In the early days of Flosstradamus, circa 2007, Curt Cameruci (aka Autobot) and Josh Young (aka J2K) were up-and-coming as an electronic-dance music power duo in Chicago, experimenting with house and hip-hop, throwing dance parties for the ages.
Cameruci, originally from Richland, Michigan, had moved to the Windy City for college and partnered with Young, a local DJ, after mutual friends urged them to meet. Soon they were buying cheap vinyl from the record shop and fusing these genres in a way that no one was really doing in the scene at the time. “We would take Southern hip-hop drum influences and mix it with some trance kind of sounds, and that’s what made our sound,” Cameruci says. For the better part of a decade, the pair pioneered the house/trap style of music and created a legion of followers—the HDYNation (pronounced hoodie nation). Last December, Young dropped the big news that he was going out on his own.
With the bromance over, Cameruci admits it’s sad because the two have a lot of great memories together, but can see why Young left and wishes him the best. “We did all the bucket list things that we both wanted to do with Floss,” he says. These included playing Lollapalooza—five times since their first appearance at the festival in 2007—and performing at Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival. They even controversially joined the lineup for Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos.
Considering himself fortunate to carry on the name, Cameruci feels there’s more out there for him, like “dipping his toes in the pop world” and spending time in Atlanta making hip-hop songs.
Next is continuing the movement he and Young started by bringing back HDYFest, a curated concert for Floss fans held in Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on April 20—or 4/20 for the initiated. Around 2010 when the duo had fallen off in popularity, they started selling shirts with an HDY (Hi Def Youth) logo. That grew from clothing line to lifestyle brand. “We were just talking about living life high def, like, living in the now and being positive,” Cameruci says. The first time he performed in the outdoor venue was for a smaller show, but he got emotional on stage. “I started crying. It was crazy,” he says. Going into year three, the second at Red Rocks, it’s all about debuting a new set. Rapper Gucci Mane has recently been added to the bill as well.
Tried and true classics like the remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don” and “Don’t Trip,” featuring Sizzy Rocket and Run the Jewels, launched Flosstradamus into fame and kept them there. Now 35 and a solo act, Cameruci will be looking to friends like Waka Flocka Flame to collaborate. His new single with rapper Mayhem, featuring Waka, is appropriately titled, “Back Again.” As a regular Wynn Nightlife resident, he’ll keep delivering Floss’ high-energy vibe as well as testing the waters with some freestyle in his upcoming performances at Surrender and Encore Beach Club on April 22 and April 28, respectively.
At Wynn Las Vegas, April 22, Surrender. Tickets start at $25 for ladies and $35 for men.
April 28, Encore Beach Club. Tickets start at $20 for ladies and $30 for men.