Time flies. It’s been the blink of an eye. It seems that it was yesterday when the mythical circular room of the Poble Espanyol in Barcelona took the most important step of its history. Edu Clarà and Eric Álvarez took the leadership and, based on a perfectly matched Funktion One system and an impressive lighting framework, they built INPUT High Fidelity Dance Club. At the time, it was just a room that sounded like a festival. Now, it is one of the most important references in one of the cities whose underground scene is one of the best: Barcelona.
This weekend, INPUT is celebrating these two years of partying. He will do it on Friday night. It will be from midnight to 6 am. And they will do it with one of the less common live performances: Maetrik. Originally from the United States and with Latin heritage, Eric Estornel, better known as Maceo Plex, is one of the most respected and best positioned DJs and producers in the industry. His stylistic offer is so broad. So much that he uses several aliases to agglomerate his music and classify his gigs. We have seen him acting like Plaex, like Mariel Ito, logically like Maceo Plex and, sometimes, though not many, also like Maetrik.
Maetrik is his darkest facet, his most aggressive face. It was an alias that he left in 2012 after publishing on Cocoon and on his own label, Ellum. He picked it up in 2017, when he published the Return EP in Clash Lion, owned by his good friend Shall Ocin. A 100% techno bass together with electro sounds mark the path of Maetrik, a path that frequents the studio much more than the stages. It’s quite difficult to see Maetrik playing music and, even less, producing his music live. Therefore, its appearance in INPUT becomes an absolute demand for all clubbers in Barcelona.
The Deals releases new EP
Along with the American, there will be Hitch and The Deals. It is not new. They are the resident artists of INPUT; those who, week after week, are always there keeping it up, warming up the audience or closing the night, always adapting their styles to the guests of the night and showing that being a resident is not an easy task.
It’s a special day for INPUT, for Hitch and, also, for The Deals. Alex Molina, a young producer and DJ from Badalona, hides under that alias. His latest work is Raw War, a four-track EP that gets released on SCI+TEC, a prestigious label founded and run by Dubfire. Raw War and Revolution are two melodic techno tracks that emit a soft and warm tone. Time Driver responds to a much more aggressive and demanding facet for the public.
The fourth track is Submerged Intro, an ambient piece without base or percussion that Dubfire himself has been using for some time now. The Deals tells us that he sent the piece two years ago: “I was surprised I did not get an answer. Last summer, I went to one of Dubfire’s events and I saw that he started his DJ set with my track. I could not believe it. Now, the track will be published, two years after being produced.” It would not be entirely wrong to say that Submerged Intro is celebrating its 2nd anniversary. Like INPUT. An act of fate?
When: Friday 6th April Where: INPUT High Fidelity Dance Club Lineup: Maetrik (live), Hitch and The Deals