M.I.T.A. on his EI8HT Records debut, the Italian club scene, and working with labels | Soundspace

M.I.T.A. on his EI8HT Records debut, the Italian club scene, and working with labels

Interview: M.I.T.A.

Italian DJ and producer M.I.T.A. has found himself in the promising position between emerging talent and iconic selector, with each release having the ability to propel him to the next level in his career.

His next outing finds him make his debut with Eats Everything and Andres Campo’s EI8HT records, a label that despite being less than one year old, has put out productions from Avision, Drumcomplex and Truncate.

M.I.T.A.’s own appearance for EI8HT finds him add to a catalogue that already includes Phobiq, Mood and ELEVATE, with a brand new 4-tracker titled The Treatment EP.

You just released your new ‘The Treatment’ EP on EI8HT Records, tell us about the tracks? How did they land on EI8HT?

First of all, thanks for having me on Soundspace. The EP was born with a desire to offer something off the grid, and by that I mean trying to give the listeners a different perception of releases that you hear nowadays. EI8HT is one of my favourite labels, since it started last year and Andres was the one who got in touch after we met last year, and asked to send him some tracks. It was quite a surprise when he wanted to sign them! I am really happy to have these out on EI8HT.

Other labels on your roster include Suara, Mood, and Phobiq, can you share any info about releases you have coming?

I have a couple of releases settled for this year but I can’t tell you a lot about them at this stage, as the labels always ask to keep them secret for a while, but I have an upcoming release called ‘Purpose’ in April, and that’s coming out on Spartaque’s label Codex.

And is there a label you hope to release with that you haven’t had the chance yet?

If I have to pick one, maybe I’ll go with Cocoon.

What do you typically look for in a label when considering them for a release?

Well, If I am going to be 100% honest, I always follow my flow and ideas while making music and the selection of the right label comes more during the final stage once I’m satisfied with the tracks. I think if you start off with a label in mind, this can then influence the sound, which isn’t always a good thing.

The EP includes four original tracks, why no remixes?

As an artist, I wanted to really just concentrate all the attention on the originals. Of course, this was as long as everyone else agreed, and Dan and Andres also loved the tracks, so we didn’t feel the need for a remix to take it elsewhere. It’s good as it is, I hope!

You’re Italian, in your opinion how does Italy’s club scene compare to other European hotspots such as Germany, Spain and France?

No doubt, Italy’s scene has gone downhill recently, in my opinion and also a lot of other people that I talk to agree. It’s sad to say, because we have such an amazing selection of DJ’s and producers, but I feel that a lot of the scene is now about a more commercial sound. I think that this is maybe a reason for me to leave Italy for a while and relocate somewhere I can focus on my sound in an environment where it works better.

And as a DJ, what upcoming tour dates have you particularly excited?

There will be some updates soon regarding a couple of dates in Germany and Croatia, as well as a few more in Europe. But nothing long haul at this stage.

Do you do much planning before a gig, or feel things out on the night and see what the crowd is responding to?

Based on my experience, I think that every crowd has its own preference and that is always different from city to city and country to country. I always consider that, but in the end the promoters book you because they know and like your style of music, so it’s better to be yourself while performing.

Thanks a lot for talking to us, before we go, what’s your biggest goal for 2020?

My goal for 2020 would be to perform outside Europe and start spreading some M.I.T.A. grooves around the globe.

M.I.T.A.’s The Treatment EP is out now on EI8HT Records.