We caught up with Drum & Bass heavyweights Matrix & Futurebound to discuss their new single and the future of the scene.
See what they had to say below.
Hi guys. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us.
Where are you both at the moment and what are you up to?
We’re just about to fly out to ADE conference in Amsterdam for a week of meetings and catching up with friends from around the globe.
Your new single Fire (Feat: Max Marshall) has just been released, how has the response been in your live sets so far?
We’re blown away by the response so far. You’re never quite sure how people are going to react to a new record but ‘Fire’ really has been going down great. Even when we’ve been road testing early mix downs of it in our sets over the summer, it felt like people already knew the track and that always gives you confidence that you’ve made a decent record. Max Marshall sang the vocals for our single, ‘Control’ a few years ago which was a big single for us so it’s great to be working with her again.
Your last four singles have all been big hits for you, especially with Control getting to number 7 in the UK charts, when you’re in the studio does this factor into how you approach your next track or is just business as usual?
If we’re honest, then yes we have to admit that sort of success can effect how you attack a new record because you always want to go one better with the next one but we don’t want to just make records for a certain market -we never have. For us it’s all about keeping things moving and not doing the same thing over and over. That’s why we’ll do a vocal record like ‘Happy Alone’ and then follow it up with something like ‘Glow Worm’ which is much more twisted and constructed for the dance floor. We’ve both been in this scene over twenty years and working together for almost ten of those and if you look at our tracks both separately and as a duo, we’ve made every style going and we’ll continue to do this.
Since teaming up in 2005 D&B has seen a huge surge in popularity in the charts. How do you feel this has changed the music being released?
Well, it’s grown bigger than any of us would have dreamed and whether you’re talking about big crossover hit records or seeing a huge festival crowd going off to the most hardcore underground Drum & Bass, that can only be a great thing. Some people still don’t like the idea of Drum & Bass records getting in the charts but it’s just a sign that this music has been fully accepted after many years of being the black sheep of the dance music family. Radio stations will play D&B records in the day time now which they would never have done ten years ago. We love that. As far as our own music goes, we just start from a blank canvas and see where the ideas take us.
Your touring schedule has seen you playing at a lot of festivals in the last year, do you enjoy the festival stage and do you prefer it to more intimate venues?
Yeah, it’s another amazing year for us. Like most DJ’s, we love playing both and believe both are equally important. Festival sets give you that huge adrenalin rush and you play more direct in your face records whereas smaller venues can mean you have more subtle stuff going on and go for that more slow burn, intense vibe. Both equally satisfying!
With the recent closure of Fabric, a venue you have headlined on more than one occasion, as well as several other clubs in the UK how do you see the club scene progressing in the future?
We’re gutted like everyone about Fabric. We’ve had many amazing nights there, both as DJ’s and as music fans. The place has been very special for the growth of drum & bass -they supported it from day one and it was the benchmark for quality club venues. And that sound system! But nothing lasts forever, and now we have to get our thinking caps on and find new ways of keeping the London club scene alive and moving in the right direction.
2007 saw the release of your first album Universal Truth, are there any plans for a new album in the pipeline?
We won’t be saying too much at this stage, but watch this space.
Your label Viper Recording has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and is about to hit its landmark 100th release, what do you have in store for that one?
100 releases! Crazy. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved so far and it’s been great to see some household names start their careers with us. The plans for Viper 100 are to be revealed soon, but I can tell you there’ll be some of our acts collaborating including us.
Are there any up & coming producers you’ve discovered that we should be keeping an eye out for?
Yes we’re always looking to grow the next guys. Keep your eyes on Dossa & Locuzzed, NCT, Killerherts and Misfit.
Finally what does the future hold for Matrix & Futurebound?
More of the same but better!
Thanks a lot.
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