Melé takes us inside his new 'The Latin Track'
UK producer Melé is known for making noisy, bass-driven records with Tribal flavour. He’s probably best known for his productions ‘Ambience’ and ‘Scouse Afrika’ and for remixing Jax Jones’s ‘Housework’, Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’ and Tiga’s ‘Planet E’ which all scored him solid A List support from the likes of Annie Mac, Shadowchild and Monki. Melé’s now caught the attention of Simon Dunmore and co on his latest release, ‘The Latin Track’ which is out now on the DFTD imprint. We caught up with Melé to find out just how he gets that signature sound…
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Really well! I’ve had the track for a while now so I’ve been playing it in its various stages during my sets for about a year or so. The reaction has always been great so it’s nice to finally get it out. Other DJ’s seem to really like it which is great because it’s a bit different to a lot of music that’s out right now I think.
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
I had heard this great record by The Chakachas called Bantu whilst digging and thought it had so many amazing bits. Strong percussion is essential in the music I make and I just knew if I sampled this record and added my own drums and arrangement it would really work. The majority of my music is based around sampling records, flipping drum loops and vocals which comes from my love of hip hop.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work? ¥ Please provide a Photo of this or screenshot if it’s a plug in, more than one would be great too!
I think the Kick is what ties this track together. I spent so long choosing a kick drum for this track as none seemed to work with all the percussion and that filtered bassline that sits underneath. I think I maybe did 4 or 5 mixes before I got to the one you hear now. I used the Ableton saturator and glue compressor to get that big thumping kick sound. I mixed everything down with the UAD SSL channel strip.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
A plugin I couldn’t live without is the Soundtoys Echoboy. I use it on every single one of my tracks. In tracks like ‘Scouse Africa’ and ‘Sleepless’ I used it to get them big dubbed out echoes. It can work really well as a tape delay too which I like to use on vocals and percussion hits a lot. All of the Soundtoys plugins are really good. Another delay plugin I really like and used on ‘The Latin Track’ is FXpansion’s Bloom, you can get some really weird stuff out of that.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
I couldn’t live without my Korg MS-20 Mini and Korg SQ-1 sequencer. I don’t ever really use anything else for bass, it’s so easy to get a quick bassline going and the SQ-1 gives you a few great different sequence rhythms. It can do a lot more than just bass too, it’s great for acidy leads and kick drums. For the price I think the MS-20 mini is amazing.