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by Chris Ellis on May 13, 2005
Those who visited the Coachella Valley Music Festival a few weekends back may have had the distinct pleasure of initiating the second day of full audio proliferation with the beats of Matthew Dear. His music will undoubtedly lead to a new way of thinking about the jack-in-the-box techno many of us have become accustom to all these years. Matthew Dear can boast having a fully original sound from a genre that has been greatly abused for too long. SF Station had a chance to catch up with the modest music man a few days after the festival had come to a close.
SF Station: You can't help but noticed that everyone has their own style of getting down to your beats. A young guy at the water stand next to the Sahara said your music was "refreshing" compared to other music he had been hearing. Do you get that a lot?
Matthew Dear (MD): I do a different kind of style than the norm. It was good to be able to get out and get bigger exposure to play places like Coachella playing that sound because you have somebody like the Chemical Brothers or the Prodigy, the kind of music that is the broader sound of techno. So, yeah, I guess that's why people think its more refreshing to hear a different style. It's definitely honoring to play on the stage where Chemical Brothers had played the night before. It's kind of cool entering a new realm of exposure.
SFS: Do you see a noticeable difference in crowds here vs. EU?
(MD): They're a lot smaller and they're less attended. An average show in Europe is like a thousand people, and an average show here it's about two or three hundred people. I kind of like it both ways, you can't have too much of either. In Europe when I play really big shows you'll know that there is about five hundred people out of that thousand that really like it but the other five hundred go there just to take drugs and go crazy and they don't really care about the music. It's almost a let down sometimes because my name isn't the biggest name on there and a lot of people are hearing me for the first time. Some people might not like it and they'll let you know that, you can get yelled at and get a lot of mean faces staring at you. But here in America, you have two or three hundred people that are there for the right reasons. They definitely want to be there.
SFS: I imagine being on the moon while listening to Backstroke. Would we be on the dark or light side of the moon?
(MD): I would say the light side. When I think of dark, I don't want to confuse people, I want to put them in a softer mood, more relaxed, not totally lost.
SFS: Is there anything you're excited about coming up? Any future collaborations in the works?
(MD): I've been recording for the last year and a half. Laying some more professional vocals and laid down some bass guitar. With real drums, real bass, it's cool to try to flush out a broader sound and record on top of the electronic stuff later.
SFS: I'm sure SF would love to see you visit the city.
(MD): Yeah, just working on getting back out there, eventually I'd like to do another full band tour in preparation for the next album under my birth name Matthew Dear. That would be more of a vocal tour, lead guitar, drums and bass. So mainly what I'm working on right now is Audion, it's kind of like what I'm playing at Coachella, A lot harder, a lot more trance, a harder edge techno.
With the album coming out later on this summer or early fall that should be a really big techno front, it's gonna be about 10 full tracks of dance floor techno, no vocals.
by Chris Ellis on May 13, 2005