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This week i put my life in danger and interviewed WASA3I, a name that has been featured on the blog and Metalectro MixTapes a few times with his tracks, videos and other evil deeds. WASA3I is the demon son of Electro and Metal and he comes straight from Hell. Even though not much is known about him, one thing is for sure, he is as evil as any electro artist is ever going to get. With a few releases out there already causing mayhem, many live dance floor genocide performances and a few more murderous tracks on the way, the “KillerKing” had to be approached and see what he has to say about all this. Read at your own risk!

01. Hi! WASA3I, KillerKing and Undead are some of the names you’ve been called. Would you mind introducing yourself?

I’m the Lord of all Evil and Frightness. I’m the creator of the undeads. I’m the Fear itself. I’m a Virus that enter in you ears and pollute your soul. On the dancefloor I’ll sheaver down panties just with the vibrations of my bass.

Aren’tcha afraid of WASA3I yet?

02. You grabbed our attention with your remix on the Belzebass track “Broken Symphony”. Was this the first Metalectro track you ever did? How did you come up with the idea?

It was the first track released but not the first track.

There’s no idea, this is just me, just WASA3I.

03. The whole style and idea of WASA3I, the evil, murderous, ugly, undead and straight from hell concept, how did you come with it and why this concept?

What muthafuckin’ concept? This is what I am.

04. Apparently, you always wear a very specific style of mask and clothing, do you design them yourself?

What mask? I’m not a Fashion designer.

05. “When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will dance on earth”. Who said that and is this what drives you when making music or performing live?

This is my Prophecy, a consequence of my music. You’ll dance ’til death…

06. Back to your satanic ritual electro sounds, you have been doing quite a few remixes, do you prefer writing original tracks or remixing? 

Original tracks for sure, this is WASA3I, 100% badass!

07. What would you say is your biggest music achievement/highlight so far?

This is only “The Beginning”. The journey towards World Contamination Tour it’s only at the departure state… Stay aware!

08. What are your influences/music background? What was in the charts in the underworld, before you left hell?

What I like about your mortal music are sounds with melodic, aggressive, gothic, paranoid and obsessive influences. They make me feel right at home.

09. Have you ever played in a rock/metal band?

No, but if I were to be a human like you, I would have played in a Death Metal band for sure.

10. Do you prefer working only with computers/sequencers or do you get your hands dirty playing and recording instruments? Do you use samples and what’s your opinion on sampling and copyright?

I use computers and sequencers as primal instrument, but I also get my hands dirty with blood and sweat by draining dancing lost souls.

11. Do you use analogue equipment or do you prefer keeping everything “in the box”?

Maybe you shouldn’t peak “in the box”, it’s best for you…

12. So, what is music for you and what do you think about the way the music industry is changing? Have you ever considered killing any of the big names that parade in the charts? 

Music is my source of survival. The industry does not interest me, I don’t wanna climb the charts, my goal is to create my Legion of ElectroDeads by enslaving listeners. About killing any of the big names… there is no need, my music will murdered other sounds as a natural course of events!

13. What do you think about today’s mainstream music? It sure won’t raise any dead but would you say it does create it’s very own zombie nation?

I’m not a music critic. My ElectroDeads are not zombies, they will become addicted to my creepy tunes and will not be able to listen anything else.

14. Do you believe that an electronic music artist can earn his/her living from music nowadays?

It depends. My survival is my music.

15. You have been playing quite a few, if not too many live performances, are you happy with that and how is the crowd reacting when you turn the dance floor to the “ballroom of hell”?

Yes, I love it when I musically rape the clubbers on the dancefloor!

16. Are you signed with any label? Besides bringing hell on earth and raising the dead with your music, do you have any other future plans (live shows, releases, remixes etc)?

All you have seen ’til now is only “the beginning”. Doom is yet to come…

17. What are you listening to lately? Any tracks/artists you recommend?

I’m keeping a dead eye on You Killing Me, Comic Strips, Ill Saint M, Belzebass, Decepticons, Beef Theatre, Audiolook.

18. What do you like doing when not in the studio? I hope not killing people and eating babies…

You mean my Crypt? I’m doing really, really, bad things…

19. What do you think about the Metalectro blog and the music featured on it?

I like Metalectro. It’s a promising space to promote my recruiting message for the Legion and a spot for highlighting all badass sounds. Rock on, guys!

20. Something else you’d like to mention and we forgot to ask?

The Legion is coming, recruiting has already started… be ready!

Check it out on www.wasa3i.com.

