More than just a producer, Mat Imagin brings his understanding of music and composition to his unique brand of production. He takes inspiration from his environment and everyday life and filters it into creative compositions. Not one to be restricted to a particular genre, he lets the music take him in whatever direction feels natural. He draws from his foundation in drums, keyboard and guitar to infuse life into his tracks. That, paired with over a decade spent honing his production skills, makes for a certainty that only comes with being as seasoned as he is. It is this same confidence that comes across to listeners all over the world through his music.
From a young age, Texas native Mat was immersed in music. His chosen vocation then, came as a surprise to nobody. He still lives in Houston, sharing his unique music voice with the world that inspired it.
What do you want to accomplish through music?
To have my music shared on a large stage, for many people to hear. I do love movies, so having a song I made played during a film would be amazing!
Tell us about your setup – from your studio to your DAW.
I have a fairly straightforward setup, as pretty much everything I use is software based. I use a midi keyboard, plugged into a Focusrite Scarlett audio interface. To hear the sounds I’m creating, I have Yamaha HS8s. I also have a few guitars laying around as well.
Do you have a particular formula you keep to?
I don’t have one specific method of doing things. It can vary. Sometimes I start with the drums and percussion to get a rhythm going, and then build off of that. Other times I’ll start with a melody, or even just a sound I like, and take things from there.
What’s your biggest success to date?
I think my biggest successes are yet to come. A few publishing companies have recruited me to produce songs for them. So that’s always nice.
Out of all the records you’ve made, what’s your favorite and why?
Probably whichever one is the newest. lol! If I had to choose one though, it would probably be one called Too Late. I just think the singer I worked with has a captivating voice, and I liked the lyrics she came up with.
Who would you most like to work with, and why?
There are a lot of artists I would love to collaborate with. The Weeknd has been one of my favorites since he came out. I’m also a big Beyoncé and Rihanna fan. I usually gravitate towards creative, talented people, so I’m always adding people to the wish list.
Which artists do you find inspiring? Why?
I’m inspired by artists whose music makes you feel something. I really like The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Banks, Drake and many more.
Who is your favorite producer? Why?
I don’t really have one specific favorite. I hear things I like from many different producers. There are just so many different sounds and styles. Of recent years, Clams Casino has been one that I pay a lot of attention to. I just like his creativity and completely unique sound.
What do you look for when collaborating with singer?
Firstly, someone whose voice immediately grabs your attention. The type that has you scrambling to pull up Shazam before the song ends to see who it is. Then other qualities like great songwriting and melodies. Also having a good ear for choosing production helps a lot.https://vocalizr.com/singer-songwriters
Have you made new connections through Vocalizr? Has it opened any doors for you?
I’ve connected with quite a few talented singers songwriters on Vocalizr, and there are many others I hope to work with in the future.