Mess Me Interview

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– So how has the winter been so far? Many highlights?
Hi there. Well, after the last season where I djing every weekend, winter has been very relaxing. Studio, fireplace and cigarettes pretty much covers it.

 How do you look back on your early years as a raver? How have your tastes changed since then?
Funnily enough, I was never a raver. Actually, I never went to a club before my first DJ set 5 years ago. I used to play guitar and sing in many punk rock and indie bands. My music taste changes all the time. It’s hard for me to choose a genre to follow; that’s why I try to mix many little pieces of every genre i like at the moment.

 So what sort of music did you grow up with then? And when did you become interested in house music?
I grew up listening to punk rock music. I never thought I could become a music producer. When I was younger I studied electrotechnics for many years, and that helped me o choose a different road in music. I was tired of carrying amps and guitars and waiting for other people so I started to do things by myself. At the beginning was just for fun, just an experiment. Then I heard “cross” by Justice. I was totally amazed. That was the moment I decided to stop playing in bands and focus only on electronic music.

– Was there one epiphany moment where you realized this is what you wanted to do then?
I was very lucky to have friends in the club scene then. The first time I played one of my own tracks in a club and I saw people dancing was huge for me. That was the moment.

– So how did you learn to make music? Did you take classes? Or just through trail and error on your laptop?
I am very proud to say that i am totally DIY. I don’t use presets and I record my own sounds. My music experience is a long experiment. Even now, every day I discover something new. It takes many many many hours of work. I used to work all day and then come back home, sit in front of my keyboard (sometimes without taking of my jacket for the rush) and make music all night long.

– How long did it take until you got to a stage where you were pretty assured with your sound?
I am not assured of my sound even now, which is what makes me want to get better every day.

– And have you just recently started pitching your work to labels? What’s the response been like so far?
Has been great. I think this release is perfect for Ampispazi. they are nice people and work hard!

– So does that represent a challenge to you as an artist? What other challenges are you faced with at the moment from a music point of view?
Make that 36Hz sine wave be heard on a macbook speaker. Big challenge.

– Are you slightly limited with how you produce, for example? Are there other pieces of kit or software you’d really love to bring into the studio? Or use with your productions?
I am very happy with what i have got. For the drums I use only some selected samples from a roland 909 and 808. I use a hd portable microphone, midi keyboards, apc40 and most of the Ableton instruments. I would love to have a yamaha cs80 too, though.

– When was the last time you heard a track that was really stunningly produced? What made it stick out for you?
Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Last Day (David August Revision)
Those bells man, can you hear them? Oh god!

– From that point of view, which track of yours was the biggest challenge to put together?
I think “I second that emotion” from the Janowitz EP.

– And when you’re coming up with a new track, what do you start on? The samples? The bassline? How does that all work for you?
Usually i start making the “main theme” (usually the bass) on the keyboard. After I recorded it, I start playing with drum samples. Pitching, stretching, swinging.

– So can you explain the Ampispazi release to us a bit then? What was the vibe you were going for with it?
I started working on this EP without thinking about what it would come out (basically that’s what I do always). For “Keep on Coming” I remember that I wanted to make a straight 4/4 super bassy song with just 1 or 2 words repeating all the time. Was a little challenge.
Selector is a growing-up-classic-synth-techno-house song. it is very melancholic track, which is the mood that I love at most.
This EP was a kind of “back to the roots” work for me. I decided to forget about over-producing stuff and focusing more about the groove instead the standard quality of the club music today. This is absolutely my favourite piece of work ever.

– What do you see as the future of your productions? Would you ever make music that’s not house and techno?
I love many genres of music. As my past taught me i am sure that one day i will probably try to do something different. who knows? :)

– And what else have you coming up?
Top secret!

Interview by Dan Mac

Mess Me’s Keep On Coming is out 3rd February on Ampispazi Records



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