We’re not quite how it’s happened but this past 6 weeks have been amazingly busy here at FatKidOnFire. Things are really starting to pick up which is awesome – even if it means working most evenings.
We’re continuing the slew of new content tonight with a new makeitgood x FKOF feature and exclusive mixtape. We’re stoked to welcome the hugely talented boys from Matta – these guys have dropped us a hugely in depth interview (watch out for their amazing advice for new producers) and an awesome mix. Peep the interview and mix below, and check out Matta’s Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud pages.
How long have you guys been producing music for? As a duo we have been producing for about 2 years. We met at Uni, but did not begin producing together till about a year after graduating.
What made you start making music? James: For me it was a progression from Djing and trying to make my own take on the music that I was hearing.
Andy: I knew I wanted to produce after hearing drum & bass for the first time and thinking how futuristic it sounded. I just wanted to be part of it.
What software do you use to produce your tracks? We use Logic 7 and a few choice plugins. It is more about knowing the plugins you have in and out than having a load of plugins. Guess that is something for question 8… It isn’t what you have it is how you use it.
Turntables or CDJs? We both started using turntables back in the day when you could only really get the music you liked on vinyl. It was more fun as well going to record shops then trawling the internet. It was great going into Big Apple, listening to records upstairs for a couple of hours and getting hold of some real new and rare promos.
Unfortunately, nowadays it is really difficult to use vinyl due to lots of problems. Firstly, it’s really hard to turn a profit on vinyl, and if you play out somewhere you can be sure the turntables have some sort of problem with them. But there is nothing like Djing on vinyl; very hands on and raw.
We then went onto using CDJs which are great, you’re able to do a lot on them, play new things you’ve been working on and carry a lot more music. In the last couple of months we have moved onto working with Ableton Live and are trying to build sets around using stems of our own tracks and doing a live remix session.
Best set you’ve played has been…? Probably Maschinenfest 2010. Purely because we didn’t know what to expect and had a really great response from people who may not have really known or liked dubstep.
To be honest though – every gig we have done in the last year; we have had a great reception and enjoyed all of them.
Any new releases we can look forward to? Yeah a fair few actually. Firstly we have a collab with Hecq called “Suture” coming out on his album “Avenger”. We are VERY proud of this track; it encompasses everything we love.
Next, we’re working with Virus Syndicate on a track called “Breathe”, it is a real banger and we think quite original as well.
We were asked as well to do a track for the forthcoming Tympanik Compilation which challenged us but ultimately was a real success and something really different (but in keeping with our dark side).
There are also a few remixes we have done which should be seeing the light of day soon, a remix of Roel Funcken’s “Skarm Sfias” and another one for Bong Ra called “Megasaurus”. Both should be coming out on Ad Noiseam at some point this year.
We also have an exciting collab with Niveau Zero which is well on its way and sounding amazing.
What music are you listening to at the moment? A lot of stuff from Ad Noiseam, although we release a lot with them we were fans first and foremost and their output is really unbelievable, Nicolas works extremely hard. Then there are people like 16bit, Goth Trad, Jakes etc who we listen to within dubstep.
Outside of that we go slightly different ways, ranging from old underground hip-hop (US & UK) to metal and through to drum & bass… It helps having different tastes outside of bubstep as we can take influences and hopefully make something a bit genreless.
Any advice to upcoming dj/producers? Well it depends on what people want to achieve. We have just tried to work extremely hard at covering all basses and trying to do something we believe in and hope is as original as someone can be nowadays within the scene. It is really important to take care with your productions; look at all details of the track, make sure that each part has its place and that everything is working and sounding good and clean. Also the details and keeping the track fresh and moving for the duration helps things to not become stagnant.
One thing that has helped us lot is collaborating with people and remixing other people’s tracks. When you have another producers stems in your sequencer you begin to understand how they approach the different elements on the track sonically. Working on the ‘Sura’ remix, for instance, was a great learning experience. Hecq is a pro sound designer and it was amazing to see the attention to detail in his productions. Since we have started working with other people, the way we structure and mix our tracks has developed and evolved. Another way to learn from other producers is to watch tutorials, read forums (such as Gearslutz) and generally learn as much about your craft as possible. Even if what you are reading isn’t specific to the genre you are making it could explain a process, trick or technique that could transform your latest track into something special.
Other areas like promotion and making contacts in the scene help a lot as well. It is about being pro active and making mixes, posting free tracks, using sites such as Soundcloud and just keep pushing all areas you can think may help.
The above interview with the Matta guys is one of our favourites so far – hugely in depth and full of fantastic advice. Thanks guys! We’re also really stoked to drop this 36m mix for you. Its tracklist is insane, so get it on the stereo and let us know what you think!
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- Jakes medley
- > Daedelus – Hours Minutes Seconds
- Kromestar – Get Up
- LDZ – Wave 2 da floor (Matta remix)
- Requake – Arma Bass
- Matta vs Niveau Zero – Untitled track
- Skream – Lightning VIP
- Distance – Malice
- Goth Trad – Sunbeam
- Matta – Untitled dub
- Four Tet – Angel Echoes (Caribou remix)
- Von D & Riskotheque – Like a bird
- Matta – Turning Tricks
- Matta – Feed
- Matta – Empire
- Statix – Mind Over Matter
- Bong Ra – Megasaurus (Niveau Zero remix)
- Matta – Be There
- Matta – Outlaw
If you have any thoughts on what the Matta guys have had to say, or thoughts on their exclusive mix for makeitgood x FatKidOnFire – maybe you’ve got someone to recommend to FKOF or seen something you think we’d like. Fire us a comment via the comments section below or get in touch through email, Twitter or Facebook.