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Interview#10 – Drivepilot

Posted: March 14, 2011 in Interviews

This week i interviewed Drivepilot, a name that has been featured on the Metalectro blog a few times with his tracks. Drivepilot is based in Portland, USA and during the last year he has already released over 30 original tracks and remixes, including his “Fuck Yeah!” EP.

01. Hi Nick! Would you mind introducing yourself?

Hey, I’m Drivepilot, I’m from the States, and I make noises.

02. So how long are you doing Drivepilot?

I’ve been doing this project since around the beginning of 2010, so just over a year now.

03. In 2010 you released “Savages” and “Fuck Yeah!” EPs. What was the feedback you got?

The feedback and support has been incredible from the very beginning. Already more than I could have imagined. The “Fuck Yeah” EP was what really started things going crazy though.

04. You grabbed our attention with your remix on “Firefriend”. Was this the first Metalectro track you ever did? How did you come up with the idea?

No, not at all, I have been doing Metal + Electro for a lot of years in different projects/bands, but it was more metal/rock with electronic influences, while Drivepilot ended up being kinda the opposite, Electro with a metal/rock backbone.

Actually it’s kinda funny, one of my early unreleased songs from before I officially started Drivepilot was actually called Metalectro! (no joke haha) So I got a kick when I saw your blog for the first time.

05. You recently got on #52 of the Beatport Indie Electro/Nu-Disco chart with your Autodidakt & Electro Ferris “Chainsaw” remix. As a remixer what do you think is the best approach to remixing someone else’s music?

With remixes (and originals I suppose), I like to dive in without thinking too much about it. Actually as little about what I’m doing as possible… and just sort of let things happen. Almost like an accident or something. I find when I work like that, songs just come out, extremely quickly, and come out more powerful than I would have expected. But if I go in with too many pre-conceived ideas as to what I want to do with something, I usually end up struggling through it, and it can take forever.

I also really try to do something different with the track rather than just move loops around etc. really more like making a brand new track, but sampling in some elements that made the original song special to me.

06. Do you prefer writing original tracks or remixing?

As I said, I sort of approach both Drivepilot original tracks and remixes relatively the same way, but, with remixes, I do like taking a song I personally connect with and enjoy and taking it to a different place, energy or emotion. Although with originals, there’s something to it being 100% my art/expression. So, each has its place.

07. What would you say is your biggest music achievement/highlight so far?

Just got back from a couple gigs in Portugal, after spending a week over there. That was a pretty great experience and highlight for sure!

08. What are your influences/music background? Have you ever played in a metal band?

I played in some hard rock/metal bands when I was younger, but I have a hard time being in a band element since I can play most instruments myself, and don’t like the drama that can come with multiple egos/schedules/motivation levels, etc.

So what I ended up gravitating towards was a lot of studio production… it started slowly but I spent about 5 or 6 years before Drivepilot, huddled away in my studio working on a couple of solo projects and recording dozens (maybe hundreds) tracks that never saw the light of day, mostly Post-Hardcore, or Rock, but even hip-hop and orchestral compositions.

I think hands down my biggest influence would be Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. His ability to single-handedly (for the most part) write, record, produce, engineer, and master his own albums, playing all the instruments on them himself really struck a chord with me. So I slowly got obsessed with engineering/production, rather than just trying to get better at playing specific instruments, and as all my writing styles/genres started to blend over time my songs started to morph into what is Drivepilot now.

Some of my other influences would be: Thrice, MSTRKRFT, Every Time I Die, Justice, Circa Survive, The Bled, SebastiAn, Peaches, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, The Bloody Beetroots, Ratatat, Boys Noize, to name a few…

09. Do you prefer working only with computers/sequencers or do you get your hands dirty playing and recording instruments? Do you use samples and what’s your opinion on sampling and copyright?

I love incorporating organic instruments as much as possible. You can find live guitar, bass, drums, vocals, pianos, etc scattered through my Drivepilot tracks. It definitely is part of what defines my sound I think.

10. Do you use analogue equipment or do you prefer keeping everything “in the box”?

I used to be really big into analog gear, and acquiring as much outboard gear as possible, but I’ve ended up getting almost everything in the box at this point. I still use some external hardware compressors, synths, as well as instruments, and guitar pedals/gear from time to time though.

11. So, what is music for you and what do you think about the way the music industry is changing?

To steal a quote, “Music is my religion”. Music is powerful! It’s deeper to me than almost anything. I’m a huge music fan, and it’s always been the one thing that has gotten me through tough times, or been the soundtrack to the best of times.

