So much has modified within the dance music trade, and the world basically, since Norwegian producer/DJ Matoma final launched an album. Again then Matoma was using a wave of pop-adjacent tropical home music. Now, Matoma returns to his membership roots with Love for the Beat.
We bought the prospect to have a pleasant chat with Matoma about his new album, staying related within the ever altering dance music trade, and his upcoming new ebook! Take a look at our interview under.
Thanks for chatting with us Tom. Inform us the way you first bought into music and the way’d you initially break into the dance music trade?
“Entering into music, I began very early. I began taking part in the piano once I was seven years previous and round 9 I actually wished to turn into a classical pianist, however then on the age of 16, I feel I had practiced a bit an excessive amount of. I felt a number of strain on myself, so I mentioned to my household, I mentioned to my dad and my mother, I actually need to take a break from the piano and perhaps do different issues.
And my Dad, he actually felt honest, he was wanting 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 massive names. So, he confirmed me a documentary about these two guys, and I instantly wished to start out producing music, and that was once I was 16 years previous. And since then I’ve been making music. However the entire EDM, and extra like digital music scene, perhaps once I was 23.”
Congratulations on Love for the Beat. It’s an ideal album, and likewise an ideal 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 additionally, evolve as an artist; over time if I make one music, I made it, I have to make one thing new, recent. And, for me, after ‘One in a Million’ I actually felt wanting 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 data have 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 components into my dance songs and actually present individuals my tradition, the music I grew up with.
Mix it into at present’s sound pushed with a brand new kind of combine and I actually felt it was the correct second for me to specific myself. However, this 12 months, I’m so pumped, I’m so able to take the dance ground and I really performed a few new data 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 concerning the music for 2024, 2023 for me was a really experimental 12 months, I went a bit darker, in myself, I needed to get a number of these emotions out. This 12 months, it’s all about reconnecting with the nice vibes. Giving individuals the Ibiza-summer vibe. And, once more a few the songs I teased right here tonight, was type of that vibe. So, I’m actually excited and pumped about this 12 months. I’m not saying I’m going to make one of the best dance album of 2024, however I’m positive going to attempt to do it.”
How’s the tour been to date in help of the album? When was the final time you have been right here in Los Angeles? Any favourite eating places it’s important to go to whenever you’re right here?
“The mini-tour has been superb, we’ve finished New York, we did Chicago, we’ve finished San Francicso, it’s really been eight months for the reason that 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 superb, simply one thing in regards to the vibe right here.
After I’m right here in LA I actually wish to eat Mexican, I like Japanese, Ramen and Sushi, I actually do love Mediterranean, I feel LA has a number of the greatest Mediterranean meals, like Shish kebab, shawarma, I like the shawarma.“
I all the time wish to ask artists I interview if they’ve any ebook, streaming or podcast suggestions?
“So, I’m really going to launch a ebook. 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 a number of completely different experiences on the street. I’ve met so many alternative individuals, skilled tales, inspirational tales, however issues that make you actually, actually admire life. And, I feel the youth proper now, they want steerage. They’re so targeted on what’s forward and what’s behind, however they don’t stay within the now, and I feel it’s so essential for them to get targeted on being current, listening to their coronary heart, listening to themselves, not listening to all the noise.
So, I’m really writing a ebook which is 10 completely different tales about my life, in life-changing moments for me, crossroads the place I’ve needed to make huge choices, primarily based on my spirit, my soul. And, I need to share that, I hope that it will possibly resonate with the youthful era at present and provides them some inspiration to consider 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 wish to collab with sooner or later?
“I might by no means say no to a Chris Martin collaboration, that will 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 full of good vibes, all about spreading the love. What you possibly can count on from me arising it’s all in regards to the good vibes, bringing again these good sing alongside data the place you possibly can sing, have a superb 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 title. Matoma nonetheless has a number of extra North American dates on the Love for the Beat tour as nicely.
Feb 21 – F Most cancers FSU – Tallahassee, FL
Feb 23 – TAO Chicago – Chicago, IL
Feb 24 – Harrah’s – Atlantic Metropolis, NJ