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INTERVIEW: Matto Rules

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks guys, it’s great to be featured by VENTS! We have been really busy since the release of our album this spring, playing a dozen shows and appearing on a couple of radio stations. In the meantime, we have continued working on new tunes…

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tonight”?

It’s the second single of our album after the release of “Crystal Bay” last fall and is more of an up-tempo affair. ‘Tonight’ has been really well received, when we play it at our shows folks go crazy and sing along. People just don’t seem to get enough of that tune.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Tonight is an ode to those endless summer nights, when everyone is out and about and pretty much anything can happen. The song translates that drive and also echoes a certain nostalgia that comes with it.

How was the video filming experience?

Lots of fun. People stopped and got out of their cars to watch and take pictures while we were playing on those roundabouts. The police passed by a couple of times while we were filming as well – we had no permits or any such thing – but they really didn’t seem to mind much at all. One cop even laughed when we told him what we were doing and wished us good luck. After all, we got to know all sorts of roundabouts and their weird installations that hardly anybody pays attention to.

What was it like to work with Michael Patterson and Ben Treimer? How did those relationships develop?

It was a fantastic experience and opportunity because we learned a lot from working with seasoned pros like them. Michael Patterson had worked with absolute top notch artists such as Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or Moby, so it was quite a thing when he agreed to work with us. Ben Treimer on the other hand is a young up and coming producer who is truly blessed with talent andgreat fun to work with. He flew over to Switzerland to help pre-produce our songs prior to the actual recording session of our album. Generally, those transatlantic collaborations have been really inspiring. We believe it’s important to think music globally and to be open for other musical opinions and different cultures.

How much did Ben Treimerget to influence the album?

Ben’s biggest influence was that he made us focus on the essentials and deliver cohesive songs and not to get sidetracked too much. We needed someone like that or we might still be working on the album… Furthermore, he has contributed some brilliant additional synths and percussion to a couple of songsof the album.

Does Switzerland play a role in your music?

Sure, where you grow up and live shapes who you are and is certainly reflected in your music to some degree. Switzerland has got a lively band scene and naturally we listen to the music that develops around us. However, if you listen to what we do, you’ll probably agree that bands from the UK and US are more important for our inspiration than Swiss bands.

Any new music on the horizon?

Of course, it’s important to always have something cooking! Shortly after the release of our album we have started to work on new material again. It feels fantastic after working on the songs of the album for such a long time.Plus it’s great to apply all the stuff we have learned from this process and write even better songs. One thing is for sure, next year will be a new release from us!

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely, we’re playing a couple of festivals in late summer and will follow that up with a club tour in Switzerland this fall. A small club tour in France early next year is in the works as well and last but not least, we can’t wait to hit the UK some when soon!

What else is happening next in Matto Rules’ world?

We’re not at liberty to mention any names just yet, but a promising DJ and Producer is working on a remix of Tonight. So far, we have heard a rough mix and are stoked about what he’s done with the track. Furthermore we will release another music video to our third single Caveman this fall.

Watch here.

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