We’re back with our latest Friday Feature, we have been super excited to put this one out for a while now, hailing from the Hampshire area in London, we present to you Matt Weare, better known as Thelem.
After just touching down in Australia and shaking the dubstep scene back up nationally, Thelem is hands down one of our favourite producers here at The Deep End Collective.
“Through acute attention to detail and with precision bordering on perfectionism when it comes to creating and layering sounds, Thelem‘s tunes are a showcase of balance and a sense of control. Making sub-heavy music, but without overdoing the sub, he may be included in the new breed of producers who are more audibly influenced by the spacious sounds of early-noughties producers such as Cyrus, Loefah and D1.”
Thelem draws a lot of his inspiration from the earlier and more original sounds of dubstep. Sampling old sci-fi films, it is no doubt Matt has a signature dungeon sound.
Thelem has released music on both Artikal Music UK and Innamind Recordings, two of the heaviest hitters in todays dubstep scene, touring all over Europe, very recently North America, and only the other week did we just see him here in Australia.
Thelem has very recently dropped a clip featuring T-Man called “We Ain’t the Same” showcasing the evolution of Matt’s sound, we are super excited to see what 2015 has in store for Thelem!
A massive big ups to Thelem for taking the time to put this mix and interview together for us, seriously, look at that tracklist! We are looking forward to seeing you again here in Perth!
So Matt, it’s good to speak to you again! You absolutely smashed it here in Perth, but let’s get down to business, we’ve noticed you use to snowboard! What else do you get up to in your spare time?
Yeah I used to be heavily into snowboarding, I actually used to ride for the Endeavor Snowboards UK team, which not many people know. I’m not really too active now in my spare time lol. When I’m not working on beats I’m usually hanging out with mates, watching movies and all the usual kinda stuff.
Woah that’s a bit of an achievement! Well in that case, run us through your studio:
Right now Im using a Adam A8X Monitors, UAD Satellite, Arturia Mini Brute, Dave Smith Pro 2 and a Virus Ti.
What are your favourite gems on wax in your collection?
Probably some of the old Dmz and Hotflush classics I got when I first started buying vinyl.
We can’t argue with that! So to this day, what is the biggest highlight of your career?
I’d have to say the Artikal Music North American tour a couple months back.
One of us was actually arrived in California a couple days after your show in LA, absolutely gutted it was missed! In that case whats the best crowd reception you’ve received?
Tough question, been so lucky to have played some awesome gigs the last couple years, but again some of the gigs on the last North American tour really stood out for me. It’s hard to pinpoint the best crowd reaction but some of those really went off and were mental!
Thats cool man, they have an awesome vibe out there, what about the most important gig to you you’ve played to this date?
I’d have to say getting the opportunity to play FWD at Plastic people in 2012. I was honoured to get the opportunity to play there. I used to go allot and never thought I’d see the day I would get to play there.
Woah, that really is an honour! Howabout the most fucked up thing to happen to you?
First thing that springs to mind is from back in my snowboarding days many years ago. Some snowboard mates and myself drove up to Utah from California to film on some street handrails. One of my mates had a really bad crash on a rail and actually split his liver open, at first we thought he had broken a rib or something, but after the ambulance picked him up they knew it was something more serious. They did cat scans at the hospital and saw he had actually split his liver open, it was only a few mm away from the main artery that runs through it and he ended up intensive care for a while. We had to extend our stay in motels while he recovered in hospital for about 2 weeks, was really messed up as the doctor was saying how lucky he was. A couple of mates in the group had to get the rental car back to California as they were off to Austria while some of us stayed there to look after our friend in hospital. The guys driving back to Cali ended up getting stopped by police for speeding, they were underage for driving the rental car and the car got impounded and they were left stranded. Some friend from Cali ended up driving 10 hours or something to come get them. The whole situation was a nightmare, we ended up all having to spend the reminder of our money on fines and charges to the rental company and impound lot, in turn that cut our winter season short and we had to come back to the UK. That whole situation may sound far-fetched but it really was like something out of a movie, will never forget that lol.
