Matt Walsh – Hostage Radio Vol. 18
1. You’ve been keeping a low profile for the last couple of years. Was this a conscious decision or has general adulting eaten up too much of your creative time?
I guess the latter to be honest. I’ve never been a full time DJ, so it has remained my “bit on the side” since I started really. I have worked in schools and charities all my life believe it or not. Not many DJs talk about the dreaded “day job”, but it really is good for the mind, soul and it also keeps your creativity on track, rather than being swayed by money. I fell out of love with London too due to the massive increase in price of everything and the commercialisation of the creative area I lived in for 10 years or so. We live on the coast now, in a really exciting town called Margate. There are so many people down here doing great things including Ghost Culture, Moshi Moshi records, Ghostpoet, Hannah Holland and most recently the Libertines who have moved in at the end of my street.
This week I am starting a new residency on Margate Radio, which will be an Internet station with a similar vibe to NTS, only it will be streamed from a new bar down the road from where I live. The website should have launched by the time you read this so check it out. My show will be a selection of unmixed tracks followed by an hour mix once a month.
2. During this hiatus have you continued writing/producing?
Yeah I have loads of demos, but it’s just finding the time to sit down and work with people to get them finished. I have never considered myself a producer, hence why a lot of my releases are collaborations or remixes. Should have some new bits ready for next summer.
3. Can you tell us a bit about your studio setup? What pieces of hardware and/or software do you tend to use?
I’ve bought a lot of drum machines over time, but my go to has always been the Roland 707 and synth being the Roland 101. Steve Cook, who I haven’t worked with for a while now, has invested in all of the new Roland machines and they are great. They sound exactly the same as the originals and are much easier to get around and bring results quicker than the old ones.
4. Apart from your collab with Stratowerx earlier this year, the Clouded Vision recordings label has also been quiet during this period. Can we expect to see further new releases in the near future?
Definitely. I have tried to do something with my name attached to it every 10 releases. Numbers 010 and 020 were the compilations and 030 was the most recent collab with Stratowerx. Sam is an amazing producer and I love the raw minimal electro stuff he’s doing at the moment, so our sounds together were a perfect fit. I like to use the label to make connections with new people and promote things that I like. The compilations were brilliant for that. A lot of friends from the first one have gone on to do really amazing things, including Dan Avery & Red Axes, plus Demian, Few Nolder & Kiwi from the second one.
I’d really love to sign a guitar band next. Not djing in big clubs as much has rekindled my love for sleazy guitar music and there is so much out there….
5. You recently celebrated 10yrs since your debut with the infamous Bugged Out crew. You’ve got quite the history with them. Tell us a bit about your relationship.
It started by being a very regular punter. A load of us used to travel up from the outskirts of Essex to any Bugged Out events. Most of the early ones were in Fabric and after that, The End in Central London. We travelled as far as Manchester to go to the night a few times, as the lineups were always cutting edge, but also really varied. Once electroclash was born in the early 00’s I had found my style and was desperate to get on the lineup.
By the time of my first booking I was already friends with a lot of the DJs, Erol Alkan especially, as we talked at Trash every Monday. But my first gig was actually because I entered a competition and came second to Skull Juice, of which later became great friends of mine, leading to our residency at T Bar called “High Horse”.
After the competition, Johnno the promoter saw me play at my Wednesday night residency at T bar and asked me to warm up the Aka bar that month for Bugged Out! I became a resident and opened for a lot of DJs, often playing for over 3 hours from when the club opened to peak time when the guest would play. This was how I met Tiga in late 2007 and after being mistaken for him a number of times while warming up also became close acquaintances very quickly.
This weekend I played before Erol, for the first time in a while and the mix you can listen to here is the recording from it. It contains a lot of slower stuff that I love from this year.
Add mix from bugged out last week!
6. There have been rumblings about a new event produced by Hanna Holand and yourself what can you tell us about this? Can we expect to see some studio collaborations from you two?
Yes we will be launching our own night down by the sea here in Margate in the New Year. The venue will be announced soon, but the name of the night will be “dark waves” and I am sure will lead to some late night studio sessions. Watch this space…
Hannah did a great track for my last compilation that I still play all the time.
7. You’ve got quite a catalogue of remixes under your belt on labels such as Correspondant, La Dame Noir, Meant and Throne of Blood. Do you have a favourite or any in particular that you were most proud of?
I try and play an old one in most of my sets. Most recently I have been playing the one I did for Markus Gibb. It’s just a long modulating acid line and always sends the crowd pretty mental even though it’s only 116bpm.
My favourite is still the one I did for Daniel Avery on Phantasy. Again it’s got an effective 303, that’s slightly off-key as I played it live as an acapella over Dan’s parts.
8. Can you tell us about some of the music (not necessarily dance music) that you’ve been listening to of late that you find really exciting or inspiriting?
As I mentioned earlier I love the new rock n roll scene, spearheaded by Fat White Family. I have been to some great gigs this year, Insecure Men’s first London show was a highlight, and more recently a pretty unknown band called “DUDS” who were really great. It’s all quite reminiscent of Gang of Four and The Fall, but really exciting and underground. Sons of Raphael on Moshi Moshi are one to look out for, like an even more raw, weirder version of the Stooges.
I recently put together a Spotify playlist of stuff I have liked this year and add to it most weeks.