Learning Mathame: Italian melodic techno production duo Mathame, aka brothers Amedeo and Matteo Giovanelli, are preparing to release their debut full length album this year. They’ve generated a buzz thanks to their EPs Nothing Around Us, Skywalking and For Every Forever, plus singles “So What” and “Believe” with CamelPhat. The album should see them step up another level.
Matteo says that he became interested in electronic music when he was seven or eight years old.
“I would put my parents vinyl records from their old pirate ‘80s radio on an old technics, place some cans and baskets to sit on, and had started doing these ridiculous drum mashups just by getting my hands going,” he says. “Over time I started using computers and got interested in sampling, but love came with a shareware version of ReBirth by Propellerhead (the grandfather of Reason) emulation on a 94/95 pentium pc of a 303 909 808. Incredible. Then using records and hip-hop DJing in my high school years was what led me to the first battles, to comfort me with others. Meanwhile my brother Amedeo was growing up and starting to learn as well. Electronic music came around my 20s when I became a resident DJ quickly in the club in our city Natale. I then stopped for a while because the love of cinema had overwhelmed me and became what I focused on.”
“My time had come, after years of studying violin,” adds Amedeo. “I started organizing parties and playing electronica from an early age of 14/15. They were different times and all it took was taste and friends to have fun. Then Matteo and I decided to join our forces naturally and try to make it, in a very special moment of our family life. Things got serious when we both found love and were able to write our classic tunes. But the best part of the story is tomorrow.”
The siblings describe their sound today as, “Cinematic trance tech, emotech, dunno these are just words. We try to find glimpses of souls between the digital/ analog world in a dance ecosystem.”
They both believe that the electronic music scene is shifting.
“From ‘music done with machines’ to ‘machine of experiences.’ This is not new, but now for the first time ever, the quality and culture of electronic music is being delivered on a large scale.”
The new album is due this spring.
“The album is a memo of a journey through our minds and our impressions from the last years as a global touring act,” they say. “The album was started in Mykonos in front of the sea and sun, then we finished writing it in a lot of different countries and continents. Dance, feelings, utopia and dystopia, love and violence, darkness and lights, the opposite and their forces-when they match and when they don’t, these are the themes.”
Looking ahead, Mathame have plenty planned for 2023.
“Album will follow up with tons of surprises, but mainly we will be on the road with our live audiovisual show, a definition of how we imagine a futuristic cinema dance room playing the album.. and the next one that is just ready,” they say.
Learning Mathame: For more information, go to mathamemusic.com.
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