GTA's Matt Toth and Julio Mejia Are Taking Over EDM From a Converted Dorm in Kendall
Toth and Mejia make everything on FL Studios and work by email whenever they aren't holed away together. They take turns working on melodies and drum beats, creating synths and laying down the occasional vocal sample. They shoot the shit and hang out with Matt's cats.
They make music because they love it. It's a lot better than working shitty mall jobs, which is what they were doing, not that much else had ever been expected from them.
"We're still, like, kids," Mejia points out. And up until now, they've just been kids doing kid shit. Mejia only started getting into dance music over the past couple of years. It wasn't until he worked Ultra Music Festival 2010 with his cousin that he discovered the all-inclusive nature of the dance music scene and the vast opportunities for creativity within it.
"There're so many different types of genres within genres," Mejia says. "I started listening to a bunch of weird music and that's pretty much what attracted me -- the different influences that could be incorporated with it. You can mash hip-hop into it, you can mash Latin music into it."
A couple of band kids, GTA have a modest background in musical training. Mejia used to play trumpet in a local salsa band. Even that little bit of experience can be an edge.
"It helps as far as being creative," Mejia admits. "Anybody can get on a computer and learn software, you can learn what things do and stuff. But just to think of ideas that make up a really good song, whether it may be a melody or a drum beat or things like that, comes way easier if you learn the background."
These two know what works, and they push themselves to bring their unique flavor to the table. Instead of using prepackaged synths, they'll build their own. Instead of pigeonholing themselves into a certain trend or genre, they'll mix and match whatever sounds come out of their heads that day. The main goal is to make music for themselves and knock a crowd full of revelers on their ass. Just that simple.
"We want people to understand that our sound goes everywhere. We want people to expect that, but also be really clueless as to what we're going to do next. We keep people guessing, and keep it exciting for them, just as we keep it exciting for us," Mejia says.
"We don't know what we're gonna make next. We really just want to make people go crazy over it, whether it may be something that's like popular now or even if it's like next-level, this is the future and people aren't really feeling it now.
"But next week, it'll be like, 'Damn, fuck, what song is that? I love GTA. I'm gonna buy all their music now.'"
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