The musical brainchild of Montreal producer/composer/songwriter Graham Douglas Bertie, Nautiluss finds the now Toronto-based musician clearly breaking away from the brash sounds of his former band Thunderheist to embrace and explore a wider range of techno, house, dubstep, downtempo and anything in between. Having garnered massive buzz with his energetic Thunderheist duo with vocalist Omolola Isis, the group parted ways in 2010 shortly after the acclaimed release of their debut album. Graham has since charted wide-ranging sonic terrain with many projects. Nautiluss, his solo moniker, blurs the lines between organic and synthesized, between UK bass music, techno, and house. He released a collaborative EP in 2010 with Brooklyn bass princess Jubilee, under the name Bassanovva. Then came a standout melancholy EP last September with the UK’s Simon Lord (of Simian/Black Ghosts fame) – a soundtrack of late-night, sinister synths and haunting vocals. His first release with Montreal’s Turbo Recordings is expected for April.
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WHO: Toronto-based producer, composer and songwriter Graham Bertie
STYLE: Big-room bass, atmospheric tempo-driven techno and melodic house
LATEST WORK: Aerochrome EP (2015), Lonely Planet track on Ghostly Swim 2 (2015)
LABELS: Ghostly International, The Nite Owl Diner, Audio Culture, Turbo, Hemlock Recordings
MORE: Produces a monthly music podcast called The Borderland Stat; Technolust, a dystopian sci-fi thriller VR game for the Oculus Rift, recently featured a Nautiluss song; and he has been working with Occupy VR doing sound design
MUTEKs: Montréal: 2013, 2012; Montréal 15x15: 2014; Barcelona: 2013
A North American leader in blending UK bass music with wide ranging techno, house and downtempo, Nautiluss also blurs the lines between organic and synthesized. Though darker toned techno occasionally reveals itself in the nuanced textures of his music, the current Nautiluss sound balances itself in heavy basslines, warm melodies and looped synth grooves.
The former Montréaler and video game veteran began DJing in the mid-90s and producing just a few years after that. He established his Nautiluss solo project with an ominous anti-club sounding split 12” with Lord Skywave (Simon Lord, formerly of Simian). He veered into a club focused underground techno, full of smooth bass lines and dazed harmonies, occasionally gleaning from moody pop territory and getting the attention of Tiga’s Turbo label. In the past few years, he’s brightened up into soft-edged bouncing house – his latest EP pounds with disco beats and spring-loaded bass, synth melodies tugging at the corners. His recent signing with Ghostly International alters the frequency slightly again with an upcoming 4-track EP for their House & Techno offshoot Spectral Sound.
After Berlin’s Panorama Bar, monthlies at Toronto’s Bambi’s club and sharing the stage with electro heavyweights at Vancouver’s Seasons Festival, Nautiluss returns to MUTEK with a machine-driven live set custom made for the outdoor stage.
Photo by Gavin Keen.
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The musical brainchild of Toronto resident and former Montréaler Graham Douglas Bertie, Nautiluss marks a clean break from the producer’s previous rhythmic endeavours. Formerly known as Grahmzilla (one half of indefatigable electro detonators, Thunderheist) as well as solo hip-hop beatmaker METRIX, Bertie’s latest project has deep roots in atmospheric techno and shuffling bass traditions, while avoiding any restrictive pigeonholing. The former DJ draws from a musical repertoire spanning many bygone eras, while still firmly rooted in the forward-thinking sounds of the present. With a string of critically lauded EPs on Hemlock and Turbo under his belt, as well as standout performances at both MUTEK Montréal (2012) and its Barcelona outpost (2013), Nautiluss returns to his hometown to flex his dark, tempo-driven, big-room muscle.