Matt Lange Spills Musical Thoughts And Contents Of His DJ Bag
May 23, 2013 - 7:51 pm
It's been over six months since Matt Lange made his music debut here at VIBE. The budding producer's greatest releases came out on the renowned Anjunadeep label earlier this month, to which, the classically trained artists says: "Education is invaluable and opens up your mind to ways of thinking you wouldn’t have ever dreamed of." An intelligent young composer and open-minded, he adds, "the more varied influences you can take in the better." Find out more from Lange on organic composing methods, Norwegian Black Metal and take a look at what we found in his DJ Bag. -->
VIBE: It’s frequently said that that producing music electronically comes with more experimental freedom, but have you experienced any drawbacks when producing electronically as opposed to creating with organic instruments?Matt Lange: I actually compose primarily with acoustic instruments. I’m very uninspired with the whole laptop composition craze. I need to be able to touch and feel the music I’m writing, so I’ll often start with recording all my idea’s either with guitar or piano, and then later digitally manipulating them into some mutation that’s not quite organic, but not quite synthetic either.
Have you ever experienced frustration at having the technical understanding of music that you do?
The one downside is that it’s possible to get stuck in music theory world, analyzing every move, so to get away from that I de-tune my guitars to alternate tunings, or create instruments in a sampler that aren’t linearly chromatic like a piano. This forces me to play entirely by ear and feel, and not with my brain.
If you could ascribe a genre to your sound, what would it be? You can make it up.
“Langecore” has been the joke name I came up with once and kind of stuck as many of my fans use it now as well.
What genre do you think is due for a cultural revival?
Norwegian Black Metal
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Matt Lange, what's that in your DJ bag?
1) TSA letter and item list. Since I travel with a pretty hefty road case with a fair amount of stuff in there I always write a little list and note that explains what everything is. As I've done it more and more, the lists have gotten a little more elaborate with hand drawn pictures of random things, such as dinosaurs… Sometimes TSA writes back (or even draws something back) and that makes it even better.
2) Granola Bars. Sometimes I don't get a chance to eat before a gig, so I always have a few of these to snack on just in case.
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3) Custom Foam Cut Outs. I made custom foam cut outs for every piece of gear I have in my road case. They serve 2 purposes really: first of which is that everything is protected by it's own space. The second of which is that after I finish a set I might have had a little too much to drink at times, and it becomes a game of making sure I have all my gear by making sure every hole is filled. I call it "Drunk Puzzle."
4) Extra cables, power supplies, etc.. I carry a duplicate of every cable I need just in case one dies, or got damaged during travel.
5) Extra earplugs. I have a nicer pair that always stay with me in my pocket, but sometimes they get forgotten at the hotel, so I have a big pack of just cheap foam ear plugs in the bottom of my case for those occasions where I forgot my nicer ones.