Thamatic is a project whose main goal is to create compositions with meaning, purpose, and vision. Musically, they adopt an experimental approach. This means their songs are a good alternative to the saturated commercial sounds we hear constantly on the radio. Learn more about these talented guys in this exclusive interview.
1 — How many people work behind the Thamatic music project?
Thamatic started out with three core members back in the late 2000s. We’ve had additional members on instruments like guitar, keys, and DJ equipment during those years.
Currently, we have a large team of people who contribute to the project. There are well over 30 team members who offer essential services from instrumentation, graphic art, promotion and more.
2 — When did everything start?
It’s helpful to think of Thamatic like the first season of True Detective where there are multiple timelines. The first round began when John, Mike, and Matt first practiced in the upstairs living room of Matt’s house in 2007. We instantly knew we shared a musical connection. Then we began working on new material for our first live shows and studio sessions. However, relationships began to fray and members split to do other projects.
Round 2, 10 years later in 2017, Thamatic reunited to make two of our favorite songs including “Ghost Boy”. We also found new ways of making music and began making electro-acoustic songs based on old songs from Mike. Now we’ve expanded on our craft and are developing both Rock and EDM music. Overall, it’s been like we’re characters of a TV show trying to finish what we started in the past.
3 — Do you consider all your tracks are experimental?
No, the majority of the songs fit neatly into a genre like alternative or electronic. We put down the niche “experimental” because we’re like scientists experimenting with sounds.
4 — How has the city of Chicago has influenced your sound?
Chicago is our home. We know this city and love the music that’s come from here. Throughout the course of this album, we’ve recorded all over Chicago including at Gravity Studios, Swift Road Studios, Bunker Studios, Clear Ear Studios, and Fullerton Studios. Lyrically, Chicago is mentioned in “Ghost Boy” and “Take Us With You”. Most of our music videos highlight the beauty of Chicago like in the “Lorazepam” official music video.
Mike’s vocal delivery is just so weird… in a good way. We didn’t know he had that melody in him. “After School” is a song that definitely wasn’t written with a guitar. It’s exciting to write songs that provide a break from acoustic-based instruments.
6 — What was your inspiration behind the lyrics?
The lyrics so far with the songs we have chosen are pretty self-explanatory… however, very versatile when it comes to the subject. The newer tunes seem to be more aside abstract storylines that deal with the conflicting elements of man, technology and gods before and in future time.
7 — Have you ever considered working with female vocals?
Yes, we’ve already been making demos of songs with several prominent female vocalists.
8 — What’s your favorite music platform Spotify or SoundCloud? Why?
Spotify all the way for Matt and John! Mike loves SoundCloud for releases with his solo songs as well as the community engagement. I think that Spotify is when the music is in it’s most professional form. It’s chiseled in stone at that point.
9 — Your music studio looks great. Which are your favorite tools?
The Rocket 5 speakers with their signature yellow ring. It’s always a pleasure hearing music from those babies. Also, we love our Maschine. It’s the old school one with only orange colors. Thamatic also owns a Misa Tri-bass which is a super rare Midi Guitar/Bass with touch-based frets and a tablet sized screen where the strum board would be.
10 — Finally, what are your plans for the rest of 2019?
Thamatic is perfecting the art. Planning-wise we’ve been really inspired by the Marvel universe and are currently planning this project in phases. Phase one is focusing on the music. Summer will hopefully wrap up all songs on the album.
Phase two will be music videos and branding. Branding is a lot of cognitive work. It needs to be on point to land home with listeners. The 1975 has crushed it with their brand and they have the music to back it up. We are finalizing our image and how we want to be seen by the public.
In the immediate future, “After School’s” sister song “Spacesuit” is being mastered as I type this. “Spacesuit” is a stronger song in a lot of ways. We’d like for the same people who listened to “After School” to hear “Spacesuit” as it fits with our post-technology message and is a pleasing song for the ears.
Thanks you so much Electro Wow. We are honored to be a part of your music website. You are a maven of musical taste.
~Mike, John and Matt