Exclusive mix 78: Quirky synths and jarring drums with MU.

An exclusive mix by Antwerp Fine Arts Academy graduate Mathias – or MU. – filled to the brim with quirky synths, jarring drum machines and a Justin Bieber adaptation.

Can you describe yourself in a few words?

Years ago I started to experiment with sound and software because I wanted to create the music I loved so much myself. While I was in art school I focussed more on creating visual art, but now that I’ve graduated I’ve taken the chance to put a lot of time in music. Right now I’m working in Pinkhouse in Antwerp. It’s a shared residency where several artists are invited to create their own workspace. This mix contains artists that in some way or another shaped the way I approach music and sound. I learned a lot from their music. Sound, synthesizers and their technical aspects became kind of an obsession, so naturally I started making my own sounds. Now experimentation is making way for a more serious approach.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

Balancing my visual work with music has been a natural result of the projects I’ve been working on lately. I’m still searching for the best way to make them fit together in one ’entity’, basically.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

Apart from being in the studio working on music the last couple of months, I’ve never stopped making sculptures, installations and drawings.

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?

This mix is driven by a love for synthesizers and drum machines. I chose artists whose sounds inspire me time after time. I’ll repeatedly listen to the music trying to figure out the different layers of sound.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?

Three of the four exclusive tracks are mine, including one original composition, a cover and a little surprise to end the mix with. The final exclusive one is by Yorgos Tsakiridis. I owe him some money and I hope he’ll forget about it if I promote his latest track.

When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…

I’ve been recording at the Pinkhouse. It’s at very busy crossroads in the city, and there’s a man sized jar of Nutella in the kitchen.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

I just discovered ‘And, That too’ from BBNG and I’m in love with it.

What are your top 3 albums of the year so far?

BADBADNOTGOOD – IV

Palmbomen & betonkust ii “Center Parcs EP”

Aphex Twin – Cheetah EP

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

I’m flying to Athens in October with a friend. From there I’m going to stream a music performance organised by Coco Haram, unless the connection is bad. When I get back I’ll be showing some sculptures/installations at exhibitions in November and February. I will also release a double cassette on a new label called SORRY, together with Jo Caimo.