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Matt Fax: “4 Years To Come Up With A Track-List”

Matt Fax opens up about the production behind his debut album 'Contrast'.

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French producer and DJ Matt Fax has grown into a renowned name in the dance music circuit with years of hard graft. It’s hard to believe the he is still so young. This year has been extremely special for him as he released his debut album ‘Contrast’ on Enhanced Music’s Colorize label, a label he has worked with for a few years now. Matt Fax opens up about the production behind the album, his inspirations and future plans.

At the age of 8, you became interested and fascinated by music and by 12, you had started to produce. What was it about music which really inspired Matt Fax?

I think I always listened to a lot of music and in the beginning I was just trying to find the sound I was the most comfortable with. I was first inspired by the early 00s Trance music Tiësto was playing at his shows, that’s the moment I knew I wanted to be a DJ and Producer. But in the meantime, I was also listening to some Electro House (circa 2007/2008) and I think I still take an inspiration from there nowadays.

You also come from France which has a huge influence in terms of the French House scene. Would you say that there was any specific tracks or artists which you really pin-point as an inspiration?

I do listen to the French electronic stuff but I can’t say I’m taking a direct inspiration from there. But I do sometimes take inspiration from the French Pop/Rock songs and groups, mostly from the 00s. That’s kind of weird.

It’s been a busy few years for Matt Fax with releases on some major labels such as Enhanced, Anjunabeats and many others. Can you sum up how the journey has been over the last few years?

I don’t think I realize what happened in the last few years. As a younger boy I used to have dreams, and each year I do even better than what I expected to do. I mean, last year I played at the Ministry of Sound in London, this year at ASOT, but also playing alongside Madeon and Kristian Nairn (Hodor in GoT). There are artists which I used to envy and be a huge fan of few years ago, that are now my good friends. It’s just hard to realize sometimes, because my life didn’t changed that much in a personal way.

Within the last year, we have received your debut album ‘Contrast’, which was released on Enhanced Music’s Colorize label. How difficult was it for you to sit down in the studio and produce an album?

People who knows me personally knows that I’m a perfectionist, and the more I grew up, the more I been hard to myself regarding music making. When Enhanced came to ask me to do an album, I was like ‘alright, now this is serious’. I had this project in mind since 2012, and I kept some ideas on the side since then. So overall, it took me 4 years to come up with a tracklist and a sound that I liked enough to be released. I remember myself throwing some tracks and Enhanced being like ‘are you f**king serious? This is a weapon. Take it back into the tracklist’.

In terms of the inspiration for the album, was there a specific source which you drew from which helped influence tracks or was it just your creativity in the studio?

The main word during the making was to make the music that was playing in my brain. I listened to a lot of different type of music during the album making, especially lot of IDM / Warp Records kind of stuff. I wanted to push the boundaries and explore new styles, as in Kinetic or Hide for example. But I still wanted to give people the sound they knew me for.

I also wanted to touch on the production process you carry out in the studio. Do you have a certain technique or pattern which you use to produce a track, or is it a matter of messing around with an instrument, and building up layers?

It really depends. I can still around for 3 hours and wait to come up with chords or a melody, or just start with drums and make a loop in 30 minutes. I think it depends on my mood, and what I want to do.

The last few months have also saw you perform on the A State Of Trance marathon during ADE. What was it like to be the first guest on the show and perform live on the radio show?

I still can’t believe it. I only realised once I was in front of Armin and he smiled at me saying « Bonjour, comment ça va? ». I was so damn happy, and I might have looked like an idiot at some point, but whatever. We even had a quick talk and that was awesome. I just want to make a huge shout out to Ruben de Ronde who made it happen for some reasons. He still believed in me and I’m so thankful for that.

Looking towards the future and 2018 is coming up very fast indeed. What can fans of Matt Fax expect from you over the next few weeks and into 2018? New music?

There’s a remix coming for Armin in the comings weeks/months, and some originals on Armada essentially. I think people are blaming them for being too much commercial, but they’re very nice people to work with. Next year I’ll try to release less stuff but only the greatest of what I can come up with.

Collaborations are also a big part of the music industry now, drawing off other people’s sounds and mixing them with your own. Is there an artist you would particularly like to work with?

My dream collaboration would be Andy Moor actually. I remember we were supposed to work on something a few years ago but I guess he was busy and we were not friend enough to make out something, which I can understand. That would have sounded forced and I guess it’s not what he wants, neither do I. On my list would be Estiva, Ruben de Ronde, Gareth Emery, David Gravel and also Cosmic Gate. There’s something with Hazem Beltagui in the works as well.

And in terms of other achievements you hope to achieve, is there something which you really want to do in the next year or so?

I always try to get myself new challenges, like ‘well I did this, let’s try that now’. My main challenge is to gain more respect in the industry, widen my fanbase, make clearer sounding music, and stay in the game as much as possible. Because I think you can be quickly replaced or forgotten if you don’t follow the trend or if you’re just not constant.

For more information on Matt Fax:
https://www.facebook.com/mattfaxmusic/
https://twitter.com/mattfaxmusic
https://soundcloud.com/mattfaxmusic

Matt Fax Press Photo

Matt Fax.

