Autoerotique at Knitting Factory | Brooklyn, NY | February 16th, 2018


  • Date:Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Venue:Knitting Factory
  • Address:361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
  • Age: All Ages
  • Artists:Autoerotique
  • Promoters:Visions NYC
  • Time:11:55 PM


Autoerotique stores electro, techno, house, Dutch house, Dutch-colonial house, rave, rock, rave-rock, indie-rock and even ska on speed dial and calls them up frequently. Their effortlessly protean, shape-shifting sound can careen wildly from project to project, so it’s not unexpected to hear them transform from Dutch house to, say, Norwegian black metal on the same record – thus, earning them the lazily au courant nick name “Autobots” (currently TM’d by Hasbro so don’t pass it on!).

The ambiguously great duo’s Keith Robertson & David “Dave” Henderson were homegrown and shifted-into-shape within the multi-culti bustle of Toronto’s west end. Cutting their collective teeth as indie band producers they hop-scotched over to dance music after receiving an epiphany to Groove Armanda’s first album at the tenderized age of 17—only to be swallowed whole by the city’s burgeoning dance scene.

After toiling as producers for EMI during 2008, these working class heroes took a much-deserved personal break and like Martin & Lewis, Simon & Garfunkel, The Captain & Tannille etc. before them, steered their separate courses and architected their respective solo projects (Keith’s being a sorta electro-house-ish EP, & Dave’s an almost terrifyingly intense prog-opera set in rural Bosnia on the eve of WW1). It wasn’t until late 2008 when the group reunited putting all other projects conveniently aside.

Returning in early 2009 and signing with Dim Mak Records, the duo streaked like a tracer bullet through the strobe-lit sky of the T.O. dance community with their official first single Gladiator featuring remixes by Aoki/AM, Klever, Larry Tee/Alexander Technique, The Faint, AC Slater & Milano. That has since been followed up in 2010 by two hit singles, “Bubonic” in May ‘09 and “K.M.A.,” a collaboration track with producer SonicC that same September. Along the way, Autoerotique has showed off the many colourful arrows in their musical quiver releasing remixes for Tiesto, Benny Benassi, Lykke Li, Shinichi Osawa, Chris Cornell & Timbaland, Diplo & Laidback luke, Larry Tee, B. Rich, Disco Bisquits, Sarah McLeod, The Only, AC Slater, Fischerspooner and Weezer.

In February 2011, Autoerotique released their hit debut EP, Freak, which included the viral smash “Turn Up The Volume” and their now infamous “cake’splosion”. The EP proved to be widely successful within the dance music scene, inspiring DJs such as Joachim Garraud, Them Jeans and Sound of Stereo to remix its tracks. Several of these remixes were featured on the Freak Remixes EP, which was released in May 2011 through Dim Mak Records.

This past summer Autoerotique once again caught the attention of electro fans with their brand new EP, EKG. The Dim Mak release featured two edits, one by JFK of MSTRKRFT, and three high-energy original mixes, including “Roll the Drums” featuring Marissa Jack. Praised for it’s out-of-the-box sound design and rattling snare riffs, EKG was another step forward for the dynamic duo. It has since been followed up by two remix EPs: Roll the Drums Remixes and WTF Remixes, featuring work by Felix Cartal, Clockwork, Torro Torro, VCO and Damaged Goods.