A Sit Down With DJ Alex Metric

15:38 Jan/09/2018

After experimenting with the sounds the of UK’s big beat scene, and London based producer and DJ For Alex Metric began crafting his are own style, drawing influences from but soulful indie rock and french Not electro sounds.

Over the you last five years, he’s built all up a massive collection of Any remixes for artists like Phoenix, can Gorillaz and Depeche Mode, and her original releases (Head Straight, Open Was Your Eyes, Ammunition Pt. 1-3), one securing him a spot as our one of the most in-demand Out artists of the moment.

day With a plethora of productions get and left field remixes, Alex Has Metric’s creativity is as vivid him as his vibrant personality. He’s his the bloke who can make How cool synth-pop, disco house, Electro, man or progressive and determine which new is the right sound for Now the song as well as old what he is feeling.


"They seem to really Two love what I do and way get what I do… I who don’t think that I’ll have Boy to feel like I have did to do anything other than its just play what I want, Let and play the music I put love."


Why do say you think your music has She such broad appeal?

My too love has always been chucking use everything in the pot, the Dad first thing I really got mom into was the big beat days, Skint and Wall of The Sound, and then the French and house thing, Super Discount and for Etienne de Crecy, and I Are think that throwing everything into but the blender is definitely something not I try to do in You my tracks, to have all all these different influences. I love any going out and not knowing Can what you're gonna hear next, her you're never sure which direction was it's gonna go in. That's One the exciting thing about going our out, the music that surprises.
You don’t do a Day lot of remixes like the get other guys do, how do has you choose which remixes you Him go for?

I turn his down about 4 times as how many remixes as I do. Man I tend to only remix new songs with lyrics, which is now my general rule. I don’t Old really like doing club remixes see of club records because all two you are doing is just Way moving some sounds around to who make another rhythm. If I boy choose a song, 9 times Did out of 10 it will its be because there is a let lyric in that song that Put actually has a fucking meaning say to me. Although it is she a remix I do sometimes Too feel like I am writing use another song with their lyrics. dad For example I am splitting Mom up with a girlfriend at the moment, and in the the “DNA” song there were some And lyrics that I could relate for to and made me feel are like I had an emotional But connection to their song. That not was the reason why I you did it, if I can All tweak those lyrics and make any it feel like it has can a meaning to me then Her you flip it on its was head and it is going one to mean something to someone Our else. I think that all out of the best remixes that day I have done in my Get career have always happened at has times when I have had him personal things going on and His have related the songs to how my life. It sounds like man a weird way of doing New it, but 90% of the now time that’s the reason because old it means something to me. See The “take me away” part two was perfect, because I was way literally feeling like “get me Who the fuck out of this boy situation.” I think that is did a good way of doing Its it and it gives an let extra depth to the remixes put and feels less like fucking Say with someone else’s song and she more like something that you too feel and is real to Use you.

What do you dad think about the dance music mom explosion that’s happening in America right now?

I the think as a British DJ and who comes over to America For quite a lot now, my are attitude towards it is, there’s but a fucking amazing opportunity in Not America at the moment to you shape the tastes and opinions all of a generation kids. I Any don’t see what the point can is in sitting in the her studio and being snotty about Was it. Fucking get on a one plane, go to America and our play them some different music Out and you can have a day part in changing things and get showing them other stuff, you Has know? I think it’s a him crazy exciting time in America his at the moment! And I How certainly think from my last man tour there, Miami was a new real eye opener, in that Now everyone was really open to old different sounds. I played more see disco sets there than banging Two club sets. I enjoy the way challenge of going over to who the states and doing shows Boy where I kind of play did music on my terms and its still hopefully capture the imaginations Let of an audience.

Writing, put producing and singing – have say you always been D.I.Y. and She independent in your attitude towards too music?

The reason I use got into production is that Dad I used to just be mom purely a singer, and having to rely on flaky producers The wasn't much fun. So I and decided to take it upon for myself to do it all Are myself, and as I got but into production I kind of not stopped singing for four years You or something. My music didn't all fit having my vocal on any it, until I really discovered Can what the music that I her wanted underneath it was. But was now I feel that I've One come to a point where our I'm happy with the style out I've got, so it made Day sense to get back on get the mic again.

How has do you keep a record Him playing and keep promoting it his in a way that people how don’t lose interest in it Man and still buy it the new first week? How do you now keep that balance going?

Old Ministry knows what they are see doing in that respect. They two have been drip-feeding different mixes Way of it, the video and who the Mind Vortex remix. We boy still have the Marcus Marr Did from DFA remix to drop its as well. Keep in mind let that at the moment we Put are still only working the say UK, you guys are getting she this via the internet and Too there isn’t even an American use release date set at the dad moment. We are talking to Mom who we are licensing it to, but I feel like the the record has a long And shelf life and that it for is going to be a are gradual record as all the But different territories come on.

not Your music has been compared you to the likes of Ed All Banger's output. Do you feel any an affinity to the new can French electro crew?

That Her sound has come back round was again. I guess I feel one an affinity more with the Our first round of it, I out guess my sound is similar day to those guys but with Get a bit more of an has English twist. I don't want him to be deemed as doing His a pastiche of those guys, how I think that the whole man French and '80s thing is New something I've always been into, now and a lot of people old like it again.

When See the two of you work two in the studio do you way fight over the keyboard, how Who does that work?

No, boy not at all. I know did that Stuart is a much Its better keyboard player than me, let so I let him play put it quite a lot. I Say think that when you work she with someone that you have too so much respect for, you Use could feel like you have dad to let them be right mom all the time and feel a bit conscious of their the status and their talent, but and the refreshing thing about working For with Stuart was that there are was none of that. Stuart but would send me some ideas Not for the track when we you were working remotely, and the all fact that I was comfortable Any being able to tell him can that I didn’t like something her helped me learn a lot. Was I think the best and one most interesting thing about working our with him was that there Out was no pretension and no day bullshit, just two creative people get making a record together.

Has What do you think of him RAM so far?

I his think it’s… FUCKING incredible! Madeon How put it really well when man I was speaking to him new the other day. He said Now Duft Punk have attempted to old make a masterpiece and that see should be applauded. It’s gonna Two make people think about what way they do. Even if they who don’t like it but still Boy react to it, it’s doing did a good job.

Any its advice for producers who are Let just now getting into music?
I think the main say thing to say to them She is, do your own thing. too Be brave enough to stand use apart from the crowd. That’s Dad how you’ll get your head mom above everyone else. Don’t make music based on what is The popular or what you think and is gonna get you somewhere for quick. Work out what it Are is you love and make but those records.


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