Berlin – Up-and-coming artist Mess Me is currently burning up dance floors throughout Europe with his track “Keep On Coming” (and its worthy B-side complement “Selector”), and as soon as one hears his dark EDM, it is clear that Mik Santoro, owner of Ampispazi Recordings, has met a kindred musical spirit that is a perfect addition to the label. Mess Me has already made a musical dent in his native Switzerland and neighboring Italy with his name rising now in the city of the moment, Berlin. But fans know very little about the elusive artist hailing from Lugano, Switzerland. Best New Bands caught up with him to find out what makes him tick, who inspires him, and what the future holds for him musically.
Berlin has been a breeding ground for artists for generations now, with many artists flocking there increasingly over the past few decades. What brought you from Lugano, Switzerland to Berlin?
I think I never found a city so warm and friendly in my entire life. People are more conscious about the environment and there is a strong “DIY” mentality.
What does Berlin offer musicians that no other city does?
In Berlin you can find inspiration everywhere. Does not matter the genre of music you do, you will always find something.
Who are your biggest musical influences and how do you incorporate that into your own music?
I do not have a specific influence. I listen to a lot of music and I get inspired by many different things that I try to combine.
Like many artists that have come before him, Mess Me began his foray into music via other avenues that eventually took him to his current sonic standing. For those that were expecting a run-of-the-mill artist, think again. When you hear his tracks, it is apparent that the sound had to emanate from somewhere. His responses on his early influences clearly resonate within his previous and current tracks.
How has your sound evolved over the years?
I started to play guitar in punk rock bands when I was a teenager; I did this until five years ago. Then I decided to do something by myself. At the beginning, I started making a French-touch-electro thing but after a couple of years I decided that was the time to experiment more and get a bit more sensitive.
There is an open debate brewing now with many claiming the current state of music to be in a dire state. In a phrase, what is your definition of the present state of music?
Pretty good melancholic music.
Many artists harbor a wish list of other artists they would love to work with. Are there any artists that you would like to collaborate with?
I am a kind of a loner and very jealous. I can make an exception for Stevie Wonder.
Where would you like to see your music career in 10 years?
Still doing what I love!
Fans of Mess Me can keep up with the latest news through Ampispazi Recordings’ website, including tour dates, and new releases. Other artists on the label can be heard on Soundcloud. Additionally, other releases from Mess Me can be found on Beatport.
artist, writer, event organizer, and promoter. As a
freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and
mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, and
fashion in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin,
Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, and Hong Kong to name a few. Fluent in
English, German, Dutch, and Spanish, Triston has been published in The
Huffington Post, Trespass (London), FashionTV, as
well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue
Italia, Turkish Huriyet, InStyle, and other on-line and print
magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released the first volume
of his memoir on life in Europe, 'Heaux Confessionals: The
Sintroduction'. As a solo performer and with his project band $kandal
Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renown clubs,
simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance,
blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his
indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide
- brace yourself.