Numb: Adriatique on US Tour and Diynamic EP
Adriatique goes back a long way for Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer. After an instant friendship in 2008 led to tangible results in the studio, the boys’ steady ascension into the upper echelons of the dance circuit had begun. Having amassed a series of seminal releases on labels—including Cityfox, Culprit, My Favorite Robot, and Diynamic— in the years since, the Zurich, Switzerland-based duo has cultivated a unique sonic identity comprised of industrial-grade tech house grooves wrapped in suitably dark aesthetics.
Next month, the boys are set to embark on a quick US tour—including stops at Miami’s Trade, Chicago’s Spybar, and even a special Diynamic showcase at New York City’s Cityfox Warehouse party series— and DJ Times connected with them to discuss the trip, their recent Rollox EP, and their upcoming projects.
DJ Times: You’re heading out for a US tour soon. How do the crowds in America differ from those of the rest of the world?
Adriatique: In general, we would say the crowds don’t differ within our music because we kind of share the same thing. But, of course, there are differences. We like the picky crowds in New York and the history in Chicago.
DJ Times: You just released the Rollox EP on Diynamic. What went into the creation of the three tracks?
Adriatique: “Rollox” is already a bit older now. We started the track after a interesting conversation with Simming about our DJ sets. We sent him the idea, he had some feedback, and then we finished the track. We and a couple of others played the track a lot without any schedule to release it, and now was the time. “Numb” is a bit more experimental and has this kind of undefined deepness which we like.
DJ Times: With there being two of you guys, how do you split the work in the booth and in the studio? Are the DJ sets strict B2B sets or are they more organic and freeform?
Adriatique Of course we split different things with each other; we have to do that. But at the end of the day, it’s always the two of us; just as it started. With the DJ sets, it is kind of B2B, but it feels organic and natural for us nowadays.
DJ Times: What’s been your preferred production setup recently, both hardware and software wise?
Adriatique We are always looking for new or old things but at the moment we use the Prophet 12 a lot.
DJ Times: With 2014 almost over, what artists or releases have been your favorites and mainstays of your sets?
Adriatique As we had a pretty busy touring schedule, we played a lot of music. We found the Matthew Dekay Record on Meave something special. We could name a lot more though!
DJ Times: What else are you working on currently? What can fans expect from Adriatique in the coming months?
Adriatique We are working on a very interesting collaboration right now. We’re thinking of doing a Diynamic Revisited compilation, as the first one by David August was pretty inspirational. We’re also working on remixes for WhoMadeWho and Ane Brun, as well as one for a Swiss label named Drumpoet Community.
Adriatique’s upcoming US tour dates are below, and the Rollox EP can be purchased here. For more information, go to
DEC 11: Trade, Miami Beach
DEC 12: Stereo, Montreal
DEC 13: Hacienda Lounge, Philadelphia
DEC 19: Spybar, Chicago
DEC 20: Fort Fox, New York