Andrew Bayer electronic music’s sonata man

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Updated 04 January 2013

Andrew Bayer electronic music’s sonata man

The productions on his first debut album “It’s Artificial,” which dropped on the Anjunabeats label last year, is stuff true musicians can perhaps dream of — a total genre-breaker. Everything from melodic trance, classical jigs, grindy glitch-hop, stucky dubstep to trippy techno — it’s all there, composed in a hauntingly layered thematic narrative. And the man behind it all: Andrew Bayer, a true-blue electronic music composer from Washington, DC.
Arab News met him backstage before he played his eclectic set at Above and Beyond’s final Trance Around the World (TATW) 450 radio show.

Andrew, you’ve been associated with Above and Beyond’s record label for a year now. What are your sentiments on playing at the last TATW 450 with them?
I’m really excited about it, because I’ve been guest-mixing a lot on TATW. I think I’ve done about three or four guest mixes, so I’ve been a part of Trance Around the World for years. It’s kind of nice that I get to be here to close out this final show, so I’m really excited.

You released your debut album last year. DJ Mag called it an “outright winner”. Did the album sort of place a precedent for your future album sounds? Are you going to continue experimenting or have you found the niche “Bayer” essence yet?
I think I’ve not found it, and that’s going to be the goal of my career: to keep on pushing to find whatever sound I’m going to be making next. But yes, you’re exactly right. The album was definitely a turning point in my career, in which I started experimenting with different styles and textures that I wouldn’t normally use in dance music. The album platform was so much more open. A wide palette of sounds that musicians all over the world could enjoy to use, you know. I’m going to be releasing another full-length album that is all experimental. So yes, It’s Artificial paved the way, to say in the very least.

The sound on the album with its elements of glitch-hop and dubstep was entirely unique to be on the label itself. What do you think appealed to them sonically?
The thing that they’ve told me is that the musicality of my work kind of sticks through whatever style I work on. I could do a dubstep tune, or I could do a full on trance record and it still has kind of … I would say … the soul of an Andrew Bayer music production. I try to really make all of my stuff musical and cohesive from each genre, to tie them all together even though they are very different.

What kind of music were you inspired by while growing up?
I loved Michael Jackson. That’s probably one of the main reasons I got into dance music.

Yeah, we all did, didn’t we?
Yeah, everyone did (laughs). I was a Michael Jackson nut. And then I got into alternative rock while I was growing up. I was really into radio in the early ‘90s. I would just come home from school and play the radio literally until I went to bed.

Who were your favorite rock musicians?
Oh, I loved Nirvana. They were a huge favorite. And Smashing Pumpkins, I loved all their stuff. And then I got into Nine Inch Nails later, which kind of bridged the gap into the whole electronic world. Nowadays, I find myself listening to … Electronic music is probably the least popular music that I listen to. I listen to a lot of classical and indie rock stuff.

You’re heading back into the studio for a new album. Can you tell us what we can expect from it and when?
Hopefully, it’s going to be released sometime in the first quarter. I’m not too sure of the exact dates yet, as we’re still finalizing everything. The album is a little longer and will be split up into many different tracks, because It’s Artificial had only eight tracks but was very long. So, it’s a different approach to songwriting, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s experimental, but also something that your mom can listen to, you know what I mean. It’s very universal.

Have you thought about the title of the album yet?
‘If it were you, we’d never leave.’ It’s a long title.

Any three tracks that you’re looking forward to remix?
Let’s see … I would love to do remixes of some of the indie bands. That would be great, because it would bridge my interest in indie music and dance music. If I were to do that, it would probably be Solange. She’s been doing some great work lately. I’ve been really into Hyne — it’s a new band produced by Ariel Reichstadt. He’s just amazing, a great producer. And then, let’s see … I would probably have to say someone like Sieger Ross would be incredible, just because I’d be able to merge the epicness of the Icelandic musical style with mine, and I think that would be a nice combination.

Any destinations you want to play at in the future that you haven’t yet?
You know what, I’m going to change the question slightly and say I would love to go back to Hawaii, because I’ve been there before already, but honestly the hospitality and the people … It was so much fun. And I was with these guys here [referring to Norin and Rad], so we had a blast.

Any musicians you’re digging at the moment?
At the moment, I’m obsessed with Icelandic contemporary classical. So probably one of my favorites is Jóhan Jóhannson. He does these really long epic pieces that are very thematic, gorgeous, and very deep. So I love him. I’m also a big fan of this record label called Erased Tapes records, and they do contemporary classical with an electronic twist. I really like both of them.

Any plans to play in the Middle East soon?
You know what … I don’t have any plans as of now, but I would love to.

Would you be looking at any city in particular though?
I’m open to suggestions. I grew up with a family from the Middle East that I’m very close with, so I have a lot of Middle Eastern friends. I would love to go over there and finally see where they came from and go party, you know.

The first track from his new album “If it were you, we’d never leave” was released on the Anjunabeats record label on Dec. 17.
You can track the artist on: www.facebook.com/bayermusic

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Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

Updated 08 August 2020

Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

  • The snafu has prompted former president Felipe Calderón to write in his Twitter account: “Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!”
  • Local media reports say the errors may have been introduced by a web services supplier angry about not being paid

MEXICO CITY: It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations.
Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.”
Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
The snafu came one day after the US State Department cited the high number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico for issuing a “do not travel” advisory for the country, its highest level of warning. Hours earlier, the resort of Acapulco was forced to pull “anything goes” tourism ads that showed people partying without masks and the words “there are no rules.”
But the problems at VisitMexico.com drew howls of hilarity — and anger. The Pacific coast resort of Puerto Escondido became “Hidden Port,” a literal translation, and the northern city of Torreon became “Turret,” which is kind of close.
Some name changes were just inexplicable and appeared to have as much to do with invention as simple translation. The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.”
“Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!” former President Felipe Calderón wrote in his Twitter account.
Mexico’s Tourism Department issued a statement apologizing for the apparently out-sourced errors, but then made it sound like something sinister had been involved.
“The Tourism Department expresses its most sincere apologies to the public and users for the effects that have occurred on the website VisitMexico,” the statement said. “Moreover, we make it known that these acts aim to damage the image of the website and the department, and so therefore a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible.”
The department did not explain that claim, but local media reported the dispute might involve a web services supplier angry about not being paid.
On Thursday, officials took down a pair of Acapulco video ads touting the faded resort’s reputation as a nightclubbing spot — despite the fact nightclubs are currently closed to enforce social distancing. They said the ads weren’t appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have stopped being a postcard from the past, today we have changed the rules,” says a narration in one of the videos. “In fact, there are no rules,” says another voice, as people can be seen eating bizarre meals and going out to night clubs. “Eat whatever you want, have fun day and night and into the early morning hours ... find new friends and new loves.”