Coming in with another selection of tracks for the 26th installment of the #ExclusiveMix by Dataset and very excited to have non other than Matt Deco hosting it.
Rooted in the underground days of drum & bass and dubstep, Deco wears his influences on his sleeve and blends the sounds of yesteryear with today’s styles & production standards.With over a dozen singles, remixes and EPs credited to his name, Deco has been creating music below the radar for several years earning him a staple spot in the Los Angeles low frequency movement.
His album Reverse Chronology is on frequent rotation here at Dataset, a half time dnb full of deep thought inducing atmospheres lending itself as a useful tool in the creative process. I've been a fan of Deco's work for sometime and last time I got to see him play at Little Tokyo's Rocksteady Tuesdays, my admiration grew even more and had to ask him to record a selection for the mix series.
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What is the best thing about making/mixing tunes:
Making music gives me a nice break from the outside world and long stretches of uninterrupted time to be creative. Also, it gives you a lot of opportunities to drink coffee.
Your favorite studio gear:
My phone to count BPMs, practice scales, make chord progressions, capture field recordings, take notes on reference mixes and do about a 100 other music-related activities. A great chair. Truth be told, I sold most of my hardware over the last 2 years and I'm now pretty much all in the box for making music. The last piece of kit I'm hanging onto is an Access Virus TI Snow. I just set it up again recently, even though the TI digital it has a certain analog roundness that makes it sound less harsh than contemporary popular synths like Serum and Massive.
What artist inspires/motivates you:
Anyone who just settles in to their groove, sustains their creative work for a long time, and stays quietly killing it despite what may be going on in the larger world.
Life changing album:
Massive Attack - Mezzanine. I still listen to it about once a month and I constantly find new things buried in the mix. The overall vibe of the record is exactly my thing, the production is top-notch and it's dynamic in a way that's kind of rare now.
Also worth mentioning is Roni Size / Reprazent - New Forms. It blew my feeble little mind the first time I heard it. What can I say, Bristol looms large when it comes to my influences.
Embrace constraints, give yourself ways to create happy accidents, leave some things "good enough", don't take it too seriously.
Something people don't know about you:
I didn't have crunchy peanut butter until I was an adult, it was only the smooth variety in my house growing up. A truly savage upbringing. I will only purchase or consume crunchy peanut butter now that I have control over that part of my life.
Favorite food joint:
Well, I just ate there tonight so I gotta give a shout out to Tsujita Ramen. Best dipping style tsukemen in Los Angeles! Bring a book because the wait can be insane.