Soundcloud rules, period!
It gives you the freedom to adventure outside of your comfort zone and discover artists you might not have ever become familiar with. One night my wandering ear lead me to Mitis, and I'm still bragging about my discovery of this dubstep and D&B producer. This is what bloggers do, we brag about beating others to the punch. Which raises the question, is Mitis EDM Culture's next superstar?
His latest EP, "Born," contains six melodic tracks that allow you to feel, not just hear, his music. From the lyrics on the "Born" vocal mix to the harmony on the track "In My Eyes," the infusion of classical instruments and modern dubstep work together to form an infectiously unique new sound.
MitiS makes music that in itself is a form of therapy or meditation. So who is Mitis? I had the opportunity to interview the mastermind behind the music and learn a little more about the person who brings the Mitis touch to EDM - Joe Torre. (You knew there was going to be a Mitis touch play, don't pretend that you didn't)
Where are you from? Do you think this has influenced your taste in music? What is the music scene like there?
I am from Media, Pennsylvania. The area definitely has influenced my taste in music. It's not so much a scene for EDM, but for awhile now the area has been flooded by what we know as "indie alternative." Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania both have a large music scene, but as I said, not too much EDM.
Where does the name Mitis come from? Any interesting story there?
The name came from a friend. Nothing significant. I was making music at 4 or 5 in the morning, my buddy was passed out on the couch and started telling me "more snare" in his sleep. He woke up, walked over and told me my name is Mitis. Just kinda stuck, it was funny at the time.
The world of classical music and playing piano is where you originated your first type of music. What influenced the transition into the EDM world? Was there a defining moment?
I was really into a lot of chill music, such as Explosions in the Sky, Caspian, The Album Leaf etc. I started making some random music incorporating a lot of influence from those bands along with classical. I heard Tiesto's "Just Be" and fell in love with Trance. I wanted to make music like that SO bad. That same day I heard that song, I searched everything I could so I could start trying.
Can you walk us through your various musical phases? From early interest to actual creative output, how did they tie into your waking life? Alter your taste in fashion, art, literature?
I started getting really heavy into Screamo/metal or whatever you want to call it. I stayed there for a long while, then started listening to more chill alternative indie. As my music taste changed, so did my style and my tastes, naturally. I've always really lived in music, constantly have it playing wherever I am.
What got you into playing piano?
My ma did! I was 12 and sat down at my older sister's piano and started playing. My mom started noticing and got me lessons with a Russian teacher named Dimitry Borisofvsky.
When you first start producing dance music was there a certain goal you had in mind?
My goal was to simply make music. I loved every second of figuring out how a sound turns into something else entirely, and still love it. I just wanted to show it to people. I never had a certain expectation. When I described my music as "new age classical", it was more of describing what EDM has become. It's simplistic, but has SO much behind it, just like classical.
Would you say the musical process either works together or do you make it work together? What do you do when you have writers block?
I think it's usually a very natural process. If it's not, then that's when the writer's block comes in. Forcing anything is an extreme, and any extreme always ends negatively. At least for me.
Have there been any useful tips you take from playing the piano to producing your music?
Not really, I typically come up with the choral ideas on a piano and then figure out the synths and how they would work together.
You've played at venues like Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center for piano. What would be some venues you would love to play as Mitis?
I'd love to play at huge festivals, like Ultra and such. I had my first experience playing outdoors at Euphoria Music Festival, and it was incredible. Anything outside I'm down for.
Are you an outdoorsy person? What is your favorite activity outdoors?
Oh yeah. When summer comes around I'm either on the beach, woods, sleeping or making music. Nature has always influenced my moods, and the outdoors is always a positive. My favorite activity outdoors is either the beach, or hiking through some random woods.
What life activities are made better when listening to music?
Driving is one of my all time favorites.. Rain or shine, a cig and some good music with long driving always goes well. Last night I was listening to some Prog House mixes, just hanging out. There is a pool out my apartment window, and at night it looks like a lake from a certain angle, so it's always chill to hang out in the studio with that setting.
Tell me about your most memorable night out?
My first festival, Starscape, or the second time I saw Deadmau5. Deadmau5 played at festival pier in Philly, which is outdoors. It was such an incredible experience. He played such a solid mix of tracks, including a lot of beatless tracks of his own, such as "Jaded", which is my all time favorite of his. I'll never forget that.
If you visualize music as your listen, what do you imagine?
Really all depends on the song. I have a huge love for beaches and jungles and lakes, and that sort of cheesy stuff. So typically I imagine those things, and a Corona.
Has there been any life experiences that have influenced specific tracks for you?
Of course! "Life of Sin" was something my lady came up with our first night we were together. To this day she has been such a huge influence not only in that track, but all of tracks. The song was quoted from her from the first time we bonded. I'll never forget that night. The song always reminds me of summer 2012, best summer of my life. "Born" was fully influenced by my son, before he was born. Almost all of my tracks of some life experience that is connected.
You state the summer of 2012 was the best summer. Can you elaborate on one event?
You know, there were so many events that made it incredible. But to pin point the main one, it was meeting my lady, Rebecca. It's cheesy, but so true. Having her in my life has helped with every aspect of my music, especially with encouragement.
You are now a dad. Does it feel like you're taking up another persona? like when you created Mitis?
Haha, I guess in a way. It's all really surreal. It's not just "oh, I'm a musician" anymore, it's "I'm a father, and I also make music", if that makes any sense.