Five Questions With… Autogramm

Band: Autogramm
Country of Origin: Canada
Photo Credit: Ryan Walter Wagner

I first learned about Autogramm while tuning in to Candyshop on the Ottowa radio station CKCU (tune in every Friday at 4pm EST!). Comprised of Vancouver scene veterans, the band harmoniously mixes the pop punk sensibilities of The Ramones, the synth stylings of Tubeway Army, a jolt of 80’s power-pop flare, and a sprinkling of garage into one hell of a fun listen. Last year saw the release of their stellar debut full-length What R U Waiting 4?

Jiffy Marx (vocals, guitar, synth) provided answers to this week’s edition of “Five Questions With…

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

Beauty and the Beat I guess? We got to see the Go Go’s at the Hollywood Bowl last year and it was a definite highlight so even tho I think it’d actually be impossible for us to pick a favourite out of all the great music past present and future, let’s just go with that!

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

Cc (Voltage, bass + vocals) used to tour with this band from Abottsford called the Grave Mistake and we met a couple times when we were teenagers then I moved to Vancouver and one of the first shows I saw was The Silo’s (drums + vocals) hardcore band Pebble with James from Bison opening for the Monorchid. Or may have been June of 44 can’t remember…

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

Vancouver punk scene is really good right now and I would say the same for Canada as well. Check out the new This Is POP compilation and you will see what I mean.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Tacos, beer and margaritas. That’s probably what every band says but honestly that’s basically why we are a band. Or maybe also beaches, pools and sunshine.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

We just played Tijuana, it was outside and kinda cold so maybe not the best show we ever played but it was with our homies Maniac from LA so was super fudging good times. Even our worst shows are pretty memorable so hard to really pick a favourite…


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.