Countdown to EDC Las Vegas with Matrix & Futurebound
EDC Las Vegas is going down this weekend with many sets happening on the strip this week. We have covered many artist who you will see at EDC LV with the next artist in our series being the very talented and funny Matrix & Futurebound.
Prior to teaming up both members had enjoyed success in their own right. However in 2007 when they paired up their chart breakthrough came with two Top 30 hits with ‘All I Know’ and ‘Magnetic Eyes’ before ‘Control’ became their biggest hit to date. The follow-up ‘Don’t Look Back’ represented their fourth consecutive track to be playlisted at Radio 1.
Check out our interview below
Thank you for taking the time to interview with us, where are you right now?
We’re in the studio mixing down a new record which can sometimes go on for an infinite amount of time because like most producers, we have serious OCD when it comes to the mix of a track. Luckily, there is a cutoff point on this one because we have to get on a flight to the US in about 12 hours!
Every great DJ/producer has a muse who/what inspires you?
Every living thing inspires us. Literally everything from a ten ton elephant to a teeny weeny spider gives us the fight to carry on. That’s why we’re running with a series of animals on our record artwork at the moment. So far, we’ve had a Glow Worm, a Flamingo and an Angler Fish. What next?
You are playing at EDC Las Vegas. What can we expect from your set?
As always, brand new music from us as well as some of our biggest tunes to date. M+F always deliver the freshness in new music. Expect nothing less Vegas. We can’t wait to touch down!
What other artist are you looking forward to seeing at EDC?
We’ve always been massive fans of Eric Prydz, and he comes with an epic set every time so he’s top of our list of people to check. There’s something about his music where he can just take a very simple melodic idea and turn it into a monster that keeps on growing until it’s out of control.
Tell us about your track “Scatterbrain” any special influence with that song?
It’s basically dedicated to ourselves as we’re a pair of Scatterbrains. There’s definitely a touch of Vangelis/Bladerunner influence going on in the intro. That’s one of our favorite film sound tracks ever. It’s nice to blend those kind of hypnotic vibes with the pure grit of Drum & Bass. When you get those ones right they really can hit hard on the floor. Buy it here.
The relationship with the audience is crucial for a DJ, and yet it seems to be a fragile
one. How do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
Some people want tracks they know and others want nothing but new music. You definitely need to do more than just play the latest Beatport top 10 otherwise you’re just a human Jukebox and you have no identity. We try and get that balance about right. It’s good to bang it but then blend it with a vocal people know.
There has been a lot of chatter in the news lately about a club not allowing DJ’s to use laptops, what are your thoughts on that?
We don’t use laptops ourselves but it’s not about what you’re using, it’s all about the vibe you’re creating. If you can bring a laptop and tear the roof off and people enjoy that then who’s got a right to complain about it?
What has been your most memorable experience so far for both of you?
Having one of our singles, ‘Control’ go into the top 10 of the UK singles chart would definitely be one of them. It’s not something we aim for particularly but it’s pretty special when you see that many people appreciate the music that you’re making.
On the DJ’ing side of things, it’s hard to say because we’ve been to so many great places over the years. To think that our passion for music has taken us around the globe is mind boggling in itself. Doing a tour in China was definitely pretty amazing. That’s somewhere you never would have dreamed to be playing when you first set up a pair of decks as a kid in your bedroom.
If you were not in the music industry what would you be doing?
Matrix would be involved with something that involves analytic’s and Futurebound would probably be involved with Soccer.
You two have known each other for a long time and have established your careers before getting together, so how do you settle disagreements or not seeing eye to eye? is it the rock,paper,scissors route or a full fledged UFC octagon experience?
A good ol’ arm wrestle usually sorts out the disagreements. Usually though, we get to a point in the studio where we realize that the things we are disagreeing about are so minuscule that probably nobody will ever notice, including us! That’s when we know the track is finished.
Do you have any rituals you do before a set or something you have to make sure to have with you each time you perform?
Always have a shave just before going to the venue and the first stroke of the razor must be to the left side of the throat.
Craziest thing that has happened during a set?
Well it wasn’t actually during the set but once on tour in the states, we somehow managed to get on the wrong flight without anybody realizing. Having been up all night DJ’ing, we sat down and fell asleep. The plane took off, and landed and as far as we knew we were now in Washington DC. We went to the gate to get our connecting flight and when we gave them our boarding passes the guy said, ’Gentlemen, do you realize you’re in Atlanta????’. Our bags were in DC though, sadly!
If you could ask any one artist any ONE question, who would it be, and what would the
We’d ask Jim Morrison, ‘What’s the worst hangover you’ve ever had’?
What do you enjoy doing on your downtime?
We’re so busy right now that it feels like we never have any downtime, but in those rare moments it’s all about family time.
Everyone has one, what is your guiltiest pleasure?
Dancing around in our underwear to Britney Spears. it’s not a pretty sight!
What is one song from another artist in your playlist you can’t get enough of?
June Miller & Teddy Killers – Wild Life….That drop is off the scale.
Other than EDC Las Vegas what else are you excited for in 2016?
To release all the new music we have been writing. There’s quite a lot!
Where can everyone follow your journey?
Any thank you’s or shout-outs?
Big up’s to the whole North American bass music family and Insomniac for taking things to a new level in electronic showcases.