5 Questions with incoming EDM master Matthew Dear
Last time Ghostly International label star and intelligent techno master Matthew Dear (a.k.a. Audion) was in town, he sang over his set at the Triple Rock. There were mixed reviews on the dancibility of it all, but anytime this angelic posterboy is behind the decks at any club, people always seem to agree on his mind-expanding musicality. Having moved from Detroit/Ann Arbor to New York two years ago, Gimme Noise talked to the producer/DJ/EDM project manager about coming back to Minneapolis to again attempt to satisfy insatiable late night techno desires...
GN: You know Minneapolis has a vibrant techno scene. In your travels to the Twin Cities in the past, is that what you encountered? What do you remember about it and are you excited to return?
Of course... It was always a home away from home when I lived in Detroit. There are very many similarities between the Minneapolis, Chicago, and Detroit scenes and a their shared history. People out in Minneapolis (as well as Chicago & Detroit) have a sense of purpose and respect when it comes techno and house. This always makes for a great crowd on the dancefloor too.
GN: How does living in New York City affect your creative output?
I've been in New York for the past 2 years. It's definitely changed the tone of my output. Luckily, I've found a place that allows for some loud music, but the overall speed of the city effects my work. There is always something to do or see out on the streets here, and it can be distracting. I love being out in the city, trying new restaurants or seeing
new films. When I was in Detroit though, there wasn't much of that, and it was a lot easier to get lost in making music. A lot less distraction.
GN: So I'm sure you get to see a lot of amazing shows. What has been your favorite over the last year or so?
I was lucky enough to see My Bloody Valentine live at the Roseland Ballroom here in NYC. I've never been assaulted with that much noise before. It was mind deafening bliss, and I'll never forget the raw energy they created.
GN: Mind-deafening bliss! Nice. Speaking of, there are a lot of misconceptions about electronic music. Dispell a myth here.
Ha... Well, that's true. And so many misconceptions to falsify. Unfortunately, most of the electronic music that people hear in the mainstream format is absolute trash. It is very repetitive, too fast, synthetic, and often times soulless and stale. These characteristics end up scaring most people away from digging deeper into the various genres of electronic music, where more and more creativity exists. Electronic music at its best can be jaw dropping works of art, with wild depth and rhythms.
GN: Definitely -- and you explore that in many different ways on what seems like tons of different projects and aliases. How do those aliases really allow you to be your true creative self?
MD: I am always trying to keep myself preoccupied in the studio. It's a matter of self entertainment more or less. Each project keeps me busy, and allows me to keep exploring all manners of production techniques. If I grow tiresome of my vocals, and their limitations, I'll refocus on dance-based instrumental music for a week. There is really no limit to the cycle, and that tricks me into believing I can do this for the rest of my life.
NOTE: Starting on March 4th, Spectral Sound (Ghostly's sister label) kicks off a stunning series of monthly Audion releases, beginning with the ominous "I Am The Car." To obtain the song, the user's email will be entered into the Audion website, which will also allow fans to interact with future contests and events.
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