Interview – Mellow Fields

Canadian producer, Mellow Fields has released his new single, “Gemini Rising”.

The track starts with electronic beats rising to a swell before making way for sweet, ethereal vocals from featured artist, Jenny Palacios, that light up the song’s compelling poetry. Mellow Fields — aka Michael David’s — rhythms are irresistible and, together with Palacios’ lead and harmony vocals in a mesmerizing stream of lyrics, her singing floats above them like a butterfly.

It’s a track that goes from soft to insistent, kinetic to moody, still to emotional, and back.

Like any true Gemini, the lyrics blend diverse elements  —  sweet sensuality and a hint of danger, with a trippy sensibility that puts you in a dream world. Mellow Fields weaves it all into a rich sonic texture, and “Gemini Rising” wraps with an ecstatic high of music and emotion.

He’s adept at switching moods over the 4:31 minute track, developing the rhythms and sounds with a judicious ear and without a hint of self-indulgence. He’s always got a new surprise up his sleeve, and a new direction to keep things interesting and add replay appeal.

He counts the greats of EDM among the influences in his work, and in “Gemini Rising” audiences hear the same focus on persistent beats plus a play on rising and falling tension. It’s trance music with a nod to synthwave, a song that’s sonically intriguing but also accessible —  and danceable, too.

Check out “Gemini Rising” below, and find out more about Mellow Fields via our mini-interview.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey! So I’m Mellow Fields, and I’m an Electronic producer based out of the Greater Toronto Area. I’ve always been drawn to electronic music listening to Justice and MSTRKRFT, and at 21 I bought my first interface and wanted to make my own. My parents pushed me into learning piano lessons and I’m grateful for their persistence as it paid off years later and eventually birthed Mellow Fields.

Tell us about the recording process behind “Gemini Rising”?

I was living in LA in early 2020, covid dragged me back to suburban Ontario, and I needed an outlet for the sake of my sanity so I started building the foundation of Gemini. The track needed vocals, so I called up Jenny (Palacios). Jenny was quick to throw some vocals on it and give the song what it needed. It took us around 6 months and many iterations before we found the direction that spoke to us. We grew on each other and all parties came out unscathed.

What was the highlight of 2020?

I mean… 2020 was tough. I guess if I were to say there was a highlight, it was finding my passion for music again, and just working on rekindling old relationships.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career in 2021?

I’d like to dive headfirst into music and scare myself a bit. Enough to make that my primary source of income, and find people who connect with it. Until it’s safe to play shows, I’ll be focusing on just production, sound design, and composition.

Is there anyone out there you’d like to collaborate or open/close a concert with in the future?

There’s a lot of artists I’d love to work with including my friends Tonebox, Lucy in Disguise, and eventually aspire to work with producers like Deadmau5, No Mana, and Kaytranada.

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