Sunday 22 August 2021

Blue-in-Green:PODCAST #96: Matt Wilde

Welcome to Episode #96 of the Blue-in-Green:PODCAST which sees Imran secure time with pianist and producer, Matt Wilde.

Released through Root Records/DeepMatter, Wilde's debut four-track EP - 'Believe in Things' - delivers as a wonderful response to events of the last year, while also serving as a project indicative of Manchester's booming hub of beats-inspired productions.  From its celebration of diverse club culture, hip-hop, dance and electronica, Manchester has long been at the forefront of an open-minded approach to music.  And it's a perspective shared by Wilde and wonderfully realised by the producer and musician. 

'Believe in Things' boasts intricately woven, multi-textured compositions that celebrate hip-hop's influence on contemporary UK jazz.  Having been surrounded by strong hip-hop influences for years, Wilde's affection for the piano eventually grew following introductions to jazz and the music of revered Miles Davis collaborator Bill Evans, jazz-funk legend Herbie Hancock and "American classical music" icon Ahmad Jamal.  The fusion of the two worlds was the union that made sense, particularly in light of the tracks presented on 'Believe in Things'. 

We're thrilled to have secured time with Matt to discuss the 'Believe in Things' EP, the creative process, signing with Root Records and what comes next. 

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