Woah Matt, thats pretty hectic, that almost sounds like a movie script, on a total flip though, what meal does your mum cook best?
Definitely her lasagne.
We can’t knock that whatsoever! So in all honesty, what was your expectations of Australia? Have you heard of dropbears?
To be truthful I’m not actually sure what my expectations were. I was just really excited to see the country in itself and have the chance to play my music over there as I have never been that side of the world. Sadly I haven’t heard of dropbears, what is it?
Lucky you didnt meet any, they’re pretty vicious animals. So what is your favourite collaboration you have worked on?
Most likely “Kaba” with Killawatt.
Sweet! We noticed you dropped a track on the Artikal compilation, how does it feel being part of that, and who majorly influenced your production for that track? It’s pretty out there…which we love!
Yeah I was really happy to be apart of the Artikal compilation, I think it was a sick release and really showed varied styles of underground music from an amazing collection of artists. I’m stoked to be apart of that. I’m not sure who individually influenced me on that track, it more came from inspiration of playing around and making those gritty basslines on this synth, that then lead onto recording parts in and turning it into a full track.
Experimentation, we like that! We’ve seen you produce some killer tacks in the likes of both Dubstep and even some half time Drum and Bass, how do you get in the groove? Who and what are your biggest inspirations?
I usually start with a drum groove and go from there, once I got a beat down I’ll usually make a sound that will spark inspiration for a tune. Other times it can be tough and I will get stuck on a loop. At this current time I’m trying to draw more inspiration from across the board into my dubstep, I’m trying to take influence from other genres such a hip-hop, grime, broken beat stuff and incorporate it into my own music, I think its helping me to carve a more unique sound compared to my older material.
How about the video for ‘Bring Me Down’, what went down, what was your favourite part of being involved and what was with the face paint!?
I’m actually really happy with how that video turned out considering the time it was done in and our budget. Joao the guy who organised and done the video done such a good job, I can’t thank him and the crew enough. To be honest I wasn’t to involved in the actual filming as I’m not a huge fan of cameras, It was fun being there and watching it all take shape, it was also allot of driving and hard work getting everything and everyone to the abandoned place. The hard work from everyone payed off though. As for the face paint that was Joao’s idea to help give off the idea of the “cult” theme, which is what the video was about.
Well you definitely pulled off the cult theme, what a video! Do you have a wider array of genres you appreciate?
To be honest I like a bit of everything at the right time and mood.
As we say, good music is good music! Is there a subliminal meaning to your music? Are you trying to portray anything or help your listeners visualize something specific?
Haha I actually get asked this allot from various people, sadly though there isn’t really any subliminal meaning in my music. I try and build what flows at the time and go off that, I don’t think to deep about meanings I just try and make sounds that sonically work and fit together as a whole. Hope that doesn’t come across to boring lol, maybe deep down there is a subconscious meaning that is yet to be known?
Mate you’re nothing close to boring! We can definitely roll with that 😉 So what can we look forward to come from you in the future? Perhaps another sneaky collaboration or wax release?
Well I’m currently working on this album, which I apologise is taking so long but I want it to be just how I had imagined. However in the meantime there is a new 12” release in the pipeline that I will hopefully announcing soon!
We are definitely looking forward to that for sure, we’ll make sure to keep everyone on our side posted about that too! Thank you for taking the time to speak to us Matt, all the best for the future! 🙂
Check out this bad ass mix that Thelem has put together for us!
- Boofy – Truncheon
- Soloman – Silo Hoe
- J Kenzo – Expansion
- Skeptical – Talk The Talk
- Thelem – Foul Play
- Piezo – Space Conjectures
- Piezo – Wonka
- Skeptical – Something In The Sound
- Vexd – Thunder
- J:Kenzo ft Juiceman – Urban Gorilla
- Thelem – Latched
- Gantz – Elmo Rehab
- Sleeper – Fuck That Shit
- Gantz – Space Horror