Matthew Dear is one of electronic music's most inventive artists, alongside a couple of his Spectral Sound label mates, we find out their musical influences.
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Ghostly International are one of the most trailblazing labels in electronic music. Anyone who knows anything about the label's co-founder Matthew Dear will know what a versatile producer he is, whether he's performing as False, Jabberjaw or Audion, you know you're going to be treated to something special.
Ghostly's dance floor focussed counterpart, Spectral Sound, are heading to London's Village Underground on Saturday 22nd October. You can catch Matthew as Audion for around £15, so don't delay if you're thinking of heading. In the meantime we decided to catch up with Matthew along with his label mates Matrixxman and Moiré to find out some of their most influential tracks.
For me it's Duran Duran's 'The Chauffeur'. I first heard it when I used to work at this studio called Different Fur in San Francisco. Pat Brown (the rather eccentric owner of the joint) was playing it loudly one day and I couldn't help but notice how haunting the synths were. Upon listening closer to the words I realised they kind of capture everything I love about the tropes of 80s lyrics and the whole "New Romantic" approach to song writing. The sound design and drum machine production are insanely well executed also. This tune most certainly had a profound impact on me as an artist in ways I can't quite explain. I don't usually listen to Duran that much otherwise but this song happens to be the perfect storm.
I think one of my favourites all time tracks will be Alice Coltrane's 'Journey in Satchidananda'. I think it's timeless, and always sounds like a discovery, it takes you somewhere else, I like it's sonics and composition changes, and how big it sounds. If I'm honest I really have no idea which track did influence me to most. I love listening to all sorts of music and appreciate it and a lot of my inspirations come from other art forms and life in general, not just music.
It has to be 'Around The World' by Daft Punk - I bought the record in high school and it forever influenced my interpretation of Dance Music and what could be done with the core elements of house music.