"Whether it be Diamonds & Glass, People’s Radio, or Every Man For Himself we are constantly evolving, and I think that’s helped to form what we consider the Archnemesis sound. Every Man For Himself is just where it is now. There definitely will be, and it is going to be, ever evolving."
You can compare them to Pretty Lights if you want. In fact, they'll be flattered. But, to say they follow the Pretty Lights sound is quite inaccurate. Curt and Justin of Archnemesis have quietly built a loyal fan-base large enough to warrant a 40+ venue tour, which started not long after they slayed a largely unsuspecting crowd at Counter Point Music Festival just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. They recognize how important and essential their fans are, releasing 100% of their music for free because, "No one pays for music anymore," which, is mostly true in the electronic world.
For two years Charleston, South Carolina based production duo Archnemesis have been refining their classic sample-based glitch hop into a grittier, more natural sound that, if you were to compare them, is more like the darker sound that was exhibited by the new tracks Pretty Lights has been playing out this summer/fall like "So Bright." Curt explains, "He’s into the same stuff that we like. We’re into the old timey songs, horns, and strings. It’s different, he’s good. But, it’s cool. Ya know? If you’re going to get compared to somebody... that’s a good one to be compared to." The similarities are instantly recognizable when listening to "Right On" off their latest album, Every Man For Himself, which was released in conjunction with the start of their current tour. However, the contrasts, are visible even more so in their latest, a remix of Kanye West's dominant single, "Clique."
Although it is their original productions that creates and keeps their fan-base, a large number of new fans come from their remixes, which are few and far between but always done of farm fresh tracks that the pair thoroughly enjoys. Their remix of "Clique" was arguably the first remix of the track to hit the market. Though they don't use original stems for any of the five available for download, there are still many elements added, subtracted and distorted to allow them stand up on their own. These elements, like artistic vision can, are frequently fluctuating and evolving.
The evolution in their music isn't just a factor of the change in their artistic vision, it also has a lot to do with their exploration into creating more using analog tools, "It’s been sort of a continual process to be able to move away from using just VSTs and moving more towards using analog gear and recording directly in, and then being able to manipulate the audio clips versus all MIDI stuff. " This comes across very apparently on 'Every Man For Himself' and will likely continue to become more obvious as the duo progresses in their career and gain access to greater resources for which to bring their visions to reality.
Many production teams segment duties so they can focus on what they specialize. However, working together as Archnemesis, Curt and Justin share all the duties, "Yeah, it’s pretty much a hybrid: we both do a bit of everything. We bounce ideas back and forth. Curt will come up with an idea and I can run with it or vice-versa. This section needs to go longer, or... it works because you have two sets of ears on it and we’re comfortable with calling each other out."
The chemistry, artistic talents, and incredible work ethic are what has brought them to the point where they are playing festivals like Counter Point this past fall, or, in the near future at Lights All Night and Snow Globe, as well as opening for Lotus in Chicago later this week. Truly a pair of musical artists, for them, art is the search, not the final form.