Mattilo talks about origins, progressive music and latest single ‘End of Time’
A budding artist indeed, LA based DJ and producer Matthew Lopez, better known by his Mattilo moniker, is surely making the right waves in the dance music industry. The American record producer first caught the limelight with his single titled ‘Break My Heart’ featuring Thomas Daniel, which was a sumptuous contribution to the revamping of a more mainstream style of Progressive House to forefront. Eerily reminiscent of some of the golden hits from Dance music’s 2012 era, Mattilo is back to the charts with yet another potential hit in the shape of ‘End of Time’.
Keenly dipped in the progressive style of production, ‘End of Time’ sees Mattilo employ his talent to the best of his ability and bring out not only a stunning melody but a seamless rewinding for listeners. As the well scripted lyrics carry the track across, it is Mattilo’s talent behind the production desk that shines through the loudest. While we surely expect to hear more from the talented American producer, here is Mattilo talking to us exclusively about his origins, influences, his hit tracks and the potential of progressive house.
How long have you been a producer/DJ for? Tell us about the origin of your music. What inspired you to pursue your career as an artist?
I was surrounded by music almost my entire life, my dad was a hip hop producer which exposed me to FL studio very early on. I began producing and just messing around in my dad’s studio making loops. Martin Garrix is the reason I wanted to pursue becoming an artist, my brother showed me one of his songs “BFAM” and I was instantly hooked.
Who do you consider to have been your biggest influences throughout your career that have made an impact on your productions?
My biggest inspirations are Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, and Martin Garrix… When I first began producing dance music, I would try to replicate their sounds and watch loads of youtube tutorials on how to get that specific style.
Your new track ‘End of Time’ is an absolute smash. Could you describe us the process of making it? What were the inspirations and main idea behind it?
I was working on a different track at the time, and created a guitar riff which didn’t fit that specific track, so I started a new project and finished a rough idea of what I wanted and sent it off to Nathan Brumley (who writes most of my songs). The original drop had less energy and wasn’t progressive house, and it wasn’t until I received the vocal reference from Nathan which made me want to turn the track into a progressive anthem.
Many people in the industry (including Nicky Romero) stated that Progressive House is making a huge comeback. As an artist recognized with that genre, do you agree with that?
I think Nicky Romero and many in the industry that have said that are absolutely right, a lot of the biggest tracks that represent dance music as a whole are progressive house, and are timeless classics. The whole reason I fell in love with dance music was because of the emotion that progressive house made me feel. And as an artist that is recognized from that genre, I’m glad to see that it’s making such a huge comeback in 2018.
Take us back to your earlier release ‘Break My Heart’ with Thomas Daniel, could you tell us the story behind the track? How the collaboration came to life?
The idea for Break My Heart started while I was in the car with my dad driving home from school. I made the chords and what is now the drop melody of the track in the car, and I knew right away there was something special about the melody. As soon I got home I spent all night working on it, and finished the first draft of the track, and sent it over to Thomas. We didn’t give him any specifics on ideas for lyrics, because I wanted to see what he could do with the song. A week later he sent over the vocal, I put final touches on the track and we released it.
What does the rest of 2018 hold in store? Any hints or clues that we could get about future productions and collaborations? Interesting gigs in the pipeline?
2018 for me holds a lot of new music and ventures as an artist, I have a collaboration with Lux coming out soon, which I’m so excited to finally release because I’ve held onto it for so long. I’m psyched for more shows and festivals in the future, and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring.
You can check out more of Mattilo’s music here, on Soundcloud.