New spin

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Everything is moving so fast for Adulture.

The electronic production duo of Garrett Shrigley and Dustin Knell teamed up less than two months ago, and they're already infiltrating the local music scene at a rapid rate, as evidenced by three very high-profile gigs at three very different events this weekend.

Their musical ambitions are evolving just as quickly - from moving bodies to inspiring imaginations.

"We don't want to be the party," Shrigley said. "We want to be musicians."

It takes talent to captivate a crowd with something besides populist party jams, but thus far Adulture is having its way with Columbus. The duo is turning heads with its take on fidget house, a strain of dance music that uses manipulated vocal samples as a rhythm instrument rather than a lyrical tool.

They plan to bring their growing array of edits, remixes and original tracks to venues in Chicago, Louisville and other cities in the coming months. For now, they're busy on the home front.

Tonight Shrigley and Knell will be chopping up Velvet Underground tunes and more at an OSU-students-only closing party for the Wexner Center's Andy Warhol exhibit, Other Voices, Other Rooms. Friday they'll appear at Circus for the latest installment of cross-cultural dance party Sweatin'. And Saturday they're set to perform between rock, hip-hop and folk acts at the anniversary party at Skully's.

The pair met at Sweatin' last summer and quickly struck up a friendship. Shrigley, 18, had rocked parties as part of DJ crew Beta Movement for the past two years. Knell, 19, was dipping his toes into dance music after exploring other realms.

"I was making a lot of ambient experimental music with guitar pedals and stuff like that," Knell said.

When Beta Movement dissolved, Shrigley and Knell started doing gigs together. As fall gave way to winter, they began tinkering with each other's productions and collaborating on the first Adulture tracks. Momentum built quickly.

Knell intends to move to Columbus soon, but for now he's stuck in Mansfield, so the duo doesn't collaborate as frequently as they'd like. They hope to compile enough original material to release a proper record this year, though at least half of their productions exist strictly for the live setting, where they want to transcend simply playing other people's hits.

"Our main goal isn't just to get on some big blog and be some hype DJ," Shrigley said. "I can see why Girl Talk is really popular, and he's doing a good thing because he's making dance music really accessible. But we're not trying to be, like, hype. We're just trying to be us."

What: Adulture


When: Thursday, Jan. 22

Where: Wexner Center for the Arts, Campus

When: Friday, Jan. 23

Where: Circus, Short North

When: Saturday, Jan. 24

Where: Skully's Music Diner, Short North