For those who find themselves frequently in Progressive House/Trance circles no introduction is needed but for those of you less informed, meet Matt Fax. Only 17 and already rubbing shoulders with Anjunabeats’ finest, Fax looks set for a quite a career.
The Frenchman’s top notch production and talent for melodies have already earned him comparisons with the likes of Eric Prydz (don’t believe us? Check ‘Anima’), though, he’s done much to prove that his product can stand out from the crowd. Tracks like ‘Orion’ and his remix of Jay Tech ‘Labour Of Love’ are highly impressive in their own right. With a huge year on the horizon for the talented young producer, we felt a quick sit down was in order to get essential lowdown on all things Matt Fax. Check it out!
It’s a bit of a tradition for us to start off at the very beginning. So in keeping with that, how did you get involved in djing and production?
Around 2007-2008 I discovered Tiësto from a friend of mine who was a real fan of his work. I really liked his sound so after doing more research, I discovered his two “In Concert” DVD and it pushed me to start playing. At first, I was DJing on my computer, and then around the age of 11 or 12, I purchased my first DJing set. On the production side, the French DJ and composer Joachim Garraud who was my inspiration. It was because of his Invasion DVD, I was introduced to Abelton, and learned a lot on how to use the sequencer, how to make sounds, etc.
What was about Progressive House and Trance sound that got you in the game?
The Progressive/Trance sound I am making now, is all about artists that Tiësto had in his previous Club Life podcasts. With him, I discovered Deadmau5 with Arguru, and some more artists. That is how I became inspired, by finding these artists, looking up their podcasts and who they had featured. I came thought a lot of styles, from Progressive to Techno, Progressive Electro, and Deep House. I try to do as much styles as possible and experiment, I don’t want to do only one style, I want to captivate as much people as possible.
The Progressive House/Trance style seems to have a strong community of diehard followers which includes labels like Ajunabeats, Armada and Progressive House Worldwide. What can you tell us the community? Has it helped you get your sound out to the right people?
The Progressive House/Trance family is just unique. As I said, I came through a lot of styles, and I can say the best community is here. The labels and artists are really friendly and without talking with this community I’d never met my manager, which is the best person I found out there. I made myself a lot of friends and it’s amazing to share both passions with people you like.
You’ve earned the support of some huge djs, most notably Above & Beyond. What’s it like to have support from such a legendary pair? how did it come about?
Being supported regularly by them is exciting every time. Everything came from Jaytech, who introduced me to Anjunabeats. The first support was on my track “Late Night” on Colorize 1 year ago, when they made it “Record of The Week” on the show. The was the best moment in my life when it happened, then I became a regular feature on the ABGT shows.
Is there anyone in particular you’d love to collaborate with down the line?
I’d love to collaborate with Soundprank, he’s a real amazing producer and his sound has inspired me a lot. I would love to work with Jaytech as well.
Your Top three tracks right now?
Nice question, I would say:
– Lane 8 feat. Lucy Stone – Nothing You Can Say
– Soundprank – Squared
– Norin & Rad – That Was Easy
One event you’d love to play in 2014?
I would love to play for WMC 2014 or ABGT 100.
One artist to look out for in 2014?
Mizar B, one of my favorite producers right now. He’s the future.
What can we expect from Matt Fax in the next few months? New music? some tour dates?
Not so much music but some greats projects coming up on Colorize, Arrival, and maybe Anjunabeats as well. There are a lot of exciting things for the future. Regarding tour dates, some are in talk, but nothing is really done yet. Maybe in the near future, who knows.