar when my brother got one in 7th grade. I am self-taught with some
help from my dad who taught me basic chords. At this point I started developing an ear 
for composition after listening to classical music and covering movie themes written by 
people like John Williams (Star Wars), who is the shit.



When did you begin appreciating the beats you make so well as Corduroi?

I started skateboarding in middle school. That brought a whole other level of artistry 
into my life, introducing me to indie rock, hip hop and electronic artists like Tortoise,
 Deltron 3030 and Aphex Twin. Skateboarding is very artistic sport, with the skateboard
 itself being not only a means of transportation but also an piece of art. I would also like to 
mention I was into a lot of shitty music until I listened to Kid A.



As a teenager did you start out making electronic music or were you into different 
stuff?



After picking up the guitar I never really wrote anything until high school. What really
 got me into writing was seeing Explosions in Sky live when I was 16. After seeing them I 
decided that post-rock was the kind of music I wanted to get into.



I started out in a jam band, playing Herbie Hancock and other funky shit like that. It was funny though because we would do these jams on “Chameleon”, some originals and then 
played some of my post-rock songs at the end to throw everybody off.



What marked your transition from traditional bands to electronic music?



It started when my friend Ryan who makes beats in Austin as Ruler ? Why got me into 
Fruity Loops. We would chill and fuck around on FL for hours and it was pretty fun. I
 started recording samples I made on guitar, piano, and vocals, inserted them into FL and 
tweaked them up. The beats weren’t all that good because I was using really shitty cereal
box microphones but I was learning. 



I moved to Santa Fe,  New Mexico in 2008 and continued to experiment with electronic
 while playing in a large folk ensemble called The Apple Miner Colony and in my post-
rock band called Everyone Only. Around this time I started listening to a band called D
Numbers, my favorite live electronic band, who introduced me to Abelton live. After
 seeing them and Dan Decon I started to get into a lot more electronic music. Harry
 Nilsson was also a big influence on me, he was also one of the main influences of  The
Beatles. Listening to MF Doom’s Special Herbs releases, J Dilla’s Donuts and The
Books were very big factors that pushed me towards production. Another huge influence
 on me was the Prefuse 73 and The Books collaboration called Prefuse 73 Reads The
Books.



Was it at this point you became Corduroi?



Corduroi comes from my nostalgia for the book of the same name. The first word that
 came to mind when thinking about the music I am making was “Corduroi” because
 my music gives me a deep sense of nostalgia. In the beginning my music had a very a
rustic, lo-fi sound. Once I learned how to properly sample, compress files and utilize 
effects properly I had a better ear for mixing. I was getting upset with sampling my own 
instruments because I couldn’t afford the equipment to get the sound I wanted.



What is your set up when you play live?



I use a Macbook, a M-Audio midi controller, some guitar pedals and an Electribe beat
machine for my live set up.



As an artist are you influenced by or involved in the blog scene?



I definitely follow the blog scene. Having a smart phone is a godsend because it lets me 
hop on twitter and be connected with the artists and blogs I like, allowing me to find new 
music daily.



How did you go about getting your music out there so it could be appreciated by the
 hungry hungry listeners around the world?



For a while I was submitting to Altered Zones but was not getting any bites. I found a 
blog called Life Aquatic based out of Australia and sent them a track called “My Dear”,
which was well received. It was reposted on other blogs and then this guy from Spain who 
runs a blog called Egyptian Marracas contacted me. He had a hook up with Vice Spain
and they wrote a little post about me and that made me super happy. He asked if I had an
EP and I said, “No…”, to which he replied, “You must think bigger!”



With that encouragement I really started to work my ass off, put my best songs together
 and released the Anything For Now EP via Chill Mega Chill Records in May.



Austin, Texas is a town known more for indie rock than its electronic music scene.
 Despite its low profile do you feel it has a supportive community or are you kind of a
stand-alone artist?

There is definitely a growing scene here. Austin has things like Exploded Drawing, a
bi-monthly showcase of local and national electronic acts. It’s not as large of a scene in 
comparison to the bigger cities but its growing for sure.



Along with the Anything for Now EP being available on Bandcamp for free, Corduroi will be 
releasing a yet to be named EP this fall via Mush Records. He will also be preforming at the Goldrush 
Music Festival Sept. 16-17 with other splendiferous acts including label mate Galapagos, How To 
Dress Well, Candy Claws, and Teen Daze.

Corduroi – Unease

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Corduroi – You And Me (Future)

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Corduroi – The Everglade Leafhouse

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eLan

It’s time for your dose of West Coast beats!  Alligator Snaps is eLan’s second of trilogy released by Germany’s Monkeytown Records.  Combining hip-hop beats with boogie leads, the track Shoot the Beam is like DåM-FunK meets Fly-Lo.  The EP has more gems including a funky house remix by Cosmin TRG.  Buy it HERE!

eLan- Shoot The Beam

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Vamos A La Playa

The highlight of my past few years working at WVUM 90.5FM is not being the Music Director (and almost every other staff position),  working with an amazing group of ambitious teenagers,  being part of an indie music staple in Miami,  helping upcoming acts get some air play, it hasn’t been the abundance of thank you emails, friends I’ve made, or winning MTV’s prize for best college radio station in the country. My highlight has been Vamos A La Playa (every Monday from 5-7pm)

For those of you outside of Miami VAMOS A LA PLAYA is my disco show on WVUM 90.5 FM, University of Miami radio. Vamos started as an italo disco night at Stop Miami in the mid 2000s. It went on for a couple of years until the venue shut down. It used to be the only spot in Miami where you could hear Koto, Righeira, and Miko Mission on a regular basis. A few years later I started grad school at UM and decided to reinstate Vamos as the station’s disco show.

