Mikul Wing and art are a pairing that has gotten stronger over the years.
And when he found music, it added another medium to his repertoire.
“What we’ve done is bring art back to music,” he says during a recent phone interview. “It’s been amazing to be able to create music.”
Wing is part of the Chicago-based electronic music trio Autograf, the other members of which are Jake Carpenter and Louis Kha.
The three put their talents together at a gallery exhibition, where Carpenter, a sculptor and painter who worked as a welder in a fabrication factory, and Wing, a street artist, created an installation that included a homemade robot.
As the electronic music scene reached a certain peak in 2015, the group wanted to bring a level of artistry back to the genre. After remixing songs by a string of prominent artists including Lorde, Odesza and Pharrell, they released an original song, “Dream,” a languidly sensual track that recalled their most creative output.
A month later, they dropped the electronic disco song “Running,” another glittery gem, which featured an original art piece to accompany the release.
The third track in as many months, “Metaphysical” again featured Autograf-created mixed-media artwork, as well as vocals from sultry alt-R&B singer Janelle Kroll.
“Everything that we do is a greater vision,” he says. “There’s a lot behind what we do. That’s what makes it exciting.”
In early 2016, the trio released their debut EP, “Future Soup.” The release coincided with the opening of their Future Factory art space and collective in Chicago, which exhibits works by local artists as well as an 8-foot, 700-pound sculpture the band created under the same title as its EP.
“This is a space where the artists involved can have somewhere to be creative,” he says. “We’ve opened up the opportunities to a lot more artists.”
Wing says that on the current tour, the trio is traveling by bus and finding time to make new music.
He says the tour has brought together the trio’s members, who live in different states.
“We’ve actually been playing a new song in the set,” he says. “It’s not really finished yet, but we’re taking advantage of all of our travel time. We also have a lot more instruments that we were able to bring with us. And we have this installation that we built for our backdrop. It’s made to enhance the show.”