INTERVIEW | MATOMA
For music fans who are unfamiliar with Matoma, what is your background? When did you start producing music?
My name is Tom and I am a 23 years old guy from Norway currently living in the city Trondheim. I went to the University of Science and Technology for my bachelor degree in Music Technology and Production.
I grew up in a small town near the border of Sweden where my friends and I did a lot of crazy stuff growing up. I started playing the Piano when I was 10 years old.
But after 6-7 years with classical music I wanted to do something different. I bought myself a computer and a software for basic music production and that’s how I started producing.
You’re a part of the “tropical house” movement that has garnered many listeners over the past year. What about this style of music are you drawn to?
I really like the good melodies and the harmonies. If you combined these with bongos, flutes, saxophones and pluck instruments you get a really hypnotic and good feel vibe.
I also like summer a lot, so it comes quite natural for me that I was drawn into this genre. Since we have a long winter here in Norway, I always dream about the summer, being on the beach dancing while we sipping on some good “juicy”.
I want my music to reflect that feeling and take the mind to a tropical place.
You’re from Norway, which is the birthplace of many of dance music’s rising stars — including Cashmere Cat, Lido, and Kygo. What influence does your hometown have on your music?
My hometown has been a huge influence for me and I am thankful for all the love that has been given to me.
Growing up having good people around me all the time, teaching and learning me about morals and life has been a important key point t
I have for many years worked hard to accomplish what I have accomplished the last few month.
When I go into a business meeting with big guys in the music industry I think they notices that my birthplace is from Norway.
Any favorite producers at the moment?
My influences are Armin Van Buuren, Axwell, Rudy, HIIO, Marcus Schössow, Eric Prydz, Tujamo, Finnebassen, Todd Terje, Oliver Nelson and many others.
What is your production process like?
My inspiration always comes to me during the evening and after listening to music during the day. I get a lot of inspiration when the weather is nice since I have a great view of Trondheim from my studio.
I usually brew myself a cup of coffee and these things in combination gets me in the “zone”. Usually the outlines for a song is done in a couple of hours. After the outline is done,
I can spend anything from a few hours to a few days getting all the elements as I want them and the most part of the work is during mixing the track.
I believe this is why my songs give you that extra “oomph”. (Try playing any of my songs on a function one sound system ^^ )
You’ve produced many remixes of hip hop tracks — especially Notorious B.I.G. Who are your favorite hip hop producers? Any favorite songs / mixtapes?
My favorite hip hop producers has to be Dr. Dre and P.Diddy. They are LEGENDS!!!
My favorite songs are: Hypnotize, Juicy, I Love The Dough, Straight Out Of Compton
What has been the biggest moment of your career so far?
The signing of my “Old Thing Back” remix as an official single for Atlantic & Big Beat Records.
You’ve been a Tegan & Sara fan since you first heard their music on TV show One Tree Hill. What was it like producing a remix for them?
I am so humble that they reached out and wanted me to do a remix for there anniversary album. I just had to say YES!
They are two great spirits and there team is also amazing. I hope they got the same impression of my track and me 🙂
What can Matoma fans look forward to in 2015?
Shows and gigs all over the world, and A lot of new music, both originals and remixes 😀