Loads has modified within the dance music business, and the world normally, since Norwegian producer/DJ Matoma final launched an album. Again then Matoma was driving a wave of pop-adjacent tropical home music. Now, Matoma returns to his membership roots with Love for the Beat.
We received the prospect to have a pleasant chat with Matoma about his new album, staying related within the ever altering dance music business, and his upcoming new e book! Take a look at our interview under.
Thanks for chatting with us Tom. Inform us the way you first received into music and the way’d you initially break into the dance music business?
“Stepping into music, I began very early. I began enjoying the piano after I was seven years previous and round 9 I actually wished to change into a classical pianist, however then on the age of 16, I feel I had practiced a bit an excessive amount of. I felt loads of stress on myself, so I stated to my household, I stated to my dad and my mother, I actually wish to take a break from the piano and perhaps do different issues.
And my Dad, he actually felt honest, he was desperate to let me know I shouldn’t put music on the shelf, perhaps I ought to do one thing else with music. So, he confirmed me a documentary about Stargate, two Norwegian dudes that moved to New York to pursue their producing dream.
They usually have produced with Beyonce, Rhianna, all the large names. So, he confirmed me a documentary about these two guys, and I instantly wished to begin producing music, and that was after I was 16 years previous. And since then I’ve been making music. However the entire EDM, and extra like digital music scene, perhaps after I was 23.”
Congratulations on Love for the Beat. It’s an awesome album, and likewise an awesome album title. Inform us how your music and manufacturing model has modified since your final album in 2018. How do you adapt to the always altering tastes in dance music whereas sustaining a signature sound?
“I feel as an artist it’s essential to have a way of grounded-ness to your self, to your soul, make music that pleases your self, but in addition, evolve as an artist; over time if I make one track, I made it, I must make one thing new, recent. And, for me, after ‘One in a Million’ I actually felt desperate to make extra of the music that I grew up with. The extra danceable, extra trancey, extra progressive sound.
And ‘Sodium Sky’ got here from that, ‘Bittersweet’, ‘Break My Personal Coronary heart’, all of those information had been molded from my cabin, trying on the Northern Lights. Being impressed by nature and being impressed by Norwegian folks music and melodies. I’ve actually tried to implement these parts into my dance songs and actually present individuals my tradition, the music I grew up with.
Mix it into as we speak’s sound pushed with a brand new kind of combine and I actually felt it was the precise second for me to specific myself. However, this yr, I’m so pumped, I’m so able to take the dance flooring and I really performed a few new information right here tonight they usually actually popped off.”
Recent off the heels of a full album, what new music can followers count on from you in 2024?
“I feel relating to the music for 2024, 2023 for me was a really experimental yr, I went a bit darker, in myself, I needed to get loads of these emotions out. This yr, it’s all about reconnecting with the great vibes. Giving individuals the Ibiza-summer vibe. And, once more a few the songs I teased right here tonight, was sort of that vibe. So, I’m actually excited and pumped about this yr. I’m not saying I’m going to make the very best dance album of 2024, however I’m certain going to attempt to do it.”
How’s the tour been to date in assist of the album? When was the final time you had been right here in Los Angeles? Any favourite eating places you must go to if you’re right here?
“The mini-tour has been wonderful, we’ve performed New York, we did Chicago, we’ve performed San Francicso, it’s really been eight months because the final time I used to be right here. And the vibe was the identical, it was so good, I don’t know what it’s with LA crowds, however they’re simply so wonderful, simply one thing concerning the vibe right here.
After I’m right here in LA I actually prefer to eat Mexican, I like Japanese, Ramen and Sushi, I actually do love Mediterranean, I feel LA has a few of the finest Mediterranean meals, like Shish kebab, shawarma, I like the shawarma.“
I at all times prefer to ask artists I interview if they’ve any e book, streaming or podcast suggestions?
“So, I’m really going to launch a e book. In a month, March 1st, and it’s referred to as ‘By no means Good Sufficient’, so being a touring artist, for 10 years now, I’ve discovered from loads of totally different experiences on the street. I’ve met so many alternative individuals, skilled tales, inspirational tales, however issues that make you actually, actually respect life. And, I feel the youth proper now, they want steering. They’re so centered on what’s forward and what’s behind, however they don’t reside within the now, and I feel it’s so essential for them to get centered on being current, listening to their coronary heart, listening to themselves, not listening to the entire noise.
So, I’m really writing a e book which is 10 totally different tales about my life, in life-changing moments for me, crossroads the place I’ve needed to make large selections, primarily based on my spirit, my soul. And, I wish to share that, I hope that it could actually resonate with the youthful technology as we speak and provides them some inspiration to imagine in themselves, to belief their very own inner-spirit and to look within the mirror and say, ‘I’m adequate.’“
Who’re some artists you’d prefer to collab with sooner or later?
“I might by no means say no to a Chris Martin collaboration, that may be sick. Or, Will Smith, take it again to Miami.”
Inform the followers on the market who didn’t make it what they missed tonight?
“You missed out on a celebration crammed with good vibes, all about spreading the love. What you possibly can count on from me arising it’s all concerning the good vibes, bringing again these good sing alongside information the place you possibly can sing, have a great second, simply chill and loosen up. Matoma out.”
Take a look at Matoma’s newest studio album Love for the Beat, out now on Matoma’s label of the identical identify. Matoma nonetheless has a number of extra North American dates on the Love for the Beat tour as effectively.
Feb 21 – F Most cancers FSU – Tallahassee, FL
Feb 23 – TAO Chicago – Chicago, IL
Feb 24 – Harrah’s – Atlantic Metropolis, NJ