House and techno producer Eric Estornel comes to Scotland under his Maceo Plex guise
The DJ has also released music as Maetrik, Eric Entity, Mariel Ito and Plaex
‘It’s been a gradual, step by step ascent, not overnight like a lot of DJs,’ says Eric Estornel of his career to date. ‘When I released my first record in 1998 I thought my music career was taking off. Then, not long after I took the name Maetrik, I thought it was taking off when I brought out a string of hits.’ But now he calls himself Maceo Plex, and he’s taken it to a whole new level again.
As Maetrik he released two techno albums on Cologne label Treibstoff early in the 2000s, but it wasn’t until the turn of this decade and the beginning of his association with Crosstown Rebels that he began to experiment with more futuristic and groove-laden forms under the Plex alias, resulting in 2011’s Life Index album. ‘I use the different aliases mainly so I don’t confuse the fans when my style changes,’ says Estornel, who’s also gone by the names Eric Entity, Mariel Ito, Plaex and so on. ‘It also gives things a different personality. I never made a lot of deep, deep house as Maetrik, so when I did I had to give it a name. You know what you’re going to get when you buy a record by one or the other.’
Raised in Miami and Dallas and now based in Barcelona, he promises a similar fusion of influences on the live stage. ‘A lot of people think I play extremely slow and deep house,’ he laughs, ‘but I actually come from a darker techno background. So don’t worry, it’s energetic, I bring it up.’
Pressure at the Arches, Glasgow, Fri 1 Feb; Musika’s Sixth Birthday Party at the Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 2 Feb.