Adventure Club Video
We had the chance to sit down with Leighton James and Christian Srigley of Adventure Club last week. Not only have thesetwo boys from suburbs of Montreal made it pretty big in the EDM scene, but they’ve also remained down-to-earth (which is obvious in the video above).They’re also pretty cheeky. Do you see that dollar bill folded in front of Christian? They wrote “Mr. Presidents” on there and insisted it remain in the shot throughout the interview.What you won’t see in the video is our first interaction with the duo, which led me to wonder whether they would answer any of our questions seriously (they eventually did, thank god!). While we didn’t have room to include this in the video, I need to share the interaction with you so you can get a sense of how hilarious this interview was:Marlee: For those of you who don’t know, tell us who you are — the short version!Christian: Short version? We met in a travelling circus. I was on the unicycle, he was the bear tamer.If you watched the video above, you’ll know that, coincidentally, one of our later questions was whether they wanted to take this opportunity to spread a rumor about the band. Christian, in particular, is a natural. We are not going to reveal which parts of their answers are true and which are false. We’re going to give you the benefit of the doubt that you can figure this out.Leighton: We both grew up French Canadian in Montreal.C: We started making exclusively circus-inspired electronic music. I guess it developed from there into our new sound, which is a little less circus-y.Fun fact: in case you didn’t know, Cirque du Soleil was founded in Montreal, so these circus anecdotes could be true… who really knows?L: We wanted to transition to something more emotional. Something that would touch people’s hearts. So we started making melodic dubstep.C: You can still hear the carnie background in there, though.L: If anyone wants to know how to win all those games, they should hit us up. We know all the secrets. We have a lot of the big stuffed animals. Too many.Marlee: Can you go into a bit more detail about how Adventure Club started? You’ve known each other for a while.I was playing along, but I needed some real answers too!L: Ya, we’ve known each other for 10 years. Do you want to start in the bedroom, or…M: Ya, let’s start there…L: Ok. Ya, so we started in the bedroom… making, uh…At this point we all just burst out laughing. The ice was officially broken and they were ready to get to business… or so I thought.L: We started playing instruments really really young. I think I started playing piano when I was 7, [Christian] started playing guitar around there. Then for about 10 years we were an aspiring screamo band.C: That’s actually a fact, that’s factual.The remainder of this answer is in the video. Here’s one more response that didn’t make the cut in the video, but needs to be shared:M: What can your fans look forward to in 2015?L: We’re planning on going on another heavy bus tour. We’re planning on putting together a really extravagant production. We don’t know who’s going to be supporting us on the tour yet, but we want to hit 50 to 60 cities in North America.M: Excited?L: Ya, I think bus tours are my favorite thing ever.C: We’re going to bring a couple of lions and chain them up on stage.L: Is that what we’re doing?C: And we’ll give them LED lights…L: I thought we were doing a Star Wars theme…C: We’re just going to cover them in lights and there will be these aggressive lions walking around behind us on stage shooting lasers everywhere.L: I just want really sexy Princess Leia lookalikes dancing around on stage.M: But is that going to work with the lions? Is that going to be a conflicting situation?C: I don’t know if you got the image, but it’ll be like when she was strapped up — chained up as a slave. So she’s going to be chained to lions. They’re going to be attached.Just envision that he has a massive smile on his face as he describes this.C: And she’s going to have to fend for herself.L: (Smirks and rolls his eyes) oh my god.C: (laughs) Princess Leia, in her slave outfit, being eaten by lions, covered in LED lights.L: And lasers. A lot of lasers.M: I think the crowd would like that.C: I think they would. I think that would be the take-home of the night — not our performance.They both burst out laughing and Leighton covers his face with his hands, clearly overcome with amusement by the ridiculousness of this conversation.So there you have it — these guys kill it on stage, but they’re also super cool humans who don’t take themselves too seriously andare guaranteed to make you laugh.To get your daily dose of Christian and Leighton, follow them on Facebook. Their posts are hilarious.Final note and a challenge: The boys refused to tell me the name of their old screamo band and challenged me to find it online. The only clue they gave was that there is a YouTube video out there of them performing and someone commented on the video that they are now EDM producers. I am very proud to say that I uncovered the band name! I’ll even give you an extra clue. They let the name slip in an interview that was published online a few years ago. See if you can find it — I’ll be very impressed if you do.
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