[Exclusive Interview] Space 92

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Hailed by critics as “one of techno’s most sought-after acts of the decade” Space 92’s rise to superstardom has been meteoric to say the least. One of the best selling Techno artists in the world for the past three years, the prolific, in-demand Frenchman has achieved more in the space of a few years than most could hope to achieve in a whole career. Fresh off the back of his collaboration ‘Control’ with POPOF and UMEK, we sat down with the man himself to find out more.

Hello Space 92 and thanks for taking time out of your schedule to talk to us. How are you?

Hey there. Pleasure is mine guys. I’m very good, thank you!

Please can you introduce yourselves to our readers?

My name is Mathieu, I am 29 years old and I have been playing music for 12 years. I also like sports, especially running and mountain hiking.

How would you best describe your sound for those that may not be familiar?

I would describe my sound as energetic, groovy, metallic-sounding Techno that can sometimes sound dark but can also be joyful or melancholic, depending.

Who or what were your biggest musical inspirations growing up?

I think my biggest musical inspiration is Stephan Bodzin. When I discovered his first album in 2008 or 2009 it was such an eye-opener. Right there, I knew in my heart that I needed to compose my own music because I had so many melody ideas floating in my head; I absolutely had to transcribe that on a computer. Later on, I was also inspired by other artists such as UMEK or Tale of Us.

You’re gearing up to release your brand-new label! Can you talk to us about this project?

I’m indeed planning to launch my label soon! My team and I are still working on it and adding the finishing touches because we really want to propose a real experience and a genuine identity. I hope my label will prosper in the future years to come and spread my music in addition to the work of other artists I like.

What is the electronic music scene like in your home country of France? Any other local artists that we should be keeping our eyes on?

The French electronic scene is currently doing very well. There’s a lot of new events taking place, the crowds are overexcited every time … I think things really blew up after the end of the Covid restrictions – perhaps in reaction to a really strict lockdown enforcement here in France. As for local artists, for me it’s very difficult to name names because there are so many talented artists nowadays, confirmed or starting out… It’s a hard task.

You’re clearly very accomplished both in the studio and behind the decks. Do you prefer producing or DJing?

I started my career by producing and only later did I learn how to DJ; so if I had to choose between the two, I’d keep on producing. It’s the one process that truly allows me to escape reality. I take refuge in my own personal bubble and let my emotions run free.

What are 5 records that haven’t left your record box recently?

Eli Brown – ‘Believe’

Belloca – ‘The Greatest Question’

Kaiserdisco – ‘Together One Time’

Anyma – ‘Running’

Colyn – ‘Wait for you’

What are you most looking forward to later this year? Any other cool projects you can tell us about?

I’m really looking forward to the next few months because I’m releasing a new EP in July on a renowned American label and there’s an amazing collaboration with HI-LO coming up on Filth On Acid, amongst others.

Any final words of wisdom for our We Own The Nite readers?

Thank you so much for your ongoing support, it means a lot to me. I hope to see you soon on the dancefloor!

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