Interview by Kristen Marconi on 5/12/11
“No matter what sounds you profess to be your music of choice, chances are, that at some point over the last five years, you will have got your rocks off to Matt Edwards.”
Radio Slave, aka Matt Edwards, aka too many monikers to mention, is a man whose talent doesn’t seem to end. His productions, remixes and DJ sets have one main aim: to make you move, and they do. The Rekids label head share's with Pulse why he has chosen to have many monikers, his top ten tracks for November and his favourite Space memory; hooking up with Miss Spain.
Pulse: You're known by many names Matthew E, Quiet Village, Sea Devils, Rekids and Radio Slave … in your bio it notes, if you come up with another two projects you’ll have enough alter egos for every day of the week? Is that in the picture? Radio Slave: Not exactly... but sometimes when you are going off in a different direction musically, an alias can help. People get easily confused and I’m sure I’ve upset a few ravers by turning up to play as Radio Slave and dropping disco tracks, but that’s just me, I love all kinds of music and I’d love to have more time to be more creative in the studio.
Why so many alter egos/project titles? Overall, I would love to just record as Matthew Edwards, but the media, distribution companies etc need to be able to package things like brands. It also helps the consumer to know what to expect especially now where there’s just to much music being made and released.
How does what you play as Radio Slave differ from the other names? Radio Slave is about creating music for nightclubs. It’s soundsystem music!
Can you tell us about your most recent moniker 'The Machine' and what we can expect musically? The Machine project is an ongoing adventure in music and art and we’re about to release the versions or remix LP early next year by Joe Claussell. He’s remixed the entire album and I just received the tracks last week and it’s stunning and like a modern version of Peter Gabriel's Passion. We’re also still working on a gallery show which will present the artwork by Melbourne based artist and designer Misha Hollenbach. Misha runs the Perks & Mini fashion label and the screen prints he made for this project are so good.
After over 20 years in the business how did you continue to push yourself creatively and come up with something new? Just living in Berlin is enough. The city is to me the cultural capital of Europe, it’s full of artists and musicians and it really is a city that lives 24/7. You can hear the best DJ’s from around the world in some of the best clubs and this is always an inspiration.
Pulse is quite a fan of the top ten tracks for October that you listed on the Rekids site, what would be your top picks for the past month, November?
01 BLACK P - BLOW SMOKE - CABIN FEVER
02 MOTOR - MAN MADE MACHINE - RADIO SLAVE REMIX - CLR
03 NINA KRAVIZ - GHETTO KRAVIZ - REKIDS
04 THEO PARRISH - S.T.F.U - DOPE JAMS
05 PHIL ASHER - TRAMPOLINE - RESTLESS TRAX
06 RICARDO VILLALOBOS - VARIOUS UNKNOWN - CDR
07 UNKNOWN - STAR SKY & HUTCH - CABIN FEVER
08 SEIJI - FACE UP - SEIJI 5
09 INSTANT HOUSE - HAT HAT (DUB) - SACRED RHYTHM
10 DANIEL PAUL & MATHIAS WEICHERT - MATHESTUNDE - CABINET
We've got Carl Craig's 20 Year's of Planet E tour finally getting here in a few weeks, what was it like to play such an iconic event in London? I’ve been a fan of Carl for over 20 years and so it was a great honour to be part of the celebrations and of course we’re now good friends so we always have a great time playing together. I just hope that Planet E will reach it’s 40th Birthday!
Nina Kravitz is one of your rising stars on the Rekids label, what's coming up with her? Nina’s debut album will be released at the end of February on Rekids and we’re all super excited about this project. She’s already a star and I’m sure 2012 will be Nina’s year.
Is it exciting helping artists get their work out to the public with the label? Of course and James Masters and I would love to work with more young artists. We’re still building the Rekids label and we’re always listening out for new talent.
You're on your way to Sydney for New Years. Two rather large New years day events to play Space presents Kehakuma and One Night Only? What are you looking forward to the most here? The sunshine and warm weather. The winter has closed in on Berlin and it’s grey. Just grey.
What are your fondest memories of a space event? Wow, there’s been so many great parties at Space and many of them I can’t remember but I guess hooking up with Miss Spain when I DJ'ing with Wally Lopez was a very memorable night. I had no idea who she was and Wally was freaking out.
What is your favourite place you've been to on tour, why? Japan, Japan and Japan. I’ve been touring there for so long and I usually go around three to four times a year so I have alot of friends there and I just love the people, culture and clubs. The attention to detail with sound systems makes DJ'ing a real pleasure and I usually get to play between five to seven hours so I can really get into the party and play everything from house and techno to jazz and even ambient.
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