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I improvise all the time with different synths or machines. It makes work more fun…
In advance of his Baja Tour, we asked Métrika to give us a True Story about his musical career. The México-based music producer talks about his first approach experimenting with electronic music and how he dreams about Baja food.
Interview with Métrika:
Where did the Métrika stage name came from?
It came quite naturally some years ago. I needed a name for my new tunes and it just came to my mind. It’s a very common concept in music so I guess that’s why it came easily.
Do you feel like your goals as Métrika has changed much over the years?
I really don’t think that it has changed a lot. Since day one, my goal was to make music so people can dance to it, and to have a great time on the dance floor. There has been a huge evolution since my beginning but always with the same objective.
How much time do you find yourself spending in the studio each week?
It’s my day job so at least 10/12 hours a day.
How has your studio and set-up for live performances changed throughout the years?
In the studio its constant — gear changes from time to time but the workflow is kind of the same. I love hardware, so I try to get new toys as much as possible. In the live set it doesn’t change that much either. The base is Ableton Live and depending on the gig and the mood I pick a couple of machines to come with me to the show.
Was there a piece of gear that started it all for you?
It was a gear combo — I remember I got a Yamaha dx7 and an Atari computer with Notator, a Midi Sequencer from the 80’s; and with these two things I started to experiment with electronic music. Uuuu and a lovely tape delay.
Does playing/working with gear make the process a little more improvisatory?
I think it does. In my case, I improvise all the time with different synths or machines. It makes work more fun to have your brain concentrating on just making music and not looking at a screen and thinking about editing the sound or whatever. Music comes out in a more pure way. Normally I record the jams and then I edit all the sounds.
As far as producers outside of your clique — who is inspiring you?
My inspiration comes mainly from none electronic music. I’m working on that all day so when I need to refresh my ears I don’t choose more house or techno — I normally go for the good ol’ stuff. This week’s vinyl includes John Hurt, Ranie Burnette, Funkadelic, Star Light Orchestra, and some mono recordings of Bowies Dream album.
Something you want to share about the Baja Tour in San Diego, Mexicali and Ensenada?
It has been a while so I’m very excited! San Diego will be my first time so I’m really looking forward to that, and I’m dreaming about Tacos Perrones and Tostadas de La Guererense!