Artist Profile: Metronomy & Sony online collaborative project
Metronomy are an electronic music group formed by Joseph Mount in Totnes, Devon, England in 1999 . The current band consists of Joseph Mount (Composer, Singer, Keyboards and Guitar), Oscar Cash (Saxophone, Backing Vocals and Keyboards) and Gabriel Stebbing (Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Bass Guitar). Their music consists of instrumental electronic music and more recently, with the release of Nights Out, vocal electronic pop music.
Metronomy are accomplished remixers, having remixed many artists including : Roots Manuva, Franz Ferdinand, The Klaxons, The Young Knives, Zero 7, Ladytron, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Kate Nash, Love Is All, Late of the Pier,and Lykke Li.
Electronic artists tend to face the same fundamental challenge when it comes to playing live – that is, from an audience point of view, it’s just not that scintillating watching someone fiddle with a laptop.
Which is why Joseph Mount, the one-man composer/remixer behind Metronomy, has upgraded to a full performance band with sidekicks Oscar Cash and Gabriel Stebbing. While Metronomy’s remix work for the likes of Gorillaz and Ladytron has won fans, it’s arguably their live performance – spruced up with lighting effects and guest dancing girls – that has really made a mark.
Joseph mainly uses Logic Pro to mix and record. Here is a short video on his techniques
‘Part of the original reason we started playing live was that we were having problems getting our records released,’ explains Mount. ‘We’ve all previously been in more conventional guitar bands and we wanted to do something that was more of a spectacle than just a bunch of electronic equipment on stage.
Metronomy have gained a reputation for their remixes… why do you think it’s important to bridge a gap between electro and other forms of music?
I never thought it was necessary to bridge that gap. If it seems like I try to bridge it then that’s a by product of what I do. I’ve only ever made the music that I feel excited about making. I’ve been influenced by all kinds of music throughout my life. I don’t just listen to electro and I don’t just listen to guitar bands; I guess I’d be misrepresenting myself if I just made standard electro or pigeon holed myself into any particular genre.
The Walkman Project offers people the opportunity to blend different songs and musical components together… and you use MySpace to release exclusive material as well. How important is the internet becoming to the future of music?
I think the internet is already incredibly important. People don’t find out about music in the same way as they used to, nor do they listen to it in the same way. Although I’ve given away exclusive tracks through MySpace I still think it’s very important to own music and albums as physical objects… I think it would be a very sad thing if Vinyl and CDs disappeared for the sake of people freeing up a bit of living room space.
Would you say that all forms of music have the credentials for remixing? For example, would you ever consider mashing some classic blues, say, John Lee Hooker, with a modern twist… or maybe remixing some Chas and Dave?
I’m not sure there’s much someone like me can bring or add to a John Lee Hooker song. You just need to look at that Moby record to realise what a waste of time it might be. One mans modern twist is another mans bland, home makeover program, mosaic. Chas and Dave might be good for a laugh though.
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