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Alex Metric - The Metric System

Author: Rezo
Monday, 10 March 2008
It’s safe to presume a great deal of DJs started out as live musicians. But how many were originally vocalists- (And we don’t mean MCs.) Alex Metric began his career in this very manner, before finding the call of the booth too strong. 3D’s Rezo caught up with UK producer ahead of his Australian shows.

“I got into all of this because I was essentially a singer. I still am a singer actually!” he says. “I was into rock music as a kid and without wanting to sound horrendously cheesy I liked the way music connected people. I had these thoughts that someone on the other side of the world could be walking home or going out and enjoying something that I’d created. The whole emotional thing of putting a smile on their face and joining those dots has always made me think really positively about music.”

With one EP, What She Wants, to his name, Metric is taking a new approach to his future productions, blending all the styles he loves.

“I guess what happened with all this new stuff was me just deciding to think on my feet,” he says. “I stopped botching tracks and just decided to chuck everything into the blender and fuse electro with house and breaks and it’s been the best result I’ve ever achieved. I stopped doing what I was doing and started concentrating on doing something unique and it worked out really well for me. It was the beginning of a new sound and it was a couple of remixes that I actually did that pushed me into that direction.

“I’ve done about nine tracks so far – all of them vocal tracks and all of them with me singing,” he says of his upcoming record. “The style is this kind of hooky pop type stuff with an underground 2008 production feel. I don’t think many people are marrying those sounds together right now. It’s something that’s still accessible and I’m really pleased with the way it has been tracking. I am essentially a child of the 1980s. I was really brought up on the massive influence of the first wave of French house and guys like Etienne de Crecy and Daft Punk. The whole French movement from the first round and things like Skint, Fatboy Slim – that whole vibe is what has inspired me and that lack of fear of chucking everything together and putting a big beat over it. Back in the day when you’d go out you’d hear all this type of music and people would think, ‘What the fuck is this-’ But it really worked.”

WHO: Alex Metric
WHAT: Plays Club Club at Chinese Laundry
WHEN: Saturday 15 March