Magazine article The Fader

Jesus Is His Dino-Pilot: Douster's Prehistoric Rhythms

Magazine article The Fader

Jesus Is His Dino-Pilot: Douster's Prehistoric Rhythms

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Hugo Douster watched two entire seasons of Lost in just a few days, became obsessed with John Locke and started feeling "really weird," so he decided to write some new beats as a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. "The music I was making after that sounded really ... different," he says. Just as the Argentina-based French producer/DJ dived deeper into Locke's imaginary mindspiral, magic struck like a bolt from heaven. "I saw this picture of Jesus riding a raptor from a book on creationism," says Douster. "I started to imagine people living with dinosaurs and making music. It's kind of a universal thing, the dinosaurs. Every child loves them." So begat Triassic Genesis, Douster's miniexegesis and an EP of boinging tectonic dance tracks texturized with tubular bells, burping synths and a Busy Signal sample.

Unlike the seven days it took god to create the humans and their domestic dino-pets, Douster's origins as a producer/DJ were not so cut and dry. He grew up in club-culture-hungry Lyon, France, learning to scratch on turntables in his bedroom, but had no idea he could live off DJing until he moved to Buenos Aires for engineering school in 2006, where his world cracked open on digital cumbia and other tropical sounds he heard in the city's storied Zizek Club. "That was the coolest place to go, cause they played a lot of new, different music. I made a mix and sent it to them, and they told me, 'Yeah, just come and play something. …

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