Matthew Masurka aka GIGAMESH, is a LA-based 3x multi-platinum producer and DJ. He was the producer behind MIKE POSNER's successful hit "Cooler Than Me" as well as his remix of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks". We got a chance to meet him for the first time at his performance at The Independent in San Francisco, California.
How did you get started in music from the beginning?
Well, my mom put me in piano classes when I was around 7 but it didn't really click with me until middle school and started getting into bands like Nirvana, Radiohead, etc. Then I started getting into electronic music like DAFT PUNK, THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, etc. I think through those influences I started downloading software, just kind of dabbling in MIDI. That kind of sparked my interest in how one person can make an entire song. It just fascinated me.
Who or what would you say is your biggest inspiration?
It's always different but if I had to choose one it would be either Quincy Jones or Nile Rodgers. They kind of both occupy the same space in my brain, just because they both have jazz backgrounds and timeless hit makers.
Describe to us your sound.
It's always really hard for me. I think most of my fans would describe me as nu disco. But I've always leaned away from that category. Whenever you attach yourself to any genre, especially if it's new and fresh - it's not going to be like that in three or four years. My tastes are always changing so what I do for each remix or song tends to be pretty different for each time. When cab drivers find out I'm a DJ and they ask me what I make I just say dance music now.
What is the story behind your name?
That is from a book I read in college and it's by Stanisław Lem called A Perfect Vacuum. It's a name of a chapter out of the book. It's just this dorky sci-fi idea that I was really into.
Talk to us about your record “Feral Youth”.
That is my weird tribute to Danielle Bregoli who appeared on Dr. Phil's earlier this year that went viral. It fascinates me that she's become a social media celebrity because of it. That's actually my wife on the song singing it pitched down. I kind of built a song to tap into that swagger.
What inspired you to reinterpret Bayonne's “Fallss”?
His management reached out and I really liked his music. I actually haven't heard of him until they reached out to me. I love doing songs like that because most of the songs that I get asked to remix is already club-oriented. That was a lot more on the experimental and creative side.
Talk to us about GIGAMIX. What can we expect on Vol 7?
I haven't started working on it yet but I'll probably include a song that I haven't released yet. Whatever else I find - it's kind of a tool for me to keep up with what's coming out and keep my tastes fresh.
You're on the last leg on your summer tour. How's it been so far?
It's been good. I hit up most of the coast so far, good crowds. Philly was a lot of fun, I was there two weeks ago. I love Philadelphia.
Do you have any upcoming releases you can share with us about?
There's a song I finished, actually a collaboration with a friend of mine that does a lot of work in ad and TV music. He's been asking for awhile if I wanted to work on something and we also had a singer/songwriter who did all the vocals on it. We wrote and recorded it all in one night. We'll probably do more together.
What is one thing you are currently obsessed with?
Block chain technology. I'm obsessed with the future of the Internet and terms of cryptocurrency and block chains.