Denver producer Tommy Metz thinks of electronic music as a sculpture - Reverb

Denver producer Tommy Metz thinks of electronic music as a sculpture

Denver producer Tommy Metz is opening for the Ruby Suns at the Hi-Dive tonight. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Denver producer Tommy Metz is opening for the Ruby Suns at the Hi-Dive tonight. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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 tonight’s performance at the Hi-Dive, sounds lucid but moves along interesting, unexpected curves.

Reverb: Do you still go by Iuengliss?

Tommy Metz: Yea, I’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 didn’t fit the Iuengliss name.

R: So what’s up with these new clips? Do they represent a bigger project?

TM: Just new jams I’ve been working on for the last 6-8 months or so. It takes me a while to finish this music, so I figured I’d just put together something that shows off all those different songs. I’m going to be playing that stuff (tonight.) I’m also working on an Iuengliss EP right now that’s pretty dark and melancholy. I’m diving into that world but I’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 I’ve got a BitStream controller. It’s got eight sliders and a ton of knobs. I’m playing songs I create a home – I do some manipulation to my live songs, but I don’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 at… in my opinion, it’s not about what’s going on stage.

R: What interests you about electronic music?

TM: I love that it’s not a physical instrument. I like to think of digital music as sculpture. What’s exciting is that there are infinite amounts of possibilities within a computer. I think it’s exciting to create sounds that have never been heard before.

R: Name three songs, albums, or artists that you love right now.

TM: Autechre’s new album “Exai” just came out, I listen to that pretty much non-stop. For one, its two hours long. There’s so much to cover in that record. They’re my favorite band ever. Every time they put something out, I love it.

The new Burial EP, “Truant/Rough Sleeper.” It’s more like an EP. I’m loving that, it’s like a standout.

I’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, it’s extremely relaxing. It’s pretty awesome.”

Tommy Metz opens for The Ruby Suns tonight at the Hi-Dive. Visit his website for more.

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Electronic blogger Erik Myers is a Denver-based writer and new contributor to Reverb. Contact him at erikmye@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter.

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