In 2006, classically trained musician Matt Preston was caught up in the sweeping sound of the Dubstep phenomenon. His eclectic influences resulted in an equally diverse musical output and thus he became… Phaeleh.
Tom Jordan sat down for a quick chat with him to find out what’s being going on…
What have you been up to the past two weeks?
I’ve been working on a few remixes and recording a couple of mixes. I’ve spent quite a lot of time sorting out the next few releases on Urban Scrumping for this year. I have managed to find some time to start some new tunes, but hoping I get more time for that soon, feels like it’s been a while since I got lost in music for a few days.
When did you start making music?
In terms of producing, I guess I started dabbling in cubase when I was about 14, but didn’t really take it seriously until years later. I’d previously played guitar and other instruments in various bands.
How would you describe your music?
I think a lot of people view my music as quite melodic, emotional electronic music. It can go in different directions though, from astral ambience to quite heavy tunes.
Has this style always what you’ve produced?
I’ve always produced quite a diverse range of styles, but guess electronica was the first style I worked with, though this would include downtempo, dnb and breaks inspired stuff. I went through a phase of writing a lot of jungle to play out at parties which was a lot of fun.
One of the my personal highlights to your music is your work with Soundmouse, when did you start this collaboration? Is there more to come?
A mutual friend linked us up in March last year and the result was Afterglow. We’re working on a few things at the moment, so I’m sure you’ll get to hear some more soon, plus there were a couple of bits left over which didn’t make it onto the album, so hopefully get a chance to go back to those at some point.
The following were all big influences when I started making tunes.
Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Plaid, Waiwan, LTJ Bukem, Prodigy, Breakbeat Era, Red Snapper etc
Favourite genre of music?
It all depends on what mood I’m in, so hard to pick one. I could easily listen to most electronic stuff, jazz, funk, minimalism. hiphop, classical, anything really. I think there’s a time and a place for everything.
What are your favourite tunes at the moment?
I love the recent output of DJ Madd and TMSV, both of them seem to consistently make tunes I really rate. The new Lurka tunes on Box Clever and the Kahn release on Punch Drunk I can’t get enough of at the moment either.
He kindly gave us some stuff he’s been working on.
MP3 (320kbps): http://www.sendspace.com/file/u8g0ni