Nice Cool Groove
The new album of Mikkel Metal - "Brone And Wait" - shows how to play a fresh techno-dub at the present time. We talked to Danish producer about his way to that brillant record.
- You started your musical career playing in indie-rock band. Why did you decide to experiment with electronics?
- For one thing I got a little tired with all the fuss that goes with playing in a band. That is, being a number of different people trying to make things work. But primarily I was very inspired by the ability to create, design and build your own individual sounds with samplers. For me it was liberating not any longer to be confined to the sounds I good produce with my guitar.
- What do you fascinate in dub music?
- The depth and the nice cool groove. I like that it's laid back and not "in your face".
- Do you find inspiration in classic form of dub from Jamaica?
- Actually I was inspired by the electronic Berlin dub sound way before I started listening to classic Jamaica dub. So as my musical history has turned out, I've been more inspired by electronic Berlin dub, than Jamaica dub. This music has been very influental for me.
- Why did you cooperate on regular basis with Echocord label?
- I was a regulary customer in Kenneth's recordshop (Kenneth Christiansen - who founded and runs Echocord) and he told me of his plans. He liked my demos, and I thought Echocord would make up a nice platform for me, since Kenneth already had lots of contacts and a distribution option at Kompakt.
- Why did you release your last year album - "Victimizer" - on Kompakt?
- We had been talking back on forth about a Mikkel Metal album on Kompakt for a while. Suddenly things fell into place. I felt I had a nice pool of tracks (all though produced over a very long period) and Kompakt thought it could fit into their release plans.
- Did you try to create on that album music more in Kompakt-style?
- I like to see it the other way around: I happen to make different kinds music. Some fits Echocord profile, some fits Kompakt profile better (personally I've always thought that my productions were never the archetype Kompakt-track).
- Why did you decide to set vocals in some tracks on "Victimizer"?
- I felt like putting in a little more melody and also vocals. However, I'm very careful with the vocal-thing. Generally I want to use it more as an extra instrument, rather than approaching it the singer-songwriter way.
- There are some elements of new wave and synth-pop on "Victimizer". Why did you decide to come back to 80s sounds?
- There was never any conscious decision to go back to an 80's sound, but I did feel like exploring the more melodic side of my production. Especially for the track "Trams", you could say that's it's the sound of Mikkel Metal trying to do a melancholic pop-track.
- Your new album - "Brone And Wait" - is full of interesting experiments with different rhythms. Is it still dub music?
- I don't know - I guess the elements from other genres are more coming more through on this album. But there's still a solid dose of dub-elements, and I think it`s still the most consistent influence on the album as a whole. In the end, it's not so important whethers it's labelled dub music. It's just a handy way for people to talk about music.
- Why did you use guitar samples in some tracks on "Brone & Wait"?
- Having a background as a guitarist I've kind of gotten into the habit of trying out some guitar on my tracks in their early phase. Sometimes there's something useful, sometimes there's not.
- You mixed dub with techno, house and ambient on "Brone And Wait". Is it a way to refresh that style?
- I didn't set out with an ambition to refresh dub techno. For me making music is very more personal thing. The main issue is to make music that somehow resonates with my personality. Doing a certain style, or even trying to refresh that style is secondary. Of course I'm aware that dub techno is not exactly something new, but I guess "Brone And Wait" just happenend to be the record I wanted to produce this time. What happens next I do not know. I concentrate quite hard to get to a sound that "somehow intuitively just feels right". This is just another way of saying that I try hard to put some of my myself into my music. That I try to express myself. And at this point, that's what's driving me into making music.
AUTHOR: PAWEL GZYL
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