This week EDM Charts welcomes trance super talent Rex Mundi from Coldharbour Recordings! Learn more about his recent productions, relationships in the industry and thoughts on the current EDM scene!
Rex: Thanks so much for taking time out of your schedule to do an interview with EDM Charts about what your recent projects. Tell fans where you’re from and how you got involved with music.
I grew up with a broad range of music. From the Beatles to Vangelis, from 80’s pop hits to classical music. I have always had a fascination for electronic music. Back in the days, all I wanted was a real synthesizer and create sounds and bleeps. Later on, I did get a keyboard and started experimenting with sounds and compositions. I bought an Atari with Cubase together with some hardware units and started producing. That was I think in the early 90’s and I never left Cubase ever since.
My friend Gerard Russchenberg had a local radio show, and he organized some parties now and then. He invited some big dj names, including Robin “Jaydee” Albers. I brought my demo and gave it to him. He immediately was impressed and offered me a record deal. That was when my whole musical career started as Rex Mundi actually. From there I did various music projects with Robin and came in contact with people in the business.
You have been really getting quite a bit of exposure the last few years, specifically in the trance genre. How have things changed since you got started, in regards to exposure as well as the increase in volume of artists?
It is sometimes hard to understand the magnitude of the whole scene. I mean, it is still a magical thing to make music at your house, and then a some time later see a crowd going nuts on it.
As of exposure, the main difference is the whole social side that is growing and growing. Things like Twitter and Facebook have really changed the way you interact with your fans. It is really great to see all the enthusiastic followers and stay in contact with them.
Your most recent release “Hidden Treasures” is quite the release. Describe how you came up with concept and what it was like producing this specific track?
Most of the time, I don’t the what I am going to produce the moment I sit down at my desk. I just go with the flow from there. I was looking for a vocal and wanted to make some melodic track. I found a vocal sample and played around with some effects. That become the main melody line and I added a bass melody and the beats of course. If the foundation of the track is good, then it always falls together at the end.
What has it been like with Markus Schulz as a mentor?
Markus is a great guy. He is always honest and direct, and has a tremendous drive to do things right. It is great to make music and have Markus play it. I feel really honored to be a member of the Coldharbour family.
Your resume mainly consists of hits under Coldharbour Recordings. What do you take away being able to work under such an established and respected label?
I think the main thing is to do your own thing and deliver quality over quantity. It is great to be inspired by music around you, but you have to put something of yourself in the music. I think it is that emotion you can hear in the Rex Mundi tracks. Coldharbour Recordings can tell if a track has a soul or not.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you can tell us about?
I am working on my next Rex Mundi E.P. Things go very well momentarily producing wise. I am confident that this will be a great release also.
With every interview at EDM Charts we always ask artists what their current top #5 are? What are your top #5 songs right now?
York – Farewell To The Moon (Alexander Popov remix) [Planet Love Records]
Dan & Sam – Walls Feat. Maxx Hennard (Shawn Mitiska Dub Mix) [Silk Royal records]
Rex Mundi – Seek & Destroy (original mix) [Coldharbour Recordings]
Arty – Gentle Touch Juventa Club Mix [Supercomps]
Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the world as it just occurred this spring. This year it was expanded to two week for the first time ever. The Miami City Council attempted to shut down the second week due to concerns of crime and illicit drug use (as well as traffic issues). Thanks to an effort by Change.org, enough signatures were gathered to keep the second weekend going. What are your thoughts on the stigma that surrounds some of these large concerts/festivals?
Well, I can’t deny that are people at festivals who are not only drinking water the whole time 🙂
Every big event has potential risks, and so do dance festivals or other ones. On the other hand, there are plenty of reasons why they should continue with these festivals. In general it brings joy to the people and it units them. I think overall the global opinion about the EDM scene has been improved over the years regarding drug use. EDM has become a thing for the masses and it is not that underground anymore at all. And that’’s a good thing I think.
What vocalist/artist that you haven’t worked with would you like to in the near future?
I have always liked the vocals on the tracks Poor Leno and Remind Me of the band Royksopp. It is from the Norwegian singer Erlend Øye. I would love to work with him on a Rex Mundi project.
What has been the biggest moment in your career thus far?
For me I think this is the track Perspective (and later the Perspective Space mashup. This was just a turnaround in my musical career. That track just opened so many doors for me, and has brought me focus on keep making EDM.
What I always declined in the past was performing. I saw myself more as a producer than as a dj. Things have changed not so long ago and I have just had the privilege to play at A State of Trance 600 in Den Bosch. That is another milestone for me as a dj. I totally want to do more dj-ing next to producing.
Tell fans where they can purchase your music and where they can find out more and follow you online?