Natisse Remixer Earl E Dawes Interview

// May 19th, 2010 // News

Matthew Hamer aka EarlEDawes
In anticipation of the full release of Natisse’s Kiss Me On The Lips, containing remixes from no less than 5 up-and-coming producers discovered on this website, we are speaking to the guys you voted the best.

First up, Matthew Hamer, otherwise known as Earl E Dawes, tells us how he came to enter the contest and where he sees his career leading after this…

How did you find out about the Natisse remix competition and what motivated you to enter?
Through a friend who is a Liquid DJ at Swindon. No motivation needed to enter but I’ve been working on remixing tracks from just the acapellas to sharpen up my production skills and this seemed like a good track to work on for the next project!

Where did the inspiration for your mix come from, and what kind of vibe were you looking to achieve?
Commercial club tracks that typically I find DJs like to whack on “early doors/earl e dawes (geddit?)” in mainstream bars just as heaters, but yet can also work well in a Saturday night set. It’s about making a good track into a great track.

What are you biggest musical inspirations and influences?
Probably Full Intention, Freemasons, Buzz Junkies, Cahill. Also I guess you could say I’ve a lot of disco influence with a sprinkling of R&B and hip-hop.

Other than making it onto the Natisse remix package, what have been the key high points to your production career so far?
Just the fact that tracks I am putting out there and passing around to DJs seem to be getting genuine and consistent reaction, from the mashups I made years ago to the remixes I have put out over the last four years.

What else have you going going on music-wise in the coming months?
2 DJ residencies and working on some original productions.

Where do you ideally see your production career taking you in 5 year’s time?
I’d really hope to be paid to do some great remixes for chart tracks, and for the DJ bookings to take a leap because of that and take me to gigs all over the globe. If the studio work was paying the bills I’d be delighted, and on my current form I don’t think I’m a million miles away.

What do you think of Natisse/Shed Records making a success putting out music usually dominated by major labels?
I think it’s great that in this day and age it’s more feasible for smaller labels to be able to get great music out there. The costs of putting a great track out there and shooting a video can be kept on a shoestring, whereas years ago this wasn’t possible. Middle men have been cut. Technology has advanced and it has increased opportunities for artists, musicians and producers, including myself. If someone had told me ten or fifteen years ago that I’d have equipment in my own home that can put out a track of industry standard quality I’d have had a right old chuckle. It’s more accessible now…and whilst this increases the amount of wannabes and people who are all talk, it’s meant the standard has been raised across the board.

Listen to Matt’s remix again:

KMOTL (Earl Dawes) by Shed Records

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