Denver producer Tommy Metz thinks of electronic music as a sculptureBy Alan Cox | February 20th, 2013 | No Comments »
By Erik Myers
Tommy Metz prefers thinking of music, especially his own genre, electronic, as sculptures. The Denver producer has been most visible as Iuengliss, but the beats he produces under that moniker are far more warped and ethereal than the melodies he writes under his own name. His new beat sampler, released ahead of tonightâ€™s performance at the Hi-Dive, sounds lucid but moves along interesting, unexpected curves.
Reverb: Do you still go by Iuengliss?
Tommy Metz: Yea, Iâ€™m just going by my name for music I like to write. I had been making a lot of dark experimental stuff like the Blank Matter album, and I started writing more pop music that I just felt didnâ€™t fit the Iuengliss name.
R: So whatâ€™s up with these new clips? Do they represent a bigger project?
TM: Just new jams Iâ€™ve been working on for the last 6-8 months or so. It takes me a while to finish this music, so I figured Iâ€™d just put together something that shows off all those different songs. Iâ€™m going to be playing that stuff (tonight.) Iâ€™m also working on an Iuengliss EP right now thatâ€™s pretty dark and melancholy. Iâ€™m diving into that world but Iâ€™m still having fun. I kind of bounce back and forth between the two styles.
R: What do you perform with?
TM: Pretty simple: I just use Ableton and Iâ€™ve got a BitStream controller. Itâ€™s got eight sliders and a ton of knobs. Iâ€™m playing songs I create a home â€“ I do some manipulation to my live songs, but I donâ€™t think about performing them live. I enjoy it, sure, but some people want that visual stimulus in a performance, they want something to look atâ€¦ in my opinion, itâ€™s not about whatâ€™s going on stage.
R: What interests you about electronic music?
TM:Â I love that itâ€™s not a physical instrument. I like to think of digital music as sculpture. Whatâ€™s exciting is that there are infinite amounts of possibilities within a computer. I think itâ€™s exciting to create sounds that have never been heard before.
R: Name three songs, albums, or artists that you love right now.
TM: Autechreâ€™s new album â€śExaiâ€ť just came out, I listen to that pretty much non-stop. For one, its two hours long. Thereâ€™s so much to cover in that record. Theyâ€™re my favorite band ever. Every time they put something out, I love it.
Iâ€™ve been listening to Teebs. I saw him open up for Flying Lotus and I loved it. I bought all of his records and put them on repeat. It puts you in the most beautiful mood, itâ€™s extremely relaxing. Itâ€™s pretty awesome.â€ť
Tommy Metz opens for The Ruby Suns tonight at the Hi-Dive. Visit his website for more.
Electronic blogger Erik Myers is a Denver-based writer and new contributor to Reverb.Â Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org orÂ follow him on Twitter.