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Get to know Autograf, the Chicago trio delivering sun-kissed bass music

They're taking their brand of dreamy electronica around the world

  • Words: Harrison Williams
  • 31 March 2017
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“The three of us became good friends,” says Louis. “Eventually we decided to start an art project together because we were so deep into music in our previous projects for many years and wanted to get back to art. So we started Autograf. The first creation was the sculpture.”

The sculpture was a success, but it wasn’t their true calling. It was clear they had chemistry, and it was time to collaborate on music. They began to rework tracks by the likes of Pharrell and 50 Cent, and soon the public sat up and took notice. Fusing electronic elements with pop songs in order to transform the tracks into bass-filled anthems proved to be their calling card. A reinterpretation of Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ blew up beyond expectations, amassing hundreds of thousands of plays on SoundCloud. From there the music came naturally, and they shared numerous free downloads, which listeners ate up.

Now, with a captive audience hooked on their deeply melodic and skewed take on electronic pop, the band are taking their sound to the world – starting with a coveted slot at Coachella. “We control the visual aspect live so it’s a very unique experience every time,” explains Louis. With “tons more music”, promised this year, expect to be hearing plenty more from Autograf in 2017.

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