Hailed by critics as “one of the most sought-after Techno acts of the decade” Space 92’s recent rise to superstardom has been meteoric to say the least. One of the best selling Techno artists in the world for the third consecutive year in 2021, the prolific, in-demand Frenchman now looks to inaugurate the New Year in the same abounding fashion in which he concluded the last, as he drops his latest musical offering The Door EP.
Out now via Reinier Zonneveld’s Filth On Acid, the epic three-track masterpiece sees Space 92 return to the esteemed Dutch imprint for his third huge extended player, following the Beatport chart-topping success of Atlas EP and The Game EP in 2021. We caught up with him from his home in Toulouse to find out more…
WWD: Hello Mathieu, and welcome to When We Dip! Great to have you with us.
Hello guys ! Thank you, pleasure is mine!
WWD: How has 2022 been for you so far?
The year has started quite well for me, with the upcoming release of my new EP on Filth On Acid as well as two gigs in Turkey that went very well. It was my first time there; I was able to discover Turkish traditional cuisine and meet fabulous people so I am delighted with this experience. Obviously, a lot of performances were canceled following new Covid-19 restrictions in several European countries but the situation is slowly starting to improve so I’m keeping a positive mindset.
WWD: Starting at the beginning, can you tell us how you got into electronic music?
I started getting into electronic music when I was about 14 years old. I used to go BMX bike-riding and listen to a lot of various music genres back then. During that time, I discovered Stephan Bodzin and he became one of my favorite artists. He’s the one who inspired me and made me want to create my own music, and so I did when I was about 16.
WWD: How would you best describe your brand of techno?
My music is a mixture of Techno with a touch of Trance, with melodies that can be happy but also sentimental. However, the rhythm is fast and comes with kicks and bass; they’re very present to provide maximum energy.
WWD: Who or what were your biggest musical inspirations growing up?
Quite obviously Stephan Bodzin who, I think, is my biggest inspiration when I started making music. But there are other amazing artists who heavily contributed to my musical education, like UMEK, Tale of Us, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills and many others.
WWD: Can you share some memories from the days you started raving/DJing?
I have a vivid memory of a party I was supposed to mix at when I was 16 years old; it was due to take place in a club in Spain. It almost never happened when they found out I was underage! I wasn’t even allowed to enter the venue, legally speaking. We had to negotiate for a long time and finally I was able perform; it was one of my very first mixes.
WWD: Congrats on your new EP ’The Door’ on Filth On Acid. Can you talk us through the release?
Absolutely! I worked very hard in order to surpass myself, to exceed my own limits. I tried to explore other horizons while always retaining my signature sound. This new EP offers a very sustained Techno structure, with a touch of Acid and trippy melodies.
WWD: This EP follows the huge success of ‘The Game EP’ on Filth on Acid back in April last year. How did you first connect with Reinier Zonneveld?
Indeed, ‘The Game’ was a great success. It got me another Beatport Number 1 and it’s already been streamed more than 3 million times on Spotify. As for Reinier, meeting him happened very naturally online via our social networks. I’d sent some demos; he came back to me and said he wanted all the tracks and that he had been following me for some time. We met in person during a Filth on Acid event which took place at the Maastricht Complex when clubs reopened in June 2021. I was over the moon!
WWD: What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not touring the world or making music?
I love to do sports. I’m also a nature lover; I really like hiking. At the same time, I love to spend time with my friends, go to restaurants and enjoy life. In my opinion, it’s a good thing to remain attached to my roots and to stay level-headed, because my pace of life is quite fast and it could easily disconnect me from a more ‘traditional’, ‘normal’ way of life.
WWD: What’s your favourite part of being an artist? And your least favourite?
The process of creating music is, I think, what interests me the most. It allows me to fully express myself and this has brought me personal satisfaction for more than 12 years. I also am always very humbled and moved when people I meet describe the role, small or big, my music has played for them. These personal testimonies are what allows me to go on and always try to do my best.
As for the least favorite I’d say the endless hours spent in airports, train stations and cabs away from my family and friends.
WWD: Do you have any other releases planned in the coming months? Can you give us a sneak peek?
I’m going to launch my own label soon! Our first release will take place in March and there will be a limited edition on vinyl because I love this support so much. I also have new collaborations on the way including one with UMEK. I’m also working on a remix of the track ‘Inferno’ produced by Reinier Zonnevelt & Carl Cox. I’m producing a lot at the moment and I’m going to be present, in terms of releases, quite regularly over the next few months until the end of the year 2022.
WWD: Any final words for our When We Dip readers?
Thank you all so much. There’s more and more of you following me on my socials; I am grateful and I’m looking forward to making you dance.
Space 92 – The Door is out now via Filth On Acid HERE