Mass Relay is a glitch hop/future funk duo, incorporating all original production with live electric and bass guitar. With over sixteen years of playing music together, Matt Richter and Chris Quaglia’s musical journey has led them to the bass music scene, utilizing live improvisation and looping techniques to offer a unique and mindful performance. We recently had the chance to interview Mass Relay about their new EP Star Born. Please see below for our exclusive interview with this amazingly talented duo.

How did you get into producing bass music? 

Matt & Chris:

We have played music together for over sixteen years. In high school we were really into metal music and were in a metal band together. At the time groups like In Flames and Enter Shakari were doing some really cool things with synthesizers and computers, and inspired us to experiment in doing the same. This was our introduction into trying to produce various types of heavy electronic music.

Can you please tell me the story behind Star Born

Matt & Chris:

Star Born is our second EP release, and is an expression of our growth as musicians. The EP has seven tracks that vary from newer ideas to tunes we have been playing live for almost two years now. We feel Star Born covers a wide variety of genres, and is a good representation of the many things we enjoy to do musically.

What was it like collaborating with Mochipet? 

Matt & Chris:

It was surreal to work with someone whose music we have been listening to for years, and was an incredible learning experience. The original idea/loop for the song came from David. After we had filled out the loop into an entire track that we thought was bad ass, we sent the entire project back to him. The way he edited the track into the finalized version and helped me learn a thing or two about optimizing the general flow of a track by adding little things to make the track more interesting.

Who are your biggest musical inspirations? 

Matt: Guitar inspriations: John Mclaughlin and Allan Holdsworth. Producers: Dave Tipper, Mr. Bill

Chris: Jaco Pastorius, Evan Brewer, Richard Bona

Where do you think the scene is heading?

Matt & Chris:

We feel the scene is a direct reflection of our technological growth, and the possibilities that lay in a computerized future. As the programs get better, musicians create more sounds that couldn’t have previously existed. As technology gets stronger, the visual artists are offered as are infinitely more creative mediums to produce astounding visual creations. Every year we are blown away by the new things we see and hear, and look forward to seeing this progress for years to come, as it inspires us and our music.

If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?

Matt & Chris: 

This is a tough question to answer, haha. We don’t think we would want to be stuck in one year of music. That sounds terrible. You would get sick of anything eternally. We guess if we had to choose we would choose right now, because currently we are very excited about where the music scene is heading.

What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

Matt: Mr. Bill+SpoonBill – “Moon Swagger”

Chris: Weather Report- “Havona”, and “Teen Town”

What can we expect from you in 2017 and beyond?

Matt & Chris: 

Much more frequent music releases, more festival appearances, and more tour dates – we love to travel and share our music. We are committed to continuing to make music that we enjoy and hopefully others do as well!