Mitre’s latest self-titled album is full of duets with fellow artists and friends.
Mexican singer-songwriter Mitre presents his latest project, a self-titled album of colorful duets that transcend cultural barriers and touch on death and rebirth.
A great talent, Mitre discusses how he defines himself as an artist.
“I don’t like to label myself as being part of any one genre. I like breaking those ‘rules,’ and that’s what I like most about this album. It’s a mix of a lot of different styles that are close to my heart.”
Mitre officially introduced his new project in Los Angeles on June 16. The album has 11 tracks, all duets with several artists and friends, including Irene Diaz, David Garza and Jaime Cohen, among others. All of the tracks were composed by Mitre, and some were co-written with his collaborators.
The singer-songwriter recently lost both his biological mother and musical godmother, and the deaths are something that he has managed to channel in this project.
“This album explores loss, and I wanted to present that in a way that was relatable,” he says. “Loss is not just about death – you lose relationships, jobs, children, etc. After a loss comes the period of acceptance and starting over.”
Instead of drowning in misery, Mitre made peace with death, and from loss created rebirth, resulting in an album with a very distinct concept.
“I wanted death to become my friend in this project. I walk hand in hand with the Mexican concept of death, which celebrates life and marks another beginning, not an end. I wanted to take the pain that engulfed my life, and use it to help people find the light after suffering loss,” he shares.
The album was recorded in Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios, which is in a deserted location, an ideal paradise for musicians to create and record their music in almost complete solitude. It is a state-of-the-art facility with the latest equipment.
“I had just come off losing my biological mother and musical godmother and really not in a good place to write anything. Then, I got there and was suddenly able to write down what I was feeling. Some of the people I collaborated with were already there, heard what I was doing and chimed in. It snowballed, and the rest I finished here in L.A.”
Mitre has always been a maverick in the industry, and knows the struggles independent artists must face first-hand.
“I would love to have a solution to this, but I think the most important thing is to find your audience,” he says. “This album has been very well-received. We’re finally in a time where you don’t need the big record company or TV stations to promote your work. Now the public can truly listen to what they want to. We can actually reach people’s hearts now. Being independent is tough, having to be your own manager and all, but at the same time it means you have more freedom and no one tells you what to do.”
The album features heavy guitar, percussion, pre-hispanic rhythms and trumpets, along with touches of accordion, piano and mariachi. He refuses to label himself within one genre but draws influences from pop, rock, blues, tango and other sounds from around the world.
The name Mitre means ‘friend’ in Tibetan, and Northern European tribes translate it to ‘sun god.’ His musical influences came at a very young age, and he listened to everything from Pedro Infante and Jose Alfredo Jimenez to Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
Mitre is currently promoting his new album around Los Angeles, mostly at intimate shows that are ideal for the interpretation of his type of music. He especially enjoys having old black-and-white films playing in the background of his shows.
Without a doubt, this is a very talented young man with a genuine style and vast potential.
Mitre is now available on all digital platforms. For more information, visit mitre-music.com.