Matthew Dear Holds the Secret to Techno Longevity
The Ghostly International star on almost 20 years in the game.
DJ, producer and bandleader Matthew Dear has been heading towards the top of the techno game since he was straight out of the University of Michigan, helping to kick off the Ghostly International label, one of electronic music's most iconic and enduring imprints. With over 75 releases spanning almost two decades, he clearly knows a thing or two about staying both relevant and creative in a business where plenty of producers come and go.
"I don't wear leather pants offstage, I've tried," jokes the father of two who is just as comfortable behind the decks at the world's best clubs or onstage with his band playing to tens of thousands of people opening for Depeche Mode.
Matt sat down with Rave Curious in Los Angeles between Coachella weekends. He talked about his days as a experiment-specimen college student, his relationship with embattled nightclub Verboten and the ten-year anniversary of his classic Audion records, "Mouth To Mouth," which just received a deluxe remix package including versions by Jamie Jones, Guy Gerber, Scuba, Carl Craig, and more.