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					Let's start with the typical but still relevant - How did you get into
Techno? How did you start producing?

Techno became my home when I realized the musical elements it consisted of throughout
its construction. Noticing the elements that leaned towards jazz music and hip-hop based
fundamentals. Producing was something that just came into play after DJ‟ing began to
become second nature. Later in my career I began to realize more of who I was as an
artist and I wanted to venture out to include my own elements in my performances.
Basically, I had emotions that I wanted to express and elements I wanted to include
myself just as any other musician.

What do you use to make/perform your music?

As far as production, I am pretty much all computer/digital based. I started out with
Cubase, but could never really find the niche I was looking for with that program. I was
later introduced to Ableton and it has become the headquarters for all of the music‟s
creation. Although, Ableton can have its limitations at times, I would have to say it is the
user-friendliest program I have come across so far. Cubase is still used, but basically
only in making and constructing the loops, which are then later arranged in Ableton.

Performance wise I have always stuck to turntables and CDJ‟s. I have done a couple
shows where three turntables were used, but mainly with the classic turntable setup I can
work the crowd like I want too. Although, recently I have been sharpening my skills for
live pa‟s based around Ableton.
It's interesting that you're making hard techno in a world saturated
with "minimal." Why do you stay dedicated to the more aggressive?
form, and who do you look to for inspiration or even reassurance?

I have always been into hard, dark and aggressive music. If I were involved in music that
was minimal I would not feel at home. Plain and simply put, it‟s just not a part of who I
am. Therefore sticking to the more aggressive side of techno has never been an issue for
me. Although, I must admit it can be an uphill battle regarding the industries level of
acceptance from this side of the techno spectrum. But I have been in pursuit of pushing
the hard side of techno since day one as an artist with no plans of ever changing.

As far as inspiration, I don‟t really listen to much techno outside of working on it. I
pretty much listen to hip-hop. I would have to say some of my influences have been all
over the boards of hip-hop for many different reasons such as: Eminem, Big l, Big pun, 2
pac, Joe Budden, 50 cent, Jedi Mind Tricks, The Demigodz, Tecnik, Mobb Deep, and the
list goes on and on. I would conclude that a great portion of my reassurance comes from
those artists in some form or another. Also just as any other artist, encouragement comes
from the fans that send me compliments from around the world that are enjoying my
music.
How did you meet up with Gunjack?

Honestly, I didn‟t meet up with Gunjack; I sought him out. Towards the end of 2005
certain circumstances ending up forming with the label I was working closely with at that
time, therefore after choosing to depart, I was on the search to link up with another artist
that I felt could collaborate with me on this sound. I felt like Gunjack was the perfect
candidate. It turned out that I was right.

Originally coming at Gunjack‟s work from a DJ perspective at that time, I was playing
his releases out consecutively and felt he was the only other artist out there pursuing a
hip-hop based techno sound such as this, but also pursuing it with a certain intelligence,
which from my perspective made him talented. After I was able to locate him, I pitched
him the approach to the projects and he loved the idea. I flew him out here to Atlanta,
GA. we lit up some of ATL‟s finest and went into the studio. Things quickly began to
come out even better than I had imagined.

Omerta's music is promotionally described as "Gangsta-Tech." What does
this mean? Where is the line drawn between fantasy/construction? And
reality/experience?

From day one, I was always instilling my influences from gangster rap into my music.
There was always an element of this included in my artistic expressions from mixes to
tracks and the artwork representing the projects. Therefore it was just something that
began to form on its on, people began to adapt to the sound and actually calling it
“Gangster Techno” themselves. Whenever I would speak to people after a show I would
always have people say “…Now that was Gangsta!” or something of that nature, so I
went with it but shortened it up a bit by giving it the title “Gangsta-Tech”. The sound has
really started to expand since the partnership with Gunjack has been established. I notice
other producers titling their tracks based around the concept, which is a compliment.

As far as what is real and what is fantasy, I have ran into this question from day one,
which can be expected giving some of the approaches that have been taken artistically. I
have had people ask me “Are the guns in these photos real?” and “Have you ever shot
anyone?” so to clarify those questions that seem to come up quit often while I have the
chance, “Yes” the guns are real and “No” I have never shot anyone, at least not yet….
just kidding!!

