What happens when a dude who was a lead singer in the 90s, play drums, tinkers on guitar and bass, and who has been in music for almost 20 years, of which married for the last 11and spent 10 with the kids -discovers creating “electronic” music?
Well a heavy experimental and innovative affair, with many different sounds and electronic styles blending together, created and performed by a ‘virtual electronic artist’ with no formal market presence as yet. Known to YouTube fans (where he posts most of his musical projects) as Rusty. As a privileged insider, I get to know him as Matt!
Rusty (or Matt, whichever you prefer) plays with lilting electronica and prodding rhythms, underlying these things with addictive sounds and, scabrous dissonant voices. This isn’t your typical trendy electro music. On both ‘Move’ and ‘MindWarp’, Rusty provides a funky retro style, something you can groove to, and perfect for the ride home or background noise at a raucous party. Don’t listen for melody, as the heart of the music is rooted in the rhythms and deep-seated growling synth-basses.
Rusty is not your smooth pop-orientated electronic artist, like let’s say Calvin Harris or Avicii. His more like The Aphex Twin madness meets the creative playfulness of The Gorillaz meets the funkiness of Daft Punk. Though not formerly composed, as in the verse-chorus format, his music does have a linear quality; the tracks build from a beat and rhythm and evolve from there, not going too far off the path. There is also a respect for space, but not too much, as Rusty rather enjoys piling on the sounds, which is brilliant at times.
Both ‘Move’ and ‘MindWarp’ are gorgeous slices of funky rhythms and techno tonality. Rusty’s productions are more like a patchwork of sounds, working as a whole. Despite the lack of any dominant melody from one track to the next, there is an overall mood and feel that holds it all together very nicely indeed.
It’s the energy, and life and soul in this, that ultimately makes it work. It will be interesting to see what’s up next for Rusty…or Matt…or both for that matter!