International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music
WHO: Canadian musicians and brothers Nathan and Mathew Jonson; based in Berlin, Mathew is a member of Cobblestone Jazz and the Modern Deep Left Quartet with the Mole; Nathan is also known as Hrdvsion.
STYLE: Emotive stripped down techno, adventurous meditative rhythms, dismantled but propulsive electro
LATEST WORK: Angular – Alex Niggemann remix (2016), Mathew Jonson: Northern Lights EP with Cobblestone Jazz (2015), Fabric 84 mix (2015)
LABELS: Wagon Repair, Aeon, Crosstown Rebels, M-nus, Perlon, Sub Pop, We Have Friends' Music, Rinse Recordings, Itiswhatitis Recordings
MORE: Have remixed Chemical Brothers, Moby, Richie Hawtin, Plaid, Kevin Saunderson, Om Unit, Phil Kieran and Para One
MUTEKs: Mathew Jonson at Montréal: 2005, 2012, 2015, 2003; Hrdvision at Montréal: 2010.
Midnight Operator fuses Mathew Jonson’s rich and melodic analogue-meets-digital-noise universe with Nathan Jonson’s complex processing chops and 'destructive' approach to techno. Meditative patterns break down as their music alters its course into beat driven club territory that never loses track of its rhythmic and melodic ambitions.
Mathew Jonson crafts moody, exquisitely layered compositions that run a rhythmic and melodic gamut, tapping into his classical training in percussion, piano and jazz drums. He’s made music since 2001, started the Wagon Repair label in 2004 and in 2012 became the owner of the Isitwhatitis imprint, along the way collaborating with artists such as Dandy Jack, Minilogue, Jesse Heartthrob and others, while being a regular Red Bull Music Academy presence. Nathan Jonson experiments in a different vein than Mathew, his Hrdvsion project letting the techno beast loose in stomping beats and rhythmic structures with a punk edge. From an early age, he bent the sounds of harpsichord, guitar, piano and “bush band” instruments, later manipulating digital sequencers and sound modules – a natural background for his experimental techno and intrepid club bangers that morph sounds and musical hardware in unexpected ways.
Together, the Jonsons intuitively reinforce each other’s musical ways. They released their first self-titled 12” in 2007 and followed it over the years with sets at London's Fabric, Berlin's Panorama Bar, Glasgow's Arches, Sonar and Berlin’s Boiler Room, among many other clubs and festivals.Midnight Operator helps set the tone for this year’s MUTEK with a new live set on opening night.
Photo by Johan Delétang