teshcast y ~ nautiluss


canadian graham bertie has been making music in various guises for a long time, but it’s as nautiluss that he has been turning most heads. very much a part of the new wave of turbo artists bringing some inventive techno cred’ back to tiga’s label, his eps have gotten better as we’ve gone along, with the most recent, habitat, his crowning glory to date.

as such we locked him in for an interview to talk about his local scene ever evolving sound, as well as securing a very serious, 2 hour long teshcast which takes in plenty of deep techno, moody bass stuff and more than a few exclusives along the way.

how has your year been? what have been some highlights?

it’s been really good, overall. over the past 12 months, i was able to put out 3 records with two very different labels, both of which i have a lot of respect for. playing panorama bar was a dream come true. mutek festival was everything i hoped it would be and something i’ve long wanted to be a part of having grown up in montreal. new forms festival out in vancouver last fall was great as well. i played igloofest and that was the first time i’ve played in a winter jacket and gloves. hifi club in calgary with justin martin and my “alpha” launch party in may with jacques greene in toronto were really memorable as well.

there seems to be a lot of focus on toronto’s scene right now, does it feel special on the ground? does it feel like something is happening as it were?

you know, it’s kind of weird because i know so many people that make good music here and i get along with all of them and we don’t really sit around and go ‘wow, we are doing something fucking special!’. i think with any major metropolis, you will have a lot of people making art. also we have cold winters so it gives us 6 months of hermiting compared to people that bask in sunlight all year round. if i had heat/sun all year round, i would be perpetually drunk.

if it’s better now than it ever was, how did you first come to electronic music? what were some formative experiences in your youth?

i heard about this rave taking place in my high school arena. i was totally shocked that this kind of underground thing was happening at the time. i wanted to know more about it. around the same time, musique plus (closing thing to mtv in quebec) had this weekly show hosted by this guy named claude rajotte and he used to mine out the best music from whatever genre and so at some point he started talking about electronic pop artists like bjork and massive attack. tiga had a radio show on mcgill radio (ckut) with this other guy named gnat (nathaniel carnegie) that played good electronic stuff as well as mentioned whatever rave was happening that week. also, there were a few record stores downtown like bunker, dna and dutchee’s where you could pick up dj mixes.

photo credit: may truong

do you think you are a product of your city in terms of sound? does living there impact on what you make? would you sound different if you lived somewhere else?

definitely growing up i was influenced by what i was able to find on vinyl and/or hear a dj playing at a club/rave and mixtapes. i think that with the internet era, you don’t really have so much influence from your local scene like you used to. now i get my music from all over the place so i think i would be interested in the same music wherever i happened to be living. that being said, i have quite a few local friends (andrew ross, linus booth, ronnie falcon to name a few) that are virtual encyclopaedias for deeper electronic music, so that helps a lot. i’m sure that if i had grown up in the uk or germany there would be much more influence from those scenes whereas growing up in north america, it’s a mixture of a lot of different scenes.

how do you feel when you look back over your last few releases? the latest one seemed like something had clicked maybe, like you’d found your sound?

i am proud of all 3 records. i would agree that the last one is probably the most cohesive. i made it in the span of a couple of weeks so all the parameters (sound design, engineering, concept) stayed the same whereas alpha was spread over 6 months and the hemlock record featured two songs done in different years.

where and when was the mix recorded?

at home with ableton. no traditional dj setup at home. :(

are you bothered by the process at all ie vinyl vs cdjs vs traktor or whatever/ do you like the technology aspects of producing and playing?

i embrace technology when it suits my purpose. i learned in the vinyl era and still love playing records in the rare occasion that it’s practical (1% of the time). but there’s something extremely liberating about playing with cdjs and couple of usb keys. i love the freedom. i think that if these tools offer things that were not possible in the vinyl era, then we should consider using them to their full potential.

what else you got coming up/are you looking forward to?

i have a remix for untold coming out on hemlock november 22nd. i have another release in the works but i can’t say with whom yet. i’m working on a new live setup and also collaborating with a bunch of talented people.

listen to or download teshcast y ~ nautiluses below

tracklist:

redshape – departing [delsin]
ambalance – ritzy [cdr]
faltydl – hardcourage [ninja tune]
four tet – lion [text]
nautiluss – elysium [cdr]
xxxxxxxx – xxxxxxxxxx
barker & baumecker – schlang bang [osgut ton]
xxxxxxxx – xxxxxxxxxx
grown folks – high tide [cdr]
randomer – this train [hemlock]
daphni – pairs [jialong]
daniel avery – taste [phantasy sound]
nautiluss – stygian [turbo]
drexciya – danger bay [clone]
trevino – shank [3024]
basic soul unit – swept up [nonplus]
jimmy edgar – sex drive (jon convex remix) [hotflush]
chaos in the cbd – rolling 84′s [cleckleckboom]
guy andrews – confuted
nautiluss – surfeit [turbo]
j. tjin – schroedinger [cdr]
luke slater – love (maybe forever mix) [novamute]
duke dumont – reclamation of trance [cdr]

you might also like:

kappa futur festival announce lines line-up
fans of big room techno will want to check out kappa futur festival, running from 13th - 14th july at parco dora in torino, italy. the...
len faki plays egg london
egg london have announced their june line-ups with plenty on offer but one party on june 8th really stands out - heroes with len faki, oli...
movement takes over dc10
movement might best be know as the electronic festival that takes place in both detroit and turin, but in the coming weeks it is also to b...
rise festival comes to les deux ales
taking place between the 11th and 19th of december, rise is a boutique festival that takes over the whole of les deux alpes, france, and t...