The response was amazing and it’s been one of WVUM’s flagship shows ever since. I’ve had all sorts of incredibly talented guests and interviews by artists such as Metro Area, Eli Escobar, Jacques Renault, Marcello Giordani, and Woolfy amongst others. Vamos a La Playa will continue until May of 2012 which is when I graduate and will no longer be a part of the WVUM staff so let’s enjoy it while we can.

Tonight is Vamos a La Playa’s 100th Episode and I’m broadcasting the show from the LORDS HOTEL on South Beach (la playa) so we can all celebrate it together. Please see the event info below:

Vamos A La Playa 100th Episode Live Broadcast DISCO DINNER & Pool Party!

Come be part of the show this MONDAY 8/29 from 4-9pm.

We’ll be broadcasting the 100th EPISODE live from the LORDS HOTEL

(11th & Collins Ave | South Beach)

Bring your bathing suit and come hungry!!
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Disco curated by:

Carlos Llanos (Italo extraordinaire): 4-5pm

Laura (of Miami): 5-7pm

Pirate Stereo: 7-9pm

ALL AGES WELCOME!!!! You’re never too old for Disco.

The event is free. Dinner and drinks are not (duh)

Head on over to the News Lounge AFTER the VAMOS PARTY for Patrick’s Monday ((Not)) Monday

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Now if you want some audio please head on over to:

http://Lauraofmiami.com

You’ll be able to download most of the previous show episodes. I promise it’s worth it :)

Argy

I first heard Argy while record shopping in Spain about 5 or 6 years ago. I remember picking up “Love Dose” on vinyl and sticking it in almost every single mix I made at the time. I think I may have over-played it on my show on The Womb although my VJ buddies loved synching live video to it every time. I was recently going through old records and threw “Love Dose” back on the 1200s, it still sounds good to me. I admit I have a soft spot for techno.

Argy has been camping out in Berlin for I don’t know how long and he just came out with a new EP titled Reminiscence, which includes a killer remix by Bostro Pesopeo.  It’s nice hearing from him again.

Here’s the bio:

Electronic music producers are unique individuals with the skills, tools and ideas necessary to imagine, write and produce transcendent music. Some are more than just musicians through; they represent a way of life that embraces innovation, technology, and communion through sound. They share it, travel it and some simply live it. Argy, aka Argyris Theofilis, born of Rhodes, Greece, is one of these rare artists – perhaps even the epitome of this way of life. Utterly dedicated to his work, Argy’s passion bleeds through in everything he does, from interviews and conversations to creating deeply musical, yet strikingly state-of-the-art house music. Just 25 years old, the Berlin-based artist is already among the elite of the underground club scene. He seized the spotlight with the massive 2005 hit ‘Love Dose’, duly remixed and championed by Luciano, and hasn’t stopped since.

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Mark E

I’ve always had a thing for Mark E‘s style; minimal but with each track staking its own standout character.  The Day, released back in June off Ghostly International is one of those laid back tracks that chugs along like a montage of your daily routine, from sunrise to sunset.  Not to imply that your routine is rote and boring, but rather a comforting portrayal of your existence.  This track it aptly titled because it speaks to an optimistic reflection.  This one made my day.

Pick up the EP with a killer remix by Prins Thomas HERE

More Goodies:

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Nile Delta

This yet another act that’s challenging to look up on the interweb, you’ll get a whole geography lesson on Northern Egypt should you type “Nile Delta” into your Google search bar. However, “For the uninitiated Nile Delta is dance floor wizard Joel Dickson, former member of Riot In Belgium and current member of Cutters’ dynamic-duo, Voltage.” Dickinson’s debut EP “Channel/ All This” off of Cutters Records is disco fire! I’ve played his Midnight Juggernauts, Lost Valentinos, and Knightlife remixes at the clubs in the past but I’m really itching to give his originals a run.

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Buy the EP

 

Young Athletes League

I have no recollection of where and when I first discovered Young Athletes League (YAL), no idea whatsoever – fo real. I just know the music is good so I played it on the radio. The next week I get an interesting email that reads: “HUGE thank you for spinning YAL in the past. ‘Monaco Sunglasses’ right? I don’t know if  I told you this before but I put that record out on my imprint, Ceremony, from here in my apartment in Brooklyn! so just the idea of Pierre’s (aka YAL) music being spun in Miami is a huge happy moment in my head and heart. Thank you!”

