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Matteo Curcio
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Matteo Curcio
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Dubai, DU  United Arab Emirates
July 18, 2020
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I have been crafting electronic music since the 90s under many different names, although known as one-piece of the Grammy-award nominated duo Musetta, bursting into the downtempo scene in 2009 with their debut album Mice to Meet You!.
Band/artist history
Growing up in the suburbs of Milano throughout the 80s and 90s, I started playing as a teenager in indie psychedelic/progressive rock bands as an escape from the drudgery of small-town life. In 2006 I formed the duo Musetta with singer Marinella Mastrosimone. The project saw much critical acclaim with their downtempo, trip-hop anthems, and soon got us signed to the downtempo label IRMA, then licensed abroad by Armin van Buuren's Armada, with five chart-topping releases that climbed the Trance/EDM charts and got endorsed by names such as Pete Tong, Tiesto, John Digweed, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Laurent Garnier and David Guetta, and featured on several TV shows such as Better Call Saul, Elementary and House Of Lies. After moving to Dubai in 2016, I'm currently working on my solo project, as well as the highly-anticipated second album with Musetta.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I've been playing live from 1990 to 2015 - starting with an old Volkswagen van which used to accommodate 6 band's member and all the gear - including a massive Hartke Bass sub + 4x4 cabinet + Head. With my latest project, Musetta, being a duo made things definitely easier.
Your musical influences
I think we are defined from the first "adult" records we listen to in our teen years. My first three records were Kraftwerk "Computer World", The Police "Ghost in the Machine" and Genesis "Nursery Crime". They definitely shaped my music boundaries over the years. My sound is hard to pigeonhole, though it is distinctly downtempo often crossing the boundaries from synth-wave and alt-pop all the way to trip-hop and electronica, and sampling from obscure Middle Eastern and East-Asian records in his music, often leading to unexpected new sonic territories. Nowadays my main influences comes from Classicla Music (romantic/contemporary/minimalistic), Jazz (modal, cool, be-bop), Brazilian Music (MBP and Bossa Nova), early electronic music (pre 1960s) and prog-rock (Canterbury, Rock in Opposition, Space/Cosmic/Kraut).
What equipment do you use?
I used to collect hardware gear in my teen years: I had a chance to play with Moog Memorymoog, Juno 106, TB303, Prophet 5, Binson Echorec, Roland Space Echo, and early samplers: Kurzweil, E-Mu, Akai. On an Atari ST initially, than any Mac you can think of. Nowadays I almost work in the box, juggling between Ableton Live, ProTools and Logic Pro. As a digital nomad, so I need a minimal setup - now based around a specced out Mac Mini.
Anything else?
Don't give up.
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Dubai, DU  United Arab Emirates
July 18, 2020
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