Detroit techno visionary Matthew Dear revived the economically depressed town's once-vibrant electronic music landscape. Dear took the reins from his hero, minimal techno godfather Richie Hawtin, but added a more dance-friendly, funky element to his sounds. While he drops experimental pop all around the globe under his given name, he also mixes darker, dancefloor techno as his alter-ego Audion.
The one-man-show assembled his latest album, 'Asa Breed,' out of haunting vocals, eerie pop melodies and live instrumentation. On this latest effort, Dear adapted his Ableton sequencer-based sound for a live band setting. "I've been playing around with organic instruments my whole life," Dear told Spinner. "I played a bowl, a deck of cards and a coat hanger on this album." 'Asa Breed' is released on the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Ghostly International label, which Dear co-founded.
A recent transplant to New York, Dear is rebuilding his studio and plans to set up shop permanently in the Big Apple. Of his newly adopted home, he told Spinner, "I like to play at Cielo. I need a residency somewhere." Dear also recounted a discouraging tale about one of his live experiences. "One time in Montreal, they spelled my name 'Mat Deer' on the marquee," he said. "I mean, how unwelcome would you feel if the club couldn't even spell your name right? Sometimes you just feel a bit unwanted -- only a pawn in the game."
Matthew Dear will tour in support of 'Asa Breed' throughout 2007.
Listen to Matthew Dear DJ at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
Matthew Dear, 'Pom Pom/Midnight Lovers' (MP3)
Matthew Dear, 'But for You' (MP3)
Buy 'Asa Breed'
Matthew Dear's Current Playlist
1. Townes Van Zandt, 'The Hole'
2. Panda Bear, 'Comfy in Nautica'
3. Arthur Russell,'Arm Around You Calling'
4. Battles, 'Atlas' (DJ Koze Remix)
5. Bat for Lashes, 'Trophy'
6. David Byrne, 'His Wife Refused'
7. LCD Soundsystem, 'Someone Great'
8. Antibalas, 'War Hero'
9. Brian Eno, 'On Some Faraway Beach'
10. Bauhaus, 'All We Ever Wanted Was Everything'