Freerange Records is excited to announce their next release, Worlds Collide, by talented producer Matt Masters. We had the opportunity to chat with Matt about his new EP and what went into making it. He takes us on a journey through each track, describing the process behind them and how they reflect his growth as an artist. We know you’re going to love this EP as much as we do!
For this track, I wanted to get a real moody vibe going. When working on it, it was getting a little too moody for my liking, so I needed something to keep the groove rolling throughout and I was struggling to find the right element. I used several sounds that I created from my Korg Minilogue hardware synth on this. It’s a synth that usually features somewhere or somehow in a lot of my tracks. I used it for the bass and two main chord elements. For the money you get a lot of synth so I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t got one.
I was chatting with Jamie (Jimpster) about finding that key element and we talked about taking the main synth lead out of my Korg Minilogue and playing with it on my CDJ’s to get the weird forwards/ backwards FX and starting/ stopping/ stuttering FX that features heavily in it. I did quite a few CDJ takes in the end and layered them up in Logic after I had finished the live recordings. It was then a case of working through each take and finding the best elements that complimented the rest of the track without it becoming too much and too overcrowded. I feel that I got the right balance in the end.
When the piano drops in a few places it gives the track that space by trying to relax the constant moving of the crazy main synth. It was recorded in Logic and I used various Waves plugin FX as well as some outboard guitar pedal FX too. I also like to use the Solid State Plug-ins as well (VBC Rack, Virtual Mix Rack & Virtual Tape Machine), to give the stems more warmth.
On the flip side, I felt the need of a contrast from the main track so wanted to go down the funkier route for this one. I had some previously recorded vinyl samples saved in my favorites folder to work with and found the nice funky guitar riff to base the track around. There are a few different samples I grabbed from various vinyls on this one and I pitched them to make them sit better in the track. For example, the vocal sample was pitched to match the guitar riff element. Other stems were layered onto the track as it evolved using various hardware (Minilogue and my old Yamaha CS1x) and software synths.
Similar FX units were added to this track that were used on Worlds Collide and then a real focus on the arrangement with Jimpster to get everything flowing well. Both tracks were made in my home Studio on Roman Road, East London with the addition of a very late night/early morning session with Jimpster at his home studio in Essex, after we DJ’d together (a lot of beers and spirits were flowing that night!). AtJazz did the final mastering on the EP at his studio and I’m very happy with the results. I hope you guys are too.
Worlds Collide (Sculpture Music Remix).
As I have a loyal following in SA, it made perfect sense to get a SA producer involved in the project. SculpturedMusic has been delivering some great tracks and this is no exception. He slows down the title track and really zones in on the heavy drums and percussion for his remix. Such a big sound. He keeps original track elements dropping throughout the track and then lets it breathe when the piano hits and adds a really warm baseline to the drop which sounds amazing on a big club system. It rolls along with this lovely groove and you just don’t want it to end.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through the creative process behind Matt Master’s latest EP. From start to finish, every element has been carefully crafted, tweaked and arranged into two distinct tracks that I believe will stand up in any club environment around the world. If you haven’t already done so then please check out Worlds Collide on your favorite streaming platform today, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! Thanks for taking the time to read about how it was made, until next time! Pre-order here.
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