21-01-2014 | 10.50
Miguel Barros, formerly known as Alt Fenster, has been producing excellent tracks as Pional since 2010. With this alias, Miguel had EP’s coming out on Hivern Discs, Young Turks and Permanent Vacation. Now that he’s going live on the Permanent Vacation party this Friday, we finally got the chance to talk with this amazing artist from Madrid.
You had your last liveshow with John Talabot in Mexico on New Years Eve after a small 2 years of touring. How are you going to fill up all that extra time now?
We did a huge show to finish the ƒIN tour properly. The last two years were an amazing experience altogether. We got to play in a lot of cities we’ve never been before. The only problem was that I didn’t have that much time to work on my own projects. Now that I’m on the road less often, I'll spend a lot more time in the studio. Plus I will do way more solo shows. When the next Talabot album is done, I'll continue playing with him. For now, we also need time to work on his next LP.
You’re quite a musician. Are you starting to see yourself as a dj more, recently?
Yeah, in 2013 I started dj’ing, something that I had never done before. Basically it started because I changed my setup, which required a bit more space on stage. Sometimes, when there's not enough room to play, I prefer to dj. Otherwise I’d be uncomfortable standing there (laughs). I have to say that I really like it. Playing music from friends is something I always wanted to do. But I prefer to play live, even though dj’ing is quite fun and less stressful.
Also being a vocalist, would you always try to place vocals in your own productions?
It depends on the track. I don’t see myself being a vocalist at all. Only in recent years, I found out that my voice could be used as a great instrument. So when I'm in the studio working just with instruments, I always need to add some vocals. It's kind of an addictive thing.
You have done a lot of remixes, is there one your particularly proud of?
There is a new one that will be out very soon, Empress Of – Tristeza. The original version is a beautiful pop tune produced by Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear. It’s just a synthesizer and her (Empress Of) voice. I’m a huge fan of her work, so when the guys from Terrible Records asked me to do a remix, I didn´t think twice.
Are there plans for releasing an album?
Yes, there are! I did not start yet, but the idea is to have it done by the end of this year. First I want to release one more EP, but after that I’ll finally do the album. I’m so excited about it!
Tekst: Ruben Leter