60 seconds with MATT MELER by Kian West


60 Seconds with MATT MELER

Interview by KIAN WEST

MM_WEBMatt, We caught up with you 12 months ago, would you say there have been any major changes in the music you are creating? For those that didn’t catch the last article, How would you describe the music that you make?     A bit of stuff has changed  after travelling to the States and Europe last year. All good changes though that just make me strive towards my musical goals. The music I make has stemmed from so many influences, and I'm still very wet behind the ears when it comes to production and writing. It's usually House driven with hints of Disco in there, but I find it can really vary though, like there are a bunch of things I'm doing at the moment that are very deep and dance-floor driven that you'd expect to hear after 3am in a club, I just go with what comes out.

What are you working on at the moment?   Fair-bit going on, got some cool collabs finishing up that I can't wait to be out. I've learnt a lot by working with other producers, musicians & vocalists, by the varied approach they take to writing and how they develop a record. It helps you break your usual patterns and makes you think out of your box. There are also a bunch of originals in the pipeline; one of which should be out by the time this goes to print ….. I hope. I'm super excited about it.

Where can people catch you playing in Newcastle?      On a weekly basis I'll usually be at Merewether Surfhouse, The Landing or The Delany, which are all pretty different musically which is always fun and keeps me on my toes. I'm also at 'District' a couple of times a month getting rude playing burners on a big sound-system … Haha … Which has been awesome.

When is the next release?     This is the one I'm excited about, It's on a UK Label called 'Guess Recordings', home to 'Spiritchaser' (Check them out). The record is 'I Can't Believe It' Featuring an amazing vocalist from Sydney 'Erin Marshall'. It's on the deeper and more moody edge, pretty stripped back with a stunning vocal by Erin. There is a great remix package with it too and film-clip to match. Should see it out mid-year, perhaps a touch earlier.

We asked you previously who your biggest influence is, but is there anyone new to the scene that is currently inspiring you? Does this affect your music? I've been diggin' heaps of new stuff actually, big fan of Chela, Motez & James Blake at the moment. Also, Tensnake who is not new but does have a new album out 'Glow' is dope too. It definitely affects my music, possibly because I listen to so much stuff, like today I listened to a Crazy P record when I woke up, some Steely Dan at lunch and when I was in the car I had the ABC on playing Classical, so random sometimes, but it's what I was in the mood for at the time. I think it helps me get out of one mindset and draw influence from various genres.

1965649_516004721838725_3665806445957577309_oWho do you really want to work with?    Hmmm, there's a few. One of them is totally cliché: Nile Rodgers. The guy is a total genius. Vocally I'd love to work with Danielle Moore from Crazy P or MNEK. Lastly MK (Marc Kinchen).

This wasn’t a question you asked me but I'd like to mention a small tribute to one, of if not my biggest influences that got me into dj'ing and House music; Frankie Knuckles 'The Godfather Of House', who passed away on the 31st March. Rest In Peace.

Tunes- With Matt Meler by Kian West


MATT MELER IS ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST CATS AROUND CREATING SOME OF THE FUNKIEST OF HOUSE TUNES AND SO WE ASKED HIM TO GIVE US A SELECTION OF THE TRACKS HE IS REALLY DIGGING THIS MONTH. CHELA × ZERO Hailing from Melbourne, Australia and back with her Second Release on one of the who’s who of Indie-Dance/Alt-Pop labels Kitsune (France). “Zero” is drenched in Italo-Disco vibes and is vocal hook central. Y’all gonna want to sing along, I’ve had it on repeat for weeks. Super slick production which is no surprise as her first release on Kitsune “Romanticise” is stella and something you should check out too. Chela is supporting the Classixx in the USA, and has regular airplay on Triple J, she is definitely one with some serious buzz brewing. Check this out if you like: Classixx, Flight Facilities, Cut Copy. JAMES CURD × BEFORE THE SUN SETS James Curd, Greenskeepers boss man is no stranger to the Classic Music Company, owned by two of the industries most influential and respected, Luke Solomon & Derrick Carter. He returns with a killer 3 track Ep - “Damage Is Done”. Track 3 from the Ep “Before The Sun Sets”, is filled with snappy upfront drums, it’s loopy as hell and is tastefully sprinkled with vocal cuts & melodic toplines. No doubt a James Curd/Greenskeepers trademark. The fusion of styles used here creates so many dimensions to the track. The insistent bass-line chugs ‘n’ chugs along with the drums but the keys and topline vocal melody lets you dream some. Feel the groove … ?! Check this out if you like: Derrick Carter, Kerri Chandler, Cajmere.

TENSNAKE ×      LOVE SUBLIME FT. NILE RODGERS & FIORA The first hot single from Tensnake’s upcoming debut album “Glow”, Love Sublime is a rich slice of Nu-Disco Pop that’s laced with the amazing vocals of Fiora and stitched together with guitar riffs from the legend that is Nile Rodgers. The track production on a whole is nothing short of perfection, I have no doubt this will be a future classic in the months to come. The progression between the vocal hooks and guitar riffs throughout the track is just magic. Sit back, turn it up and feel the love. Check this out if you like: Flight Facilities, Duke Dumont, Disclosure. HNNY × NO HNNY (pronounced “honey”), Straight-outta Stockholm Sweden, drops a killer 3rd release on his & co-owner Kornél Kovács’ label “Puss”. HNNY’s back catalogue of releases is very, very impressive. His production is all class, with tracks that draw emotion so easily and that seemingly focus on the “Less is More” approach. “No” is a prime example of this with lush pads, filtered chord swells, pushing bass-line that’ll hit your boogie button. The drums aren’t complicated but work so well in suppling the endless groove with just the right sizzle and swing from the hi-hats, claps & light percussion. Not to forget the thick and full four on the floor kick that drives the track along. Lastly and perhaps one of the best sample pulls I’ve heard in along-time is the use of a short vocal cut from a classic R’n’B track from a trio of talented birds released in 1999, I won’t spoil it for you though and you’ll froth when it comes in. Check this out if you like: MK, Gorgon City, Route 94, Detroit Swindle. CHASING KURT ×     FROM THE INSIDE [LOVEBIRDS PIANO FORTE MIX] The release of this text-book piano driven house anthem came at the close of our Australian summer and has been flogged by some of the World’s best Dj’s since. Lovebirds is the solo project of Hamburg resident Sebastian Doering; half of Knee Deep who have remixed Jamiroquai 3 times, Bob Sinclair, David Morales and Brandy. Released on possibly the most recognisable label in house music for the past 15 years, Defected, Lovebirds “Piano Forte Mix” showcases what house music is all about. Filtered  out chord progressions, infectious bass-line and memorable vocals. Not only is the production of the highest benchmark, it’s happy, uplifting and is one of those tracks that can unify a dance-floor. Hands in the air stuff! Check this out if you like: all things house.