- Words Aimee Phillips
- Photography Milly Cope
Rising electronic producer Matt Ryder creates an exclusive mix for Notion, chats about his upcoming project, getting into Detroit techno, and why Peggy Gou is the coolest person ever.
Burgeoning multi-instrumentalist and producer, Matt Ryder, is creating an evolving sonic expanse with his ambient electronic music.
The Birmingham artist may have only been releasing music since 2019, but he has already founded his own label EC30 for the music he writes, sings, plays and produces himself, an even more impressive feat considering he is just 18.
Matt is a testament to the vulnerability and often personal nature of electronic music – a genre that is often overlooked for its openness – and excavates his own experiences for his art. Creating songs with a strong visual element in mind, he also draws on fashion, photography, and current political affairs.
Now, Matt Ryder has created an exclusive mix for Notion, and told us all about his key musical inspirations, forthcoming project ‘Escape’, and his dreams for the next few years.
I genuinely think both these artists are two of the coolest people. Ever. The music, the visuals, the attitude. I think for me, they proved that no matter what direction you take you can be heard. George takes such cool music and makes it cooler with his clean-cut but gurney aesthetic and design and then Peggy is just like the coolest person ever, not to mention how bangin’ her music is. In general, these two artists influenced me both musically and visually with their boldness and confidence.
Your upcoming project ‘Escape’ sees your atmospheric electronica take a more experimental turn. Was it your interest in the Detroit techno scene that influenced this shift?
How did you choose which tracks to select for your mix? What vibe were you hoping to create?
What’s the ideal listening experience for this mix? What situation would you like people to be in when they hear it?
Honestly, that’s a massive question, I think there are so many things I wish to have achieved in a few years’ time but I’d hate to jinx anything. I just hope that people are hearing my music and it’s helping them get through their daily lives as much as making the music has helped me.