The Refrain Interview: MPM Producer

Hailing from Cagliari, Italy, MPM Producer is a modern musician who produces and mixes his own work. His newest track “VENOM” is a genre bending thrill ride that fuses Italian hip hop, hard rock and punk. We recently had the chance to chat with MPM Producer about the single for our ongoing Refrain Interview series:

Refrain Music Blog: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You have a new single out now. Tell us about it? What’s it called? 

MPM Producer: My pleasure, thanks for your interest. Yes, “Venom” is the first of a series of singles.

RMB: What’s the single about? 

MPM Producer: “Venom” is really an hip hop type song. Punchlines here and there, and some stuff that really makes me freak out.

Desire for redemption, ambitions, being different from the mass and…some confidence in rhymes.

RMB: What’s the story on how it was recorded? The Who, When, Where etc. Was it a long process or quick? Any good stories about the recording process? 

MPM Producer: The main idea behind the song was to mix english and italian language.
Even though I know I still keep an Italian accent, I really wanted to give english bars a try. I normally use english just for singing parts, and I wanted to try this as an exception.

The beat is made by american producers Kato on the Track and Kalamari , and since the first time I heard it , I was thinking about how to give it a little “MPM sauce”.

If you hear the original beat, you would probably not expect guitars in the middle, and that ‘s what MPM Producer is basically about.

Surprise the listener; once you hear the beat or a sort of loop, it’s not obvious that the song is going to finish in the same way.

The only funny story of the song is me trying to not sound italian on the English parts or viceversa. It was confusing at the beginning.

RMB: Is it part of a larger album? If so, tell us about that. 

MPM Producer: Yes, it is. It is going to be an EP called “London Chronicles”.

It comes naturally to me to talk about my life in music, so “London Chronicles” is basically a summary of some experiences I had the last year.
I was working in another country, and that is always stimulating but challenging.

Some main topics are people’s reaction during an unexpected quarantine; work alienation, hard relationships and even a love song.

Musically speaking, the idea is to blend current mainstream trends (trap, beats, modern sounds like dubstep) with real guitars, drums and bass.

I like the modern era, in terms of production, and I do love trap, for example, but I think that the general attitude is to homologate instead of trying to be different.

It happens a lot that when you hear the first 10 seconds of a beat, you heard the song already.

I’d like to introduce something new in this genre.

It is a sort of punk – rock 2.0

RMB: When is that album out?

MPM Producer: It will be out on June the 4th

RMB: How many songs on the album?

MPM Producer: 8 songs; it is more an EP.

RMB: Is this your first album? If not tell us about your previous work and how this differs from your previous work.

MPM Producer: It’s my second EP. The first EP was “Reborn”, it came out last year, 2020.

The concept behind “Reborn” was the embryo of MPM Producer work. Finally, I had the artistic necessity to make music again, after ten years of being in a band.

I think the second ep is more mature and even more varied than the first.

RMB: Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you start pursuing music?

MPM Producer: As I was saying, I have a pretty long story in music already.

I’ve been in a punk rock band for ten years, while I was studying avantgarde music and sound engineering.

After the band, I became more and more intrigued by the world of production. I started making beats and then exploring more and more genres.

RMB: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

MPM Producer: Bands: Blink-182 (very first love) and all that wave: Offspring, Sum41, Green Day, My Chemical Romance. I had an alternative rock and metal side as well: bands like Muse, Placebo, Metallica, Megadeth were very important too. Producers: Skrillex, Dr.Dre, Deadmau5, DJMustard, Metro Boomin. Rappers: a lot of italian rappers, and american ones too. I love other artist too like Sting, Johnny Cash and newer stuff like Enter Shikari and Fever 333.

RMB: What’s the one thing you are most proud of in your career so far?

MPM Producer: Even though I’m still not at the point I want to reach for my career in music, I’m very proud of the fact that after years and years of work, I’m now able to produce and record an entire project on my own.

I still collaborate with other people for hard moments like mastering, but I built a studio and I’m able to handle almost the entire process of making music

RMB: If you had to pitch your music to a potential fan in less than 10 seconds, what would you say?

MPM Producer: Like rock? Like trap? Think they’re impossible to blend? Hold my drink…

(Well, a little bit cocky, but riding an internet trend 😀 )

RMB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve gotten that you think everyone needs to hear or that has meant the most to you?

MPM Producer: Always be honest to yourself. And don’t let other people, partners, friends, jobs or situations be an excuse if you’re not REALLY working hard to get what you really want.

RMB: If you could go back in time, what’s a piece of advice you would give to a younger you?

MPM Producer: keep calm and enjoy the process 🙂

RMB: What’s coming up next for your musical project?

MPM Producer: Finally we’re slowly going out from this crazy pandemic situation, so I’ll be evaluating some work for live.

RMB: Anything we haven’t thought of that you want to talk about? Now is the time!

MPM Producer: I encourage the reader to follow me on their digital store and , or some social media to stay posted on everything I do.

Thank you for this space and see you soon!

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