The combination of global social networking, with reduction of equipment/recording costs really changed the music industry 100% within the last decade, especially the last 2 or 3 years. More people now can create music without having to rely on traditional record labels, and can share instantly with people with similar musical tastes, who can then with one click, re-share and so forth. It really allows good up-and-coming artists to get worldwide exposure in a way that would have never been possible before.

12. What do you think about today’s mainstream music?

Couldn’t tell you, I don’t listen to it anymore! Haha… Haezer’s got it right! Commercial Music Is Dead.

13. Do you believe that an electronic music artist can earn his/her living from music nowadays?

It’s possible, but only happens for a small % of artists.

14. Are you signed with any record label? Any future plans? (live shows, release, remix etc)

I co-founded my own indie label in 2009, Traction Records, so we could self-release my original tracks, as we intended, on our terms and without having to deal with other labels if we didn’t want to. The next couple months I’m focusing on live shows, and when I’m home, I’m always working on new tracks.

15. What are you listening to lately? Any tracks/artists you recommend?

Yeah! Redial’s remix of Barretso’s “We Won’t Stop” is pretty killer, as well as his remix for Zombie Kids. Plus I’m always all over the classics, great music never gets old.

16. It looks like you are producing music all the time! What do you like doing when not in the studio?

I’ll let you know when I manage to pry myself away from the studio… Haha… Nah, I’m a regular dude, I like to catch movies, shows, be around people I enjoy and that sort of thing but my music obsession keeps my down there a LOT.

17. What do you think about the Metalectro blog and the music featured on it?

I love hard electro, so it’s really nice to see blogs dedicated to growing the scene as a whole and giving exposure to up and comers, as well as keeping everyone up to date on new releases from heavy hitters. I’m not a DJ so I’m not so on top of new releases so it’s great to log into Facebook/site and boom! All sorts of fresh new stuff!

18. Anything else you’d like to mention and we forgot to ask?

I think you got it all, my friend. Been a pleasure, thanks for all the support.

If anybody reading hasn’t heard my tunes, you can check out most of it at soundcloud.com/drivepilot and if you like it, follow me on Facebook!

Ciao!!!

Interview#09 – Beef Theatre

Posted: March 7, 2011 in Interviews

This week’s victim is Beef Theatre! The duo from Austria was caught in the Metalectro web for some hours and i made sure they answer some questions before set free. A name that has been featured on the blog a few times with their tracks, Beef Theatre will release their debut EP “Optimus Prime” on Mähtrasher Records soon, featuring some great remixes by Dead CAT Bounce, Wonkap, Kisbeat! and Noize Generation amongst others. Here is what they had to say!

1. Hi guys! Would you mind introducing yourselves?

Bene: Cheerz! I am Bene… I´m 26 years old, born in Schwandorf, Germany and one half of Beef Theatre!

Dave: … and i´m Dave =)! The other half!

2. So how old is Beef Theatre?

B: We started this project in early 2008 on a very cheap Casio keyboard because we both were bored of sitting around watching TV and doing nothing all day long… Soon we noticed that there was more behind it than just killing boredom and we started to intensify our efforts and producing skills, first on a Korg m3 workstation and then, about early 2009, on Sequencers like Reason and/or Ableton.

3. You’ve been rocking the Metalectro blog for a while now, are you working on something currently and how is this going?

D: Thank you and thanks for the support. Yeah, we are currently working on a lot of tracks… like always! A few new tracks are ready now and available to listen to as a preview on our Soundcloud page. So, we are talking with some labels and will release them as soon as possible. We also did a remix for Saint Pauli and we are looking forward to its release.

4. As you know you grabbed our attention with your remix on “House Of Jealous Lovers” by The Rapture, which you did some time ago. Was that the first Metalectro track you ever did? How did you come up with the idea?

B: We already loved the original and especially the crazy vocals on this track and when we found the acapella on the internet one day, it was only natural for us to remix it 🙂 We never really thought about making just Electro-Metal tracks, we would consider this development a result of our musical backgrounds… In our opinion electronic music with pumping basslines and distorted rocking synths is the new heavy metal! We produce the kind of music that we want to hear when we are going out, it’s as simple as that…

5. What would you say is your biggest achievement/highlight so far? Tell us about it!

D: I think it’s our upcoming “Optimus Prime” EP. It will include 4 tracks by us (Optimus Prime, Purple Pain, The Dentalist and Blades of Steel) and some great remixes! We are really looking forward to its release at the end of March.

