Exclusive Interview With Thelem

24 August 2017 - - - The DJ List


Bass-maker THELEM is the subject of our exclusive interview this week, and he is doing some super exciting things right now - both in the studio and with his brand new record label Chapters.

First things first, please tell us a little about you… who are you and where are you currently based?

Well my names Mat, my artist alias is Thelem and I’m currently based in Los Angeles. However I'm originally from the UK.

How long have you been making music? What made you first want to write it?

I have been making music since around 2007/2008, so around 9 years now. It all stemmed from chilling at my friend's house, I would sit there watching him making tunes and it got me more and more curious about production. Eventually I asked him to show me and teach me some stuff. He showed me the ropes in a program called Fruity Loops - from there I got myself a copy of Logic and taught myself that.

What do you enjoy most about having music as your career?

I would have to say being able to be creative everyday and progress and push myself. I also enjoy not having a boss that I dislike; I’ve worked so many jobs in the past where I hated my boss, it made going to work suck.

Where do you mostly draw your inspiration? How would you describe your trademark sound to those who haven’t heard it yet?

I would have to say I draw a lot of my inspiration from movies and my mood, and experimentation of sounds plays a big role in my music. If I had to describe my trademark sound I would say dark, textured experimental bass music with a twist.

You’ve just released your new EP “Ninety 3” on your own label Chapters. Which track did you enjoy making the most?

I would have to say “Mysteriez,” it was a lot of fun experimenting with this one.

What do you hope to achieve with Chapters?

My goal for Chapters is for it to be known as a label pushing good music, no matter what genre or style it is. I don't want it to be pigeon-holed into one specific sound, I just want to release good music and let the quality of the music do the speaking.

Where do you see your sound progressing over the coming months/years?

I really want to continue pushing my sound and experimenting with fusing different styles and genres. I'm really enjoying that at the moment, so hopefully I can continue doing that for a while and not be locked down to one thing.

If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?

Oooh, that’s a real tough question, I would have to say Madlib/Quasimoto. I’ve done and flip of the track “React” and I must admit I was pretty stoked on how it turned out. I think it would be a interesting collaboration and would be a dream come true, as I've been huge fan since I was a teenager, even before I produced music.

What do you have coming up next in 2017? Are there any more releases in the pipeline you can share with us yet?

I’m currently working on my next EP for Chapters which I’m hoping will be released November time. Apart from that just more shows and gigs lined up.

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