This Time It's (Canis) Lupus
Picture that chick from The Exorcist. Upside down, neck spinning, seriously going nuts. Now replace that outdated nightdress with a fresh tee, that mop of sweaty hair with – actually leave that, just give her an undercut – and set that scene with a musical backdrop. What would it be? The sweet sounds of DOCTOR WEREWOLF.
You could classify their music as dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass, drum-step, rave or a sweet mish-mash of all of the above. But in simple terms, the boys know what sounds get your feet moving, heart pumping and neck spinning. (I hope you’re thinking of our possessed friend still rocking out on the staircase.)
I had a chat with Adam Zae, one half of Doctor Werewolf, about who they are, what they’ve been up to lately and what we can expect from their upcoming Canberra show.
The Sydney boys met in high school. According to Adam, “Andrew traded porn for my friendship. It wasn’t till much later that we started making tracks.” It’s a good thing that trade happened because years later they’ve taken Australia by storm. Although they both hold down full-time jobs, these weekend warriors are tearing up clubs, topping charts and solidifying their place in the rave/dub/party ranks. The boys are inspired by everything from trip hop to ambient electronica and heavy metal, with elements of each dominating their production and shows.
Although their music is a myriad of genres, the duo aren’t fans of classifying themselves as any one in particular. However, they were recently classed as a very different genre, opening up the door to a whole new musical world. Their track Trololo managed to top the DJ download lounge charts. So how do they feel about conquering a completely new genre? “We’re not slightly lounge; there is nothing chilled about what we do. But it got put in there and topped the charts, not everyone in the bass music game can say that.” The pair consequently created a completely new genre they dubbed ‘lounge-step’. “It doesn’t share any chilled properties with its lounge counterparts. It’s a party on the lounge.”
With the outrageous mood of their shows, I was sure the boys would have some crazy stories to share. What I wasn’t prepared for was that the craziest took place in our humble little capital at The Clubhouse. “That room was heaving. There were girls dancing on the decks with no underwear on and people were just losing their minds in there. Don’t discount good old Canberra.”
So what’s next on the agenda for Doctor Werewolf? “Definitely continual shows and a remix for Krafty Kuts. It’s not quite lounge-step but has some elements. And we’re back in Canberra for a show at The Clubhouse on July 7th.” What can we expect from this show? “Lots of loud bass and I’d imagine some poor behaviour.” And hopefully some girls on the decks with no underwear on.
You can catch Doctor Werewolf at The Clubhouse on Saturday July 7 with Autoclawz, Ben Penfold, Logic, MRNP, Riske and Transforma. 9pm. $15 before 11pm.