French producer and DJ Matt Fax has grown into a renowned name in the dance music circuit with years of hard graft. It’s hard to believe the he is still so young. This year has been extremely special for him as he released his debut album ‘Contrast’ on Enhanced Music’s Colorize label, a label he has worked with for a few years now. Matt Fax opens up about the production behind the album, his inspirations and future plans.

At the age of 8, you became interested and fascinated by music and by 12, you had started to produce. What was it about music which really inspired Matt Fax?

I think I always listened to a lot of music and in the beginning I was just trying to find the sound I was the most comfortable with. I was first inspired by the early 00s Trance music Tiësto was playing at his shows, that’s the moment I knew I wanted to be a DJ and Producer. But in the meantime, I was also listening to some Electro House (circa 2007/2008) and I think I still take an inspiration from there nowadays.

You also come from France which has a huge influence in terms of the French House scene. Would you say that there was any specific tracks or artists which you really pin-point as an inspiration?

Matt Fax.

I do listen to the French electronic stuff but I can’t say I’m taking a direct inspiration from there. But I do sometimes take inspiration from the French Pop/Rock songs and groups, mostly from the 00s. That’s kind of weird.

It’s been a busy few years for Matt Fax with releases on some major labels such as Enhanced, Anjunabeats and many others. Can you sum up how the journey has been over the last few years?

I don’t think I realize what happened in the last few years. As a younger boy I used to have dreams, and each year I do even better than what I expected to do. I mean, last year I played at the Ministry of Sound in London, this year at ASOT, but also playing alongside Madeon and Kristian Nairn (Hodor in GoT). There are artists which I used to envy and be a huge fan of few years ago, that are now my good friends. It’s just hard to realize sometimes, because my life didn’t changed that much in a personal way.

Within the last year, we have received your debut album ‘Contrast’, which was released on Enhanced Music’s Colorize label. How difficult was it for you to sit down in the studio and produce an album?

Matt Fax.

People who knows me personally knows that I’m a perfectionist, and the more I grew up, the more I been hard to myself regarding music making. When Enhanced came to ask me to do an album, I was like ‘alright, now this is serious’. I had this project in mind since 2012, and I kept some ideas on the side since then. So overall, it took me 4 years to come up with a tracklist and a sound that I liked enough to be released. I remember myself throwing some tracks and Enhanced being like ‘are you f**king serious? This is a weapon. Take it back into the tracklist’.

In terms of the inspiration for the album, was there a specific source which you drew from which helped influence tracks or was it just your creativity in the studio?

The main word during the making was to make the music that was playing in my brain. I listened to a lot of different type of music during the album making, especially lot of IDM / Warp Records kind of stuff. I wanted to push the boundaries and explore new styles, as in Kinetic or Hide for example. But I still wanted to give people the sound they knew me for.

Matt Fax.

I also wanted to touch on the production process you carry out in the studio. Do you have a certain technique or pattern which you use to produce a track, or is it a matter of messing around with an instrument, and building up layers?

It really depends. I can still around for 3 hours and wait to come up with chords or a melody, or just start with drums and make a loop in 30 minutes. I think it depends on my mood, and what I want to do.

The last few months have also saw you perform on the A State Of Trance marathon during ADE. What was it like to be the first guest on the show and perform live on the radio show?

Matt Fax.

Still can’t believe it. I only realised once I was in front of Armin and he smiled at me saying « Bonjour, comment ça va? ». I was so damn happy, and I might have looked like an idiot at some point, but whatever. We even had a quick talk and that was awesome. I just want to make a huge shout out to Ruben de Ronde who made it happen for some reasons. He still believed in me and I’m so thankful for that.

Looking towards the future and 2018 is coming up very fast indeed. What can fans of Matt Fax expect from you over the next few weeks and into 2018? New music?

There’s a remix coming for Armin in the comings weeks/months, and some originals on Armada essentially. I think people are blaming them for being too much commercial, but they’re very nice people to work with. Next year I’ll try to release less stuff but only the greatest of what I can come up with.

Matt Fax.

Collaborations are also a big part of the music industry now, drawing off other people’s sounds and mixing them with your own. Is there an artist you would particularly like to work with?

My dream collaboration would be Andy Moor actually. I remember we were supposed to work on something a few years ago but I guess he was busy and we were not friend enough to make out something, which I can understand. That would have sounded forced and I guess it’s not what he wants, neither do I. On my list would be Estiva, Ruben de Ronde, Gareth Emery, David Gravel and also Cosmic Gate. There’s something with Hazem Beltagui in the works as well.

And in terms of other achievements you hope to achieve, is there something which you really want to do in the next year or so?

I always try to get myself new challenges, like ‘well I did this, let’s try that now’. My main challenge is to gain more respect in the industry, widen my fanbase, make clearer sounding music, and stay in the game as much as possible. Because I think you can be quickly replaced or forgotten if you don’t follow the trend or if you’re just not constant.

For more information on Matt Fax:
https://www.facebook.com/mattfaxmusic/
https://twitter.com/mattfaxmusic
https://soundcloud.com/mattfaxmusic

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