Starting out as a hardcore pop-punk band before becoming a powerful dubstep production duo, Adventure Club has established themselves as a bass music legend over the past decade.
However, despite touring the world and releasing dozens of singles during that time, they only released one studio album, Red Blue, in 2016. But everything is about to change.
After releasing a slew of singles this year, including the euphoric “Broken Love” (with Cammie Robinson) and the haunting “Anywhere” (with ARMNHMR and HALIENE), Adventure Club is set to release a new album titled Love // ââChaos.
Now back on tour and with Love // ââChaos finished, Christian Srigley and Leighton James of Adventure Club have caught up EDM.com to the Cancun edition of Electric Zoo to learn more about their massive second album and where the duo are heading moving forward.
EDM.com: You played Electric Zoo in New York quite recently. How is the atmosphere different? Is coming to Cancun any different from touring the United States, or is it just another show?
Leighton: There is just electricity in the crowd which is different from festivals and concerts in America. You get the locals and you also get the tourists who are just hungry for this festival scene. Today, due to the rain, we couldn’t play outside, but playing inside was cool. It was like a silver lining. It was intimate.
Christian: For us Canadian boys, temperature control goes a long way (laughs).
EDM.com: Let’s talk about the album. You’ve released a lot of singles. Is there anything else we can expect before it drops? And when does it come out?
Leighton: So we just released a single with Codeko and Sarrah from Warren called “Never Surrender”, and we have another single coming out. It’s called “Come Clean” and it’s with Prince Fox, who is coming out of retirement, and Justin Jesso. This coincides with the day of the album’s launch. A lot of our fans were like, “Yo, you release so many singles, there won’t be any unreleased music left for the album.”
Christian: This is not true at all.
Leighton: Yes, the album has 25 songs. You know, with the pandemic, we’ve had so much time for music, so I think there will be another 12 unreleased songs on it.
EDM.com: Will there be an NFT drop with the album?
Leighton: In the near future, no. I mean we did a fair amount of NFT drops. I think we want to keep this one a bit traditional.
EDM.com: You were early enough to party with the NFT craze when you dropped “Genesis” and Too expensive., your NFT luxury designer business. How do you feel about this? When do you think it will hit the mass market and when will the next drop take place?
Leighton: Regarding Overpriced., I can announce it now. We have a partnership with Crypto.com and will be releasing our next season with them in the near future.
As for the NFT Adventure Club, I think we’ll be on the same road there. It just takes a lot of planning for things like that. We don’t want to post an NFT for the sake of posting an NFT – we want to add value to any community we enter.
EDM.com: Why are NFTs important to people who still don’t understand them? And if you’re an Adventure Club fan, why should people care?
Leighton: It just proves the importance of records. If you want to own an Adventure Club song, I know Royal, the company of 3LAU, does something to that extent. We could release a song and people could invest in the track itself and help the song grow. It is important to give power back to the musicians rather than having some sort of middleman to control everything.
Christian: This is how crypto and NFTs are going to change things. It’s just a matter of removing unnecessary processes.
EDM.com: When can we expect the next drop in “Too Expensive?” “
Leighton: Probably next year. Maybe earlier.
EDM.com: I don’t know how cool it is, but on Instagram you have a link to Thanks for Music, a non-profit organization. Why is this important to you and why do you support it?
Leighton: The initiative began about three years ago, within the board of directors of the Montreal hospital. There is a program there that directly supports healing and mental health through music, and this initiative was started to support that program.
EDM.com: Why is this important to you personally?
Leighton: There was a time in my life when I felt a bit lost. I had a great support system – I had Christian and our whole team around us – but at the same time, I felt like the Adventure Club as a whole was the driving force behind the way I did. was able to recover through these things. And I just want to be able to pay up front to the community.
Christian: Yes, keep the energy where you need it, and just keep rolling.
EDM.com: It’s a beautiful thing. Speaking of Montreal, where do we go out to have a good time and good bass?
Christian: I will always salute New City Gas, because I think as far as the venues where we have played, they have one of the best sound and production systems. So from our point of view that’s a huge plus: everything sounds and looks better. And when you play multiple shows a week, it helps us a lot. So, entering the New City Gas scene is going to get you the best of the best when it comes to sounds and visuals, and it goes a long way.
Leighton: For me, in addition to New City Gas, I would like to salute probably one of my favorite clubs in the city, Ãcole PrivÃ©e. They have a great sound system, it’s a smaller room, very intimate. And once you’re done, you go to La Banquise to get a bomb poutine. And this is Montreal.
EDM.com: What do you think of the Beach Club? I love the Beach Club.
Christian: We have never played at the Beach Club before.
Leighton: Yeah, but as a promotion company and a venue it’s great. They always reserve the best artists. We love the team there.
EDM.com: And they dress for the city. When I was in Europe, a few people, like techno chefs, knew Stereo, then everyone knew the Beach Club.
Leighton: Yeah, I think Showcase and everyone involved with Beach Club and this whole promotion company really helped the bass scene in Montreal become what it is today.
EDM.com: I saw you in 2013 when dubstep was really starting to segment into its own subgenres, but I feel like melodic variety reigned supreme. What sub-genre of bass do you think will hit the stage in 2022? Are there any promising artists that you mentor, watch or work with that you would like to thank?
Christian: I really feel that the pop-punk influence is strong in EDM, but I don’t think that’s all we’re going to see. I think it will continue to grow. We came from a pop-punk background before we got into Adventure Club, we played and played a lot and merged the two a little bit more.
And I think you’ll see us going back to our roots a little bit because it’s about time it’s growing and we kind of want to throw our hat in the ring and keep that momentum going for the pop-punk scene. It’s a scene we absolutely love, and if we can help push the boundaries, we’re really excited about it.
EDM.com: Are you okay, Leighton? Anything else to add?
Leighton: Hell, we grew up in pop-punk. Technically, we started out as a metalcore band and moved on to pop-punk, and then we ended up creating Adventure Club. Now I feel like the circle has come full circle.
When we started Adventure Club, we were sort of vicariously living like a pop-punk band. We used to drop a lot of metal and pop-punk songs into our shows, and now luckily we can collaborate with bands like Dance Gavin Dance and people like that.
Christian: Yeah, they were our absolute idols growing up. If you told us ten years ago that we were going to collaborate with Dance Gavin Dance, first of all, we wouldn’t believe you, but like we were losing our shit. I still can’t accept it. There are so many collaborations we’ve done in the future that are just mind blowing for our childhood versions of ourselves, and it’s really awesome.
EDM.com: Is there anything else that you think people need to know? Do you have any upcoming US tour dates, or do you want to tell us something else about the album?
Leighton: The album is coming out – it was delayed for various reasons, but it is coming out this year. We will be touring it in early 2022 and hope to see everyone there. Every set we play from now on you’re going to hear a lot of old Adventure Club. We’re going to be playing a lot of backtracking sets. I really like playing this old stuff.