6. What are your influences/music backgrounds? Have you ever played in a metal band?

B: No,to be honest none of us ever learned to play a single instrument… When i was a younger i listened a lot to heavy metal, grunge, crossover and hardcore bands like Rage Against The Machine, Pantera, Tool, Mars Volta, Refused, Will Haven, Primus, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, etc. but also to more quiet music like Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Mark Lanegan, John Frusciante, Portishead and many others. With the first albums of Prodigy and Chemical Brothers i came into the electronic music scene and when i heard the first releases of Justice, Boys Noize and Digitalism back in 2008, this kind of music totally blew my mind! I still listen to these sounds i loved as a teenager but at the moment my focus is definitely on heavy and dirty electronic sounds!

D: I am coming from the hip-hop scene but also was into harder sounds like Rage Against The Machine, etc… I also like smooth trip hop music as well as older “hippie-sounds” 😀 I think each type of music has styles that influenced me. Electro came into my life when i was watching “Berlin House”, a show on a music channel on German TV. Then Justice and Boys Noize fucked my mind and since that i am celebrating electro. Techno changed my life!!! =)

7. Do you prefer working only with computers/sequencers or do you get your hands dirty playing and recording instruments? Do you use samples and what’s your opinion on sampling and copyright?

B: We produce almost every sound we make with sequencers, vst instruments and samples… Sometimes we use a microphone too and change our voices into some kind of vocal shouts or even abuse them for making a synth line.

8. Do you use analogue equipment or do you prefer keeping everything in the box?

D: I have a Korg synth but at the moment we don’t use it cause it is much better for the workflow to work with Ableton live! There you can change every parameter much easier and faster.

9. So, what is music for you and what do you think about the way the music industry is changing? What do you think about popular/chart music?

B: We don´t care :P… But on the other hand we think it is great that nowadays you don´t need equipment worth thousands of dollars to produce music. When you have a PC, a midi keyboard, a sequencer and two studio monitors you have all the basics to make some crazy sounds… 🙂

10. Are you signed with any record label? Any future plans? (live shows, release, remix etc)

D: We were searching for a good label for our debut EP “Optimus Prime” and found a great one called “Mähtrasher”. It is doing a great job!!! For the future we are in contact with another great label but we can’t say anything more yet.

11. What are you listening to lately? Any tracks/artists you recommend?

B: We love the sounds of Drivepilot, Far Too Loud, F.O.O.L., Cyberpunkers, Dumme Jungs, Porter Robinson, Dead CAT Bounce, Wonkap, Dj Antention, Haezer, Access Denied, The “S”, Belzebass and so on and so on… There are simply too many to name them all 🙂

12. What do you do when you are not working on music?

D: Haha… Sleeping and eating? A lot of eating at the moment! =) Just kidding… at the moment i am studying MultiMediaArt in Salzburg. My subject area is audio, so it helped us a lot to make our productions sound better.

13. What do you think about the Metalectro blog and the music featured on it?

B: I love metal and I love electro… and I love how your blog gives us and other producers of this kind of music the possibility to express ourselves and to spread our sounds through the internet. Big up to your work, mate!!! 🙂

14. Anything else you’d like to mention and we forgot to ask?

D: Follow us on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter and Myspace!!! =D

And of course… Much love and party hard!!!

Interview#08 – Dead C∆T Bounce

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Interviews

This week i managed to get hold of Dead C∆T Bounce, a name that has been featured on the blog a few times with their tracks and got an interview from them about what’s they’re working on, the remix contest they ran, their influence and favorite artists at the time and many more… Read on!

1. Hi Antoine & Filippo! How long are you doing Dead C∆T Bounce and how would you describe your music?

Hey man, we started Dead C∆T Bounce on Antoine’s birthday night… We went home, drunk, opened Reason and started producing. It was the 13th of July that’s why our first song is called “XIII”. Our music is mixed between classical music, trash music and everything that inspire us.

2. You grabbed our attention with “Deadhouse”. Was this the first Metalectro track you ever did? How did you come up with the idea?

Haha! We don’t like to be categorized as Metalectro since we both hate metal. I think that it was the first and only one, we were like ‘hey we need someone to sing for one of our songs’, so we asked A Girl & A Gun and she was in.

3. You recently run a remix competition for “Deadhouse”. Would you like to share the winners and your favorite remixes with us?

