This artist takes future music into ultra cool directions. He’s been producing since 2004 sounding way ahead of the game with vision and precision. With the explosion of all things synth, Das Mortal has placed himself perfectly among the greats with quality production. It is with great pleasure to introduce this artist to you…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Santiago, Chile but immigrated with my parents at a young age to Montréal, Canada and been loving it ever since.
How long have you been producing music as Das Mortal and how did it start?
Since 2012 under the name Das Mörtal, but was producing electro and techno since 2004 under the name Elektro-Boy. I eventually started to dislike the name and changed it to Das Mörtal which sounded a bit more timeless, but it’s basically the same project, just under a different name.
With the release of your latest album ‘Always Loved’, have you noticed a gain in your following?
For sure. Some people were already waiting for it and I think it pleased most of them. With the release of 3 singles from the album which were coupled with music videos, I felt new people discovering my music as well as the whole scene behind it.
If you were able to go back in time and do the music score for a classic horror movie, which one would it be and why?
Probably John Carpenter’s Halloween. Which I know is already iconic and don’t think I could do it proper justice, but I sure would of like to take a stab at it. What I love about the movie is it’s simplicity and the music has to follow that simplistic approach, which is exactly what John Carpenter did and proved that it could still be awesome.
You have some very strong music videos from Midnight Rendez-Vous to The Curse. These seem like big productions, who are you working with to make these visuals gems come to life?
Those two videos were directed by Pablo Escobar Tuduri, who is somebody who actually came to us asking to make videos for Das Mörtal. I think that was the key. He understood the universe I’ve created so far with my music and his vision was pretty on point. The music videos themselves are still very low budget, but people like him who come from the indie scene and who are very passionate, make these things look like 10 times their actual cost.
How did your collaboration with vocalist French Fox get started?
Well he’s actually my manager and runs the label Lisbon Lux Records, which I’m also in. Originally Midnight Rendez-Vous was sang by me, and that version is still very good in my opinion, but we were trying to include at least somebody from the local scene in the album to help remind people that Das Mörtal is still a project from Montréal. Because a lot of the fans assume I’m from Germany with that name. So we tried people here and there, and one day my manager (French Fox) sent me a version with vocals on, and they were very good. So I asked him who it was. Well it was him, which really took me by surprise since it fitted so well with the track. So I said lets just use this voice and that helped the track become what it is today.
Who came up with the video concept for The Curse?
It was Pablo Escobar Tuduri. Since he had already done two Das Mörtal music videos by then, I knew I could just give him “carte blanche”. So he pitched two ideas, one for The Curse and one for Bedtime Intimacy. Both were great but we chose the first one with the label. I think the only thing I asked was to have a female horror villain, which wasn’t in the original idea. Hopefully in the future, we can make the Bedtime Intimacy music video as well.
What would you say your most proud of?
It would be having the “Always Loved” album out. It took such a long time to have it on shelves. A lot of the tracks were finished a long time ago, but then we had to go thru artwork, where to promote it, what to promote it with, the music videos. Now that it’s out, I can look at it and listen to it the same way I would listen to my favorite albums in the past. Having it be on the same shelve with records from Depeche Mode, Boards of Canada and others, makes me really feel proud of it.
Tell us about some highlights from you most recent tour:
Man so many. I think Vancouver was pretty awesome. I played in this great old theatre that looked like it had been there for ages and got to play on the same scene as FM Attack which was one of the early producers I used to listen to alot when synthwave started to really become it’s own thing. DNA Lounge was for sure amazing as well with it’s crowd that was just so into it. San Francisco was one of the rare places we had time to hang out with the people after the show, me and Jérôme who was with me during the tour doing my visuals, had a blast there. Finally LA was great because I got to meet for the first time with film director Caryn Waechter, for whom I had just finished doing a soundtrack for. Lets not forget everybody from the scene I also got to meet and hang with at every show.
Right before the 2018 US tour, I got contacted by RetroModding.com who gave me a beautiful custom made Gameboy inspired by Das Mörtal. I’ll make in the following days a chiptune track with it and hopefully make it available soon. It will showcase their amazing skills in making custom Gameboys and will maybe help people get acquainted with chip music, which has it’s own very passionate music scene.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Something that often has it’s beauty comes from within rather than the exterior. To me it’s more appealing and way more intriguing.