An Interview With Alex Metric
Alex Metric passed into my radar about one year ago with Ammunition Pt.1, a three-track release featuring the energizing “Rave Weapon,” the relaxing “Anybody Else” and the chilling “Epichords.” Since then, he has released Ammunition Pt.2 on Skrillex’s label OWSLA and is gearing up to pump out more, including Ammunition Pt.3 set for release on April 2nd.
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“The whole idea of the Ammunition concept is to do straight-up club weapons. No vocals, no messing about, straight-up club smashers,” Alex said.
“Ammunition Pt.3 is quite A diverse collection of tracks,” Alex said. “We got “Illium,” which is a collaboration with my friend Mark Yardlee (from Stanton Warriors). It is a big hands-in-the-air, emotional, festival kind of tune. Then there is “Scandalism,” which is a natural progression from “Anybody Else,” slow disco record with this big French lead line in it. “One Year” has a ’90s house vibe and “RW2,” (Rave Weapon 2) which has just a fucking disgusting bassline.”
But after this next Ammunition EP, Alex is set to put it on hold.
“Ammunition is gonna go on the back burner till probably the end of the year now. The next two releases after Ammunition are going to be full-on vocal tracks” explains Alex.
Following the release of Ammunition Pt.3, Alex has a collaboration coming out on Ministry of Sound with Jacques Lu Cont titled “Safe With You Ft. Malin.”
“It’s emotional, quite a pop record, but I love it. It’s different from stuff I’ve done recently, but that’s the beauty of being me. I can go do a big vocal record, and then I can do a techno record,” he explained.
Following that will be another release on OWSLA, a track titled “Heart Weighs A Tonne Ft. Stefan Storm,” which he described as “a big festival, sing-along tune.”
When it comes to multi-track releases, Alex makes sure to tie all the songs together. “If I’m making a statement to the world by releasing a record, I like to say “Here’s what I love,” he said. “It’s always been about bringing together different genres and mashing things up. So it’s important to, like, keep that going.”
“I want the release to sort of represent all the styles I play as well. In an ideal world, I get to do a set where I get to play all of those in a set.”
When it comes to DJ sets, however, Alex has a view on what the limitations of a DJ’s performance should be. After asking him about LA Weekly’s piece on Stave Aoki, which comments on Aoki’s antics during his performances (ranging from throwing cakes at the crowd to crowd surfing on a raft), Alex showed nothing but distaste.
“There’s a performance, and then there’s throwing cake. What relevance does that have to anything?,” he said. “You can have a performance and have production and jump around and clap and get into it. But I don’t see throwing cake having any place in a nightclub or festival.
“I think it’s really embarrassing, and I don’t know why the fuck that’s going on. It makes me angry, it makes me think: ‘You don’t need to do that shit, it’s about the music. That’s what it’s always been about.’ No offense to Steve Aoki, I’m sure he’s a cool guy. But if that’s his thing, he can do that. But where I come from, and where a lot of DJs come from, I just have no respect for that side of what he does. I think it’s a very weird and strange thing.”
Cake aside, Alex has seen some amazing progression on the overall open mindedness of crowds this WMC. “It’s interesting how things are changing, you know? Sonny (Skrillex) started his set (at the red bull OWSLA pool party) with a Duke Dumont record, that’s a fucking brilliant thing,” he exclaimed. “I think OWSLA is a very open-minded camp. He’s playing all this stuff no one is expecting Sonny to play. It feels like it’s all coming together. The kids go with it, there’s no confused faces.”
If there’s anything that makes him happier than his stint in Miami, it’s the fact that he’s British.
“I love UK culture, it’s where I come from. I think we breed some of the most exciting music and artists, and it’s a really great, creative place to be. I love it, I don’t like the weather though,” he admitted. “It definitely has a different vibe to America, you know? We got different things going on. UK is very much about deep house at the moment, that’s really the vibe over there.”
As far as labels and artists to look out for, Alex is super picky.
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All in all, this Winter Music Conference was been a nice treat for Alex.
“I’ve played more diverse sets during this WMC than any of the ones I’ve played at before, and people have enjoyed it and gone with it. As long as it’s good it doesn’t matter what you’re playing.”
For Alex, the music is only part of the WMC experience.
“Seeing some good music is great, but meeting up with buddies you haven’t seen in a while is amazing, too.”