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Metaform is a hip-hop/electronica music producer/musician who splits his time between Tokyo, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. His instrumental opus, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (JUST Records) was written, produced and engineered by Metaform at his various home studios over a five year period in which he kept in deep isolation. Since its release, the album has received press in several major publications including URB, REMIX, CMJ, XLR8R, and Alternative Press. Reviews have also been posted on blogs (Blogarhythms, Reminisce & Popmatters), iTunes and Amazon.com.

Early life

Metaform grew up in Los Angeles in a musical household. His Dad played Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, and Ravi Shankar records, while Mom listened to Whitney Houston and Curtis Mayfield. His parents divorced in 1988 and soon after he moved to San Francisco with his mother and three sisters. He spent the year of 1998 as an intern at Spark Studios in Oakland, California, in which time he had experience working with E-40, Tone Capone, and Scarface. He spent the year of 1999 shipping records for TRC distribution at which time he delved deeper into the already buzzing Bay-Area Hip-Hop scene. From 2000-2005, he worked as a free-lance sound engineer and worked with many high-profile acts including:
DJ Jazzy Jeff, Afrika Bambaataa, Pharcyde, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Goapele, Zion-I, and many others. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2005 before moving back to Los Angeles and then to Tokyo.

Music career

Metaform began playing piano at age 7, guitar at age 13 and at age 16 he started a heavy metal band with two classmates; they mostly played Metallica and Slayer covers. At age 18 Metaform joined the now defunct San Francisco punk rock band, The Breakouts, as rhythm guitar and they played several club shows in San Francisco. After the The Breakouts, Metaform met 4X-ampL (who now resides in Montreal) in an audio engineering class. The two quickly became friends and formed the rock group Team USA (along with Casten on drums) and Metaform played guitar and contributed vocals. Later, Metaform and 4X-ampL formed the electronica duo Razed High. During this time Metaform was known as Hai-Ding, a play on words in that he was "in hiding" and working on what would later become Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.

metaform Justice Aaron, Tokyo, Japan

  • M4 Homepage Player 12 tracks, 41.24 metaform on October 17, 2012 01:27

    1. 1. Metaform "Electric Eyes" 3.23 50221 plays
    2. 2. Metaform "Letters to the Void" 5.57 5725 plays
    3. 3. Metaform "In My Mind (I Will Wait)" 2.45 5388 plays 120.0 BPM
    4. 4. Metaform "Winter City" 3.39 3868 plays
    5. 5. Metaform "OCD" 3.09 1712 plays
    6. 6. Metaform "My Love" 3.06 1385 plays
    7. 7. Metaform - It's Gotta Be 4.13 3915 plays
    8. 8. "I Dreamt of the Machine" (Piano Atmosphere) 0.49 900 plays
    9. 9. Metaform - Candy 2.41 2796 plays
    10. 10. Metaform - Secretly Alone 3.41 2433 plays
    11. 11. Metaform "Strange Girl" 4.16 1185 plays
    12. 12. Electric Eyes Live from a Tokyo Basement Party 3.38 1641 plays

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