Bass music producer Killawatt has just released the Press On / Tantra single on Kryptic Minds' Osiris Music label and has plenty more in store for this year so we caught up with him to get the lowdown…
Please introduce yourself...
Hi, I'm Matthew Watt aka Killawatt. I am an electronic music producer / DJ / entrepreneur extraordinaire based in Southsea, Portsmouth.
Where are you from and to what extent would you say this influences your music?
I am originally from a small rural village just south of Norwich. Norfolk. I'd say it had quite a strong influence on my music. It has a very unique and somewhat inwards approach to music, and life in general if I'm honest. Growing up going to free parties and nights arranged by free party sound systems in grotty little pubs gave me an appreciation for the late 80s / early 90s dance music sound.
The majority of the music you would hear ranged from acid / piano house, hardcore, jungle, trance and then some newer stuff like breakbeat and hard trance. Nobody really cared about anything apart from having a good time so there wasn't really any of the prejudice you sometimes find in more up to date musical communities. Hopefully that's something I'm still bringing through in my music.
How would you describe your approach to making music?
At the moment? It's non-existent. When I am writing music though, it's generally a pretty quick process. I'll get an idea down, fill out a rough structure, then go back and fill it all in. Nothing special to be honest. If I can finish something then often I'll palm it off to Ipman or Si (Kryptic Minds) to see if they can do anything with it.
How did you hook up with Osiris in the first place and what's it like working with them?
This was via Youngsta playing my tracks on Rinse FM and looking for an outlet for them. He showed some to Si, and Si signed them. It's really good working with Osiris as it's the first label I've been involved with that has been really passionate about pushing me forward and letting me do my own thing.
Even being able to pick every last little detail of my release artwork makes such a difference. It just makes you feel a bit more appreciated in a way, and that extra little bit of confidence really boosts the music side of things. I have a release with Kryptic Minds forthcoming in three weeks or so, and a more substantial solo release out around June time on Osiris Music UK
Have you got any other releases coming on any other labels soon?
Yeah I have a couple of releases with Ipman lined up. I'm sure there's plenty of people that'll be happy to know Lion Charge 002 will be out around the end of May. We were amazed at how well 001 went down! Then we have a Tempa release scheduled for the summer. My solo stuff is very much focussed on Osiris at the moment.
Do you make any other styles / genres of music?
Yeah, I make quite a range. I've been making quite a bit of techno recently. Some of that will be out on my EP on Osiris in a few months. I've also been venturing above the 140 bpm tempo as well but haven't really got anything I'm properly happy with yet.
You recently collaborated with Ipman on Darkplace, what can you tell us about Ipman and this track?
Me and Ipman lived together at university for a year and got working together then. We seem to work quite well together and have similar interests and aims so it's quite an easy working relationship. ‘Darkplace' was a track Jack actually made for some label quite a while ago but never finished. I always like the raw sound it had, so asked if I could finish it. Youngsta loved it straight away and has battered it ever since. It's forthcoming Tempa. J:kenzo has recently remixed it and it's smashing the dance. There should also been another version floating around soon(ish), with an addition people probably aren't expecting.
You recently put a clip of your remix of Ipman's Aight on your SoundCloud page, tell us more about you approached it and how you approach remixes in general...
I only tend to remix stuff that I know I have an idea for. Jack asked to me remix this for his release on Pressed and I had an idea straight away. It's always pretty easy to remix a track with a lot of interesting elements in because you can do so much with them. The main rule I work to when doing a remix is that it has retain the character of the original whilst being able to stand-alone as its own track.
What do you get up to outside of music?
I love playing squash, I go walking most weekends in the South Downs with my girlfriend. I just like getting out really, it's so nice down here and I get pretty claustrophobic after being inside writing tunes a lot.
Where can people see you play in the near future?
Over the next couple of months you can catch me in Lithuania, Prague, Birmingham and Holland.
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