Golden People, wow, that is all i can say. Matthew Masurka, otherwise known as Gigamesh, recently had some time to spare us a few words here on Golden Scissors! I truly am so excited just to type this, we love his work!
Gigamesh, a fantastically talented producer from Minnesotta has been climbing up the charts on beatport and hypem with originals and remixes alike. His most recent self-titled EP with 4 original tacks that was released this past November is more than enough to get you on your feet and ready to dance! Other than his own personal productions he has done remixes for White Sea, Foster the People, and Mike Posner and others! If you are in the US you might be lucky enough to catch him on his mini-tour across the mid-west and California.
But without further adieu we give you Gigamesh! ♥ ♥ ♥
GS: We heard in a previous interview that you used to be a member of the group Disco Tech and Senor Stero, which both include your brother Joe Maz and Miami producer Danny Daze. Can you describe the purpose of these projects and how they have shaped your development as an artist?
Gigamesh: DiscoTech was originally an outlet for Danny and Joe to release simple dj tools and remixes when they were both doing open format djing. I went to school for music and was interested in what they were doing so joined the group and eventually started sending stuff to blogs (most of the mixes on Hype Machine were mine). Señor Stereo grew out of wanting an outlet for original songs we were making. Both projects are ongoing but we’re mostly working on out individual projects at the moment.
Gigamesh – It’s So Intensehttpa://youtu.be/Gu5-3ylfHqE
GS: We understand that this is usually a hard question for producers to answer, but we wanted to know how you’d describe your sound? (Don’t feel the need to genre-tag yourself when answering this, just try to highlight some key characteristics to sounds you try and produce)
Gigamesh: I’m trying to keep my output pretty diverse, but I tend to hover between disco, old school house, electrobass, 80′s boogie and pop. I think I lean towards sound palettes that embrace a little cheesiness without sacrificing too much integrity.
GS: In terms of music, what artists have had the biggest impact on you growing up?
Gigamesh: Nirvana and the whole grunge movement was what originally got me interested in music, but then I was turned on to electronic music through acts like Air, DJ Shadow, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Bjork, Aphex Twin, etc. In college I became a big fan of jazz, orchestral music and even the underground metal scene, so that still has some influence as well.
GS: If you could collaborate with any artist, past or present, who would you choose and why?
Gigamesh: Michael Jackson – from everything I’ve read & heard, he had the most talent and work-ethic of all pop singers, but he also seemed like a really easy person to work with.
Gigamesh feat. Induce – When You’re Dancing httpa://youtu.be/iYTZYbc3wn0
GS: In the bio for your website, it says that you’re a “Lover and Science and Sound.” Can you elaborate on this and explain what role this relationship has had in your personal life and career as an artist?
Gigamesh: I’m in love with the concept of basing reality strictly on evidence and the seemingly limitless potential of science to improve our lives. My appreciation of the relationship between science and music probably comes from one of my favorite courses I took in college, called The Science of Sound.
GS: What do you use in the studio? What does your setup look like?
Gigamesh: It’s pretty basic. I have a couple synths (Juno-60, DSI Evolver), some guitars, pedals, microphones, and a couple cats (which are key).
GS: Could you tell us a little about your process of remixing? Do you look for a particular sound? Or do you let artists come to you?
Gigamesh: I’ve actually had a hard time finding time to make my own music because I get so many remix requests. I guess that’s a good problem though! The process is pretty straightforward: I look for the most usable elements of the original and try to maintain the same feeling while adding my own style.
Gigamesh — People Ft. Nicole Godiva httpa://youtu.be/U82i9wb6vlc
GS: It appears that you’ll be going tour this spring from March 8th until May 26th. Apparently you’ll be DJ’ing alongside acts such as Crystal Fighters, Computer Magic, Fred Falke, Cassian, and Beataucue! Which artist or group are you most excited to be performing with and why?
Gigamesh: I’ve heard great things about Fred Falke’s live show. His setup is the closest example of what I’d like to be doing in the future (dj set augmented with live elements) so I’m interested in seeing it. I’m definitely looking forward to the other acts as well. I’ve been friends with Cassian for awhile but we’ve never met in person, so that will be cool.
GS: Since it’s still relatively early in the year, we were wondering if you can give us a list of your top 5 artists to look out for in 2012?
Gigamesh: That’s tough! These acts are all doing good things: Disclosure, Jonas Rathsman, Sinjin Hawke and Goldroom.
Sylvia Striplin – You Can’t Turn Me Away
Vacationer – Trip
Cole Medina – Love You Inside Out (The Pinches Mix)
Kelpe – Beat Imperial
Poolside – Harvest Moon
Trus’me – Can We Pretend
Gigamesh – Red Light (feat. Amanda Love)
Jeremy Glenn – New Life
Tugboat Edits – Go Deeper (TZ Version)
Planningtorock – Living It Out
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Gigamesh Edit)
The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love? (Emperor Machine Remix)
RÜFÜS – We Left
Benoit & Sergio – Principles
Straight Shooter – My Time Your Time (Cosmo Vitelli Edit)
Theophilus London – I Stand Alone (Gigamesh Sunlight Remix)
Grouplove – Tongue Tied (Gigamesh Remix) [download here]
Citizens! – True Romance (Gigamesh Remix) [download here]
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Gigamesh Remix) [download here]
Tour Schedule: http://www.facebook.com/Gigamesh.Music
Mailing/Promo List: http://eepurl.com/dKp0E