The first point to make about the production moniker of Australian duo Carter Bros is that they actually are siblings. A small point, perhaps, but it’s a reminder that with Tim and Gavin, what you see is what you get; these two are as far removed from the archetypal superstar DJ as it’s possible to be. Down to earth, with little interest in hustling or self promotion, the duo’s star has risen purely off the back of their consistently high quality house and techno productions.
The pair originally hail from Mildura, a small country town in regional Victoria with a population of 30,000. They now reside in Adelaide, the South Australian capital with a small but proud heritage of discerning electronic music. After working in relative anonymity for a number of years (their first two albums were self released and the third came out on Adelaide label Cuckoo Music), in 2011 they saw their work being appreciated across the globe. The first international label to spot the Carter Bros was Dutch imprint Rush Hour, who released the Full Disco Jacket 12″ last year. They were followed by Detroit’s Monty Luke – long time right hand of Carl Craig at Planet E – who chose the Carter Bros for the second release on his fledgling Black Catalogue imprint. We sent our Australian scribe, James Manning, down to Adelaide to speak to Tim and Gavin about the links between skateboarding and techno, cats, and the perils of Soundcloud promotion.