Matt-U ‘Gun Talk’ interview
I spoke to Matt-U as the Gun Talk ep drops.
DB: Hello sir, love the sound! btw that cover’s bad ass, that art, who did that?
MU: The logo of the label and the cover was designed by Budapest-based Aman. He is a young a really talented graphic designer, with a huge experience in album designs. Check out his works here
DB: What was it that made you move into Dubstep territory, from D&B?
MU: As an artist, one must constantly develop their sound, sometimes even by transporting it to different genres. I was at the right time in when I made my first dubstep tunes because the scene was still growing, there were lots of new enthusiastic labels, and luckily I received a lot of support from guys like N-Type, Skream from the beginning, so I was highly motivated.
DB: The different tempo throws up different possibilities…
MU: Absolutely. You can basically pull ideas and tricks from a lot of different genres. I love the grimey stuff that Thelem has been doing, or Joker’s new album with the hiphop elements, all the technoid stuff you hear in Yunx’s shows, and yeah I even like some of the trap crossovers.
According to some classic DJs Budapest was a second capital for D&B back in 1998-2000 so underground music has quite a history over here. This definitely was a big motivation when I started making music around that time, and is a factor that keeps me here still.
Budapest is still quite good in terms of club music, you basically get what you would get everywhere else in Europe: a lot of new and trending artists are getting booked here and there are some really good quality clubs festivals as well, for example Sziget is one of the biggest in Europe.
DB: Some say Dubstep is over, which is rubbish! It never went away. What’s your thoughts.
MU: It certainly has dropped in popularity in Europe, where it was already big ten years ago. Big labels and club nights still do their thing but you cannot really see that buzz around it anymore.
D&B was said to be dead a couple of years ago and look at it now – this makes me not worry about it too much.
Moreover, I am really happy to see how big dubstep has got in the US recently – it’s always exciting to see in what direction the genre can develop in a new environment.
DB: Now to a tune: ‘Burpee’. Can you take us through it?
MU: The tune was inspired by a group workout where we took a seven minute burpee challenge – I’m not gonna tell my results!
It’s built up by the simplest and most basic building blocks, deep basses, overstimulating hihat placements and monotonous patterns to express that constant hate that I felt during completing the challenge.
Next to ‘Gun Talk’ and ‘Signals’ I wanted to feature a tune for the deep dubstep head, that’s why I chose the tune to be on the EP even as a digital feature.
DB: What inspired the formation of Bad Seed?
MU: It’s been 10 years since my first tune was released and I’ve been involved with a number of labels during this period – I always preferred to work with the ones where I felt that the label is trying to keep a strong relationship in order to not just have one release out, but to plan for the future, to build a portfolio for me as a producer.
This worked quite well with labels such as Black Box, but unfortunately labels come and go… It was at the time when I had a number of unreleased tunes I really wanted to have out, and I wanted a bigger control over their release, so I decided to start a label. I’ve known Dan since my Danger EP on his label Pressed Records; he had all the know-how and I had the material, so I asked him if he wanted to be the partner in crime.
DB: ‘Signals’: what inspired the tune?
MU: I found the ‘Changes in the radio signals…’ sample and started playing Twilight Zone and other classic sci-fi melodies with that old school lead sound for fun. It actually started off as a D&B tune, but that bass riff was just too harsh for that tempo so I slowed it down and replaced the beats.
DB: So are you active on the live front and will we see you soon over in UK?
MU: I hope so! The last year was a bit of a quiet one in terms of releases: the preparation of the label has kept me quite busy in the last couple of months but now that the first release is finally out I really wanna get out there again to test the new bits I’ve made in this period.