Sweet Musique Meets Mia Mendi
Interview & Premiere
Meeting fellow broadcasters seems obvious for us….
Either you follow them already or you might have noticed the YouTube channel Mia Mendi whose visual and sonic signature has made a remarkable impact on underground house and techno.
Mia Mendi are also known for their label Suah which launched in 2015 and for their productions that are already making waves in the scene.
To mark the release of the Dunya EP on Rhetorical Music the track is available in preview and we’ve written up an interview with the duo.
As we ourselves know what it means to work in broadcasting, we would like to congratulate you for the tremendous progress you have made since the inception of your YouTube channel in 2013. The quality of your content speaks for itself and you clearly deserve your recognition.
-Before we start talking about the label and your artistic direction, what was the motivating factor that pushed you to launch the channel? How did you meet? Above all, what was your relationship with electronic music before you made it a must to start your own journey in this scene?
J: I think as a DJ there’s always that underlying urge to want to show other people the new music you’ve found. YouTube’s a platform that makes this incredibly easy so it was the obvious route when we were first starting out.
We met online when Meti sent me a demo – it showcased great technique and to my surprise was the first beat he’d made, which I think is a testament to his natural flair.
I grew up with hip-hop before firstly getting into producing drum and bass. I then discovered deep house and have stuck with dark, moody, four to the floor sounds ever since.
M: To be honest, James got me into the darker sounding stuff, I was producing more housey orientated music before we met. It didn’t take long for me to start being obsessed with the more synth-laden compositions that are not necessarily danceable. This is a good thing because we tend to combine both the energy of dancefloor tracks and the depth of the more restrained side of melodic techno.
– Suah is the mark of your channel’s direction and features many of your favourite artists (Rauschhaus, Paul Ursin, Pavel Petrov, Bonaca, …). This seems to be the logical result to your original broadcasting project, as it was for us. What are the future plans for the label?
M: Of course, we started the label a year after we met and everything just flowed from there, we wanted free reign on creating a very niche sound, instantly recognisable as Mia Mendi’s imprint. We also wanted a platform for us to just release our own music on, we felt with our channel we had the means to create something special with Suah.
-How long have you been creating tracks and what are your influences?
J: I started producing almost 10 years ago now. I’d say my influences are hard to pin down as I run through so much music on a weekly basis – I’m most moved by new sounds that are pushing the envelope of dance music, so not any one artist in particular.
M: For me, I’ve been producing since I was 15 (now 22), I didn’t always make techno though. I had a few solo projects before we met and it’s weird because James and I had very different styles when we first got in touch – over time our tastes slowly amalgamated into one. Influence wise we both really like dark, cinematic sounds – we’re obsessed with emotional music and typically we’re drawn to anything that can move us on a deeper level.
-This EP is the result of a great collaboration with ASAS and Jinadu. How did you meet them and how was the collaboration?
M: Denis (ASAS) is actually one of the most talented producers we’ve worked with, he has without doubt one of the most interesting and unique sounds we’ve ever come across. We met Denis online through demo submission and asides from his music we were also drawn to his design work… Eventually this lead to him managing our label and being the A&R, we have no doubt the future is really bright for him and it’s been an ultimate pleasure working with him. It’s always difficult collaborating with artists who live in a different country to you but we managed to make this work. We’ve followed the work of Simon (Jinadu) for a long time, we sent him Dunya and were impressed with the final result!
-You’re releasing on Rhetorical Music on the 24th November but what’s in the works for you towards the end of the year and in 2018?
What are your objectives? What are the artists/labels with whom you would like to collaborate with on an EP?
J: The next release after Dunya is our Inamorata EP which is out in December on Suah. It’s one track from us with three incredible remixes from Rauschhaus, ASAS and Bonaca. We’ll definitely be touring a lot more in 2018 as we’ve got shows coming up in the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany as well as a few in North America currently being planned too.
M: We also have a lot of finished music in the bank too – probably a year’s worth of music ready to go.
-What is your studio comprised of? Are you mainly hardware or software?
(Do you have a photo?)
M: We use a combination of both. We use Moog Sub 37 & Sub Phatty a lot in most of our productions but we’re big fans of many VSTs – Diva, Prophet & anything from Arturia. We’re actually in the process of filming a walkthrough on a future project for the mighty Audiotent, we’re looking forward to that coming out later in the year with a sample pack from us as well. We tend to stay away from drum machines as we like to really process our sounds uniquely. We actually use 3 different DAWs – mainly Ableton but we use FL studio for some things and Cubase too.
-Speaking of playing… What does your set-up consist of? Do you plan to play live in the future?
M: Behind the scenes at the moment we are working on a live set. James and I have a contest of opinion here as I’ve always had a preference of the Xone mixers however James swings more towards Pioneer mixers. Our DJ preference stands with 3 Pioneer CDJs and a mixer, we don’t currently use any mixing software or laptops in our sets but have been thinking about getting hold of an FX unit.
– I know you’re living in the UK so what do you feel about the electronic scene over there and what influence has it had on your productions and projects?
J: To be honest our sound is more reflective of the scene in countries like Germany and The Balkans. The UK is just about starting to edge out of tech house and move into heavier techno but the melodic and deeper side of things are still a rarity over here. Fortunately this means most of our gigs for next year are in far off lands, meaning plenty of new experiences for us.
– Can you share with us your top 5 favorite tracks (regardless of their style)?
- The Sight Below – Shika 1.2
- Andrew Lahiff – The Glow From Beyond The Universe
- Dee Montero – Solace (BOg Remix)
- Maya Jane Coles – Full Swing
- Loom – Isolex 01
- Stephan Bodzin – IX (Victor Ruiz Remix)
- ANNA – Artha (Original Mix)
- Rauschhaus – The Resurrection of Ourselves (Original Mix)
- Denis Horvat – Randomize (Original Mix)
- Reset Robot – Crystal (Original Mix)
– What would be your label’s Top 5 tracks?
- Mia Mendi – Inamorata (Rauschhaus Remix)
- Prospa – Seizm (ASAS & Mia Mendi Remix)
- Messr. – Artisan (Original Mix)
- Glen Coombs – Poloma (Original Mix)
- Rudosa – The Depth Below (Original Mix)
Thank you guys for all these informations, Mia Mendi’s project has somme beautiful days ahead, concerning your artistic direction or the broadcasting. We cannot wait for the evolution, and be sure Sweet will be here for a collaboration with Mia.
Mia Thank you so much guys for having us and premiering our forthcoming collaboration with ASAS & Jinadu, we love your platform and are honoured to be guests here.