Breaking down barriers with Matt Sassari

A young and rising star of Marseille, Matt Sassari is establishing himself as a strong and exciting producer at the forefront of the new techno scene with recent releases on SCI+TEC, Tronic, Bitten and Deeperfect. Matt entered into the world of electronic music with Ron Costa’s Potobolo. It’s a long story of love with more than 15 releases which has opened doors of several labels like Sincopat & Time Has Changed.

Years later it’s a new imprint that noticed Matt’s ever growing presence. Stefano Noferini’s Deeperfect saw that a new star of techno music is born : 9 releases, remixes & pack of productions for Beatport later, Matt still goes ahead and works on famous collaborations with Ant Brooks, Miguel Bastida, Spencer K or Enrico Sangiuliano and releases his stuff on Bitten, Rusted, Kinetika, Alleanza or Rawthentic.

A Self-made man of electronic music Matt joined forces with his friend Matt Mor to launch his own imprint “Panterre Musique” to confirm his ambition to offer us his own vision of techno music.

From Wally Lopez to John Digweed via Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Carl Cox or Luciano, Maceo Plex & Laurent Garnier, Matt Sassari’s groove seduces beyond the technosphere and breaks down barriers and genres of music.

One thing is certain. The Star of Matt will continue to shine because the best is yet to come.

 

Hi Matt, It’s a pleasure to get the opportunity to chat with you. I hope you’re well?
I’m fine, just back from my gig in Ausburg, it was really nice!

Can you tell us a bit about your home town and the current house and techno scene?
Marseille is a lovely city. I really love it. Well, the electronic scene is not a huge scene but they do it very well. Since a few years, some artists from Marseille are back everywhere in Europe like Jack de Marseille, Amine Edge, N’to or my mates from Spartacus Medeew & Chicks Luv Us. It’s really pleasant. Concerning the crowd, the main public in Marseille is EDM oriented but everyone tries to do his best to help the current scene.

There is a great history of electronic dance music in France with Daft Punk and Laurent Garnier for example but what motivated you to get involved in the scene?
No one in my family is a musician or anything like that. I Just started going to several clubs when I was young and really loved the “bass effect” I was very curious about how the sound can be produced and tried to produce my own tracks over a few years. I was never focused to build my career. The only thing in mind is the same as today which is just to have fun and produce groove music.

What equipment did your first ever DJ setup consist of and how has it evolved to what you use today?
It’s the same since the first day. Laptop, Maschine Mikro, Korg Nano Kontrol & Soundcard.

How important has Ron Costa’s Potobolo Records and Stefano Noferini’s Deeperfect amongst others been in aiding your breakthrough as an artist?
Ron is my mentor. His help is very powerful. He taught me everything he knows concerning the techno scene. He was one of the first to believe in my productions. It’s the same relationship with Stefano & the Deeperfect’s team. I try to work often with few labels. Like a family, it’s very important for me to be a part of a family like Potobolo or Deeperfect. They give me a lot of advice for my career.

How would you describe your sound to somebody who has never heard your music before?
Wow, what a difficult question. I think we can talk about groove, dub techno with a dark soul.

You now run your own label with Matt Mor called ‘Panterre Musique’. Was it always a goal of yours to start a label of your own?
Everything started when I met Matt Mor in Austria when I played at his event. We talked all the night about our way of life, our vision of techno music and decided to work on. But no, it wasn’t a goal for me but I love to handle my label with Matt. It’s exciting.

Asides from talent what qualities do you look for when signing a new artist for the label?
The only thing what I’m looking for in a release on Panterre is to have his sound, a unique sound and not the same as others artists. That’s my main idea when I listen to demo submissions.

At still a young age what are your future goals and ambitions you aim to reach in the scene?
To continue to work on my sound and develop my own univers. Work hard and party harder.

As mentioned you are a label partner with Matt Mor who has an event brand called WECHSELSTROM. Are there any plans to combine the label as a touring brand between you both?
Yes, it’s already launched. For example, in September we organize a Panterre Musique showcase in Vienna with him, Ron Costa and Myself.

The French are well known for their food culture and cuisine. Do you have any recommendations for restaurants to try if travelling to Marseille? Are you a good cook yourself?
Some place are really nice in Marseille & Aix en Provence like Le Petit Nice or Comptoir Corse in Marseille and Juste en Face at Aix en Provence. Hahaha, no I’m the worst cook ever.  I can cook pasta but that’s all I guess.

Undoubtedly you have achieved a lot at still such a young age but what has been the pinnacle moment in the rise of your career so far?
It’s hard to pick only one moment, but one of my best achievement is getting up to check my mailbox to find Dubfire had sent me a mail to say “I want you on SCI+TEC. I love your productions”. The EP is now on scheduled for 2015.

A few months back in April you played at Underland Manchester for Subplot, a Potobolo showcase with Ron Costa. How was the Manchester crowd and when can we expect to see you back in the UK?
Firstly, it’s always pleasant to play with Ron, he’s my mate so an event can’t be bad if we are together. It was nice to discover the city and meet the U.K. crowd. At this moment no gigs are scheduled in the UK but my agent is working on it and will be for this fall for sure.

Your latest release ‘Kuupio EP’ on Funk’n Deep Records is a winner. ‘Welcome’ is a great deep techno track with the vocal “welcome to Chicago” could you explain to us the choice of vocal and vibe of the track?
I chose the vocal like I produce my track. Dark and unusual.

What are your current top 10 tracks?

Okain, Cuartero – Cameleon (Paul Ritch Remix)
Carlo Lio – La Loca (Original Mix)
Alex Rouk – Raw (Original Mix)
Paride Saraceni – Dissolute (Original Mix)
Chus & Ceballos – La Columbiana (Matt Sassari Remix)
Mark Broom – Nucleus (Original Mix)
Mikalogic – Tree House (Martinez Remix)
Cristian Arango – We Got Talent (Original Mix)
Matt Sassari – Talleyrand (Original Mix)

You have kindly agreed to do an exclusive guest mix for us. Can you tell us about how you approached the mix and the vibe you went for?
I tried to be in the same mood when I play in a club. Techno, dark, rhythm and grooooooooove.

Matt, It’s been a pleasure chatting and I wish you all the continued success. Lastly are there any projects we can expect to see from for the rest of the year and into 2015?
Thank you for your questions and your kind words. For 2015 we are working to release an EP on one of the biggest techno labels. Crossed fingers!

Tracklist:
1. Ricky Ebner – Just Stay
2. Matt Sassari – Phunky Cheet
3. Alex Rouk – Raw
4. Joeski – Set in my mind
5. Okain, Cuartero – Cameleon (Paul Ritch Remix)
6. Carlo Lio – La Loca
7. Stefano Infusino – Machine Series 5.1
8. Ron Costa – Erteneve
9. John V – Year Zero
10. Matt Sassari – Barglom
11. Nikola Gala – Love Spot

 

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