The winners of the “Deadhouse” remix contest are Nation, Suicide Club, The Milk Machine, Your Ol’ Lady, RodRod, Mr. WESH and Corpus De Textes!!! We actually liked every remix and it was really hard to choose. Special mention to the winners, Waps, Phtbng and Djse.

4. So what criteria did you use to select the winning remix?

We wanted diversity but keep it as a secret we didn’t really choose 😉

5. You collaborated with A Girl & A Gun for “Deadhouse”. Was it an online collaboration?

Yes, as we live in Luxembourg and she lives in America. But we’re used to it by now!

6. Except from remixing for Dilemn’s competition (yes, we read it on facebook), are you working on any new Dead C∆T Bounce material? Do you want to tell us about it?

Well, we have a remix coming up for The Slutgarden & LOOOL, Corpus De Textes and Beef Theatre. Some collaborations and an original track called “Religion”! And for the Dilemn remix we need to find inspiration.

7. Do you prefer writing original tracks or remixing?

Remixing as you can see on our soundcloud, most of the things are remixes. But when we remix a song it’s like doing an original for us since we try to change the idea of the song completely.

8. What are your influences/music backgrounds? Have you ever played in a metal band?

As we said earlier we don’t really like metal.

Antoine: Electro, indie (played in some bands) and hip hop but I listen to every kind of music.

Filippo: Electro, Skrillex (he’s my god) and pretty much everything…

9. Do you prefer working only with computers/sequencers or do you get your hands dirty playing and recording instruments? Do you use samples and what’s your opinion on sampling and copyright?

We work with software (Reason, Ableton for vst’s and Audacity for sampling). Then a midi keyboard to have a basic idea and we get our hands on various instruments but we don’t record it. We do use samples (for example drums) and we think that there’s no problem with sampling because you can’t really hear it. Look at Daft Punk, it’s basically about sampling but they do amazing shit.

10. Do you ever run out of creative ideas in the studio?

Yes, we do but not that often. Inspiration doesn’t come when you want. It’s something natural…

11. So, what is music for you and what do you think about the way the music industry is changing?

Ouch, that’s a hard question. We could spend hours arguing about the changes in the music industry! Music is everything, haha! For example you take the bus-you listen to music, you take a shower-you listen to music, etc… There’s one thing we don’t like, artists who think they are gods.

12. What do you think about today’s mainstream music?

We don’t really have any ideas on that… Sorry bro!

13. Do you believe that an electronic music artist can earn his/her living from music nowadays?

Of course! Maybe not with productions but productions lead to shows. If people like your shit then you get shows and then you can try to live with it.

14. Are you signed with any record label? Any future plans? (live shows, releases, remixes, etc.)

Well, we found a manager and we have some labels for EP’s, remixes etc. Check this link http://soundcloud.com/dead-cat-bounce/sets/released-soon-release if you want to know what’s going on. We’re waiting for shows and by the way if you want to book us: super@heroes-booking.com

15. What are you listening to lately? Any tracks/artists you recommend?

Q.G. (he’s the boss), loads of hip hop, You Killing Me, Hack the System, Chemical and the list goes on!

16. What do you like doing when not in the studio?

Chill, see friends, work, play cod (hahahahahahahahaha), drink, eat, sleep, waiting for the motherfucking weekend, so many things man and the most important and we’ll say it in french ‘Aller dans le grenier’!

17. What do you think about the Metalectro blog and the music featured on it?

The design is nice and you post good music with interesting comments on each of the artists! For everyone reading this, go check it out!

18. Anything else you’d like to mention and we forgot to ask?

Thanks a lot for doing this interview. It was a pleasure!

If you want to contact us: deadcatbounce@hotmail.fr

General manager Benoît Ichard: ben@heroes-booking.com

Heroes Booking: super@heroes-booking.com

Interview#07 – Monophonique

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Interviews

This week I interviewed Monophonique, a name that has been featured on the blog a few times with their tracks. Monophonique are a duo based in Belgium, who recently released their first  EP on Kiez Beatz Records and already made a ton of remixes for other producers such as Haezer, The Mastertrons, The Foolish Legacy, Blaster, Dead CAT Bounce, Vakkuum and PANDAmic

1. Hello! How old is Monophonique?

Monophonique started out as a dj project about 2 years ago. We both started to listen to more electronic music and we loved the music so much that we started playing at some local parties. A few months later we started experimenting with Reason and Ableton, getting to know how everything works and trying to find our own sound. We started producing our own tracks about 10 months ago.

