Hailing from Cheltenham, the music of electronic producer Mij Mack crosses a variety of genres. Previously releasing on labels such as Black Butter, Kenja Records and Audiophile Deep, his music incorporates elements of bass, house, techno and broken beat, and has been supported by huge range of A-list artists including Maja Jane Coles, Erick Morillo, Pirupa, DJ Zinc and Marco Carola.
Calling to mind the warm textures and emotional richness of producers like Session Victim and Moomin, I Can Go is built around evocative vocal samples and beautiful, sweeping strings: a wonderful, rewarding example of deep house done right.
With I Can Go out now and the second single from his forthcoming album having just landed, we caught up with him for a chat.
Hi Mij, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello, thanks for having me! Im good thanks!
Can you talk to us more about your single “I Can Go”?
Its the lead single from the album. I wanted to create something ethereal that would work for dance floor and beach club environments.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
In January I had just come back from Thailand and I was feeling the winter blues. I wanted to create a track that emulated my time Krabi. Krabi is a magical place in south Thailand.
The single comes off your new album Elysium – what’s the story behind the title?
Elysium means paradise in ancient greek. The theme is all about escapism. Im a “grass is always greener” kind of person and Im always looking to explore new places and cultures.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s taken place over the last few years, the first tracks were made around the same time I came back from Spain in 2018. Every track was approached in a similar way using layered synths and vocals. In terms of drums I used 909 and 808 sounds with layered breaks on top and I also used a lot of ethnic sounding percussion. In the end I managed to narrow the track selection down from 15 to 10 as the others weren’t quite suiting the theme for the album.
Were there any artists in particular that influenced you when producing the album?
I’m inspired by everything I listen to but the main artists who have influenced in the recent years are William Orbit, Lone and Leon Vynehall.
What role does Cheltenham play in your music? It’s not somewhere that’s perhaps know as a music hub…
There isn’t really any music scene at all in Cheltenham. When I was 18 I used to Dj in a club called sub tone but that has since closed down. While I was growing up most of my friends were very musical and now they are very talented musicians so I guess we have all inspired each other from a young age up until now.
How do you go on balancing your classic rock upbringing with your more electronic focussed sensibilities?
I listen to rock and other genres in my downtime, driving or when I’m in the gym.
Where do you find inspiration for your songs?
Most of my inspiration has come from personal experiences or when I have come back from travelling. I also love gaming and soundtracks to games often give me some strange inspiration.
What else is happening next in Mij Mack’s world?
I have a bunch of new tracks and collaborations in the pipeline. I had some holiday plans
but now Im just excited to see how my albums is received. Looking forward to the release of the PS5 also!