By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY – Vancouver’s Greazus have become a powerhouse in the bass music community in Western Canada and abroad in a short amount of time, crushing primetime sets at Shambhala, Bass Coast and even the prestigious Outlook Festival in Croatia. As artists, the duo of Patrik Cure and Severine Erickson have much to be proud of, but in December they have another milestone to celebrate. Aufect Recordings, the label that Cure started in 2008, and Erickson now helps manage, will celebrate 10 remarkable years in existence with a massive double-disc release.
“It’s a weird feeling,” Cure says. “I never really had a goal in mind when starting it, it was just a fun idea, to put out some friends’ music and stuff like that and to all of a sudden see it morph to where it is now, it’s a pretty good feeling.”
The label started out releasing vinyl records but due to numerous nightmarish scenarios and logistical headaches, they’ve fallen out of that process.
“Nothing’s off the table at this point,” Erickson says. “We’re trying to figure out a way to do vinyl again very soon through Aufect, but we basically have to save our own money to make sure that if by some outside chance it’s unsuccessful, we’re not going to sink the label’s future by investing in something that doesn’t do well.”
Erickson explains that making subtle changes over the years and taking more control over things like doing the artwork, engineering mastering themselves in house helped them maintain a higher degree of control over their project. He also can’t stress enough the value of using spreadsheets.
The pair have a dedicated process for determining what they want to release. They both listen to the music they’re given carefully and if something excites or moves them both, they want to release it — and beyond that they want to continue working with that artist in the future.
“I think that’s what we look for, we look to be surprised,” Erickson says. “We just feel like we want to be passionate about the music we’re putting out, so we’re very picky when we’re receiving demos and working with the artists. We help them get to where they want to be and we also get the product that we’re really happy putting out as well.”
Cure adds, “Brutal honesty is how we get where we got.”
Aufect X Ten Years of Aufect, features 28 tracks from numerous friends the duo has worked with in the past from around Vancouver and Calgary, as well as international artists like Doctor Jeep.
Some Calgarian artists to appear on the album include Smol, Metafloor, Homesick, Sister Mary, Huskie and Ting. Local promoter, graphic artist and photographer Michael Benz designed the artwork for the album has worked with Greazus a great deal in the past, designing much of their branding. He also is co-promoting the Calgary show via his crew Noctilux.
With this milestone fast approaching, Greazus continues looking to the future, saying they have the next six months of releases planned out, and have the majority of a full-length Greazus album ready to go, and it should see a release date in January.
“It’s basically the music we’ve been working on for the past year and a bit,” Erickson says. “We’ve been focusing so heavily on the label, we really wanted to bring it home instead of shopping it around to other record labels.”
See the Aufect X release party at Junction (Calgary) on Dec. 29, featuring Greazus, Sister Mary, Homesick, OAKK, Huskie, MetaFloor and Smol.Aufect Recordings, Bass Coast, Greazus, HomeSick, Huskie, Metafloor, OAKK, Outlook Festival, Patrik Cure, Severine Erickson, Shambhala, Sister Mary, Smol