Peekaboo at Breakaway Music Festival [Exclusive Interview]

Last time we spoke with Matthew, the electronic bass music producer had his track ‘Wobbly‘ played by Bassnectar during the first weekend of Electric Forest. The track has since surpassed over 37,000 plays to date on Soundcloud.

Matthew has since moved out to California to join up with friends and fellow producers from Kalamazoo, who moved out to Los Angeles earlier this summer. We had the chance to catch up with Matthew after his B2B performance with Crowd Cntrl on the Breakaway Music Festival main stage to talk about making the move to L.A., what’s in-store for his next EP, and more!

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How did you react when you found out you were playing Breakaway Music Festival?

Well, Brandon Meiste is the one who hit me up and told me about the opportunity. Literally after that I was already excited because I’ve always loved silent discos. I think it’s goofy, I think it’s a really cool gimmick to do and I’ve always wanted to play one.

So Brandon hit me up and told me about the silent disco, then he said, “you know, if you sell this many tickets, we’ll do mainstage,” and we did.

Sully and I got to play all our own music and everyone seemed to really like it a lot. Tonight will be my first time playing at a silent disco and I’m pretty pumped about it.

What can you tell us so far about your next project?

I’m working on my next EP right now, it’s gonna top Revenge. I want people to have the same feeling about it as they have with like, for example, Rezz’s new album, ‘Mass Manipulation’, which is dope by the way. I played one of my unreleased songs today, it’s called “What We Here For?” It’s just a dark, weird ass tune.

I’m moving to L.A. September 9th to go out and really crush it on that EP. I wanna do at least five to six songs and make them stand out like nothing you’ve ever heard before. I got two songs out of six so far that I’m working on.

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What went into making the decision to move out to L.A.?

It really is all because of my buddies that moved out there; Crowd Cntrl, Kanvis, and AdSynth. They really pushed me to get out there and get my music out there.

I also have my mother who lives in Fresno, so it will be nice to also be by her. I left school for this after sitting down for a while and thinking about my future. This was what I decided; I want to tour the world and play shows.

Going into next year, what kind of goals do you have set for yourself?

I definitely want to play more shows, but most of all I just want to build my following a little more. I want to have one song off my EP that is one of those songs remembered for years.

For example, “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion, that song is like five years old and people still fuck with it every time it drops. I wanna do something like that. When they hear my song, I want people to automatically know it’s me, without actually knowing it’s me.

Last question, is there anything you would like to say to all of your friends and family that have supported you on your journey thus far?

These past couple months, I’ve ran into so many strangers that knew who I was and had the kindest things to say to me. It just feels so good!

None of this would be possible without the support of my friends and family. I don’t want to let anyone down, so I’m going to work as hard as I can to make my dream come true. To everyone that has ever supported me, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


To read our full interview with Peekaboo, click here.

HIDE AND SEEK VOL. 7 by Peekaboo


RL Grime – Reims
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (Skrillex Remix)
Ivory – 93 Style (Ft. Virus Syndicate)
Boombox Cartel – Jefe (Rickyxsan Remix)
Terravita X Kompany – Dungeon
Ivory – No Regrets
Excision – G Shit (Badklaat Remix)
Boombox Cartel – Dem Fraid (feat. Taranchyla) [Ray Volpe Remix]
Getter & Ghastly – 666! (Getter VIP) [Dabow Flip]
Getter – Bury Me ft. Ghostemane
Excision & Dion Timmer – Mirror (Kai Wachi Remix)
Eliminate – No Sleep
Porter Robinson – Unison x Skrillex – Would You Ever
Svdden Death & Yakz – Shut Em Down
DMVU – Blubbles
Jackal ft. Jammin – Gunshot (WHIPPED CREAM REMIX)
Getter – Inhalant Abuse (Half Empty Remix)
Mastodon – Wicked
Gammer – Let’s Get Crunk
BadKlaat – Knuckle Sandwich
Subtronics – Particle Meme Weapon

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Featured Image Source: Michael Fegan


Article Author: Sean Billisitz

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