MitiS Talks Tying The Knot & Preserving Through Adversity With Album Til The End
Joseph Torre, better known sonic moniker MitiS, is one artist truly on top of the world right now. After overcoming a major setback when his computer crashed and he lost all of the work he had put into his album, Mitis returned with a new vision. Til The End is his response to adversity and the incredibly emotional masterwork is a testament to his perseverance and musical identity. Now fresh off of national tour and a newlywed, Mitis is truly living his best life in 2018. We talked to the melodic bass maestro about his newest album and what he’s looking forward to the rest of the year.
Sensible Reason: Til The End is an incredibly emotive work of art. What would you say is the overall theme and ethos that you wanted to convey with it?
Mitis: I think the overall theme is something really positive – an emotional journey meant to really make the listener feel something.
SR: Musically how would you say Til The End differs from your earlier work like your Living Color, Oasis, and Touch EPs?
M: I tried a lot of different tempos and genres within the album, so I think that brought a whole new side of MitiS. Also using guitars, more pads and a lot of natural sounds is something I never did before.
SR: Some of our readers might not know that Til The End almost didn’t come to fruition because of your hard drive crashing and the loss of all your progress. Can you describe what emotions were going through you at the time?
M: Man, it was so saddening. I felt like such an idiot for not backing everything up. I felt like I let my fans down, but 99% of fans had my back and supported me creating a new album. Sure, I was upset I lost the album, but I was more upset that I couldn’t share any music with my fans. Creating the new album was such a blessing though.
SR: Obviously, you faced major adversity with this particular project. What would you say was the most important lesson you learned from the process of starting from scratch.
M: That bad shit happens to everyone, and to never let that get you down or quit or turn away from what you love. It was a blessing in disguise because I ended up enjoying the “2nd” album WAY more than the first. It was really me. So never turn away because something terrible happens. Always push forward.
SR: Is this iteration of the album similar to what you started initially or did it take on a new identity?
M: No, not even a little. Every song was completely new and a totally different direction than the old.
SR: How does it feel knowing that this piece of art has helped your fans get through moments of turmoil and find inner strength?
M: I get messages every day from beautiful people around the world saying how my music helps them, and it almost makes me emotional every time. I take what people say to heart, and having supporters that find my music helpful in whatever way, is amazing to me and I’m humbled by it. It helps me too, I love to help and to be a positive influence on people’s lives.
SR: Do you feel like this experience has made you a better musician, why or why not?
M: Most definitely. I had to spend 2x as much time on an album, meaning 2x as much in the studio creating. I spent a lot of time alone, and a lot of time sitting at my piano writing, figuring new chord progressions that I enjoy.
SR: How has your pedigree as a classical pianist shaped your identity as an electronic producer?
M: In every way. Being a classical pianist, you’re taught everything in and out of piano theory, how to play properly, and it all becomes second nature. Being able to move fluidly around a piano and also create at the same time is definitely something that helps speed processes up, and allows me to create more in-depth chord structures and even melodies.
SR: What advice would you give to an aspiring producer who goes through a similar hardship as you?
M: Always keep pushing through any doubts you have. And we all have artists we love, but make sure to do your own thing, your own sound. It’ll always be worth it in the end and you deserve it.
SR: Finally, what are you most excited for in 2018?
M: I have so many things going on I can’t even pick one. I’m getting married May 19th, so that’s definitely number 1. And playing red rocks later this year is going to be insane!