EXCLUSIVE: We caught up with Barcelona producer XTRNGR

By Alex Brown - 25.6.16

Vicious Music Awards nominated, Barcelona based IDM artist XTRNGR, creates a complex and experimental mosaic with a shot of emotion.  With past releases on Cold Tear Records, Outlier Recordings and Fwonk as well as coverage from the likes of Ninja Tune, XTRNGR’s stock in the music cosmos is soaring at an all time high. We caught up with Kenny Perez aka XTRNGR to talk about his musical influences and plans for the near future.

Hi Kenny, how are you and what are you up to today?
Hi there, I'm doing great thanks, working on my new album.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
I find it hard to define my sound because I do not follow a definite style, I move between ambient and melodic idm. I try to create atmospheres, playing with sounds which evoke some kind of feeling.

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
The album that introduced me in electronics, was “Life is Full of Possibilities” by Dntel, the way to bring the pop with the experimental electronic music, Aphex Twin was also a great influence on my early days. Also Nathan Fake, Apparat, Jon Hopkins and Clark are influences.

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Right now I'm hearing a lot Andy Stott and Oneohtrix Point Never. I like Andy's dark sound and also the complexity of Oneohtrix sounds great to me.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
I usually use many reverbs and delays, I have several analog synthesizers Doepfer, an old bass station, a Korg Poly 800, I always use Reaktor to create my own synthesisers and effects.

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
I always try to feel something with my sounds, inspiration is not always easy to get so I improvise a lot until I find something that motivate me.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
Sonar was my best gig it was a pleasure to play on a big stage with a great sound systems I also remember a concert in a small beach cove on the Costa Brava was special too.

And the worst?
The worst was the one I got there plugged my laptop and it didn't work, so I couldn't play

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
The art world in general motivates me.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I'm working on what it will be my new album, I'm still in the research process, I want to create something quite experimental but without forgetting the melodic line. We'll see what comes out finally (laugh).

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