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INTERVIEW: Mixhell

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We are good, having a very busy summer with various projects and our record label “Delayed Records”.

Can you talk to us more about your latest release “Strong and Wrong”?

Strong and Wrong was born from a jam session we did at Joe Goddard’s Pitifield Studio. It all starts with us finding sounds on an interesting synth and this one in particular was on a Roland System 100. From the jams we do a lot of edits and turn it into music. Then Mutado added lyrics which tell a story of a strong man with wrong attitudes.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this EP? 

Well, all of the tracks are inspired in being humans, being here, presence and aware. I guess the fact that the four of us are 40+, parents, and make a life out of music is the true inspiration for the EP.

What was the theme behind your quirky video for the lead single ‘Strong & Wrong’?

Thats a trip into the twisted brain of Mutado Pintado, he is a master of compiling amazing images from the web and turning them into a video. He pictures strong men in a time where strength is, at least for us, not a cool feature, opposing it to fun and dancing moments.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

Just because it was the name of the single. But we also think is a very cool name, and can be very open to different ways of interpretations.

How was the recording and writing process?

Working with Joe we always start with a jam session on his amazing studio with lots of synths and drum machines, after that Laima has to turn these crazy jams into songs by adding vocals, organic drums and percussions and lots of editing.

What role does Brazil play in your music?

Brazil is always part of us, sometimes singing in Portuguese, sometimes on a drum pattern or just for being foreigners. It doesn’t need to be literal in the sense of making a Brazilian grove, but we feel it is there somehow.

You brought some special guests, Joe Goddard & Mutado Pintado – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

They are some of our best friends and we love making music together.

What did they bring to the table? 

Joe is one of our favourite artists/producer he is always open to crazy ideas. Mutado is a lyricist genius and an amazing poet of free styling.

How does your personal relationships influence the group?

As we said above, we are all 40+, we are all musicians, parents and live similar lives. We have a lot of interests in common, so it can only be natural that our lives and relationships influence the group.

What aspect of strength and mistakes did you get to explore on this record?

Somehow this record reflects the other projects we are involved, such as Soulwax, GRRRL, Petbrick, Cavalera Conspirancy and life. It sums up reflections of all of them, so in a way its kind of therapeutic work, which obviously involves strength and mistakes.

Any plans to hit the road?

It would be amazing to do some stuff with the 4 of us onstage, but is very tricky due to the mad schedules of everyone involved. Mixhell will hit the clubs later this year for sure.

What else is happening next in Mixhell’s world?

There are many projects going on at the moment. Iggor is soon going on tour with his brother and their band Cavalera Conspiracy. Petbrick (Iggor’s new project with Wayne Adams) has just recorded a full album to come out soon. Laima has a new, still secret project, to be announced in November and is also writing and music directing with GRRRL (project with women from places of conflict and crisis). Both Laima and Iggor are touring as part of Soulwax’s Transient Program for Drums and Machinery as well as running their own label, Delayed Records. In total, we have been working in 7 projects as to say, so with Mixhell we have plans to keep writing music and doing gigs, but as always without the pressure of being a commercial success.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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