ERM x Nexus Radio ‘Take 5’ Interview


ERM x Nexus Radio ‘Take 5’ Interview



We sat down with ERM for a chat on memorable soundtracks, dance music, and how she thinks music will look in 20 years.

ERM is an up-and-coming Chilean composer and producer, also known as ERM. She focuses on the creation of incidental music in all sorts of mediums: video games, documentaries, movies, and more. ERM is her project that explores electronic dance music and its capabilities.

ERM shares that she is currently finishing up an EP with ERM and collaborating with fellow female artist Üme.

Her creativity and illustrious imagination shines in both her art as well as her worldview: when asked how she imagines the world to look in 300 years, she talks of “humans with metallic prostheses (by a personal aesthetic decision, not because they need them), basically cyborgs. I can also imagine that humans will already live on Mars. Therefore, interstellar trips will be a reality.”

To learn more about ERM, including who she thinks would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman, check out our interview with the artist below:

Q: Before we dig in, what's next for you?

I’m currently working on two separate projects simultaneously. First, I’m finishing an EP with ERM while collaborating with Üme with my other project, Erami.

Q: Why did you choose to make dance music?

Dance Music is far from my comfort zone, but it was something that I’ve wanted to try for a long time. The sensation and feelings that dance music can ignite inside us are things that I consider humanity needs, particularly now that we are just starting to leave our houses behind after Covid enclosed us.

Q: Let's create a new festival; What would you name it, Where would it be located, and Who would be the top 3 headliners?

Creating a festival is something that excites me. So I would create a festival with “R U I N A S,” which is ruins in Spanish. It would take place in the Okinawa prefecture, Japan, the paradise beaches of the country, haha. Headliners would be Porter Robinson, Perfume, and of course, ERM.

Q: What is music going to sound like 20 years from now?

Woah, I feel this is a difficult question. I think that the digital world will dominate music in the future, so I guess, less organic sounds and more digital elements. But, I can also see AI helping us make the best decisions for our songs.

Q: What movie has a very memorable soundtrack?

HA! This is a straightforward question for me; I’m the one that can answer this (I usually listen to a lot of OSTs). However, it is hard to choose one, so I will write down my top 3; The first one on the list is not from a movie but an Anime series, “Shingeki No Kyojin” (Attack on Titan). Second on the list is the Interstellar OST by the incredible Hans Zimmer, and finally, the OST from Hercules, one of my favorite soundtracks from Disney.

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Q: If you could bring one artist back to life, who would it be?

Ahhh, this is a tough decision, but I think I’d choose to bring Freddie Mercury back because I think he would be impressed with all the technological advances in music. I would love to see what he could create with all the new tools we have nowadays; I have always considered Freddie a genius.

Q: What if aliens invade our planet, and they're really hot?

This question makes me laugh; I mean, if aliens invade us, does it matter if they’re hot? Even though I have a lot of interest in life out there, if they invade us violently, there’s not much that we could do, but if they come peacefully, maybe we evolve into a new race or something. I’d like to see that.

Q: If you could spend a day talking to an animal, what animal would you choose and what would you want to learn from them?

Believe it or not, I have asked this question to myself previously, and without any doubt, I would choose to talk with whales. These animals travel more than 10.000 kms per year, isn’t that impressive? I could spend days listening to their stories of how they migrate from one place to another, and of course, I’d love to ask them how they can sleep for only 15 minutes and stay awake all day, hahaha.

Q: What do you think the world will look like in 300 years?

I’d love to be there to see it, but I can only imagine… so, this is what I think it will be like; There will be humans with metallic prostheses (by a personal aesthetic decision, not because they need them), basically cyborgs. I can also imagine that humans will already live on Mars. Therefore, interstellar trips will be a reality, not massively, but still. I guess the contamination will be a massive problem on Earth, flora, and fauna will be reduced, poles will exist only in our memories. Now that I read my answer, I feel I’m a little pessimistic, but well, I’m sure there will be cool stuff to see in the future.

Q: Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

It’s more than apparent, and Spiderman would win! I mean, he can swing in the air between the buildings, shoot spider-webs, couldn’t he be cooler? He is also super fast, and he could efficiently react to all the attacks Batman could try. Even though Batman is a millionaire with a bunch of expensive toys, he isn’t a superhuman.

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