The sound is a reflection of the violence that is seen throughout our society. I was
brought up around guns my entire life, from my father being involved in the movement of
guns for the military a long with growing up in an area that was only twenty minutes
away from the biggest military base in the United States. Therefore when you combine
that with growing up as a hip-hop fan throughout the 90‟s during the big explosion of
“Gangster Rap”, as an artist I think these artistic expressions were bound to reach the
surface.
In Extra clipz a voice says "... that's one firearm for                 every 12 people
on the planet. The only question is: how do we arm the                  other 11?" I
can only assume that this vision is fantasy (as opposed                 to your actual
ideal, please let me know if the assumption's off). So                  then I
wonder.... what is the purpose of this statement/stance                 as part of the
track? What does it do for the music, my understanding                  of the artist?
Or my experience as a listener?
That is a fictional based statement because I do not sell guns myself. It is more of a
metaphorical statement in itself that represents the realization of violence in today‟s
society and the aggressive approach from arms industry today. The statement verbally
supports the intensity of the experience for the listener, and gives an inside look on
munitions marketing.

So what do you have in the works in terms of projects/releases?

Aww man, you asked the wrong man that question!

Outside of Omerta (which as we discussed before is a hard techno based label & a live
act duo), my mixed cd/album „Fully Strapped‟ and upcoming releases on other techno
labels, I have quit a few other projects in the works.

One project I am looking forward to is another label titled „Hoodlum„ which is a sub-
label of Omerta continuing the Gangsta-tech sound with my production partner Gunjack,
but focusing its elements leaning more towards experimental hip-hop. It‟s something that
I know all the fans of the Gangsta-Tech sound will highly respect and enjoy. A few of
these tracks are already complete and I must say to expect the unexpected!

Currently I am also in the beginning stages of opening up my own clothing line pushing
the urban cultural aspects of these labels. I will be announcing all of the details regarding
those at my own personal website at www.djmattk.com with it‟s new re-vamp launching
shortly.

I have also just opened up Niytrus Management alongside a long-term friend/business
partner of mine Nick Wuerch, which is a techno based agency based out of the US. We
have big plans for this agency and have already acquired a strong international roster with
more artist expansions in the works as we speak. For more information regarding the
agency you can visit: www.niytrusmgt.com & www.myspace.com/niytrusmgt.

I also have plans for my own solo techno label which will concentrate on my solo tracks
and feature remixes from like-minded artists, but I don‟t want to release any further
information on that project just yet…I‟ll end it with that for now! We can‟t spoil all of
the fun. *Winks*

List 5 recommendations... these can be albums/tracks/artists/taco stands/whatever...

Aww man..Ummm…Let‟s see… as far as techno it‟s a must that you‟re on the lookout
for my mixed cd (1) „Fully Strapped‟. Outside of techno everyone should have in his or
her hands, the classic album from (2) Joe Budden – Mood Musik 1 & 2, also it‟s a must
that you have your ear to the ground on (3) Gunjack‟s full album/LP coming out on
Omerta. As far as tracks I would have to sum that up by labels (old & new), such as: (4)
Omerta, Deafmosaic, Planet Rhythm, Submissions, Audio Assault, Arms, to name a few.
As far as Taco stands although, I have had some hella good stops in San Francisco, I have
also been spending a lot of time performing and working in the studio in Mexico City
therefore, I would have to say anything on the streets of (5) Mexico City is holding it
down proper on their tacos!

…On another subject, it‟s a must that I also state that none of these projects would be
possible without:(in no certain order of course!) Nick Wuerch (Agent/Manager),
Gunjack (Production Partner), Chuck Chobot (Graphic Design Artist), Dave French (Web
Developer), K.D. (Mastering Engineer) and if there is anyone else on the business side of
things that I am forgetting I apologize. Be sure to leave me a nasty comment on myspace
or let me have it in person!


Related Links:

www.djmattk.com
www.myspace.com/djmattk
www.omerta-music.com
www.myspace.com/omertamusicgroup
www.niytrusmgt.com
www.myspace.com/niytrusmgt

				
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