Beyond pictures (in black and white), I’ve tended to keep much of my life, ambitions, whatever’s going on behind the curtain out of the public eye. To be fair, I had gotten stung by revealing too much of it at times years ago- feelings were hurt, and I was too self involved to not even just acknowledge that, but to even admit it. Most artists are cursed with a level of narcissism, some more than others. Consequently I pretty much withdrew a lot of myself thereafter, and it’s all too easy to keep a safe distance behind a social media profile. Maybe it’s a catalyst of a new year, maybe it’s the change in perspective life tends to hand you at major milestones (or fuck ups), but nonetheless I wanted to open up my life, my goals, and and simply let you in.
I parted ways with my management company a month ago, and with that comes a ton of stress as I’m handling most things on my own right now, but also a ton of freedom. This was entirely my choice. I needed to take back the reigns of my own career, and while it was very difficult to come to this decision, as it was a very long term relationship, I’m very glad I did. I am very grateful for my time with them and I wouldn’t live in LA now if it weren’t for them. Many thanks. Now going beyond myself, what this means for you is that everything is going to be more direct, and faster. Not to say that they held things up, but think of a game of telephone. It’s also on me, as I allowed it to be a wall I could hide behind. This eventually becomes a false sense of security that inevitably evolves into forms of resentment when things don’t go the way you ideally wanted them to. For me, it became unhealthy. From now on, most things will be from my mouth (or fingertips) directly to your eyes and ears.
While dance music releases will continue to come out on mau5trap, I’m going to start utilizing my own label, isoRhythm, much more for all of the non dance music material, which really is me in my most comfortable and natural state. The idea I’ve been bouncing around in my head for the past couple of weeks is to aim to release a roughly 3 track EP every quarter. Ultimately at the end of the year, coinciding with when the 4th EP would be released, I’ll put out a full length album on vinyl consisting of all 12 tracks from the year. The thought process behind all of this is that A) I can keep a constant dialogue about what I’m doing, and you as listeners, won’t be teased with something to not be able to hear it in full until months and months later. B) It forces an accountability on my end to deliver what I promise. I’ve always worked best when my back’s up against a wall, and creating an environment where I have to fulfill an agreement (whether it’s legal or simply to myself) pushes my work in a positive manner. My best work has always evolved out of some form of duress, be it relationships, general misanthropy, or heartbreak (which I’ve clearly documented a few times haha… art’s most classic, comedic, and tragic influence). C) let’s not kid ourselves, attention spans are short in the current climate of digital digestion, and this is a way that I can make the album I want to make without disappearing off the face of the earth for a whole year. I’m aiming for the first EP of the lot to come out in March. 2 of the tracks are mostly done as of this moment, it’s vocal, it’s sound designy and industrial, lots of guitars too…, deeply personal, and I’m completely terrified of the vulnerability of it. Which is a good thing. If you follow me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/matt_lange/), I’ve been using the “Stories” feature to post little self destructing clips of what I’m working on. So that’s the plan at this very moment in regards to that…
In the meantime, there’s a new 3 track techno-ish ep ready to go, as well as 2 new remixes, and I’ll be able to talk more about those soon.
So, as much as I’d love to be able to tell you I’ll be in your city soon, the reality is I won’t for at least the next quarter of the year. To be 100% transparent, my booking agency dropped me a couple months ago because quite frankly I didn’t make them enough money to make it worth their while. This is a problem you unfortunately face with a bigger agency, and when time is limited, who are they going to book: DJ Pumpkinhead at a festival gig for $250k, or me in a 400 person club for a very small fraction of that. This isn’t a jab at them or anything of the sort. They run a business, not a charity, have investors, a board, etc… they’re accountable for far more than simply their artists’ sanity and if I were in their position looking at things from the perspective of a spreadsheet, I would’ve done the same. In the mean time, I am sorting this out, I WILL be back on the road as soon as I can be, but this is also a welcomed break to really devote a lot of time to writing and diving deep into myself for that purpose. Touring, while wonderful in so many ways, keeps you very out of your head, and right now it’s really good for both of us for me to continue examining what’s in it.
For those of you who will be at NAMM this year, I’ll be doing presentation each day with Avid. We’ll be deconstructing a track and talking about how I use Pro Tools. There’s a pretty amazing roster of other guests who will be there as well, such as Butch Vig, Maroon 5, Jimmy Douglass, etc… I’m hoping some of this gets recorded and later streamed. More info can be found here: http://www.avidblogs.com/namm-2017-learn-pros-avid-main-stage/
Recently I also noticed that a subreddit was created for me, so I’m going to start using it. Forums were a big deal for me when I was at the earlier stages of music production (Harmony Central and the first iteration of the IDM Forums were my personal picks). I’ll do my best to check in semi regularly. I haven’t been much of a redditor, but this seems like a good open format explore. And it’s about me, and I like talking about myself… OK. So if you want to take part in a public discussion of some kind, be it production advice, gear talk, or even hair product talk (yes, I get those questions too), join me here: https://www.reddit.com/r/mattlange/
To tie this up and the point of all of this is that I’m doing shit my way moving forward. It’s the only way I’ve ever been able to really be happy and this is really exciting for me. It’s all going to be a ton of work, but it’s the best work, and the total independence to just do things and experiment is beyond thrilling. I’ve got another completely different project on the rise as well that is much more collaborative, featuring a number of other artists, and I’ll talk about that more freely once I’ve worked out the logistics of it a bit better. Anyways, if you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! And of course thank you for the support so far, and thank you even more for the support to come later. This is going to be an interesting year…