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Exploring Meaning Through Music:

​Matt Rodgers is an independent EDM producer within varied genres ranging from Electro-House to Acid Trance. Never one to adhere too heavily to popular trends, he attempts to create unique variations to mainstream electronic genres and provides a quirky, retro vibe to the sounds he creates. A self-proclaimed auto-didact, he has pursued his education in electronic dance music thus far via practical application of courses provided across venues online, among them YouTube courses, tutorials provided by PointBlank Music School, and industry lectures taught via DJ Game of BusyWorksBeats and independent music tutors on Lynda.com . He believes music is a language of transcendent meanings that are hard to articulate verbally, not simply an artistic skill, and having learned several verbal languages in addition to English, has stated that his current goal is now to "learn to speak Music" and to generate moods through his work that can help those who suffer from chronic depression & PTSD. Among his stated personal influences and inspirations are New Order, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Armin Van Buuren, Puscifer, Nine Inch Nails, & Massive Attack.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is a language of inarticulables - more specifically emotions, metaphysics, and the essences of meanings that you can't put words to. Music gives you a way to articulate emotion without metaphors. It gives you the ability to double the punch of the written word if you learn to "speak" music. I want to be able to do that for people.

What is your music dream?

On the money side, I'd love to be a practicing DJ at small club gigs and at parties. On the main purpose end, I want to end up able to "speak" musically well enough to help vets with PTSD and anyone with anxiety period, especially those who are close to suicide. I want to be able to pull them out of their hell long enough to feel something different for a change. I want my music to give them moments of clarity.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

People's aversion to truth and addiction to seeing the world purely through the subjective rather than bettering their frame of reference in relation to reality. It leads to the types of malevolence seen too often in the 20th century, and people are complacent before such evils are committed. Often, they are too "sleepy" to stand up. In such situations, artists and intellectuals, scientists and schoolteachers are the first that suffer, for they control culture, and culture is upstream from politics. I want to remain as free to speak my journey to truth as humanly possible, and I would definitely change the current climate to one in which any side may speak and have their opinion both heard and evaluated for better or worse.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

DJ Sammy & Yanou's "Heaven". I had never liked electronic music prior, but it won me over as a young teen.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Zonderling, Vangelis, Static X, Korn, Armin Van Buuren, Puscifer, Nine Inch Nails, Fear Factory.

What inspires you to make music?

A need and a drive to communicate better than my Aspergers will allow. Music is that. It relaxes me to the point that I can speak what I mean, and I can also speak through the music the things for which I have no words.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Hope and a sense of purpose - the ability to stand underneath the load of responsibility and find it good, then move forward and put order amongst the chaotic.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Lucky to serve their need for emotional communication outlets. It's not often we get to do that with a lot of souls in one place.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Musicians are becoming very polarized and I don't like it. Art needs to stay free of political debate - each artist should be able to have their own beliefs and speak them to the audience they have. That is something totalitarians hate and attempt to tamp down upon. There is no way to incorporate the concept of "wrongthink" in the artistic community without ruining the soul of the artists. All 'thinks' should be open to discourse.

What do you think of Drooble?

I think Drooble is the best of SoundCl. & FaceBk put together, but without the downsides of seeing cat videos on repeat. I'm all in. <3

What frustrates you most as a musician?

My own restrictions in learning frustrate me most. I attempt to hammer at them daily. Sooner or later I learn that particular thing, then I move on to the next. It's the speed of learning that irritates me.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I make cover art and beats for friends that rap in the local community.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Adherence to archetypal messaging within the music - this keeps fans at a level that goes to the subconscious and gives it that "draw" that is inarticulable. Also, they need social media savvy. That's a marketing subgenre of its own for a reason and it really is a science one typically doesn't hear about till it's time to know how it works. Often that's too late. YouTube University is the best friend of the artist.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Technixia (Joshua Strege) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmzK0oba0Eg Free Divide (Ben Shipley) https://soundcloud.com/freedivide/divide-x-sophia-mae-back-to-you