2. How are you lately? Are you working on something and how is this going?

Everything is going great, our first EP was released last month and a lot of our remixes are soon to be released on various labels. We did a lot of remixes last year but now we are going to focus on a second EP.

3. You grabbed our attention with your remix on Spiderbait’s “Black Betty”. Was this the first Metalectro track you ever did? How did you come up with the idea?

The first Metalelectro track we did was our remix of “Hellmarch”. The idea was to make a very dirty, pumped up remix of it. The same goes for Spiderbait, we wanted to make it a bit more danceable but still keep those fantastic guitars in it.

When most producers make an electro remix of a rock track they only use a small part of the guitars and add a dirty bassline , the idea of our metal remixes is to make a dirty bassline by sampling the guitars . This idea goes for all our remixes, we sample the original files as much as we can to make something new out of it, even if our remixes might not sound nothing like the original we always sample a lot of it.

4. What do Monophonique consider their biggest achievement/highlight so far?

Our biggest highlight was our first EP with all original tracks, but the best is yet to come.

5. “Inspired by…everyone and everything!” Can you mention a person or story that inspired you to write a song and which song is this?

All our songs are mainly inspired by artists like Proxy, Gtronic, Boys Noize, Polymorphic, Bloody Beetroots, etc…

When we start a song we usually think of a setting that goes with it , the whole “Protoss” EP is inspired by various movies and games such as Predator, Transformers and Starcraft. This makes it easier for us to give the song the right vibe and tone.

6. Do you prefer working only with computers/sequencers or do you get your hands dirty playing and recording instruments? Do you use samples and what’s your opinion on sampling and copyright?

We currently do everything with midi and computers but in the future we would love to get some analog synths and various instruments. We prefer working with real gear because it gives the best sound, but it’s just too expensive for the moment.

We try to make all the sounds ourselves, when we start working on a new song we have 5 to 10 synths just to make different bleeps and small sounds to fill up a track . Sometimes we do take samples from various sample packs if we can’t create the sound we want. But it’s always best to make everything from scratch.

Some producers just sample an old tune, put a beat and some fresh vocals under it and try to make money with it but the right way to do it is to take an old tune, chop the hell out of it and create a fresh new song (like Fake Blood did with “I Think I Like It”). When you do sample or remix a song we think it’s important to make something new with it and give it your own personal touch.

7. What are your influences/music background?

Our biggest influences are other electro producers but we take a lot of inspiration from other genres such as rock, metal,drum n bass, house, dubstep… Our musical background goes from Soulwax to Kyuss so we listen to a lot of different music.

8. Is Monophonique your main project or do you work on other projects too?

It’s currently our main project but in the future we would love to do a project with some self-recorded guitars, vocals and synths but still make it sound dirty.

9. Are you signed with any record label? Any future plans? (live shows, release, remix etc)

For the moment we prefer to work with independent labels, this way it’s easier to do and release what we want.

We have some upcoming gigs in different countries which we are really looking forward to and most of our remixes we did in 2010 still have to be released this year. But we always keep on producing and searching for good new tracks.

10. What are you listening to lately? Any tracks/artists you recommend?

“Cabala” and “Fuck The System” from Cyberpunkers are awesome tracks which we love to play, also Vakkuum’s “Nitro” remix of Autodidakt is pretty good. Drivepilot’s “Fuck Yeah” and Aerotronic’s “Sex & Cigarettes” Waxdolls remix is standard in our set. We are also a big fan of Polymorphic and Hey Today, both have created some amazing tunes last year.

11. What do you do when you are not working on music?

Medidate in our hyperbolic chamber while watching home & away.

12. What do you think about the Metalectro blog and the music featured on it?

It’s great, Metalelectro combines the best of 2 genres and there is so much more potential in the genre. I would love to see more rock bands combining hard beats and distorted guitars in the future.

13. Anything else you’d like to mention and we forgot to ask?

Thanks for the interview.

Interview#06 – Andy’s iLL

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Interviews

As every Monday, i once again have a new interview for you today! This time i managed to get hold of Andy’s iLL, a name that has been featured on the blog and Metalectro MixTapes a few times with his tracks. So, let’s see what he had to say about pretty much everything…

01. Hi Andy! Would you mind introducing yourself?

Hey I’m Andy Sills aka Andy’s iLL! I’m 27 yrs old and I’m from London, Ontario, Canada and I like taking walks.

