Me In Hue Talks Self-Titled EP
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:18:58
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"We had a vision, get it done. We had good flow and chemistry around the time it was done. We threw out jams for hours and just stopped when we heard something we liked," proclaims Me In Hue guitarist Michael Mendoza.
Set out to challenge musical genres, four musicians (Michael Mendoza - Guitar, Christopher Gutierrez - Guitar, Andrew Orozco - Drums, Joshua Vedder - Bass) have come together with the common goal to create and put instrumental music back to hungry ears. Highly influenced by modern and traditional music, their sound comes through with beautiful techniques, driving bass, harmonic guitar playing and rhythmic drums. Me In Hue hopes to influence and inspire all of their fans and musicians alike. We love their track "Journey To The Surface." So that's why we invited them in for a little chat.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com, Me In Hue talk their self-titled EP and so much more.
What's your take on your EP as a whole? Did you approach it with one vision or vibe in mind?
Chris: I personally just wanted to release the songs we had been playing live at the time. Its kind of hard to get people to come watch you play when there isn't anything for them to reference. As far as having a vision or vibe in mind? Not really. Concepts and things like that are more for a Full Length album. This was just more like a play what you want, play it how you want, and we'll see if there's any continuity in it.
Andrew: It's like telling stories with instrumentals, at least the way I played it in my head, it's different scenes in a movie going on.
Mike: We had a vision, get it done. We had good flow and chemistry around the time it was done. We threw out jams for hours and just stopped when we heard something we liked.
What's the story behind "Providence"?
Chris: Originally it was kind of a diary song of mine that I began fiddling with on acoustic when a cousin of mine was having her first child at the hospital (Holy Cross "Providence" Hospital). Her Daughter was born with complications and the doctors said she wasn't going to live longer than 2 months, and if she survived, she'd be mentally retarded for the rest of her life. The fact that my cousin still wanted to raise her baby regardless of the circumstances was really beautiful and inspiring to me. I wrote the song later that night, shared the concept with the rest of the guys a few days later at Josh's house, and the rest of it kind of just came together after that.
Where did "Enceladus" come from?
Chris: This is probably still my favorite song from the album. Mainly because it really does capture where all of our minds were at musically during the time of recording it. We were all kind of tired of hearing the same takes and mixes we had been hearing for weeks, so Mike and I got together with Andrew to see if any of us had any new song ideas to squeeze on to the album before we wrapped everything up. The song kinda of just came out from us improvising in a couple of keys. Before we knew it some parts kind of just began structuring themselves. Especially when we recorded it! If there is any moment I'll never forget about the EP it's definitely the mindset we had during the making of this song, which was to just play and have fun.
Andrew: It came from the dome.
Mike: It came from a few riffs we all had. We chose a key, riffed it up and pulled out one of my favorite songs from the oven.
What artists shaped your band?
Chris: Many. Too Many.
Andrew: It's not even just artists and music, it's everything outside of music, things in everyday life.
Mike: I would say personally for me Cal Tjader, Antonio Carlos Jobim, speed metal, experimental, Mercury Program, Tortoise, foreign music and just anything I enjoy.
Is it important for your band to tell stories with the songs?
Chris: You have to, otherwise you're just riffing. We didn't have vocals so it would have been easy for us to "riff". It forced us to have to play together, to listen to each other. I know some people didn't care for the sound, but there is depth there in the harmony and dynamics we tried to capture.
Andrew: Yeah definitely, its important to have a set path or goal. At least a line through the song and make it come together.
Mike: It is important, we are telling stories and these are some of our most deepest feelings written out through our instruments.
Who's on your playlist at the moment?
Chris: I listen to a lot of everything. Frank Ocean, Ellie Goulding, Michael Kiwanuka, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar. Not really too much indie these days. I still love it, but I'd rather keep expanding on what I listen to.
Andrew: 50's Rockabilly, Kendrick Lamar, Tortoise, Genesis, The Police, Yes.
Mike: I been listening to a lot of jazz, video game composers, electronic music, and Megadeth. What's been stuck on my playlist is Cal Tjader. It is amazing how beautiful some music can be and make you feel.
Has this paved the way for a full-length?
Chris: I don't think so, its a good EP and I love it for a lot of different reasons. Its something that us as friends will always share together. One of my favorite EP's growing up was Lava Land by a trio called Piglet. They never released a full length after that EP but those six songs are still extremely amazing to me. I guess I just hope our album finds its way into the ears of people that love it for what it is more than someone who just dosen't care for it and wants to talk crap about it being instrumental.
Andrew: I don't know if it has paved the way for a full length, it's not really a concern if the music is coming in and going out as singles, combos, EP's, LP's, etc.
Mike: its hard to say if it has paved the way, but as long as music is flowing from all of us then that's all that matters. It's not a concern for me at the moment because there is a ton of music fluctuating between all of us.
How does everything come together sonically?
Chris: This was sometimes our problem, sonically we couldn't get enough of each other. We jammed for hours! There's so many lost songs and sessions over the years that we probably could've had a few full lengths by now. Haha.
Andrew: It starts by bouncing off each others ideas. We throw them around and its very open, small chunks of songs from Mike, Chris or Josh. We just put songs together without killing each other.
Mike: We come with a new riff, an inspiration, a spur of the moment song, a written out composition or even just a jam. We do it with the tools provided such as small recordings, songs composed in music programs or just trial and error.
If the EP were a movie, what would you compare it to?
Mike: Moon because I think it had a really good plot and it was original, that's about it, haha.
What's next for you?
Chris: I'm still very involved in music and the industry, but as for what's next? I don't know I'm not really playing guitar much these days, I still write a lot here and there, but musically I'm a little more focused on the bigger picture of pursuing a career in the music industry more than trying to be an artist in it. Not saying that I've given up on playing, I'm just trying to put myself in position to work with the people I've looked up to and have always wanted to work with.
Andrew: Continue playing, growing and learning.
Mike: I will embrace what I'm given, what I have earned and what I will strive for. It's a long process and a long road, but I know I will be alright if I have my brothers with me, Andrew Hue, Chris Hue and Josh Hue.
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