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Mathew Jonson Interview – Cocoon


Having developed one of the most original sounds in house and techno, Mathew Jonson makes a rare appearance in London this November with Sven Vath, Joris Voorn and Andre Galluzi for Cocoon at Building Six. With a solid reputation built up on years of touring the circuit, his live sets have become a must see for fans across Europe and beyond. Distinct in his approach, each performance is different from the rest, with a variety of synthesisers and pads to play elements individually.


So Mathew, we’re looking forward to having you in London next month. What have been your best experiences performing in this city before?

I’m looking forwards to it as well! Last time I played on the main stage with Sven was at Timewarp festival a few years back. It’s always a pleasure. Most of my London bookings have been at Fabric. I think the 10 year birthday weekend they had me out for was my favorite.

And of course we have to ask you how it was with all of the Cocoon family out in Ibiza in 2013?

We have been doing shows together for the last 10 years so we have some history now. Sven was playing all night on the Amnesia terrace so my girlfriend and I spent a lot of the night on the dance floor, which is rare for us in Ibiza.

What were the biggest influences that helped you create your own sound when you first started out?

I started making electronic music in the mid 80’s and at the time (like most other kids in North America) I was mainly influenced by the break-dancing scene and Michael Jackson.

How far do you feel your sound has developed from then to now?

In some ways it’s been pretty extreme in regards to the technology but musically I feel it’s pretty much the same. I have always been honest with myself in my work in making music that I enjoy.

On the 30th November you’ll be bringing your live set to Building Six. What do you get out of a live showcase that you can’t get out of a DJ set?

Raw unmastered analog synthesizer bliss!

Any forthcoming releases or other projects you can shout about?

The 10 year anniversary release of Typerope is out on now on ITISWHATITIS. I also just finished two remixes – Subb-an’s “Say No More” and Quenum’s “5am”. I also have a MDLQ record called “Ditch Pig”that is at the press and will be out soon on Wagon Repair.

If we were to walk into your studio what would we see?

It’s been described by my close friends as looking like a kindergarten playroom for kids, a space ship, and a synthesizer store.

And if you are not working on beats or in the booth, what do you like to spend most of your time doing?

I’m on tour most of the time. Meeting new friends and experiencing new things is the best part about it. I love traveling and playing music so I’m lucky to do what I do for a living.

Tell us one thing that not many people will know about you…

I was taught the basics of rhythm and drumming in a Scottish pipe band. I was 7 and could hardly carry the drum let alone march.

Cocoon London
Sat 30th November: 9pm to 6am
Building SIX, The O2 Peninsular Square, London, SE10 OAX

Sven Vath
Joris Voorn
Mathew Jonson live
Andre Galluzzi

With support from Magma + Apogee
Mark D’Ground, Michael Scullion, You-Beht, Mick Foley, Ron E, Kag + Gearo

In association with Mixcloud.

Advanced Tickets: £15 to £25 + bf

VIP Tickets available £45 +bf
– Access to the skywalk viewing platform suspended over the dancefloor
– Deluxe seating booths
– Exclusive cocktail bar
– Entrance to the club via a VIP queue
– Gold VIP wristband
– VIP queue for the cloakroom
– Your own VIP toilets