Salix (E​.​P) | Interview with Mattr

Born in Birmingham and based in London, Mattr creates distinctive and conceptual sounds. The ideal after-hour music after an all nighter of hardcore rave, just before the sun goes up.

Read our chat with him.

Describe your sound in three words

Emotional, melodic, glitch

Your music focuses in creating an atmosphere. Tell us a few things about your creative process

I tend to start with a chord structure, once i have an idea down i’ll begin building the beats and percussion and then i’ll usually freestyle some additional melody over the top using the Push and then really begin working into refining parts, adding in texture, glitches etc. I also quite often sing parts into Ableton and then mess around with the wave forms once there in the software.

You have lived in two leading cities regarding electronic music. Which are the main differences between London and Berlin and what do they have in common?

Berlin is much more accommodating when it comes to techno/parties etc. it really is celebrated there as a way of life, in London, the authorities seem to see it as a nuisance more than anything else and so the scene feels a little more underground, but that can also have some massive advantages in terms of hearing new and interesting music. So they both share a love of the electronic scene, but there approaches are different.

Do you release your music in vinyl? Do you personally like the idea of owning vinyls or do you prefer the convenience of digital alternatives?

I have only released digitally and on tape cassette up until now, purely because its expensive to put out vinyl on your own, i need to find a label that wants to commit my stuff to wax 😊 I have a LOT of vinyl ive collected over the years but for the last decade ive mainly collected it digitally, mostly because i don’t have any more room for vinyl 🙂

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

I guess you could say that in some respects, but i think it depends on where your talking about – its a great tool, but then there are lots of micro scenes now and there are platforms to accommodate differing parts of the scene. Vinyl will continue to be a big part of it, platforms like Bandcamp are really helping artists out too and im a big user of Soundcloud so i think its just another weapon in the users arsenal.

What is your favorite album of the past year?

Indian wells – New Ruins is pretty special, i also really enjoyed Kelly Lee Owens album – Inner Song

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

The peanut butter falcon is very enjoyable

One last thing we should know about you?

I love motion graphics, you can find my work on my IG @mattr_music_motion

Thank you!

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