This month I’m excited to welcome the good homey DJ Cure.
Not just a DJ, but a producer and remixer, founder of Aufect Recordings, member of Vancouver’s Lighta! Sound, and DJ/Host for SUB FM Radio. Cure’s prolific nature is reflected in his imprint, Aufect Recordings which has featured some of the most acclaimed “Bass Music” artists to emerge from Canada over recent years. While consistently delivering sets described as “dance-floor friendly,” “animated,” “upbeat” and “unpredictable,” Cure is helping pave the way for a new generation of genre-defying, multi-BPM, bass-centric artists. With over 10 years in the game, Cure has shared the stage with industry icons such as Rusko, Skream, Deiselboy, Truth, Benga, Loxy, Salva, Grenier, Joker, Om Unit, as well as Concord Dawn (only to name a handful), and has even made an appearance on MTV’s Don’t Try This At Home Tour.
Currently based in Vancouver, Patrik can be found performing at staple festivals on the west coast, including Shambhala and Bass Coast, throwing underground warehouse parties with HxdB and 314, while also holding it down as a member of Vancouver’s premier bass crew — Lighta! Sound. You can catch him Sunday nights hosting Aufect Radio with Philthkids on SUB FM.
Yan Zombie: First off, thanks for coming through the night. What was your goal and intention with starting Aufect?
Patrik Cure: Thanks for having me, I always love touching down in Nelson. Originally my intentions with Aufect were to release Canadian artists and get them the exposure they deserved. Back when I started the label I saw homies like XI, Bombaman and DZ just pumping out all this material that never saw the light of day. I grabbed a bunch of their dubs, pitched a collection of my favorites as Aufect Recordings and scored a distribution deal. Initially I was excited about the early darker, more tech influenced Dubstep, but the label ended up growing with the artists, becoming more experimental. Eventually it has morphed into what it is today. Now, I like to think of it more as a hybrid-style label, similar to Hyberdub or Warp. My goal would to ultimately have Aufect reach the same status as those two labels.
YZ: What are some of the challenges you faced getting an independent electronic label off the ground?
PC: Finding time to balance being an artist and taking care of business has always been a challenge. Most of the time I just wanna get lit and write music, not take care of mundane administrative shit.
YZ: What were your favourite music festivals to play at and attend this past summer?
PC: Shambhala was definitely a special one for me this year. Not only was it my first time attending, but I had a crazy slot and was surrounded by all my crew. We threw down hard and that will go down in the books for me. Bass Coast was another great one as usual. Some pleasant surprises this year for me were Motion Notion and U4EEYAH, both were straight homie fests with pure vibes through and through.
YZ: What can we expect from Cure and Aufect in 2014?
PC: Next year you can expect to finally hear my first official solo release on Aufect — “Hold Up” featuring remixes by Self Evident and Bassmynt plus a secret surprise artist. I will also be featured on a forthcoming release on Philthtrax, a new label from Philthkids. Look out for remixes of “Ordinateur” from myself as well as one from Distal on that same release.
Don’t miss DJ Cure at Spiritbar on Thursday, November 14. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $5.
Yan Zombie is a Nelson-based electronic music producer and promotor. His events run monthly at Spirtbar. Follow him on twitter @yanzombiemusic.