Indie Electronic Artist Mishegas Shares His Debut EP
November 15, 2021 BY Nettwerk
Mexico-born and New York City-based artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Emilio Quezada Ibañez, aka Mishegas, shares his debut EP, Temporary Love (listen HERE). The record features his initial singles, “Untitled,” “Feel It All,” and “Temporary Love,” which already total over 2.5 million streams, as well as two unreleased tracks – the Spanish guitar influenced “Sentir” and uplifting “Separate Ways.” The five songs on the EP were written while Quezada was living in Chicago and were finished in his new home base of NYC. Emilio adds, “This project came to life while thinking back on past experiences and periods of time in which you remember being extraordinarily happy and how overwhelming it can feel to suddenly realize how far removed or disconnected you feel from those experiences. It is about nostalgia and dealing with the conflicting emotions that it can bring.”
He fills his songs with distinct noise, often piling effects on recorded instruments, field recordings, or samples, then tinkering with them—adding those textures and atmospheres—until they reach a point that he finds interesting. Many of his songs have come together by recording improvised guitar parts and then reversing those recordings, lending the song what he refers to as a “humanistic voice.” Quezada finds that this human quality can help the instrumental work tell an indirect story, wherein the songs reflect his own life.
Today, he also shares the video for track “Sentir,” Emilio explains, “The idea came about in the most uninteresting yet natural way. I was simply kicking a soccer ball around one morning and couldn’t get the guitar out of my head. Soccer was my first love and I thought: why not have it be the premise of my first music video. I wanted to capture the dance and artistic quality there is to soccer. Kersti Jan Werdal brings such a unique perspective to filmmaking. The eye of a documentarian. No fuss or over-complications; turning the mundane into beautiful imagery. Truly the most fitting director I could have worked with on this project.”
WATCH + SHARE “SENTIR”
He adds, “I cannot thank my parents enough for encouraging me to play Spanish guitar growing up. In hindsight, nylon strings + the progressions and rhythms found in classical Spanish music like “La Malagueña” have always felt the most natural to me. I’m not sure why it took me so long to make a song with that in mind, but “Sentir” is a product of that and it feels like an exciting step towards a new, yet very familiar direction.”
Mishegas, a Yiddish word that can be interpreted as hectic, crazy, or eccentric – all terms used to describe elements of his sound – is a talented multi-hyphenate with backgrounds in film, sports, travel, design, and skincare content (he co-maintains the influential Dewy Dudes podcast and social media. He grew out of the Chicago scene, touring as part of Shallou’s live band before relocating to New York. He recently released remixes from the upcoming EP, the single “Feel It All” reimagined by Kassian and “Temporary Love” by il:lo. He also did a remix for indie-pop artist Rosie Darling’s track “Heavy.” Having released a steady stream of acclaimed singles over the past few years, he is excited to finally release his debut EP.