Joal / META4 is a well-known Portuguese DJ and producer with one of the most exciting live act in recent years as proof of his solid work.
Music cannibal, vinyl collector, constant sonority accumulator, sometimes melancholic and crazy thinker, are just some of the variables that generate his individual.
Not wanting to converge in a specific genre of sounds, instead, he wants to be the synthesis of a continuous and restless contamination and commingling of various elements and sonority absorbed over the years.
Basic elements from House and Techno are without doubt his most common ground... [read more]
to explore, although, continuous experimentation, openness to change and versatility are key words to define his work.
His dedication gave him the opportunity to release on some of the most well known labels in the world like Minus, Witty Tunes, Bitten, as well as having frequent exposure on the Beatport top charts.
In 2010 he become the A&R of Monog Records digital label www.monogrecords.com, whose Modus Operandi is to create a unique and familiar relationship with the Artists and their music. Thanks to the work it developed during its years of existence, Monog Records has been constantly supported and charted by artists like DJ Sneak, Barem, Slam, Loco Dice, Stacey Pullen, Figueroa, Maetrik and others.
The moniker META4 was crystallized in 2013, in Berlin, being the result of a gradual change conceived after a long time reflection about himself and his music.
After almost 2 years, I decided to record again my live act! I’ve been working on this one for around 4 or 5 months, as those 11 tracks composing this live are all original, made specifically for it.
I used some twisted vocals from older tracks of mine but besides that, everything is made only for this live. I had the opportunity to play it in some several clubs in London and Lisbon and I couldn’t be happier with the feedback I received!
The project is made in Ableton live 9. All the drums are sequenced in Maschine 2 VST and each track have around 6 different patterns that are being trigged by midi clips with program change message in ableton. From maschine, I’m separating into individual audio out’s the following “groups” of sounds: Kick, Clap, Hihat Open, Hihat Closed, Ride, Toms and Percussion. Each one of those have their own audio channel, processed by compression and eq. Analog 4 is creating almost all the pad’s, lead’s, efx’s, stabs etc. Like Maschine, Analog 4 is sequenced internally, each track with around 6 different patterns that are being trigged in Ableton through program change messages. I’m in performance mode, as I configured it to control the filters, reverb, envelop release, etc.. I bought Analog RYTM 3 or 4 days ago, so it’s not really integrated into the live yet, as I only used it for the hi hat’s in this recording (but the sound of this machine is IMPRESSIVE). Korg Volca bass is used in some tracks for a more “acid” approach. I’m using the Ipad with Touchable 3 for clip lunching/pattern change. The 2 korg Nanokontrol 2 are being used to control the volume of the 16 audio tracks, long reverb and to trig some samples. Doepfer drehbank is used to control the filter of some sounds and the delays.