Few record labels can boast such a rapid rise to success as Viper Recordings and its creators, Matrix & Futurebound. Dedicated to pushing an eclectic range of sounds from both ends of the drum & bass spectrum, Viper Recordings has now hit a huge milestone with their 100th release. They're not a label or artists that are content on occupying the underground or alternative charts either, with a string of Top 40 hits, Matrix & Futurebound have led the way for years now in introducing the more underground sounds to maintream audiences.
Now, with the release of their latest single, 'Fire', with Max Marshall - the same artist they reached number 7 in the UK charts with on single 'Control' - the boys are looking to follow up a jam packed summer of shows with a winter anthem. We were lucky enough to grab a few minutes with the lads before they head off on a tour of Australia and New Zealand to talk 2016, key artists in the scene this year and where you can catch them playing this year.
First off, how’s your year been? Any major highlights?
Our year’s been great so far! Probably our favourite DJ’ing highlight was playing at EDC in Las Vegas. We played the closing set as the sun came up and the stage production there is on another level to most events. Just the sheer scale of it is pretty breath taking and factoring in the general craziness of Las Vegas at the best of times, it was definitely a standout event for us in 2016.
What projects have you been working on recently we can know about?
We’ve just released a single called ‘Fire’ featuring Max Marshall on vocals. Max did the vocals on our single ‘Control’ a few years ago and that’s one of the biggest records that we’ve done so it’s great to be working with her again. So far it’s been going down really well and we’ve also done a stripped back live version of it, performed in our studio which is something a little bit different from what we normally do.
We’ve also just remixed the new Emeli Sande single called ‘Breathing Underwater’. She’s just a world class singer and this song translates perfectly with our sound, and everyone loves a good gospel choir as featured in the second half of the track. We were super happy to get asked to do this mix and over the moon with the way it’s turned out.
Who else in drum & bass is impressing you at the moment?
Probably our favourite two drum & bass artists right now are Dimension and Culture Shock. They both have a unique take on this music and are really pushing things in a new direction. Usually in any genre of dance music there are a lot of people making whatever happens to be the big sound of the day but it’s guys like Dimension and Culture Shock, who have an originality to their production, that keep things exciting. Inside Info is another who also strives to deliver something different and his tracks also cut it on the dancefloor.
If you could collaborate with anyone, past or present, who would it be?
We’re both big fans of Eric Prydz and he’s definitely influenced our sound over the years. We’ve already remixed one of his records, ‘Liberate’, which came out a couple of years ago so it would be amazing to work with him on a proper collaboration.
Where can we catch you playing over the rest of the year?
We’ve just celebrated Viper's 100th release event at Fire London, which was huge. We’re off to Liverpool to play in Futurebound's hometown, Tokyo, Czech Republic and other areas of Europe. We have tours coming up for Australia & New Zealand, hitting the US, and closing off the year playing the massive Liquicity Winter Festival in Amsterdam at the end of the year.
Any pre-show rituals?
Yeah, scan the dancefloor as soon as we get inside the venue to check what's popping.
1 piece of clothing you can’t live without?
Any trends at the moment you’re loving?
Enjoying the mannequin challenges, people are taking that stuff serious – it's funny to see a club full of people pausing 1 minute and then losing their shit the next.. Oh, and Liverpool FC winning every week, that trend must not end!!! We like our jackets… bomber and leather is team MF uniform (mostly in black).
And any you’re hating?
Guys with top knots. Enough of that already.
Biggest style icon for you?