Italian born and Spanish based Mattia Pompeo is a rising star with a unique and interesting style. Already brushing shoulders with the leading players in the industry, he has landed an A&R role at stellar label Sincopat and has released music on some of the biggest underground imprints, with the likes of Maceo Plex, Luciano and Marco Carola supporting his music. We took time out to chat with him and find out more ahead of his guest appearance on Constant Circles Radio show…
Hello! Yes I’m from a little village between Naples and Rome called “Venafro”. My region is home to many artists with different musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to electronic music. In fact, when I was little, I learned to play classical music with my guitar. As my music evolved, I became experienced with many styles, like Rock, Blues, and I even had my own bands.
In my opinion, my town is a breathtaking place and it really inspires me whenever I spend time there. Some years ago, I decided to move to Valencia (Spain) and I am very happy I did so. Valencia is a gorgeous city and, by relocating; I have been able to be in closer contact with the world of electronic music, since Spain is one of the best places for this type of music and where many other artists live.
What is your musical background and for how long have you been making electronic music?
I haven’t actually been making electronic music for that long. I started Djing with vinyl in 2010 at a contact’s club in Italy. A year later I bought my first “Logic Express”. Electronic music made me discover a vibrant world full of feelings and emotions.
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In my studio, I usually work with Logic although, I have recently started working with Ableton Live. I try to make sure that my productions always include organic sounds, such as those of a guitar or bass. I mainly work with Maschine Studio and with my dear friends “Dave Smith Pro2” and “Moog Sub 37”. I really couldn’t choose between them!
Tell us about the best gig you have played recently, where was it and why was it so good?
I had the pleasure of sharing a gig with my great friend AFFKT and Rodriguez Jr at our Sincopat showcase in Metro Dance Club (South Spain). It was a great party with a fantastic crowd. I started my 2-hour warm up for Rodriguez Jr at 5am. The room had a picture window that let the sunrise in, contributing to the gig with a beautiful light effect. The music, the effect and the floor at its peak was spectacular.
You have done a few collaborations, including the forthcoming collab with CC label boss Just Her. Do you prefer working with other producers or working solo?
I really don’t mind. Both options have their pros. But working in a team is inspirational and I am able to learn from other people’s skills, techniques and, even life experiences. This is something very positive and when you work own your own you are able to integrate what you have learnt and adapt it to your own personal style to create your own inspired pieces with new dynamics.
You are also a part of the amazing label Sincopat. How did that come about and what is your role there?
Well, it’s actually an interesting story. It all started with a trip to Ibiza. I went on holiday, just to visit the island and relax. AFFKT and I had already exchanged some emails but, had never met. We happened to be in the island at the same time. So, I went to a party where he was playing and that’s how our friendship started. Then, little by little, I became part of the Sincopat family. I am currently an A&R, that is, listen to demos and spot artists with good potential.
Can you give some advice to producers when sending demos and trying to get signed to a label like Sincopat?
Work hard, be constant and believe in yourself. An artist who does not believe in their potential transmits this lack of self-assurance to their work, but, of course, always with humbleness.
What do you have coming up in the near future (releases and gigs)?
I have recently been working on a track for “Polymath”, the new label by my friend Third Son, which will soon come out. I will also release a remix for Wally Lopez at Definition:Music and a super EP of course with CC label boss Just Her. I’m also working on an EP with Beatamines and other new projects I can’t talk about yet.