SALUTE caught up with the London based duo MUX whose blend of electronica, stoner, trip-hop, krautrock and punk has earnt them a selection by our curators to be part of the SALUTE Top 100.
- SALUTE: Where did you grow up? When did you move to London?
Jonas: I grew up in Norway and I moved over to London in the 90s.
Tiziano: I grew up in Italy and moved over about 5 years ago. London is great, the music scene is great compared to Italy. Now we both live in East London.
- SALUTE: How did you get started making music?
Tiziano: I started playing the bass with my friends in Italy who were in a band.
Jonas: I started learning guitar when I was 8 or 9.
Tiziano: Both of us then very much got into electronic music. We managed to merge the new passion in electronic music with our old passion in rock music. That’s when we started messing around with electronic instruments.
- SALUTE: What inspired your interest in electronic music?
Tiziano: I don’t hear much original Rock music anymore. A lot of Rock music is usually retro sounding. I couldn’t see a real evolution in Rock music so I was interested to merge the two and wanted to see what that would sound like.
Jonas: I was interested in a lot of 90’s boom bap production, MPCs, and sampling. I was really inspired by how they merged a lot of influences. Then there was the whole Brainfeeder sound, with FlyLo and other amazing musicians.
- SALUTE: Did the internet help you find new inspiration in electronic music?
Tiziano: Yeah man the internet played a big part in this. You get to know a lot of new sounds.
Jonas: Youtube goes a step further, it actually shows you how sounds that you like are made so you can learn how to do it yourself.
- SALUTE: When did you write your first song together?
Tiziano: I started making songs in my bedroom a couple of years ago. As time passed I knew that I needed some musicians to help bring the live rock element in. I got in touch with Jonas because we had played in a band together previously.
- SALUTE: What gear do you use for production and recording?
Tiziano: We use Ableton, we love Ableton. We use Focusrite soundcards. We record in our bedrooms, it’s DIY because no one cares more than you do about your music than you. We really love gear but it’s expensive and takes up a lot of room so we keep the setup pretty lean.
- SALUTE: Your music is so diverse and complex at times, how do you translate all of that to live shows?
Tiziano: We have changed our live shows quite a lot recently. As a duo we have a heavily electronic sound that involves quite a big set up with drum machines, samplers, and other machines. We have recently readjusted our songs to the new live setup. It can be really challenging, if you go to a Rock club you turn up with no drums, a whole bunch of synths, people look at you like you are not a real musician because you can’t play scales at 200bpm. And if you go into a more electronic venue they look at you like you are a dinosaur because you still play guitar and sing. It’s a difficult balance.
- SALUTE: What instruments do you guys play?
Jonas: We both play synths, we trigger a lot of samples, use sequencers and drum pads to do a lot of the looping. This allows us to sequence a wide range of sounds.
Tiziano: Jonas is a guitar player and I play bass and sing. We both still play instruments but we have had to adapt to the new style of playing live. It’s a lot of different things going on at the same time, it’s pretty challenging.
- SALUTE: Can you tell me a bit about the visual work and the video for the song?
Tiziano: We wanted a video that wasn’t the usual thing of a band playing in a warehouse or something. We wanted a video that was visually beautiful but also got people asking WTF?!
Jonas: We were really inspired by David Lynch.
Tiziano: Yeah, we love Lynch. I was researching for a Director and came across Nicolo Roccatello. He’s amazing and we really shared the same vision. We shot the video in 5 days in East London and Kent.
- SALUTE: What do you think of the SALUTE initiative and competition?
Jonas: Any competition that can help you to win money to further your career like this is amazing, it’s a great idea.