autoKratz, despite the name, are not German. autoKratz, despite being signed to ber-hip French label Kitsuné, are not French.
Rather, David Cox and Russell Crank are EastEnders. Cockney sparras. London boys. Three single releases, live shows with Digitalism and remixes for Fischerspooner, Headman, Underworld and Make Model have put the duo firmly on the radar.
musicOMH caught up with them for a quickfire round of Q&As…
Russell: That and a shared fascination with Orwell, autocracy and a thorough love for having a name you need to explain again and again.
Russell: We’ve both been making music together in London for a while now, and having decided on the direction we both wanted to move in, we knew that our music would fit best with Kitsuné. French music and culture do influence us but we still want to make music that isdecidedly English, and dispel the myth that only the Europeans can do electronic music, cos we do have such a rich heritage here. We made some demos and got them off to Gildas who loved them and took us onstraight away.
Russell: We both were confident from the outset that we could make this project work well, but its obviously ace to see people getting into your stuff.
Russell: I like playing shows where you are breathing on the crowd… where you can bounce off them and get a real vibe going between you and them. But saying that, KOKO was a really great experience… to get a reception like that in your home town with all of the people that are close to you there just felt amazing.
Russell: I like to think about my clothes but I think its doesn’t really have any baring at all on the music, its not like punk where clothes became part of an overall attitude or lifestyle that was reflected in the music.
Russell: We are obviously influenced by these people (as well as many more) but we honestly strive to make something different, because it is uniqueness that made all those acts so special.
Russell: We don’t see any point in making music that isn’t accessible to people. We wont compromise on quality, but we want to make records that can reach people, and make a difference to them.
Russell: Alex Gopher is making consistently fantastic tracks and remixes. The new Cut Copy record is great, really like the direction they have taken that. Streetlife DJs are making really fun records for the dancefloor and Sportsday Megaphone on Sunday Best writes lovely songs.