INTERVIEW: Alex Metric (2013)

With a plethora of productions and left field remixes, Alex Metric’s creativity is as vivid as his vibrant personality.  He’s the bloke who can make cool synth-pop, disco house, electro, or progressive and determine which is the right sound for the song as well as what he is feeling.  It is that emotion which he brings to his massive single “Safe With You,” as well as to his brilliantly executed DJ sets (whether they be primetime bangers or discofied progressive opening sets). Chatting with him before he opened for Zedd in Nashville, I felt like I had found a doppelganger who uses music to express emotions, with such a wide variety of musical experiences that he is never at a lack for the optimal sound.

DJ Ron Slomowicz: How did you meet up with Stuart Price?
Alex Metric: I met up with Stuart through a mutual friend called Starsmith. Fin had worked with Stuart on the Kylie Minogue album and he knew that I was a fan of his. Stuart actually wanted to start DJing again, so he asked Fin if he could come out to the club with us one night.  Stuart hadn’t really been to a nightclub in a while because he was producing pop music for years and years. Stuart knew of my music, so Fin told him that he should meet me and we went out to dinner and had some drinks. The first time I meet Stuart, who is kind of my musical hero, he came to watch me DJ which was a scary experience. The funny thing about the gig was that it was the first time that I played my remix of The Whip – “Secret Weapon” and with that remix my aim was to do LCD Soundsystem meets Stuart Price. As soon as I played it I felt a tap on my shoulder and Stuart asked me “what’s this record?” It was so weird because I had deliberately tried to channel Stuart on this record and he came up and asked me about it. We had a great night and we stayed friends. A couple weeks later I decided to eMail Stuart because it’s always been one of my aims to work with him, and if you don’t fucking ask you don’t get. So I eMailed him and told him that if he ever wanted to get in the studio we should totally do it. He was like “yeah that sounds like fun let’s do it,” and a week later we were in the studio doing “Safe With You.”

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SONG OF THE DAY: Bart B More – “The Napoleon Saga”

Who knew that KITT was French? Bart B More is back on Skrillex’s label OWSLA with “The Napoleon Saga,” two inspired electro tracks. “Napoleon” is a full-frontal dancefloor assault with aggressive electro, stuttered/syncopated loops, sick buildups, a touch of big room house, and a melody line incredibly similar to the Knight Rider theme (you know, the one Panjabi MC used for “Mandian Te Bach Te”). This new interpretation is insanely powerful to the point of being emotional jarring. “Napoleon” is memorable and aggressive, and perhaps that the reason for the title. “Saga” uses some of the same elements of Napoleon but is structured more like a track for an artist to write a topline to, rather than a full-on club jam. Close your eyes and it could be the next single from Rye Rye. Big room DJs should jump on “Napoleon” immediately (wow, that sounds inappropriate), as it will be an instant floor-response track.

Image Courtesy of Owsla.

SONG OF THE DAY: Kill Paris ft Marty Rod and Alma – “Falling in Love”

What do you get when you mix glitch and R&B pop? “Falling in Love,” the new single from Kill Paris (aka Corey Baker), seamlessly mashes ’90s-era R&B/pop with subtle glitchy beats. Imagine your favorite old school Brian McKnight or Next love song with a glitchy bassline for an idea.   Elevating this song from the majority of EDM productions is the radio-quality songwriting and high-quality vocal production. Rather than sounding like an electronic artist trying to make a pop song, it sounds more like a quality pop producer introducing glitch and electro elements into their songs.  The fact that this is on Skrillex’s label OWSLA is kind of mind-blowing as well, since it shows he has an ear for pop and not just club bangers.

Image Courtesy of OWSLA.