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Author geenna | Date 13/07/2017

Where does the name Matador come from? From what we’ve heard you spent quite a lot of time in Spain when you were younger didn’t you? Yes, I spent a lot of my summers in Spain as a kid, and still do now… as a big kid! Years ago though, I used to be sitting around watching the TV, when bullfighting was on. I know it’s a gruesome horrible thing, I have no sort of connection to it whatsoever, but I guess the drama, the theme around the matador, intrigued me. It was a performance of something dark and mysterious, which was like the music I was writing, so it seemed a fitting alias. My parents are mostly based in Gran Canaria so we always try to visit them as much as possible still, it’s a beautiful part of the world. You are a sound engineer, producer, DJ and also chef… What do you like doing the most? I like them all, and like anything in moderation. I feel like if I’m struggling sometimes in the studio, cooking helps to bridge the next studio session, they’re all things I love doing, thankfully it’s become my job. What does it mean for you to play live? It’s a constant challenge to be honest… because I play ‘live’ (which basically means in our realm, you play only your own productions, remixes/edits via midi controllers, computers etc) I’m consistently in the studio every week, writing new music thus making things fresh every weekend for both the people and for myself. Unfortunately I can’t just go onto Beatport and download new music for the shows this weekend, I’m in the studio writing the new stuff for this weekend… it’s challenging, let’s just say that. Please tell us about your new label RUKUS. Is there any new interesting artist that you would like to sign to the label? Or any that you have just signed that you’re particularly excited about? The label has been one of the most organic things to develop from my Matador project. It was originally set up as an outlet for releasing my own music, allowing me flexibility in my release schedule, and pretty soon we were arranging remixes with an incredible collection of artists. I’m really excited to introduce new artists to RUKUS this year, there’s a wealth of creative talent out there and we have some really cool releases coming. We’ve just had a stomping EP from Carlo Ruetz and Fabio Florido’s Levity EP is out this week – superb music from the boys. Focusing on new artists later in the year and I’ve had some really exciting music through, but all plans are under wraps till then. Do you prefer playing at big festivals or in smaller venues? I love playing a mixture of both. I enjoy all the madness of a festival and playing on lineups with friends that I don’t get to tour often enough with. Smaller venues are obviously more intimate, but offer their own level of madness. So I try to get a good balance across the year. Tell us a little about your relationship/history with Ibiza. Ibiza is a place I’ve enjoyed from a young age, I’ve had plenty of holidays there down through the years with family and friends. When I started DJing as a teenager, the island really came to the front of my mind as somewhere I wanted to be every summer and in my early 20’s we enjoyed some serious partying. Of course the dream was to play, and joining the ENTER. crew was an incredible experience. I love my time on the island; great clubs, great crowds, great friends and great food. What are your projects for this summer on the island? Lots of cool shows this year, back with the chaps from RESISTANCE at their new night at Privilege, excited to play that club too. I’ve got a couple of shows at DC10 for Paradise, which are always fun and Cocoon in September, which will be a really special one for me. I’ll try and take a couple of days off around one or two of the shows, to enjoy Ibiza. When you are not playing, what kind of music do you like to listen to? Anything and everything. It varies so widely – yesterday we had a hip hop day in the kitchen while working on emails. Sunday night I was listening to James Bond soundtracks. When I travel, I listen to Alan Partridge audio books – these are excellent. If you had to associate your musical style with a recipe, what would it be and why?! Hot Chocolate Fondant – crispy, crunchy on the outside – hot, gooey in the middle. The dish that you most love cooking? Anything on a BBQ and also caramel shortbread. And finally… are you Night or Day? Night. www.facebook.com/MatadorOfficial



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