5 comments »

  1. [...] involved – kind of like a coop dance music label. To help get you in the mood, check out a free DJ mix byNautiluss (a.k.a. the former beatmaker of Thunderheist). Jokers Of The Scene also dropped a DJ [...]

  2. [...] I did an interview and a 2 hour mix for this cool music blog called Teshno. You can read the interview here: http://www.teshno.com/2012/11/teshcast-y-nautiluss.html [...]

  3. [...] involved – kind of like a coop dance music label. To help get you in the mood, check out a free DJ mix byNautiluss (a.k.a. the former beatmaker of Thunderheist). Jokers Of The Scene also dropped a DJ [...]

rss feed for comments on this post. / trackBack uri

gwaaan, leave a comment, but remember; no-one likes a bully... »

power plant turns five


swedish artist and close watergate associate la fleur celebrates five years of her power plant label with a new ep

read the rest of power plant turns five (…)

kappa futur festival reveals 2016 line-up


kappa futur festival, which again takes place at parco dora in turin on the 9th and 10th of jul, announces its 1st wave of artists.

read the rest of kappa futur festival reveals (…)

on the record ~ hunter/game


hunter/game is the duo of emmanuele nicosia and martino bartola. he pair hail from milan and have had support for their mature, melodic productions from sasha, who has also put out their music on his much loved last night on earth.

read the rest of on the record ~ (…)

studio 338 announce new atrium

studio 338 is one of london’s most exciting venues, and yet it has now announced even more innovations as well as a great first few months of events in 2016.

read the rest of studio 338 announce new (…)

coincidance announces final acts


four day caribbean festival coincidance has announced the third and final wave of headliners as well as three pre-parties.

read the rest of coincidance announces final acts (…)

studio 338 line-up winter events


south london’s studio 338 is celebrating a top year with a busy winter programme and some seasonal decor updates. they’ve also announced the running order for new year’s day, hosted by the inimitable art of dark collective.

read the rest of studio 338 line-up winter (…)

sxmusic announces 2016 debut


sxmusic is a brand new, boutique electronic music festival set to unfold in march 2016 on the caribbean island of st. martin.

read the rest of sxmusic announces 2016 debut (…)

coincidance festival 2015


coincidance is back and the festival is growing from 3 to 4 days this new year’s day in mexico.

read the rest of coincidance festival 2015 (…)

on the record ~ nick sinna


manchester’s nick sinna is a prime numbers producer who has very much helped his local label set out on a new path.

read the rest of on the record ~ (…)

house history with hieroglyphic being and ra


ra’s origins film series in association with sonos continues to offer rare insights into some of dance music’s key figures.

read the rest of house history with hieroglyphic (…)

rise festival add axel boman


winter festival rise is shaping up its 2015 line-up with a brace of new announcements.

read the rest of rise festival add axel (…)

a response to ra’s frequency response


as they like to do, resident advisor have recently started a thought provoking new series entitled frequency response in association with advanced headphone makers aiaiai.

read the rest of a response to ra’s (…)

dj pierre ~ on the record


you don’t need me to tell you how important dj pierre’s contribution to dance music has been.

read the rest of dj pierre ~ on (…)

awakenings heads to new york


awakenings is one of if not the largest techno gathering in the world, and now they are expanding their global reach by hosting stage at new york’s electric zoo.

read the rest of awakenings heads to new (…)

2020 vision lands in london


ralph lawson’s recently reinvigorated, 20 year old label 2020vision heads to terrace club studio 338 on saturday august 15th.

read the rest of 2020 vision lands in (…)

on the record ~ dj three


dj three a.k.a chris milo is an american institution with many accolades to his name.

read the rest of on the record ~ (…)

stream amir alexander’s debut album in full


right about now, chicago built, sweden based dj and producer amir alexander is unleashing his debut album on the world. entitled love & fear and coming on anunnaki cartel – the sister label to vanguard sound, which he runs with chris mitchell – it is the essential next chapter in his engaging and ever evolving story.

read the rest of stream amir alexander’s debut (…)

on the record ~ no regular play


no regular play are part of the tight knit house creative that is crew love, an ensemble of artists that also includes wolf & lamb, soul clap, pillow talk and many more.

read the rest of on the record ~ (…)

studio 338 announce summer plans


the south london venue, famed for its open air terrace and living production in the form of various trees and plants, has unveiled its plans for summer 2015.

read the rest of studio 338 announce summer (…)

rise festival comes to les deux ales


taking place between the 11th and 19th of december, rise is a boutique festival that takes over the whole of les deux alpes, france, and turns it into an adult playground where music and fun are combined with snow sports and all sorts of extra adventures.

read the rest of rise festival comes to (…)