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Plastik, or Matt Clarke as he’s known to his friends creates the kind of electro that makes you feel like you're in a club somewhere in France in the 70's... It's dark and theatrical in parts, but still groove based, so you can dance to it...
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Interview: 21 April 2008
Describe your music
I try to make music that is dark and theatrical, whilst still being quite fun and groove based. I also like to use comparative elements between samples and insturments.
What prompted you to start making music?
I originally heard some ministry of sound and some other mainstream dance/house and thought how easy it must be to make dance music like that. At this point I didn’t even like dance music, so I guess that’s how I got into it. Since then I discovered real gems from Daft Punk to The Knife to Justice that made me realise how much potential there is to the genre.
Where do you record most of your stuff?
In my music room. It’s quiet, and I have no problem with spending hours on end creating something I’ll discard in a second. It’s kind of therapeutic that way.
What's your favourite piece of equipment?
My keyboard. It’s not some fancy one-of-a-kind model from the eighties like some purists use; it’s cheap, simple and it does its job. Just the way I like it.
What was the last CD you bought? What made you buy it?
The debut album by Crystal Castles. I heard a bit of their stuff on the radio and they were like nothing I’d heard before, and it’s great to here a talented electronic act that brave enough to bring video-game sounds into the indie realm. I like bands like that rather than listening to specific genres or insular music scenes.
What do you do when you're not making music?
I’ve taken up drawing out of boredom, but some of the things I draw kind of scare me a bit. Maybe I should make more music…
Does it ever get really lonely making music by yourself?
A little bit, but loneliness can be a good thing for inspiration.
What is it about the 70's and the french house scene that does it for you?
I guess those influences are for two different reasons. I love the seventies as a source of ideas simply because they appear in retrospect as such a fun time where both dance and electronic music first began to form as their own genres. The French House scene is far more personal though, as I believe that Daft Punk’s “Discovery” was the first electronic album I ever listened to and it had a wonderful beauty to it. To this date I still love French dance music, especially their style of jagged sampling, and some of my favourite french acts are Justice, SebastiAn, Jackson & His Computer Band, DatA and Strip Steve.
What have you got planned for the future?
Right now me and my friends are pulling together a compilation album that we want to release before the end of the year. Me and my good friend 44 Home are producing it, and we’ve got original tracks from a number of artists such as Dr Volt and Cult of the Bleeding Toe. I’m also designing my first live show for the release party along with 44 Home, so keep an ear out for all of these things soon.
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