02. So how long are you doing Andy’s iLL?

I started spinning about 3 yrs ago and quickly got into producing with Reason soon after. So under the name “Andy’s iLL” it’s been about 2 and a half years. I never liked the name Andy’s iLL but it kind of just stuck with me so I didn’t change it. Maybe I’ll just start a side project or something. haha

03. You started working on your first EP recently. How is this going?

Yeah! It’s due out around May 2011 and I just have a video that should be starting soon that should be out around the same time. I have 1 song completely finished and 3 are in the works, as well as a new original dubstep track, but mostly electro.
La Musique D’ordinateur & Blaster have confirmed remixes and I’m still scoping out some other ones. It’s been going just swimmingly.

04. You grabbed our attention with your “Death Electro” track. Was this the first Metalectro track you ever did? How did you come up with the idea?

Oh sweet! Thanks a lot. Well yeah, I’ve always tried to make heavy electro and I’ve always found my originals to be not heavy enough. When I got together with OVERWERK, he showed me a ton about producing and making songs hit harder.
When he asked me to do a collab I was fully on board. What I really liked about that song was that it really sounds like it’s me and him going back and forth during the song. It was quite an inspiring experience and now I love doing collabs!

05. What would you say is your biggest music achievement/highlight so far?

Oh, the Sun remix by Caribou has been that for sure. I first saw Caribou live last summer and fell in love with the song and the band. When I listened to that song I just knew I really needed to do something more with it, make it bigger, harder. So I asked my friend for the stems and he got back to me really quickly because of the remix competition that recently ended. So, also I think that’s another reason why I think it came out so beautiful, it was based completely on inspiration.

06. You refix of Caribou’s “Sun” got some great comments. Did you send it to Mr Snaith and (if yes) what was his reaction?

I didn’t send it to anybody except Anthony from Daftwho? And it seemed to just explode, I don’t know if Mr. Snaith liked it or not. lol

07. What are your influences/music backgrounds? Have you ever played in a metal band?

Well, I started playing guitar when I was 11 and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” was my inspiration to start playing. I’ve always been into metal and played in bands but I’ve never been so passionate about something as I’ve been with electro. It just seems to flow.

08. Do you prefer working only with computers/sequencers or do you get your hands dirty playing and recording instruments? Do you use samples and what’s your opinion on sampling and copyright?

Well, when I make songs I find that if you don’t have an analog perspective it kind of loses something. So I always like to put a voice or a guitar sample in my work to connect with the listener.
I don’t really have an opinion on copyrighting though. I haven’t made much money off of my music. I think right now it’s all really about hype. Getting people excited about what I do. So hopefully I can get to that point so I can do this fulltime haha.

09. Do you use analogue equipment or do you prefer keeping everything “in the box”?

I use everything on my computer. I have some bad mics but everything suits me fine. My midi equipment is the novation mkII zero and and evolution 61c.

10. So, what is music for you and what do you think about the way the music industry is changing? What do you think about popular/chart music?

Music to me, is all about passion and energy. My shows are full of rage-y goodness, I love when I see the prettiest girl walk in to the club and she looks like she only has one thing on her mind, but by the end of my show she’s just a sweaty gross pile of mush. Haha! To me, it means that she was influenced by my sound, which I adore. I love connecting with people with my sounds. So yeah, I think it can be anything popular or not, but when you see a person that is just so passionate about a band, it’s quite amazing.

(It sure sounds like I have to watch some of your shows!!!)

11. Are you signed with any record label? Any future plans? (live shows, release, remix etc)

Fashionably Laid, in London Ontario. With my friends Conway, MDMK & The Girls Can Hear Us. Also, Dom from the blog “Dasrohmaterial” is starting up a label which I’m really excited to be a part of. I believe it’s going to be called Dreieck Records.

12. What are you listening to lately? Any tracks/artists you recommend?

I’ve just been listening to a lot of Haezer and VNNR lately and of course, Drivepilot. I also heard Aaren Reale and his productions are wonderful too. I’m trying to give something you haven’t heard but I am inspired by what you’re inspired by. Haha. F.O.O.L. and Your ol’ Lady are amazing too.

13. You recently mentioned on your facebook fan page that you “hate buying dj equipment…” Do you want to share the reasons?

Hahaha yeah!!! I really want to spend my money on production, not playing tunes. I had Torq and it was fine except that the preamp cuts out when it’s near a large power source like a power bar, haha. So I’ve recently been looking at Serato and it costs a lot of money just to play music.

14. “I wish I could quit work and make music 24-7…” So what do you do when you are not working on music?

