KYE GIBBON AND MATT ROBSON-SCOTT ARE GORGON CITY. DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE NORTH LONDON ELECTRO-POP PRODUCERS AND THEIR POWERFUL MUSIC THROUGH OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
What a pleasure meeting you Kye and Matt. Welcome to Milan! Is this your official debut in our country?
Matt: This is our first time together in Milan! I came here once to do my solo stuff and recently we did Gallipoli and Verona. It’s funny because it was just me both times.
Kye: I just saw the photo on our instagram account and wanted to be there so badly! Verona really impressed me with the massive crowd and the location that was a beautiful castle. I said to myself: Oh Shit…
Matt: Verona was with Skrillex and simply incredible. It was cool because everyone was there to see him but they really enjoyed our music; i like Italy, every time we play here, people really understand and appreciate our sound.
Gorgon City. That’s pretty hard to understand the origin of this name. I read that’s a mix between Greek mythology and dancehall legend Don ‘Ninjaman’ Gorgon, is this true? How did you come upon it?
Matt: I think at first we just wanted to have a name that was kind of unique and different, so when we came out with Gorgon City it was a bit random, we did not really know what it meant, we just thought it sounded good and a bit different. There’s also a reference – as you mentioned – to ‘Ninjaman’ that is a dance soul from Jamaica and ‘gorgon’ is a term that people use to say ‘you are a big man’.
Kye: Well it’s not that we think that about ourselves…
Matt: Hahahah, well at the time we were working with some reggae sample and recording vocals so it felt it fit and now we have created our own world around.
Is Gorgon City also an ideal city?
Kye: Well, it’s a mythical place, it’s our fantasy island.
Matt: We like the fact that we have something to reference to now. Creatively.
Kye: Yes, and it makes fun when we are playing shows or even when we are working on our albums. We like the idea that people coming to our shows can go somewhere with us, with our visuals that take reference from our Gorgon City world.
2014 has been a very busy year for you with your debut album called Sirens. Which has been the most exciting moment so far?
Matt: It has been a crazy year, we have been touring a lot in America. I think that some highlights have been there, especially in L.A. Downtown L.A. used to be horrible and we played instead in a nice theatre with a great vibe. Also every show on the tour was pretty much sold out and very exciting for us.
What’s the best part when you are touring and favorite thing you like to do
Matt and Kye: SLEEP!
Kye: It’s crazy how busy has been this year and every time you are in a new city instead of visiting the scenery what we keep doing is just sleep; it’s really the downside of being so busy that you are always tired and you don’t have the energy to experience new places.
Matt: It’s nice when our schedule is not to hectic and we have time to enjoy a nice meal in a restaurant with your promoter like tonight for example, where you can really meet the locals; that’s one of my favorite part.
For this album you have been working with guest vocalist Kiesza and Jennifer Hudson. How did you pick the artists?
Matt: We are always scouting for new and upcoming talents to join us.
Kye: One thing we try to do is to pick vocalists that have never worked in dance music before or even a voice that you think it would not suit in dance music. For example working with Laura Welsh (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC0rqLvYTIg) was amazing because she doesn’t do dance music and was a perfect combination with us. Even Jennifer Hudson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtHxT0gndjU): you don’t really expect people to match so well sometimes.
Matt: Maverick Sabre (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPiu6fkJCkQ) – he does the first and last track of the album – for me was one of my favorite collaboration: working with people like that is just inspiring, they are so comfortable and naturally talented with deep ideas; it’s cool when we make music with personalities like that. It was quite experimental in a way, a complete new approach.
I’ve been listening all afternoon to Sirens: what’s the song that stand out for you in this album?
Kye: My favorite always changes but i think it’s ‘Hard On Me’ because it’s so heartfelt. I love that kind of sound, music that has space and it not too overcrowded. And i am particularly proud of that tune.
Matt: I love ‘Hard On Me’ as well but i also like FTPA with Erik Hassle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8yn-5S6Bnc) that is very different from all the other tracks of the album.
Thank you Matt and Kye and enjoy Tunnel tonight!
Official website: www.gorgoncity.com
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