Hi folks, his new album “Swinger E.P.” is out now. Mano Meter from Germany – Rotenburg an der Fulda – injected a lot of time in this release so he told me. Mano isn’t a unknown DJ & producer, he also founded the company and music label called “Fachwerk Studios” in 2005 with his friends. Enough of reasons for some questions. Here we go…
Hi Mano, first and always in demand: What is Electro-Swing for you?
A modern style of swing and similar influences which transport feelings of happiness and love to the dancefloor and people.
How did you come to this genre?
I started to play music at the age of 6, learning piano, trumpet, guitar and later drums. At 13 i started playing in several bands and started to produce own songs. So I am very open minded to different styles of music and I experimented with mixing them over the last years. Apart from that I have always been very interested in music and those experiments from others.
Swinger E.P. is your first album. Tell us about. How is your production-wise. Do you use samples or do you record own instruments parts. How would you describe your music?
I record acoustic or use software-instruments. But I end up sampling again and again, because I can not resist the raw material. Sampling is a cool thing and can bring a special vibe. I love both ways and especially the combination.
On my album “Swinger” you can hear sample-based tracks like “Brassilikum” or own stuff like “Piano Afrika”. A good example for a combination is “Karussell” which is based on a sample combined with the programmed second sax.
In contrast to feel and produce music, describing is not really my thing. I think it is based on techhouse and minimal with a variety of musical influences. I have also produced HipHop and Rock with and for other artists.
In the recent years I’ve produced a lot of electro-songs. I have chosen the best to finish them and split them into two albums. “Swinger” was the first one. The other album “Hand & Fuß” (Hand & Foot) will be released in 2013 and includes less Swing elements and samples, it is more technoid. But of course i will continue making songs with Swing- or Jazz-elements and i am already working on some projects!
I’m happy about your release, because it’s also available on good old Vinyl. For me as Vinyl-picker & -player it’s important to find new cool tracks on this medium. What do you think about the global digitalization of DJ’ing and the hard way to find good tracks on vinyl.
The global digitalization of DJ’ing has good and bad sides but it is unstoppable and i can not discuss this in detail here. However a brief insight into my way of DJ’ing:
I used vinyl for a long time, now i prefer timecode vinyls via Traktor. The advantage is that I can test new songs live and see, how the crowd reacts. But I love vinyl and the way of DJ’ing with it. I am glad to have my album on vinyl and hope that more artsits continue to publish on!
What’s your plans? Maybe a tour for „Swinger E.P.“?
Yes i’m currently on tour with the album and working on more tourstops, the tour calendar on www.mano-meter.de fills gradually with appointments. In February 2013 I make tourstops in Bahrain and possibly in Abu Dhabi, and I am also working on a small North America tour in March and maybe April 2013. Keep your fingers crossed!
If theres someone out there who can help me with a tourstop just contact me: email@example.com
And as mentioned my next album “Hand & Fuß” (Hand & Foot) will be released 2013 and I am curious what the future brings :)
The future of Electro-Swing will be…