Sunday mix-tapes bring the sounds that are inspiring your favourite producers to your Sunday nights, wherever you may be.
Pete Meare is a producer based in Sydney who makes music under the name ‘Meare’. We had a chat with him about his musical background; his creative process and performing live, as well as asking him to put together a list of his favourite tracks going around at the moment. What he came up with was an awesomely diverse range of music, ranging from a fair bit of hip-hop, a little RnB, some Drake, and some electronic music to finish off with. When you’re done having a squiz at the interesting stuff he’s got to say and the great music he’s recommended, do yourself a favour and get over to his soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/meare
Tell us about your musical background? How did you get started producing and performing electronic music?
I started playing bass and guitar when I was 12, and picked up keyboard a few years later so I’ve always been playing or making music in some way. From there I got some software and started making terrible hip hop beats, which continued for the next 5 or 6 years, haha. I still make music that is heavily influenced by rap but I mix it up a bit with different electronic genres.
What hardware and software do you use to create your own original tracks?
Recently I haven’t been using much hardware, I used to use my mpc and microkorg a lot but now I pretty much do everything in Reaper and Ableton. I’ve started sampling off vinyl again which is giving me a lot of new sounds to use lately, Sampling 70’s prog rock bands like Yes.
You’ve been tearing up the live scene in Sydney recently. Give us a bit of an idea about the process of generating a live set to perform.
When I got my first gig offer I had no idea how I’d play my tunes live as I don’t own a laptop. I did have a Roland sp-404 which I bought when I was 17 so I decided to use that. I bought a second 404 and now I use two of them running into a dj mixer. I mix between my tracks with the samplers and play certain parts on the pads and add effects. Nothing too intense but I haven’t seen anyone else with the same live setup.
What do you enjoy more, producing or performing live?
Probably producing, I enjoy playing live, but the moment comes and then it’s gone. Producing music is an intricate process sometimes taking months for a single track so it is a lot more rewarding when a track is finally finished.
Tell us a bit about the songs you chose in your mixtape. What drew you to them?
The songs I’ve picked are pretty much what I listen to on a day to day basis. I also host a radio show on BondiBeach Radio called The Monday Night Rap Up that pretty much exclusively plays new rap tunes so these songs were at the front of my mind when selecting songs.
I also featured a few electronic tunes that I’ve been feeling lately to balance out all the rap tunes.
Migos are definitely my favourite new rap group. Coming out of Atlanta, their YRN mix tape has been on high rotation for me since dropping last year. Tracks like Versace, Hannah Montana and Chinatown are some of the standouts. This track is brand new and I’m really feeling the rnb vibe so I thought I’d include this instead of a track off YRN.
‘SGUCCI!!! The trap god in fine form on this massive Mike Will beat. Gucci is definitely one of my all time favourite rappers, so I had to include him in this playlist.
Young Thug is the most interesting rapper coming out of ATL at the moment. Had to include this one with Peewee Longway. Tune goes hard! Ad-lib game is so on point.
Tory Lanez is a young rapper/singer out of Toronto. His mixtape “Conflicts of my Soul” got a lot of play from me in 2013. This track is awesome and features a great DJ Mustard beat who along with Mike Will are pretty much dominating rap at the moment.
Another Young Thug tune. I had to include this too, straight up banger!
Nothing Was the Same is an amazing album which gets so much play in my home. I can listen to the whole album without skipping any tracks, which is very rare for me nowadays. This song is perfect pop music.
Along with Drakes album, Acid Rap got the most play from me in 2013. Such a unique and cohesive mix tape, I had to include something from it. Juice is a great tune and Chance goes in.
Gunplay is another of my favourite rappers, he is completely crazy and makes massive rap tunes. Enjoy. This song is a bit older but still hits so hard.
Droop-e is Bay area legend E-40s son. He has been producing music since he was 12 or so. This track has some of the best production I’ve heard in recent memory. On that really laid back Cali vibe. Check out the EP he did awhile back using Sade samples in each track.
Had to include local producer Papertoy, I actually wanted to use a track that will be featured on his upcoming EP but this is also a banger. Big things coming for sure.
This tune has a massive bass line and sounds great in a club. Really feeling this producer. Very Rustie sounding.
This tune is great; I love how catchy the bass line is. Gets stuck in my head for hours after listening to it.
I saw Paces live recently at FBI social and his set really impressed me. He opened with this tune and it sounded massive so I thought I’d include it here.