If you follow this website regularly, chances are you’ve heard of Milwaukee’s Nice FM electronic music collective. Most of the artists on the label are Milwaukeeans, save for a few outliers, including Australia’s Martiln. We caught up with the Aussie to learn a little more about his involvement with the label. Check it out:
B&E: Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Martiln: My name is Matt, I’m from Melbourne, Australia and I make electronic music under the name Martiln.
B&E: How did you get hooked up with Nice FM?
Martiln: Last year in 2016 I did a challenge called Weekly Beats, which is a challenge where you push yourself to make a new track from start to finish, every week for a whole year (52 weeks). About 12 or so weeks in, I got a message from Donny (AKA Dashcam) saying that he was starting up a little collective based in Milwaukee and would love for me to join! I was over the moon, jumped on-board right away and since then have done a bunch of stuff with them as you’re probably aware. I even released my first EP with the help of Donny and the crew!
B&E: Is collaborating with the Nice FM crew easy? I’d imagine the time difference makes it difficult.
Martiln: The time difference can be a little frustrating at times. Often I’ll wake up with a bunch of messages that were sent at 3 AM Melbourne-time or something like that, but ultimately it works out pretty well. There isn’t a whole lot of real-time collaboration but I still try to be as involved as I can be regardless of the time difference.
B&E: Have you ever been to the US?
Martiln: Yep! Last year I went for a short holiday with my family to San Francisco and Seattle. We were only there for two weeks but it was fantastic. I definitely want to go back again, and hopefully next time I’ll be able to catch up with some of the Nice FM crew and maybe even jump on with a show or two!
B&E: What’s one thing that people don’t realize (or might not know) about Australian electronic music?
Martiln: Probably just how diverse it is. Especially in Melbourne, there are a lot of electronic acts going around and we’re very lucky to have so many venues, communities and events that support electronic musicians from all walks of life. Obviously Australia has some fairly big-name exports such as Flume, but I think that the most exciting stuff is happening at a fairly underground level, and I personally can’t wait to see what a lot of these smaller electronic artists from Australia get up to in the future.
B&E: Lastly, what’s next for you?
Martiln: Well I’ve been keeping it on the down-low for a bit but I’m actually working hard on a pretty ambitious full-length album. I’ll be putting out some more details when I’m ready but I can say that it is going to be very musically and sonically diverse. In the mean time though, I’ve got a few collaborations lined up as well as some originals that I’ve been playing at my gigs which I’ll probably put out as well.