French-Italian Matteo Morrielli delivers funk, house and disco around the globe from his base Barcelona. He is a young and eager DJ and producer whose latest release was with ‘Yaiza Records’.
Your original tracks have a very laid back appeal but they still groove. Is there any particular reason you chose combine these two elements?
“Laid back and groovy are accurate characteristics of the music I listen to. Looking back, I realise that you are truly influenced by the music that is playing when you go out. This went unnoticed by me for a while. During the production of this EP I was attending parties with great acts such as Malin Genie, S.A.M., Priku, and Julian Perez. These minimal grooves definitely had an impact on my producing.”
Take us on little tour through your studio. What equipment do you use and how do you go on about producing a track?
“For now, my studio consists of monitor speakers, a midi keyboard, turntables for sampling and a computer with Ableton Live, which is my main ‘instrument’. I am currently digging the ads for some extra hardware.”
From pictures of yours we understand that you dig vinyl. What’s your stance on digital DJing and what do you think makes vinyl a special medium?
“Digital technology is a great tool. It is essential and allows infinite possibilities in terms of creating and mixing music. I guess that is how the majority of young people start before they use vinyl for the first time. It should be used with care and in the right context, tough. If your performance justifies the use of software, then I have no problem with it. But I think everyone should learn the basics and then decide which tool they use. I mainly use vinyl because it gives me access to music I would never discover on digital platforms. However, I’m not fond of the ‘vinyl only’ philosophy for the simple reason that I don’t want to be limited to vinyl releases. Having a record collection is also something very personal as the physical aspect adds a sentimental value to it. Every single record you have has a story (i.e. where you bought it, how long you spent looking for it) while anyone can download music compilations from internet.”
Some artists say they don’t care about how much or what kind of feedback they receive from beholders and other artists. What kind of feedback do you receive and how important is it to you?
“In my opinion, the ability to carefully process feedback you receive is an essential aspect; second to enjoying what you do. Both reviews from people with and without a musical background are very important. Producers/DJs reviewing your work will be more likely to give you details about technical aspects, but not only. Other audiences will give you an overall feedback based on their taste and regarding the groove of a track or a set you played. Taste and technique are fundamental criteria for evaluating your work. You won’t be able to know how well you did if you only take producers’ feedbacks into account.”
Inspiration comes in countless ways. Some rather draw on certain events in the past others rather explore their phantasy. What nourishes your art?
“My main influence is the music I listen to while at home, which is not only electronic by the way. Jazz, soul or blues are very pleasing when I feel like varying from that ‘four on the floor’ construction. This also helps me to get some distance of my work. Chats, debates and parties make help me learn a lot about the dos and don’ts of mixing and making music. Now even more than before, influence regarding house music comes from old records on labels such as ‘Henry Street’, ‘4th Floor’, and ‘Paper Recordings’.”
You often appear on a SoundCloud channel called ‘The House Party’. Tell us something about that project and your involvement with it.
“’The House Party’ is project started 3 years ago. We currently have 3 members counting myself. The others are Guillaume Keller, who is French, and Joanna K from Poland. This project is about, organising parties around town and enjoy ourselves. Fridays we have a residency at a bar called ‘Surya’ where we are lucky to manage our bookings with no musical constraints, usually supporting the local house music scene. That place feels like home to us, we have a nice sound system considering that it is a bar and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. We also look for additional events in bigger clubs, where we are able to make international bookings.”
Say you could collaborate with any artist out there. Who would it be and why?
“Tough question. Collaborating with someone is not easy as easy as it seems, mainly because of productivity issues. If I could choose someone it would be Lonnie Liston Smith. His musical universe is just amazing and I would be curious to see what would happen if we combined it with house music. He often seems to use the famous ‘Rhodes’ by Fender, which is probably my preferred instrument as well.”
Here you can find Matteo’s music.