Crate Diggin’: Mathame retrace their lost childhood memories
Mathame is an electronic duo comprised of Italian siblings Amedeo and Matteo Giovanelli. Currently signed to Afterlife, they’re the latest stars of a dramatic, melody-affected house sound that Tale Of Us have helped popularise over the last few years. The pair grew up in northern Italy through the 90s, learning about classical and Pink Floyd through their parents’ expansive record collections. Those styles at least partly influenced their musical journey, which started in earnest with a move to the forest surrounding Mount Etna in 2013. Today they're following in the (hugely successful) footsteps of their Italian counterparts behind Afterlife, but for their Crate Diggin’ feature, they wanted to reflect on how they reached this point by retracing their lost childhood memories. They take us step-by-step through their formative years of discovery, from Pachelbel and Beethoven through to Aphex, Daft Punk, and a lot more in between.
Johann Pachelbel – Canon In D Major [Erato]
I was 10 when I learned to play it on the violin, I fell completely in love with the melody and chords. It has followed me since then into adulthood.
Daniel Powter – Bad Day [Warner Bros. Records]
Just the first track I started to sing at six years old, memorable.
2Pac – Life Goes On [Death Row]
What to say about this? At 14, it started my hip-hop period, I was completely focussed on old school stuff from the East and West Coast. My love for Tupac is just absolute.
Aphex Twin – Flim [Warp]
My first touch with electronic music. Classical piano influenced; this track was huge for me as a 16 year-old.
X Japan – Forever Love [Atlantic]
This one is very important for me. It’s one of my musical connections with my other brother Riccardo. At 12 years old I was super interested in anime, manga and Japanese games. I spent 24 hours a day with him, this is a tribute to that period of our life.
Sigur Rós – Dauðalogn [Parlophone/XL]
The period when me and my family moved to the slope of the volcano Etna to live. I remember that I listened the full album 100 times coming from North Italy to Sicily with the ferry. Immense.
Daft Punk – Instant Crush [Columbia]
Nothing to say, this changed completely my point of view. One of the biggest tracks ever made.