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Interview:
Flosstradamus thought Iggy Azalea was fancy before the rest of the world
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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In the era of digital downloading, plenty of music acts are questioning the wisdom of making full albums.

That's never been an issue for Flosstradamus.

The dance music duo from Chicago has released a few EPs since its formation in 2006, but it's primarily gone about its business a song at a time. "In EDM, it seems to be the thing just to release a song and keep moving," notes Curt "Autobot" Cameruci, 33. "Albums and EPs aren't really part of our genre."

And, adds partner Josh "J2K" Young, Flosstradamus has no problem with that. "We like that ability to sort of turn on a dime and say, 'We want to make something really different' or break away and try something that may not fit with the rest of our body of work," Young, 30, explains. "We have the ability to release ala carte and put something out that gets listened to and consumed on its own, which is kind of cool.

"I feel like a lot of the EDM albums I've heard are just a hodgepodge of moments, anyway. There's not really much cohesion, and my favorite album, as a listener, tell a story and come together, so I don't think we'd do that until we had a body of work that makes sense together."

Flosstradamus' other great claim to fame, meanwhile, is being in early on the Iggy Azalea story, producing a track ("Flexin' & Finessin' ") for her 2012 mixtape "TrapGold" -- well before her breakthrough earlier this year. But you won't find Young and Cameruci claiming credit for discovering the Australian pop-rap phenom.

"That song came out a little bit before her success, but she was already doing her thing on her own," Young says. "Curt and I are really passionate about music; before we were producers we were DJs, and as a DJ your biggest hobby is to find music. We're always scouring the Internet, and we have a lot of friends in the industry who'll send us stuff and say, 'This is my artist who I'm developing.'

"There's definitely a little dumb luck involved, but a lot is us looking under a rock and finding a lot of duds and eventually you find someone who we like their stuff and work with, and sometimes they go on to be something -- like Iggy is now."

Flosstradamus with GTA plus Curtis Williams with Two-9

Saturday, Nov. 29. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $28-$37 in advance, $50 day of show.

Call (313) 832-2232 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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