CONTINUING OUR FEATURE SERIES “PROCESS” A SPOTLIGHT ON PRODUCERS, AND LOOK INTO THEIR CREATIVE APPROACH. OUR THIRD EDITION FEATURES LOCAL MINNEAPOLIS PRODUCER DIATONIC. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK MATT A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS WORK, CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW BELOW.
Slam Academy: Could you introduce yourself?
Diatonic: My name is Matt Mulheran but I go by Diatonic.
SA: Where are you from?
D: Originally from northern California but I now reside in Minneapolis.
SA: How did you start making music?
D: I started by deejaying on virtual DJ when I was 18, I was so obsessed with it that I got Reason and started dabbling from there.
SA: Who were some of your major influences growing up? Who are they now?
D: Growing up it was always classic Boom-Bap producers like 9th Wonder, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Alchemist, etc. Now I really look up to people like Sango, Gravez, PYRMDPLAZA, Geotheory, and a bunch of other fresh new producers.
SA: What does your creative process look like?
D: Usually i find some vocals (typically acapella), chop them to hell, and sequence some loops from the samples. After that I start making patches and throwing melodies over it. I normally save the drums for last.
SA: Do you change your approach to writing music as you progress?
D: My general approach has been pretty constant throughout the years, although I do try new methods all the time.
SA: Do you ever feel inhibited or empowered by creating music electronically?
D: Empowered beyond belief, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
SA: Where do you like to create?
D: 95% of the time it’s in my home studio in my bedroom. Go figure huh?
SA: How do you feel your space influences your work?
D: Well, I spent a considerable amount of time and money to address the feng shui of my desk. It’s simplistic, it’s clean, has very moody lighting options and it’s all accompanied by a couple fake plants. I believe your work space is a critical component to your creativity.
SA: What are you working on currently?
D: Tracks on Tracks. From remixes to singles. Just trying to build my online presence with the help of some great people.
SA: Where do you release your music? What do you feel is the ideal platform to release music in todays industry?
D: I think the definition of an “ideal platform” varies between artists. For me, Soundcloud is the way to go, I release a lot of my music through a collective in LA called Modern Filth. Between their page and my page, I can reach the proper demographic. I just hope that Soundcloud can endure the rapidly changing industry.
SA: Anything we should be on the look out for?
D: Just follow me on Soundcloud and look for my new releases! https://soundcloud.com/diatonicproductions