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Best Remixer on Earth Alex Metric on longevity, lenience and LMFAO

Best Remixer on Earth Alex Metric on longevity, lenience and LMFAO

British super-producer Alex Metric, who beat out the likes of Justice and Soulwax in 2009 when he was named XFM's remixer of the year, hits up Firestone Live this week, and if you're not already familiar with Metric's clutch skillset, one listen to his darkly adventurous official remix of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" – released last year as the centerpiece single of the legendary group's 2011 album Remixes 2: 81-11 – may just convert you. OW spoke with Metric about the architecture of his "dangerous" sets and saying no to LMFAO.

Orlando Weekly: We know you have new songs in the can. When and in what form will we finally hear them?

Alex Metric: I'm excited to unleash them all! Maybe it's an album, maybe EPs or individual releases. The model of writing something and then sitting on it for months is dated. I find it frustrating to be in that cycle. As an artist you want to write something and move on. Somehow, challenging those release schedule issues would be great. I just haven't figured out an effective way to do that yet.
Electronic Dance Music has exploded recently. What are the upsides and downsides to the genre, in your opinion?

[EDM] is great in many ways, but not great in others. It's amazing to see the explosion and it's exciting as an artist, the possibilities of reaching so many new people. But as it's become a lot more ingrained in pop music, you get people who want to hear these pop-dance records and only those. They're not interested in hearing new stuff. Why would you want to go out and hear the same records you hear on the radio in one set? Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with playing a popular or big record if it's good and it fits, but when DJs play them all back-to-back in one set, it's pretty one-dimensional, and a lot of them are terrible, anyway. I hope that all these new fans of dance music will learn about other music within the scene and see there is a world beyond the pop-dance stuff – just open up to new things, really. I got into electronic music to hear new interesting sounds and to be surprised on the dance floor. I like sets where you don't know what's coming next or where it might go.

How would you answer a request for LMFAO?

I would make it very clear I don't play LMFAO.

Your music is designed to stand the test of time. How do you make sure that you do, too?

First and foremost, I am a musician. I make music to get emotions out, express something, create some art – to give something of me to the world. It just so happens that I work within electronic music. I think it's important that dance music isn't just throwaway DJ tools with no soul. I want my records to still be enjoyed in three years, not just last three months while DJs hammer them then they're forgotten about. I'd like to think I've achieved that with some of my remixes and singles. I am strict about what I let leave the studio. 

With so many styles to choose from, your sets can go in any direction. How much pre-planning do you do?

I don't plan my sets at all. I like the danger element of not knowing what's coming next and running with it. I did a three-hour set recently for the first time and loved it. I started at 110 bpm disco and ended up at 130 bpm techno. It was a lot of fun taking the room on that trip. 

Alex Metric

10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9
Firestone Live
578 N. Orange Ave.