Mar 09, 2020
MYRNE's 'Fluorescence' Exclusive Mix
MYRNE steps up with our latest Exclusive Mix to celebrate his new Fluorescence EP together with Manila Killa. Since meeting at Ultra Music Festival Miami in 2018 the two have been destined for a big collaborative release. After touring together and bonding on the road, it was time to make the productions happen and we’re bringing you the story behind “Fear” and “Where Do We Go From Here.” Turn it up for MYRNE’s Exclusive Mix featuring artists such as Giraffage, Tourist, and Gemi, as you dive deeper into the new EP!
Manfred, thanks so much for joining us to celebrate your collaborative Fluorescence EP! We’ve heard a little of how touring with Manila Killa had a heavy impact on these tracks, but take us way back to the start. Do you remember the first time that you heard his music and/or met and what your impression was?
I definitely heard his music sometime before 2016 – back when SoundCloud was really exciting. I was already a big fan of his stripped-down production and the atmospheres in his music when we formally met in 2018, at UMF Miami. Safe to say we had the same music tastes!
What did it mean to you when you first heard that Chris wanted you to tour with him? What was something new you learned, or grew to particularly appreciate, about Chris during that tour?
I was excited! Partially because I liked his music and wanted to see his tour live, but also because it gave me an opportunity to perform a live set too, with my own music. We bonded over our love for Tourist over the course of that run; one thing I really appreciated was his attention to detail in curating a visual and auditory experience throughout the whole set.
We’re sure you guys discussed working on tracks together during the tour, but what was the turning point since then to make these collabs a reality?
I think it came through pretty naturally! We had talked about making music together, but I was in America for too short a time. When I got home, I sent him some haphazardly recorded demos I thought he would like, and the two tracks came from there.
“Fear” is such a unique track using both of your own vocals. Can you tell us some more about growing into your own as singers and the challenges of working with a duet male vocal?
I didn’t really think much of it at the time to be honest. I have a bit of experience writing tracks with other artists, and co-producing albums including vocal engineering, so I think the only difficult part was treating our vocals with the same indifference required for an unbiased place in the mix. I mean, it sounded good to both of us at the time, so I left it at that! Making music shouldn’t be staring at limiter values all day.
Talk to us some more about the influences of the old progressive house sound on your career and paying homage to it with “Where Do We Go From Here”?
I grew up in Singapore, so we didn’t have the bustling garage environments of the UK or the grit of LA hip-hop and rap. Instead we had a lot of bottle clubs playing the same 128 bpm songs day in and out, and I managed to find genres I liked within that constraint. I rarely write any ‘housey’ type songs since I started making music as MYRNE so I thought it would be a good idea! Obviously, Chris loved house music too, as apparent from his previous Hotel Garuda project.
Can you highlight a favorite moment or show you’ve had together?
My favourite show had to be the only show we played b2b together – during Miami Music Week, at The Hangar. It was all trap and bass music artists slated all night, but we decided on an impromptu b2b with only progressive house/electro house from 2012. It was mostly us scrambling to find old ass songs in our thumbdrives – playing ancients like “Zero 76.” I had a lot of fun that night.
Looking closer at your Mix, can you highlight three tracks included and what makes them stand out for you?
Tourist - "Emily." I've been in love with this song for a long while, the textures and emotion in it are beautiful. Also a big fan of Tourist because of his intuitive approaches to making music.
Giraffage - "Workout." Some catchy modular-esque work going in here! I've been a huge fan of Giraffage's music for a while and I'm always excited to see what he's up to next.
Gemi - "Ciani." Gemi is an extremely underrated producer from the UK, and you can hear those influences in every bit of his discography. This track pays homage to Suzanne Ciani, one of electronic music's earliest pioneers. Basically the godmother of synthesizers.
What else are you looking forward to over the coming months?
Because of the unfortunate virus situation that we are all struggling with, a couple of my shows have been cancelled, but I'm using the respite to work on music. I'm planning on a solo EP, experimenting with different styles I love, later this year. I'm also throwing a virtual music festival called "Utopia" later this month! It's dedicated to fans in China who have been hardest hit by the outbreak.
You can buy/stream your copy of MYRNE & Manila Killa's 'Fluorescence' EP today! https://ffm.to/fluores
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