Small world and my pleasure! After all,  it is my job to play good music on the radio, the music is totally worth the airtime, Miami is happy to hear it, and I LOVE emails like that.

YAL’s info section on their facebook page says it all:

“YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE IS A SOUTH ONE LONDON EASTERN SYNTHETIC LOOP.  ROTATING GUITARS IN (E)MOTION. HI-NRG MIDI FAILURE; WATERBORNE SNARE MULTI-TRACKING; SURFING OUT OF SUSPENSE PARTIES LUXURIANT ON THE DANCE FLOOR. THAT WHICH WE CAN SAY IS ALL.”

They’ll be on tour with Active Child and Com Truise in September:

9/7 – The Black Cat Backstage (with Active Child & Com Truise) Washington, DC – 8:00 PM

9/8 – First Unitarian Side Chapel (with Active Child & Com Truise) Philadelphia, CA – 8:00 PM

9/10 – Bowery Ballroom (with Active Child & Com Truise) New York, NY – 9:00 PM

9/13 – Glasslands (with New Look & Brahms) Brooklyn, NY – 8:30 PM

Listen to them!

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Buy:  We Only Feed Ourselves 12″

Pirate Stereo

Miami often takes it’s local talent for granted. It’s kinda like a Jimmy Buffet phenomenon – there are way more Parrot Heads outside of Florida because Buffet reminds snowbirds of vacation, summertime, frozen drinks, etc. Floridians have that all year round so they don’t cherish it as much. We also have some pretty amazing DJs in town but since there’s such an over-saturation of club nights and dance music, the real good DJs get lost in the mix and put in the same category as your newbie song selector.

Pirate Stereo should not be taken for granted.  I’ve been hearing about them from mutual friends for a long long time and met Eyal earlier this year – he’s a sweetheart. Everyone in Miami should know about Pirate Stereo (Eyal specifically) because he spins at most of your favorite clubs and produces some seriously awesome shit. He’s probably made you shake that rump at one point or another whether you noticed him or not.

Here’s the biographical shpeal:

“We like electro, we like rock, we like funk…when we play we try to kidnap the audience, invite them into our own little world… if there’s no connection, what’s the point of going out?!”

The come-up came in 2008 when the duo secured residencies at the infamous Griffin (NYC) and a weekly at Rokbar (Miami) as well as playing extensively in Boston and Mexico City; even sharing bills with the likes of Diplo, Toxic Avenger, Alan Braxe, Treasure Fingers and Jokers of the Scene. In 2009 They went on to become one of the hottest bills in Miami, frequenting notorious weeklies such as “Arcade” at Whiteroom and headlining celebrity studded parties at MIami’s own superclub, LIV.  As producers, they received vast praise for their club banging remixes of Passion Pit, Arctic Monkeys and Yes Giantess. The blogosphere quickly caught up with the duo through their re-work of Depeche Mode’s “Peace” which appeared in the top 20 of the Hype Machine’s ‘popular’ chart. Their remix of HBO’s True Blood theme song “Bad Things”, earned them critical acclaim, championed by Felix Da Housecat and becoming a staple in the late DJ AM’s sets.

Catch him Nov 3rd at Bardot opening for TEED + The Magician

Here’s a brand new remix by PS that’s a little less banger and a little more disco…

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Fernando

I don’t know if I’m just not looking in the right place or if these producers simply want to be cloaked in anonymity, but after falling in love with Non Stop by Fernando, I was pressed to find any info on the guy (try Googling ‘Fernando’ and see where that gets you).  What first caught my eye was of course its label.  Under The Shade always puts out quality disco and deep house by artists such as Mark E, Toomy Disco, Native Underground, Ichisan, Ilija Rudman and others.  I highly recommend that you pick up Fernando’s June release, The 87. Buy it HERE

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Poolside

Alas, we find ourselves near summer’s end but have no fear because it has been filled with a bunch of good tunes like this sumptuous Neil Young cover by the aptly named Poolside. They are a DJ duo based out of Los Angeles that create airy disco beats out of a pool house they converted into a studio. They keep it simple and in their own words attempt to capture the sound of a perfect afternoon, music they like to call “day time disco”. Harvest Moon is Poolside’s second single after last year’s Do you Believe?, in anticipation of their album being released this year.

Considering the gravity of covering one of the most prolific singer/songwriters of the 20th Century, Poolside took the tittle track of Young’s later album Harvest Moon and truly made it their own. Their interpretation is so dramatically different from the original in all the right ways, taking this somber country tune and transforming it into a laid-back disco banger, capturing the essence of a hot and lazy afternoon near a body of water, chlorinated or otherwise. Listening to their other edits and mixes one can’t help but be reminded of other Balearic-Disco acts like Aeroplane, which is never a bad thing considering I’m a sucker for tropical disco rhythms. I definitely see these guys coming on the up and up if they keep producing high quality gems like this.

Poolside – Do You Believe

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Bonus: Poolside also has a sicky edit of Sade’s, “When Am I Going To Make A Living”, which I have gone ahead and linked for your aural pleasure.

Sade – When Am I Going To Make A Living (Poolside’s Tons of Drums Edit)

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