Hello everyone and welcome to this exclusive interview with Paul Matthew. Paul has been a client at AM Studios for quite some time, so I thought it would be great to have a little chat with him about his music lifestyle.
For all the readers, could you please tell the world a little bit about yourself…
I’m from the Milwaukee, WI area in the US and have been a DJ for almost 24 years playing mostly Trance, Psy, and Tribal House. I was also a cohost of a radio show here for 5 years called the Latenight Beat Generation on 91.7 FM WMSE where we showcased all kinds of electronic dance music.
How did you get into the world of producing?
I’ve always wanted to produce the type of music I play and decided to buy the necessary tools to get into it.
Who are your biggest influences/influencers?
My biggest influences musically have to be Depeche Mode, New Order, Paul Van Dyk, Activa, Chicane and anything 80’s New Wave.
How long have you been producing for, and what difficulties have you come across along the way?
I’ve been producing off and on for a few years but only started to get serious about it within the last 6 months. Getting things to work or sound just right is probably the hardest part of music production and it’s always a learning experience.
What part of producing do you enjoy most?
Being able to sit down and come up with a melody or sound that can evolve into something more. Hearing an idea in your head and being able to create something with it is something special.
What does your studio set up look like?
iMac Pro 2013 running SSD, M-Audio BX8 monitors, Motu Ultralite soundcard, Akai APC 40 and an 88 key midi controller
What are your go-to plugins?
Fabfilter Pro-Q, Fabfilter Pro-R, Fabfilter Saturn, Valhalla Room, Waves H-delay, Soundtoys Echoboy, Adptr Audio Metric AB, Voxengo Span, Waves SSL G, and the HG-2 Black Box
What part of the production process do you like the most & least?
What I like the most about producing is coming up with the idea, synth lines, basslines and pads.
My least favorite part is layering sounds and getting the different sections to work without sounding like a complete mess.
If you could collaborate with any producer who would it be?
That’s a hard one because there are so many producers nowadays, but ultimately I would say Activa or Tom Colontonio.
What was the one tip that changed your productions for the better?
General guidelines for eqing and leveling to get a better mix was hands down the best tip.
How did you find out about AM Studios?
I think I did a google search for Trance tutorials one night when I was trying to learn more about producing Trance and came across AM Studios.
Which of the AM Studios Tutorials has helped you the most?
I’ve learned something from all of the tutorial videos but my favorites have to be Creating & Layering Trance Pads, Creating Movement, Trance Mixdown and the newly released Trance Melody Writing & Deconstructing.
What has been your favourite track that you have produced & why?
It has to be one of my chillout or tribal tracks which were done quite a while ago. Probably Tribal Affair or Deep In The Middle East. I like them because they were done from scratch with very little production knowledge and it felt like I was finally getting somewhere with music production.
What label goals do you have?
My main goal right now is to keep working hard and get to the point where I can get a track signed to a label. After that, I will keep pushing myself to get more music signed.
Do you DJ?
Yes, I DJ although it’s no longer my focus.
If so, which do you prefer DJing or Producing?
I now prefer to produce music as I get more out of it. It’s more satisfying to create something new.
What’s your favourite day/time to produce?
Evening hours are the best and mostly during the weekend. Find which works best for you and commit to it.
Where can people listen to your music?
I have some mixes uploaded at :
Finally, if you could give producers some advice what would it be?
Find a style of music you like and try to get as good at that as you can first. It will help you to produce other types of music later on which I am finding out. Trying to learn different styles of music all at once can get overwhelming.
Massive thank you to Paul Matthew for taking the time for this interview and to all the readers! Paul is a promising and talented producer so be sure to check out his music!