Title: Wrist EP
Release date: September 2010
Seattls’s Mathew Anderson is an electronic music producer whose 15 year old love affair with electronic music has taken him to clubs in Miami, London, and Stockholm. Records have been sold from Chicago to Croatia. So why the hell was he living in the countryside like a hermit for the better part of the last three years?
His youth, after sneaking out his father’s house to go to raves, was spent trying to replicate the beats that had knocked him senseless the previous evening in the .Mod/Tracker scene where he cut is sequencing chops. Obsessively pouring over music production magazines and sneaking his way backstage to ask for clues on how to get the bass to squelch, the synths to wiggle, and the beats all in their right place was all in a days work for young Mathew. “Whatever it took, you know. I was really young and that obsessiveness of youth, that drive to know everything about whatever it was that was taking your heart at that moment. But.. hell of a long moment”
In 1997, Mathew and his friends gathered their money and threw a New Year’s rave where he performed a live jungle set. “Invite any DJ you knew, have your girlfriend and her cousin work the door. We actually made 10$ in profit.The laptop was 66mhz and ran 10 channels of stereo audio, so when I see something like Pro-Tools or Logic or something so bloated it just makes me cringe.”
His first studio release in 2002, “Maybe Naked” was released on Plastic City’s Suburbia imprint and was written with then-studio mate Roger Alexander and backed with a remix by Jacob London. A string of house tracks followed, with some getting the dubplate treatment, some getting picked up by various compilations, and a few seeing proper vinyl releases. In 2005 Seattle label Uniting Souls released the “Seattle Sessions EP” under Mathew’s Not Boyfriend Material moniker with “My Dickey” making numerous charts including DJ Heather’s and The Lawnchair Generals’.
Between the last half of 2005 through 2008 there was an awkward silence from Mathew. There was the naughty vocals laid onto Blacksoul’s “Original Sinner,” a hand full of DJ gigs, and an acclaimed live set of dirty house opening for DJ Heather during Decibel Festival in 2007, but for all the initial excitement there seemed to be a forced departure from the music scene.
“I needed out. I realized I had lost sight of what was important to me, I didn’t feel good about myself, and most importantly, I wasn’t having fun anymore. I was depressed, drinking too much, couldn’t finish anything in the studio, and couldn’t tie up any record deals, because… I didn’t care. There would be a few weeks of emails between labels or promoters.. and then I would stop replying. I needed a change, so I moved out of Seattle, quit my job, stopped drinking and put away the studio. Best thing I have ever done. At first it was really nice, lay in bed all day, shower weekly, spend a month watching the Tour De France. I even started riding again, gained some weight. After a few months though, something changed. I started getting really grumpy, and my feet started shuffling nervously. I needed an outlet. Cycling is really aggressive. You can pull and pull, climb and climb and you just wear yourself down, and collapse. But it doesn’t calm me down. It wears me out, and turns my anger down, but I needed to get the pain out. I needed to spend some in the studio.”
The result was a marked change from his previous output. A reinterpretation of techno and house, as one. Blending the sampled percussive nature of house and the introducing his vision of the future. The chopped up drums, which are honest to the Chicago origin, but laid out with the cyclic drive of Detroit, are layered over pads and strings that Basic Channel would be proud of. His voice is there, still dry, still naughty. On the upcoming song “Are you Listening?” featuring a remix by Angel Alanis, Mathew deadpans “I’ll keep on believing anything that lets me breath. Justifications are the normal path I take. Oh, you should hear what I believe.”
Since launching his Thank You For Listening imprint, his focus has remained the same. “Write music for my heart, release music for my heart and if anyone listens or buys it I sincerely mean it, ‘Thank you for listening.’”