Life is goooood. We find ourselves in a time where the music network that SoundCloud has created is producing unreal talent and also giving people a place to meet similar creatives and build not only friendships but careers. Today I bring to you an interview with the electronic connoisseur, homie and probably the person with my favourite SoundCloud banner ever... ‘zotti’
The 20 year old, Nashville native has took the beat scene by storm this year with his consistent, hard hitting chops, flips and original zotti sound which we have grown to know and love. On the roster of collective family – ‘MidiBoyz’ Matt has continued to grow strength from strength, with collabs with the likes of talented artists ‘JonEcks and Sophie Meiers’ the progression of 'zotti' is still in full swing.
TREEHOUSE MEETS ZOTTI
TREEHOUSE: Introduce yourself, and tell us where you are from?
ZOTTI: Yo yo, my name is Matt Zotti, I’m 20 years old, and I have an unhealthy obsession with listening/making electronic music. I’m from Nashville, Tennessee, but am currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah for school. I also eat at least 2 hot pockets a day.
TREEHOUSE: When and why did you start making music?
ZOTTI: Around January of 2015, I started playing around with Ableton because a lot of my friends at The University of Utah (where I attend college) were getting into production. I’ve played drums since 6th grade and was involved in a very competitive drum line all throughout high school, so knowing that I had prior musical experience, I thought I’d have a good ear for it.
However, I didn’t get serious with it until I discovered the “beat scene” side of soundcloud, which was in April/May of 2015. Artists like Sam Gellaitry and Oshi (the first artists I discovered in this subculture) gave me a fresh perspective on electronic music and their music really resonated with me emotionally, so from then on I’ve just been driven by inspiration.
TREEHOUSE: What kind of sound or style would you say you have?
ZOTTI: This question is always weird for me to answer for some reason. But if it came down to it, I would say that my style blends sounds of future trap (or whatever you call it), with influence from hip hop and RnB, but I try to take those ideal sounds and contort them into something more abstract and experimental. Actually… Yeah if I had to choose a genre I would just say experimental. Let’s go with that.
TREEHOUSE: What is it like when you are starting a track, what’s the method?
ZOTTI: It all depends on what kind of mood I’m in or how inspired I am that particular day. Sometimes I’ll start with a drum pattern, then a chord progression, then vocals. Other days, it may be the total opposite. But, on a day where I have absolutely no idea what I want to make, I’ll usually just play around on the keys and try not to think about anything. Just play for the sake of hearing cool sounds. After playing around for a little while, a light-bulb will usually go off in my head and I’ll write a chord progression as the foundation for my track. It’s all so sporadic and discombobulated, but it works I guess.
TREEHOUSE: Being from Tennessee, would you say where you live and your friends and family inspire your music?
ZOTTI: Nah, haha. I’ll always love Nashville, I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up anywhere else, but most of my inspiration comes from when I started branching out into more types of music (when I moved to SLC). A lot of people I grew up around either listened to country, which I personally can’t stand, or genres/artists I never really could get into. But my brother and other friends of mine who shared similar interests really got in hip hop and rock/metal, and I still find myself subconsciously incorporating elements of those genres in my music, so to a degree, yeah.
TREEHOUSE: Who are your influences?
ZOTTI: Sam Gellaitry, West1ne, Vague001, (dreamchild), Skywlkr, Mura Masa, Esta, montell2099… There’s so many of them but these guys probably have the most influence on me as an artist.
TREEHOUSE: First track I heard of yours was 'moon' and was just like WHAAAT! How long did it take you to produce that track?
ZOTTI: Actually not that long, maybe a week/week and half. For the most part, I find that my favorite tracks are the ones I make in the shortest amount of time, moon being one of them. Thank you btw <3
TREEHOUSE: You are on the roster of (the family) MidiBoyz how did that connection come about?
ZOTTI: MIDIFAM AYYY! So it was around January of this year when it all came about. I didn’t have ANY connections on soundcloud. Or a following at all. I was surfing through the cloud one night and I found Octn’s track “Potholderz”. I liked what I heard so I threw him that like and follow. He was still new to everything as well and he took a liking to my tracks, so we started messaging each other about music and whatnot.
He told me he was a part of midi, and he showed my stuff to them, which they responded well to. He asked if I wanted to be a part of the group chat, and the rest just kind of happened. They are the reason I’m still producing today, hands down.
TREEHOUSE: Favorite artist right now?
ZOTTI: Either West1ne or RNDYSVGE. There’s sooo many out there it’s really hard to choose, but I’ve been hooked on their stuff lately. DON'T SLEEP ON THEM.
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing you can't live without?
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing on your bucket list?
ZOTTI: Meet all of my close homies I’ve met through this shit in person
TREEHOUSE: Favourite track right now?
ZOTTI: Vague001 - got em buzzing - 0:48 gets me every time
TREEHOUSE: Hard question, but what is the favorite track you have done?
ZOTTI: Honestly, my favorite track I’ve made to this day is still 'dyslxesia'. It was a milestone in my production capabilities and helped me discover that “zotti” sound I have today. It’s one of those tracks that I have always heard in my head and thought “Wow, this would be a cool idea for a song”. Even though its only under a minute long, I spent three weeks on it, so I guess I’m just proud of the work I put into it.
TREEHOUSE: What Instruments do you play and one instrument you wish you could play?
1) Drums/some piano
2) Bass guitar
TREEHOUSE: In terms of your music, what are you trying to accomplish?
ZOTTI: I want to fully develop my sound and style into something of its own. I feel like I’m on the cusp of something unique and special in terms of a musical style, but it’s not quite there yet. The influences are still apparent. I want to build off of what the legends of the beat-scene created (ex. Soulection), and prove that there are no boundaries in this style of music. Or just art in general.
TREEHOUSE: If you could play a show overseas tomorrow where would it be?
ZOTTI: Australia or New Zealand, the music scene there seems really tight-knit and forward thinking.
TREEHOUSE: Other passions beside music?
ZOTTI: Skating, skiing, writing, meeting new people, and having fun with close homies.
TREEHOUSE: What can you tell us about future projects?
ZOTTI: Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. I don’t even know the answer to that question lol. But you can definitely expect me to release plenty of music over the course of this summer as well as a progression in sound. I’m also working on a track with Sophie Meiers and will hopefully be released in the next week or so. It’s one of my favorite tracks I’ve done yet so look out for it because it’s going to be LIT. Also s/o to Sophie, her voice is absolutely gorgeous. Please check her out!!
TREEHOUSE: Do you believe that the Future scene will keep growing and become influential to our culture?
ZOTTI: Ideally, yes, I think so. Realistically? It’s hard to tell. It is certainly becoming more popular and is even starting to breakout into the mainstream, but styles of music come and go and everyone is always wanting to be on top of the next big thing. But I deep down, I genuinely feel like this style of music has some serious lasting power.
TREEHOUSE: Name one artist or collective who you want to point out to our audience?
ZOTTI: J. Robb. He about to blow up
TREEHOUSE: Who would you love to work with dead or alive?
ZOTTI: Damn… That so hard to choose it’s not even funny. But… Sam Gellaitry. There I said it.
Special thanks to 'zotti' for his time and insight, we wish him a successful and productive year!
ZOTTI ~ DYSLEXIA
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