Josh Young (J2K) and Curt Cameruci (Autobot) first met in 2005 and joined forces soon after, bursting into the club scene and quickly escalating to become the well-known duo we know and love today. Merging their vast musical preferences, Flosstradamus managed to bring audiences together with their unique club-ready blend of everything from to punk to crunk. They quickly gained popularity by putting out a number of mashups and remixes while the success of their monthly ‘Get Outta the Hood’ party ensured the DJs went down as local legends in their hometown of Chicago. In April 2006 they made URB’s ‘Next 100’ list and the rest, I guess you could say, is history.
Since they first joined forces in ’05, the pair have gone on to play a number of festivals including Pitchfork, SXSW, Lollapalooza and Coachella and have collaborated with artists such as A-trak, Chairlift, Kid Sister and DJ Sliink, to name a few. To get y’all ready for our upcoming Dark Disco – 07.08, here’s a little rundown of just a few of the producers/DJ team’s career highlights over the years.
When the guys first hit the scene, they were primarily being noticed for their mashups, one of which – Kanye and Twista’s ‘Overnight Celebrity’ bootleg – being the first thing the two properly worked on as a team. Soon after that they dropped a remix of Lil Jon’s ‘Act a Fool’… and it still sounds good today…
2008 saw the release of the pair’s first official single which was a collaboration with Caroline Polachek of Brooklyn group Chairlift. ‘Big Bills’ was definitely a move towards a more synth-poppy kind of sound but if anything it maintained Flosstradamus’ reputation for producing club bangers as well as highlighting their musical diversity.
Despite the groups longevity on the music scene, coupled with the fact they have released a number of critically acclaimed singles and mixtapes over the years, Floss, surprisingly, only released their first EP, Jubilation, in 2011 on Fools Gold. The five track EP was heavily influenced by juke and footwork and included collabs with label mates Danny Brown and Kid Sister, who, incase you didn’t know, is J2K’s actual sis. Check out the video below..
Hot off the heels of Jubilation, Floss released their second EP, Total Recall, in February of this year via Mad Decent imprint label, Jeffrees. The title track proved to be one of their biggest hits to date, maintaining the no.1 spot on Hype Machine for a number of weeks. The said track really thrust them into the public eye and yet again the duo emphasized their musical diversity as the EP this time round took on a distinctly Hardstyle sound.
Evidently things aren’t slowing down too much as just last month Floss released Jubilation 2.0. The follow-up to their first Fools Gold release features one original track, ‘Roll Up’ alongside remixes by Lunice, Sich Mang and JWLS of their original songs.
2012 is proving to be a seminal year for the duo, with 2 EPs already under their belt as well as a number of critically acclaimed remixes including their recent trapped-out version of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ and their hit remix of Major Lazer’s ‘Original Don’, both of which are still doing the rounds in the clubs. So what’s next? Well, in the words of Floss themselves, ‘big things (are) coming up this fall but nothing (they) can announce just yet’.