About this Playlist
Dave Mathmos – Italian/Australian, DJ/Producer & Remixer based in Adelaide – Australia, his musical journey began in the 80’s, record collecting and DJ’ing, that soon led to work as a producer, creating his own signature sound and style. Releasing music with several Australian and European labels, as well as DJing in both continental scenes. His most notable work has been his edits and remixes that include nostalgic songwriting arrangements and grooves, blending genres like Disco, Funk, Soul and Italo Disco, solidifying a style that shares equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.
On top of remixes, he has been crafting together his own material as well, from deep house, balearic and nudisco to the wide spectrum of electronic music, culminating in his latest E.P ‘Sketch of Noble Grooves’ with five typically high-calibre disco cuts. First up is ‘Addio Ragazzo Ciao’, which is laidback, lounge-y and summery, with an Italian vocal and an overall late 70s vibe. That’s followed by ‘Ragazza Dub’, which tones down the lounge/pop elements and brings the bass to the fore, while elsewhere ‘Feel It’ reworks The Jones Girls’ ‘Nights Over Egypt’, ‘You And Me’ is redolent of mid-70s barrio funk outta Spanish Harlem, while ‘Where Is The Party’ is another more funk-oriented workout with a little added Madhouse-style wonk. Whether these are best regarded as re-edits or simply as sample-heavy productions may be in doubt – their sheer danceability is not.
The Hoof caught up with Dave for a chat..
So how have you kept busy during the last year or so, did the pandemic stifle your creativity or did the free time allow you to experiment more.
The pandemic did not impact my time or creativity, more or less I have been dedicating the same time for music production.
What’s the inspiration behind the music on your latest EP.
I normally choose to remix or edit those tracks that inspire me when I listen to them, by adding arrangements, chords, drums and effects. I also modify the structure of a track to: sometimes to make it more danceable, sometimes to cut parts that I believe are not important and re-groove those are the main riff of the track.
In particular, ‘Feel It’ has sampled intro, I worked on samples by stitching them together and alterate them with pitch as well, added some percussion and voices, cuts some unnecessary parts, from my point of view and on ‘Addio Ragazza Ciao’ I’ve been focusing on the guitar groove which is one of the catchiest part of the song.
What is your 2022 looking like, what are your hopes and dreams, do you have any exciting plans, new releases, tours or gigs.
I’m currently working on several projects, that hopefully will be released around March, some original works and some remixes or Edits. There is a plan of a tour around Europe as DJ, however during this time it’s hard to say for sure yet.
Can you give us a classic track, something that has inspired you or simply one you love and never get sick of listening to.
I was born with electronic music; however, I enjoy a wide spectrum of music, from Jazz, Funk, Disco, House, and World music, one of my favorite sounds is ‘Boards of Canada’
Can you recommend any new music, something that you’ve just discovered or are just really digging at the moment.
I often release a chart on Juno Download of my monthly choices, here are my 2021 best, including new music from Andres, Art of Tones, Felipe Gordon, Ten City, Crackazat, Clive from Accounts, Dimitri from Paris and more.
Do you think playlists are important, what types do you enjoy, in your opinion, what’s the future of the playlist.
A personal made playlist can focus more on what the followers want, more than an algorithm based list.
How do you prefer your music to be heard, streams, downloads or physical product sold. Why?
It’s a personal choice, whatever suits you, just do it!
How do you connect with your audience, email, social media, PR firms.
Mailing and Facebook are my main channels of promoting.
What’s the best way a fan could help you today if they had just ten minutes to spare.
To spread the love for my works around with friends.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your career in music.
Living in some tropical islands.