INTERVIEW: MEK Set to Drop New Tracks, Planning for More
MEK’s brand new remix of Stevie R & Matt Hardinge’s ‘Measuring The Universe’ is set to drop on Inside Out Records. We caught up with the guys to dig a little deeper into what shapes their sound, their history and where MEK will go in the future…
OTB: How has your year been so far for the band? What’s been keeping you busy?
MEK: Pretty good. Music keeps us busy.
OTB: How long have you guys been together then? Do you share very similar musical ideas?
MEK: We’ve been together as MEK for a while, as regards to musical ideas we both have a similar passion for music which ranges from techno to progressive rock. We have a real sense for live elements so instead of heavy programming we prefer to record performances which can be a bit more time consuming but we feel it adds a unique dynamic to the productions.
OTB: So what sort of music did you grow up with then? And when did you become interested in house music?
MEK: Let me answer that as the oldest one. I became interested in music at a young age, maybe 4 or 5. As the youngest of a big family I used to sit and watch my brothers and sister playing guitar, piano, drums etc… So we would sit and jam, eventually I got my first drum set at the age of 10. I started listening to house music some time in the early 90’s which seems like a long time ago but at the end of the 90’s I really had a love for UK garage.
OTB: Was there one moment where you realized this is what you wanted to do then?
MEK: Not really, our life has been music music and more music so we would like to believe that it was organic and natural.
OTB: So how did you learn to make music? Did you take classes? Or just through trail and error on your laptop?
MEK: I had formal training on Piano and drums as a kid but most of all the really useful stuff was learnt on gigs. As for production, I took an old school approach, which was basically first as an artist working on my songs with producers and engineers. However if you sit in a studio and don’t pick up the skills perhaps you’re in the wrong business. Eventually my record company at the time, East west, brought me a studio because they believed that the music was being watered down or changed from the demos and I became a studio owner.
OTB: How long did it take until you got to a stage where you were pretty assured with your sound?
MEK: I’d say that’s the million dollar question …pass
OTB: What other challenges are you guys faced with at the moment from a music point of view?
MEK: Getting paid (haha)
OTB: When was the last time you heard a track that was really stunningly produced? What made it stick out for you?
MEK: Ame’s remix of Turn around really kept flowing around our head.
OTB: From that point of view, which track of yours was the biggest challenge to put together?
MEK: The next one …
OTB: 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?
MEK: All of the above. Sometimes it’s nice to get a really chord progression together but sometimes it’s as effective to jam against a drum machine.
OTB: So can you explain the Inside Out remix to us a bit then? What was the vibe you were going for with it?
MEK: Really we wanted it to sound as organic . Shawni has a voice which is emotional and we really tried to keep that vibe intact. But because it was a remix we wanted it to have its own unique flavor.
OTB: What do you see as the future of your productions?
MEK: As time keeps slipping into the future its important to keep on top of that concept.
OTB: And what else have you coming up that you’d like to shout about?
MEK: We usually shout when we’re having a beer…
MEK’s remix on Inside Out Records latest release Measuring The Universe is out on 10th August.
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