Cirex is a Puerto Rican solo project that combines metal with dubstep and industrial influences, embedded with guitars, created by Eric Ortz.
His music has appeared on independent Horror Films in Denmark. When Ortiz is in Puerto Rico, he spent some time playing bass on a local Church. On February 2015, Cirex officially composed the music theme of the radio program “Al Tiempo de Dios” (In God’s Time) by Maritza Medina on Radio Vida (Puerto Rico). Eduardo Paniagua, drummer of the band Puya, has collaborated with his percussion on some of Cirex productions as with William Martin from the band Earshot, who mastered part of his first album ‘The Lab’.
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
Hi. I was born in NY, US, but I was raised between FL and Puerto Rico, half of my life I have been on Puerto Rico. Summer 1994 I was on Florida, US, and my cousin bought me an electric guitar, from that point I decided to be a musician. I learned basic metal riff until 2006 I decided to do music on my own.
Exposed Vocals: How did you come up with that name? What was your inspiration behind it?
Is simple: Cirex is my real name backwards, with an ‘X’ at the end, for two reasons: sounds better and somehow represent the cross.
Exposed Vocals: What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
I do it both way. I have a free album on my website, also have music on iTunes. Is always good give something free of your art to your fans, if they support you, they will go after the selling’ ones… But I mostly put my music free. But you can find my music on iTunes, Amazon, etc, as well
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Right now I am not delivering Cirex live but with my previous band; Neuttro, a lot. But we were professionals and we always catch the time in a couple of seconds so people don’t notice.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Not touring right now but I have plans. Actually I have a drummer who use an electric drum set who is able to do all my music live… I hope somewhere on 2016 starting on PR then moving to FL, then, the World
Exposed Vocals: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
Inspiration comes from anywhere.. even from a shipping hammer from a construction site, to a song I really like. The process is complex… I make the loops first, then I make a collage of them, then copy and past, ..and the final product master it. Some real softwares and time on that.
Exposed Vocals: Do you have a band website? What online platforms do you use to share your music?
Sure: www.cirexmusic.com, everything is there
Exposed Vocals: What are some really embarrassing songs that we might find on your mp3 player?
hmmmm not embarrassing because I like them, for some other people may seems, weird: Jose Jose, Jose Feliciano and local bands like Vivanativa, S ol D’Menta etc….
Exposed Vocals: If you were given half a million dollars and a year off, what would you do? How would you spend it?
…one word: on Music, and everything related….
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I have work in the past with Eduardo Paniagua, drummer of Puya, I would love to do another song again…Any artist, talented is welcome.. Studio upgrades?? Well, there’s always room to upgrade, maybe have bigger monitors, etc…
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
…with Prodigy for sure, they are one of the pioneers on the new electronic music. But I can name a long list that I will never finish . Celldweller is another artist who I would love to share stage with ….
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I just launched free album ‘Cosmology 2.0, its free on my site, I have an album on itunes calles ‘Trialism’, and I ust release a song on amazon call; “Money Magnet”, the rest of my random songs are on soundcloud.. and are free….
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Maybe acting, doing art, or doing tattoos who knows. But right now Iam finishing my BA in Spanic Stufies…
Exposed Vocals: Do you remember buying your first album? Who was it? What was going through your head?
Was Metallica and Justice for all, I knew it was metal at his best, my mom bought it, was skeptical, but that was m foundation. Of course I had other pinky rock bands like Poison, Motley Crew, Bon Jovi, but I remember that was my very first album.
Exposed Vocals: How do you juggle the rest of your responsibilities while trying to stay ahead in your music life?
Live a normal life. Go study, do my best, and my time free, is where my music comes…
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in 2015?
Right now, the two albums I mentioned, and the single. Live set should be ready on 2016….