There’s a lot to be said for artists that take their time. In a career that reaches back to 2003, Marc Barrite has issued just a handful of EPs and one album under his Dave Aju moniker. Roosting in his preferred home of Circus Company has provided Barrite with ample space in which to develop his wayward sound. Unlike some who find a style and stick to it, each passing year finds a different kind of Dave Aju gracing our ears.
Dave Aju is Marc Barrite, a producer whose music definitely defies categorization. His 2008 album, Open Wide, aptly released on the eclectic French imprint Circus Company, was constructed entirely of his own mouth samples. The album garnered much praise by dance music aficionados, and earned a coveted spot on Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Albums list for that year (it placed at #17). MUTEK called him “a fan favourite and highlight discovery” when he performed at the Montreal festival in 2008, and invited him to return in 2010 where Juno Plus contributor Helen Luu caught up with him. In this interview, Dave Aju tells us about how his hip-hop past influenced his present day music, why he likes to use his voice, and the concept for his upcoming full-length album.