I do graphic design for some bars in Eastern Canada and some print shops here in town. I really like it, but again, I’ve never had so much passion as I do for electronic music.

15. What do you think about the Metalectro blog and the music featured on it?

Dude, I love your blog, I would love to send you some previews when they start coming up! I have two dubstep tracks coming up, I think one is going to be a remix of Sigur Rós and the other is going to be a remix of an Unearth track. I also did a remix of Your ol’ Lady’s “Nightmare” and that should be coming out soon, I think we’re just waiting on Monophonique.

16. Something you’d like to mention and we forgot to ask?

Nothing really, I love how much hype my tracks have received and I hope that it continues to get bigger, and with that growth it seems like my tracks are sounding better and better. I appreciate the internet and what it can do, and I really appreciate you doing this and if you ever want to do it again, I’m fully down!

Thanks ZAK!

Andy’s iLL

www.soundcloud.com/theandysill

Interview#05 – Partysmartie

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Interviews

This week i interviewed Partysmartie, a name that has been featured on the blog a few times with their tracks. Partysmartie are a duo based in the USA and Austria, who recently released their free EP “All I Do Is Party”.

1. Hi Partysmartie, would you mind introducing yourselves?

Alfy twenty years in this fucked up world from the best city ever Los Angeles.

Matt 22 years from a small village near Vienna (Austria)

2. You’ve been rocking the Metalectro blog for a while now, how are you lately? Are you working on something and how is this going?

Yes working on our very first collaboration with the homie Blah Blah Blah and remixing a free track of the 80’s glam metal band Motley Crue and well, the other stuff we gotta keep a secret!

3. You grabbed our attention with your “All I Do Is Party” track. Was this the first Metalectro track you ever did? How did you come up with the idea?

I think it has to be our Night Prowler track. Our musical backround comes from the metal and punk scene so what we try to do is give you that vision of mosh pitting but motion of dance.

4. For your latest EP “All I do is party” you sampled 45 GRAVE’s “Partytime” from “The Return of the Living Dead” soundtrack. Tell us a few words about it…

Hahaha exactly!! One of my favorite movies and well, it was my sisters idea!

5. Did you try to get in touch with the band and play them the song or the remixes? If yes, what was their reaction?

Nope, we just sampled it!

6. Although Partysmartie is just 8 months old what would you say is your biggest achievement/highlight so far?

Let’s just say Partysmartie has become a raging monster!

7. Partysmartie is an overseas collaboration, how did this happen?

We had our own projects and we met on Soundcloud. We collaborated on an old

track called Chaos. We loved it and that’s when we gave birth to Partysmartie.

8. How does it work in terms of studio time?

Chating, sending samples back and forth, giving ideas, making our synth hard as fuck!

9. Do you prefer working only with computers/sequencers or do you get your hands dirty playing and recording instruments? Do you use samples and what’s your opinion on sampling and copyright?

We only use software-instruments… so yeah, no dirty hands…

If we sample something that is copyrighted we use it for our free tracks ’cause I think as long as you don’t make money with the work of others, sampling is ok.

10. Do you use analogue equipment or do you prefer keeping everything in the box?

Secret recipe!!!

11. What are your influences/music background? Have you ever played in a metal band?

Alfy: Well for me my biggest influences have to be Metallica and Motley Crue but even though i liked these bands i always had a thing for house music and electro until i came across the world of heavy electro and my life changed forever. I have never played in a band but i know how to play the drums.

Matt: I used to play in a Hardcore-Punk-Band for about 5 years but after we broke up I began to listen to house music and later electro. About 18 months ago I started producing my own tracks and after a while of making electro I felt the desire to create harder and more aggressive tracks. At this time I also started listening to more heavy electro.

12. So, what is music for you and what do you think about the way the music industry is changing? What do you think about popular/chart music?

All we have to say is Dubstep is the president right now but not for long…

13. Are you signed with any record label? Any future plans? (live shows, release, remix etc)

Shake Your Ass Records

We’ve been playing shows, but not together. Soon hopefully!

14. What are you listening to lately? Any tracks/artists you recommend?

KRFTKDS

SNAKE CHARMER

BLAH BLAH BLAH

THE WHOLE FACELESS CREW

And if you didn’t know, Faceless is the future!!! Be on the look out for Faceless!

15. What do you do when you are not working on music?

Working, school, you know life…

16. What do you think about the Metalectro blog and the music featured on it?

Sick, keep it up!

17. Something you’d like to mention and we forgot to ask?

Who is Mike Jones?