Following the departure of his former bandmates, Matthew Wasley is now going solo as Human Life. Back with a low-key vocal-led stormer on Hot Creations, we asked the LA-based producer to introduce himself.
Who are you?
Human Life. I was sent here from a faraway galaxy to help stop the Illuminati‘s plan to keep music insipid and brainless.
What do you sound like?
Like a synthesis of all the varied musical influences I’ve had. Classic pop like Prince and Depeche Mode, left-field disco, and even synth-jazz like the Pat Metheny Goup all play a part in the sound. Each Human Life track explores something different but the one constant ingredient is a healthy dose of house music.
Why should we listen to you?
Because life is too short to listen only to house producers using the same generic sample pack vocals.
What have you released so far? What else have you got coming out in the near future?
‘In It Together’ was released a while back on Defected Records along with a remix from the godfather of house, Frankie Knuckles. Next up is a song called ‘Falling’ which is out now on Hot Creations’ Hot Waves 4 compilation. It features the seductive vocals of Anabel Englund. No human can resist falling in love wither her once she starts singing.
What song sums you up?
The KLF – ‘What Time Is Love?’. I learn something new about life every time I listen to it.
What or who is your biggest influence and why?
Always the biggest influence will be finding amazing new tracks for the first time. I love it when I find a song so good it makes me feel sad because I know I could never write anything as good. That is proper inspiration.
Where can we hear your music?
On SoundCloud, on Beatport and wherever vinyl is still sold.
Where will you be in five years’ time?
That depends on whether I can complete my mission or if the dark forces win. If I’m lucky I’ll still be here playing music in a magical setting for amazing people.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I live in a house in Hollywood Hills with other artists and nearly all the former inhabitants since the early 60s have knocked on our door to tell us they were artists too, how special the place is and what a big role it played in their life.
‘Falling’ features on Hot Waves 4 – out now via Beatport. Also available as part of a Hot Waves 4 sampler vinyl pack.