Process, Issue 04: Diatonic

Process Issue 04CONTINUING 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?

11113320_891991744169231_3946842200814741041_oD:  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

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