And here’s the rest from Matt F.X., the 19-year-old music supervisor for the MTV show Skins – more on his own band and musical tastes. Listen to 3D Friends while you read (their song “Lina Magic” is the show’s theme song)…
3D Friends – Lina Magic
What pockets of the world are you seeing as amazing sources of new music? (Don’t say Brooklyn.) How influenced are you by the original Skins / London?
Staten Island! Those guidos know how to party. No, but seriously, Brooklyn’s cool, Austin’s cool. My personal taste tends to range towards the exciting electronic stuff going on right now, which tends to either come out of California (Brainfeeder crew, Nosaj Thing, Baths, etc.) or the UK. The Future Garage scene in London is awesome, as is stuff coming out of Bristol and Manchester.
Who are some up-and-comers we should be on the lookout for? What bands or artists do you see as really doing something different and exciting today?
Jai Paul is going to raise and reshape the pop landscape by the end of this year, mark my words. He’s only released one song so far, BTSTU, so there is a bit of guesswork involved there. In terms of artists that are doing something exciting and different, my heart belongs to James Blake. I could write an essay about each release he’s made and how genius and brilliant his craft is; coming from a classical background, analyzing his music for me is one of the most rewarding things I can do as a listener and aspiring producer. People always compare him to other London bass-music artists (like Mount Kimbie) but I think he’s in a class of his own.
Are you in a band?
I have a band with my best bro, who is the drummer of Starscream. We’re called Otis & Love, and I play piano and sing while he drums. Since he’s doing Starscream mostly right now it’s kind of on the backburner; my main project is a solo kind of singer/producer/songwriter project. reaaaaally shitty demos are up on my soundcloud.
What one song must everyone download RIGHT NOW?
My normal “DOWNLOAD RIGHT NOW” song is usually a James Blake chuune, but I’ve been really really digging the noise that Hooray For Earth are making. Especially True Loves.
If there was one song in the world that you wish you could take credit for, what would it be?
I don’t really think I can answer that. As much as there are a few acts I wish I could mimic the aesthetic of (and have tried), I wish only to take credit for the messes I make myself. That being said, I would have liked to be a ghost in the shadows while the Walkmen were writing their first album, “Everyone who pretended to like me is gone.” It’s not even song-specific, but I just think that album is one of the greatest examples of a band masterfully painting a mood across a bunch of songs. Perfection, I think.
What is the most shameful song on your iPod?
Shameful? My Chemical Romance’s second album is still a masterwork, regardless of how little I still listen to it. If it’s one of those nights, it’s a great record.
Has a song ever made you cry?
I think Twin Sister and the 3 song stretch near the end of James Blake’s lp, -”To Care (Like You)”, “Why Don’t You Call Me?”, & “I Mind”- have made me come very, very close. Also Blinking Pigs by Little Dragon.
What color best describes your aura / vibe?
**Thanks Rachel Been and Billboard