Headliners: Le Principle

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Garrett Shrigley's music career is growing and evolving nearly as fast as the dance music universe he inhabits. His orbit continues back to his native Columbus this weekend to debut his latest project, Le Principle.

About a year ago, Shrigley teamed up with Dustin Knell to make minimal, sample-manipulating "fidget house" tracks under the name Adulture. They quickly became the toast of the town and were named the resident record spinners at Sweatin', the cross-cultural dance party that happens twice monthly at Circus.

Within a few months of that ascension, Shrigley moved to Chicago to study audio design, putting his project with Knell on the backburner but keeping the name Adulture for his solo work and occasional DJ gigs.

But before he moved to the Windy City, Shrigley did a gig in Louisville on Derby Day that planted the seeds of his latest collaboration. He struck up a friendship with one of the other DJs at the event, a local named Josh Gard who spins under the name Figure.

"I ended up staying at his house that night," Shrigley said via phone from Chicago. "We stayed up all night and listened to a bunch of rare groove records he had and just kind of discussed a bunch of stuff."

The pair met up to hang again in Chicago, but it wasn't until Shrigley e-mailed Gard a disco-influenced track he was working on that they considered working together.

"It was mostly just a skeleton," Shrigley remembered. But Gard lost his marbles over the track and asked to get involved. So they met up again in Chicago and finished what would become the first Le Principle song, "You Can't Fake It."

Gard wasn't the only one to be floored by the tunes, which indulge Shrigley's love of old disco and funk records but maintain a connection to the futuristic house music that characterized Adulture's output. (For the dance music neophytes among us, think Basement Jaxx with a pinch of Daft Punk.)

Superstar DJ Tommie Sunshine discovered Le Principle and immediately became the duo's biggest advocate, hyping their music far and wide and recruiting them to make a remix for inclusion on his next single.

"We were just astonished how much he liked it and how much he was willing to help us out," Shrigley said.

Sunshine's single is getting release on Ultra Records, a monolithic power in dance music that releases records by the likes of Tiesto and Calvin Harris.

Throw in an upcoming appearance at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, a pending EP on Sunshine's new label Brooklyn Fire Records, and inclusion on a Brooklyn Fire compilation alongside acts like Felix da Housecat and DJ Sega, and Le Principle is fixing to blow up quite quickly.

All this before the duo makes its live debut Friday at the final Sweatin' party. The Columbus gig will be Le Principle's only live appearance for a while because Gard and Shrigley want to keep their noses to the grindstone.

"We feel like a lot of people right now are just DJing and playing out a lot, but there's really no substance to it," Shrigley said. "We'd rather be recognized for our tracks first."

Le Principle

When: 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Where: Circus, Short North

Web: soundcloud.com/leprinciple