Interview: Washington-based artist Metsä talks remixes, influences and playlists

Washington based artist Metsä has made a name for himself in the electronic music scene opening for Chet Porter, Elohim, and Big Wild. We got the chance to catch up with him before his set at Neumos during Capitol Hill Block Party – which reached capacity and had security turning people away at the door!

Thanks for chatting with us today!
For sure!

Can you describe yourself as an artist? What are you all about?
I am Metsä; my real name is Max Prendergast. I make music inspired by Odesza, Flume, Mura Masa. I also draw inspiration from being outside and real life situations. It’s very organic.

How did you get started in music?
In high school I messed around with music programs but never really dove into it. Then freshman year of college, I got ahold of some software and started using that. I listened to a bunch of music I enjoyed and then tried to do that.

What’s your favorite part about performing?
Getting lost! There’s no other feeling like playing music that you’ve made in your bedroom for hours, on stage, in front of hundreds of people. Seeing them react too. Nothing else matters in that moment except the here and now.

What’s your favorite song to perform?
Oooooo, that’s hard! I have some unreleased stuff that I really enjoy performing, but I’d say that “Bristle” is really fun to play because I play the drums live during that.

What do you bring in to your live performance?
I’ll take out the drums on tracks and play them live over it. Instead of just pressing play. Some days I wish I could just bring a USB and plug it in. I’d be good to go, but it’s not as fun! A lot of people play other people’s music. I only play stuff I’ve done. The remixes, originals, collaborations – it’s all stuff I’ve worked on. It’s much more satisfying seeing people react.

Are you working on anything? What’s your next step?
I’m hard at work! I’ll be playing a lot of new stuff from my unreleased project. I’m waiting on final details to get ironed out, but it’s almost done. Be on the lookout for that!

You make a playlist every week for people to listen to. What’s that like for you?
I like sharing music! Every Monday I’ll take 15 songs I’ve been listening to that week and put it in the playlist. It’s music that I’m getting inspired by. I was really reluctant to share my music taste with people, but if people dig my music then they might like the stuff I listen to.

That sounds awesome. We’ll check that out! Thank you so much for hanging with us today!
Definitely, definitely!

You can listen to Metsä’s music here.

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Interview: Washington-based artist Metsä talks remixes, influences and playlists

Washington based artist Metsä has made a name for himself in the electronic music scene opening for Chet Porter, Elohim, and Big Wild. We got the chance to catch up with him before his set at Neumos during Capitol Hill Block Party – which reached capacity and had security turning people away at the door!

Thanks for chatting with us today!
For sure!

Can you describe yourself as an artist? What are you all about?
I am Metsä; my real name is Max Prendergast. I make music inspired by Odesza, Flume, Mura Masa. I also draw inspiration from being outside and real life situations. It’s very organic.

How did you get started in music?
In high school I messed around with music programs but never really dove into it. Then freshman year of college, I got ahold of some software and started using that. I listened to a bunch of music I enjoyed and then tried to do that.

What’s your favorite part about performing?
Getting lost! There’s no other feeling like playing music that you’ve made in your bedroom for hours, on stage, in front of hundreds of people. Seeing them react too. Nothing else matters in that moment except the here and now.

What’s your favorite song to perform?
Oooooo, that’s hard! I have some unreleased stuff that I really enjoy performing, but I’d say that “Bristle” is really fun to play because I play the drums live during that.

What do you bring in to your live performance?
I’ll take out the drums on tracks and play them live over it. Instead of just pressing play. Some days I wish I could just bring a USB and plug it in. I’d be good to go, but it’s not as fun! A lot of people play other people’s music. I only play stuff I’ve done. The remixes, originals, collaborations – it’s all stuff I’ve worked on. It’s much more satisfying seeing people react.

Are you working on anything? What’s your next step?
I’m hard at work! I’ll be playing a lot of new stuff from my unreleased project. I’m waiting on final details to get ironed out, but it’s almost done. Be on the lookout for that!

You make a playlist every week for people to listen to. What’s that like for you?
I like sharing music! Every Monday I’ll take 15 songs I’ve been listening to that week and put it in the playlist. It’s music that I’m getting inspired by. I was really reluctant to share my music taste with people, but if people dig my music then they might like the stuff I listen to.

That sounds awesome. We’ll check that out! Thank you so much for hanging with us today!
Definitely, definitely!

You can listen to Metsä’s music here.

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