Mattia Saviolo is one of techno’s most talked about young talents following a recent two-part release on UMEK’s label 1605 which has been dominating the top of sales charts on leading music download websites.
Hyped to learn more about Mattia Saviolo, we caught up with him to discover more about his background and releases on 1605…
Where are you currently based?
I am currently based in Berlin, which I think is on planet earth, but sometimes it seems a bit out of this world lol.
How did you first start playing music?
Well, I started DJ’ing when I was fifteen. I was already in love with electronic music and started DJ’ing at home with CDJ-1000’s and basic two channel mixer. This got me deeper into music, and my passion continued to grow, until I eventually decided I also wanted to make my own music.
What has been happening recently?
A lot things man, and it has been difficult to handle the balance between bad things like Covid, and more positive things like my new releases, so it has been a crazy few months. My goal is to stay positive, and bring positivity to the other people… especially with my music!
You have just released a new EP via UMEK’s label 1605, what influenced the sound and song-writing for the EP?
Well, I would say that for me it’s like an introspective trip inside myself, and my main mission is to communicate/express what I feel like to the other people, as sharing my emotions and mental images through music often creates connections with others.
What is your process for writing the music?
Basically, it took me almost a year to create these four tracks, working hard in the studio and trying to experiment with new things and techniques. I was really inspired about the idea of these big hangars, warehouses and festivals… I was imagining how these tracks would sound, as I wanted to create something that would really fill the space and make an amazing dance floor experience.
Where and when did you record/produce?
Almost every day, I try to be very regular with a routine of work, as every second I spend focusing on music makes me feel so happy.
What programs/instruments did you use to record/produce?
Mainly I use Ableton Live and produce 80% of my sounds using that software program. I also have some hardware that I share with two friends Nico Cabeza and Luis Arboleda who also use my studio. We have a Moog Sub 37, Roland 909 and an 808… for processing a mix and mastering I use some internal plugins.
Please tell us what this EP means to you, and was the end result as you imagined it to be when first making a start?
This is a great question… I like all the music I create, but some tracks will never be released! It is part of the game, as although I have a strong connection with all my works, it is only the tracks that also connect with others that get signed. Having the feedback from UMEK to keep making improvements, made me go a bit deeper with my thought process on these EP’s for 1605, and that allowed me to really express myself with the final versions.
How did you come to release with 1605, and how has the experience been so far?
UMEK contacted me on Facebook and was interested in my music after hearing my releases on other labels. He was curious to listen my unsigned tracks and when I sent to him a playlist with some tracks, he replied saying “man I have a problem, I’ve never had so many good demos before lol”. I was really excited to hear that, and from there we decided to sign these two EP’s. 1605 is highly organised and solid with a good PR agency (Mainline PR) and a talent mixing and mastering engineer (Gregor) who can make things stand out. So, I am extremely happy to be working with them.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
There are too many great DJ’s and producers out there, I always dig a lot in genres outside of the techno capsule…so its impossible to choose just few artists, as it would be unfair on all the others I didn’t mention.
What do you like to do away from music?
I love playing soccer! I recently moved to a new flat here in Berlin, and I’m lucky to have a little football field in front of where I live, so on sunny days I’m often spending a lot of time playing and running with a football. I also like to eat… I’m always up for having dinner and drinks outside with friends 🙂
What is planned for the remainder of 2020?
Honestly, I’m not 100% sure I will release much other music during the lockdown period, but I’ve collected and finished around eight new tracks, so we will have to see once I’ve set them out to a couple of labels.
Favourite food, and place to hang out?
Some of my favourite spots to eat in Berlin include Adana Grillhouse, Brlo Brwhouse, La lupa, Donna Drancesca, and loads of others…