Following the release of his Good Morning single, Matt Sawyer returns to us with his contribution to our Waveform mix series. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight spoke to Matt about his production techniques and classical training.
The Waveform Transmitter first stumbled across Matt Sawyer only this month, when we happened upon his awesome Good Morning single.
The track made an instant impression on us, so we thought it only fair to ask Matt, real name Matteo Saverio Cacciola, to contribute to our Waveform mix series and stop by for a chat. You can read about Matteo‘s Good Morning single over on our On the Radar page.
Matteo records under two monikers, this, his Matt Sawyer alias, and also as Mavee. In terms of his solo productions, his music infuses a number of styles, from acid, to house, to techno, to wonderful effect.
We took some time with Matt to talk to him about how he works in the studio, his inspirations, and how coming from a classically trained family has assisted with his own production techniques. Here’s what he had to say.
Waveform: Hi Matt. Thank you for coming and chatting with us! We’ll start by talking about your musical background. We hear you’re classically trained. Tell us about how that came about.
Matt: Thanks for inviting me! Since my childhood, my father collected all kinds of music, from rock to reggae and I inherited a huge collection. From a young age, I was always a good listener, I’m also lucky to be part of a family who has made music for a lifetime, who teach and are part of major international orchestras such as the Scala of Milan.
So, a combination of knowing how to listen and the desire to learn musical instruments, from drums to strings, combined with art and fantasy. It was a good experience staying in the studio and meeting masters of a certain level.
Waveform: Matt Sawyer is an unusual name for an Italian producer to choose as an alias. What made you go with that?
Matt: I chose the name James ‘Sawyer’ Ford, as he was one of my favourite character in the TV series Lost, (Everyone knows Lost, right??). And then I added ‘Matt‘ instead, so at least it sounded a bit like my Italian name, Matteo Saverio. So, Matt Sawyer it is.
Waveform: You latest release on Top Town Records, Good Morning, covers several different genres throughout the track. Tell us a little about your inspiration for Good Morning.
Matt: I wanted to do something fun and very easy, moving a little bit away from the 80’s House sounds of BOH. I wanted something to listen to, like when you need the right alarm clock in the morning, a bit springy coupled with some adrenaline rush, like a good coffee – a pleasant shock. My DJ character will still think that the dancefloor is always the first goal, so I thought of a particular drop, like something that came from afar, that would surprise.
Waveform: How do you approach producing your tracks? Are there any quirky habits you must carry out before you start recording?
Matt: I have a special relationship with the production, because in the first place I approached through the editing, cutting and pasting instrumental sessions, and then with a lot of sacrifices I started studying instrumentation, software, and plug-ins to suit what I wanted to do.
I think I’m quite successfully self-taught because I have attended quite a lot of tutorials who have helped me to understand and learn tricks of the trade. Before doing a session, I don’t have a special ritual. I just listen to a bit of music of the moment to get in the mood, or sometimes if I really don’t feel a spark or the day is so-so, one game at PlayStation generally moves my attention and gets me thinking elsewhere.
Waveform: Tell us a little about how you put your Waveform mix together. What made you select the tracks you have used in the mix?
Matt: When I make a choice for a podcast or a radio show, I always try to find a different solution than a normal live DJ set. I have chosen a nice selection, which can entertain at a medium / low volume, so it is also catering for the sophisticated tastes. I’m looking forward to seeing all the reactions of the listeners. I’m curious about what they think, either positive or negative.
Waveform: Who inspires you in terms of your productions? Are there any particular artists who have had a huge impact on your sound?
Matt: Honestly, I do not know how much they have had an impact on my sound, but current artists like Maceo Plex and WhoMadeWho – I listen to them every day… Also, Kraftwerk and Moroder.
I like music at 360° and believe all music is an inspiration where all kinds can co-exist if one has the right idea and the art to do it.
Waveform: What is next for Matt Sawyer? Is there anything else exciting in the pipeline now you’ve unleashed your Good Morning record?
Matt: I have an exciting collaboration I’m working on with my friend Philip (Philip Knight NDR), of which we have not chosen the project name just yet, but I assure you it will be a bomb. There will be a free booty of Duran Duran soon dropping on my social channels, and there is also a new track Epic Storm, which I have posted a snippet on my Instagram, just to give taste.
So, there we have it! As you can imagine, here at The Waveform Transmitter we are very excited to hear the full version of Matt‘s next release, Epic Storm. In the meantime, Matt has kindly recorded his contribution to our Waveform series. Believe us when we say this one is a stunner.
From the opening emotion-driven pad swells of Rufus‘ Innerbloom to the stunning Good Morning by Matt himself, this is a mix that just keeps on giving. Enjoy! (Tracklist below).
- Rufus – Innerbloom (H.O.S.H. Remix)
- Matt Sawyer – Good Morning (Original Mix)
- D- Formation – Sing & Portents (Oscar L Remix)
- Buba – Is This World (Original Mix)
- Brigade Crew & Cisstiano – Jungla (Original Mix)
- Definition – Capricorn Great. Thomas Gandrey (Original Mix)
- Akken – Drama Lounge
- Cubicolor – Dead End Thrills (Patrice Baumel Remix)
- Pryda – The End Is Just The Beginning (Original Mix)