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Meet m.O.N.R.O.E., Miami's New Tech House Whiz [Interview]

He's young, rhythmic, and making a name for himself.

Miami-based producer and DJ Jordan Postrel has been making a splash for the past several years. Before he became m.O.N.R.O.E., Postrel tested and honed his sensibilities for house music by remixing some hip-hop hits like "Day 'n Nite" and "Throw Some D's". He launched his primary alias in 2014 on Steve Lawler's respected VIVa LIMITED label, which has a reputation for surfacing rising underground talent into the spotlight. Since then, he's put out a string of heaters ripe with dance floor jitters and played out worldwide by renowned DJs.

We caught up with Jordan Postrel as he was leaving the White Isle of Ibiza to discuss his plans for 2016.

Where are you from and what's your family background?

My dad's from New York, and he was a producer back in the day, so he's been kind enough to support me to this point. I grew up in Miami, and it's fed into my partying and music habits. It's my favorite city!

How did you first get into music? What was the earliest music you remember listening to over and over?

I always enjoyed music as a kid, and then when i was 15, I went to Ultra and saw my first DJ, Carl Cox, not knowing who he was at the time, and have been hooked on dance music since and partying.

When did you start producing and composing? What equipment and instruments were you using then, what are you using now?

I started when I was 19 and I was using Reason. Shortly after I switched to Ableton and a ton of out board gear. My go-to is a TR8, Push, Livid controller and a list of processing gear.

You've been making music alongside Daniel Dubb for a while now: how did that collaboration begin, and how do you share and learn from each other creatively? What's your creative process like together? Are you making more music together?

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I met Daniel when he played in Miami and was brought over to my place to see my studio, he was a cool guy so I kept in contact. Later, I realized I had like 8 of his tracks that I've been playing for two years. A couple months later, he asked me if I wanted to jam so I flew up to Toronto to make some music. Daniel and I have a ton of music together and keep making more. We share ideas and techniques to further our knowledge. When we get in a studio for 2 weeks, we'll pump out 10 tracks. We both have the same vision in mind most of the time so it's very easy to work with each other.

Your solo productions on Get Physical vary widely, from "Moonset" to "Seeing Things". Is there any common theme that unites the music you make?

My tracks are made to be played at the right place and time, and some are more versatile than others. All my music has a common element in it. I set out to make unique dance tracks, I'm not a one trick pony.

You were spending time in Ibiza recently, what were you up to?

In Ibiza I was working on music at a friend's studio and setting up some future plans, not to mention I partied my ass off. I'm now in Berlin working on more music, and I played a guest set at Sisyphos the week before last. Then, I'm coming back to the states soon for some upcoming gigs.

What are some of your most precious tracks to throw into a DJ set?

The ones that only come out on vinyl.
1. Bring Em' Back (Original Mix) - Danny Howells & Daniel Dubb
2. On & On (Gel Abril Booty Mix) - Erykah Badu

What's next for you?

A bunch of new releases coming out over the next 6 months, but I don't wanna ruin the surprise.

Finally, why did you pick your name? Do you know how hard it is to Google you?

It's my middle name, and someone took Monroe on Beatport.

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