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Metro Area - All Hail The Metro

Author: Carly Roberts
Monday, 26 November 2007
Forthose of you that have been living under a rock for the last couple of years, metro area are one of thegreat production teams that changed the status quo. Carly Roberts spoke to MA’s Darshan Jesrani.It happens every couple of years; a turningpoint that stems a new sound that ripples through every part of your existence.Can you recall the time a couple of years ago when disco records startingcreeping into every DJ’s box- No longer just the create diggers’ obscure gem;there was more than enough cowbell to go around. Jesrani and his productionbuddy Morgan Geist are Metro Area.It’sbeen a while between Metro Area releases, what can we expect for theforthcoming 12 Inch-Well, it’ll be a three-track EP: one vocalwith a dub, and one instrumental. I feel like it’s definitely an extension ofwhat we’ve been doing, but hopefully a bit more developed in terms of both moodand sound.MetroArea spawned a massive scene with the whole nu-disco sound – what kind ofpressure did you and Geist feel going back to the drawing board-It was a little weird for a while but Ithink now we can sort of continue where we left off. I think of our sound asmore than a production style or a palette, so I’m hoping we’ll be able to drawfrom a much looser, harder-to-pin-down sense of what makes our sound ours, andto produce some unique and effective records with that.Alsoyou’ve got remixes coming out on two really strong labels, Tirk and Tiny Sticks– exciting, yeah-Yeah, definitely – the Tirk thing isactually an original production called FantasyLines by Arcade Lover; that’s Dan Balis from Escort, Lisa Shaw on vocals,and myself on a groovy odyssey onboard flight AL001. The release on Tiny Sticksis a remix I did for Mock & Toof of their song Black Jub, which was a lot of fun to do because of the originalsong’s hyper, non-stop clavinet line which really keeps the whole thing moving.

Witha downturn in vinyl sales and the perception kids are scouring blogs for freshtracks and illegal remixes – which is a big issue in Australia – do you feelthe pinch of this in the US or with your European sales-Digitally distributing mash-ups and illegalmixes is totally fine with me, but they should be kept out of every imaginableavenue of commerce, and the makers should never be allowed to sell them unlessthey themselves are required to pay a license or percentage of royalty forusage of the original material. If record buyers find something really great atthe store (online or physical) I think they’ll buy it, I don’t think that wherepeople get stuff is the issue.Howyou do feel about the digital age- Is Environ, or other labels you’reaffiliated with, looking at long term returns with digital downloads-Not really, unless the business modelchanges – labels (and thus, artists) don’t make very much that way – but then Ireally think the future of money-making in the music business will eventuallybe in owning the copyrights to pieces of work, not so much in theirdistribution, unless there’s some renewed interest in a physical product ofsome sort. This requires some letting go, which I think is really difficult. Ican feel the pinch as an artist and producer, not even being involved in thelabel or sales side of the biz. I can tell you that there have been a greatdeal of closures over here – of distributors, record stores, even our pressingplant which Morgan had been dealing with for years closed down.WHO:Darshan Jesrani of Metro AreaWHAT:Plays Cut The Rug at the Loft, Kings St WharfWHEN:Sunday 2 DecemberMORE:theloftsydney.com