Let us start out with a little definition. While this may not be the Merrian-Webster dictionary, at least it’s a start to our Exclusive Interview with Buhay.
Buhay \ BOO-high \ , noun;
1. Translates to “long life” in Tagalog, an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines
2. Alias of Joseph Matick, a Bloomington-based producer/DJ
3. Genre-bending craftsman of the indie rock, hip-hop, electronic variety
4. Has shared the stage with Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, and played at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival
Buhay is a talented producer on the rise that I personally became a fan after hearing his latest mix, featuring the likes of Ghost Loft, A$AP Rocky, Rustie, and Tame Impala. We recently got a chance to speak with the man behind the mix about his influences, touring Europe, and Belgian frites.
How would you describe your sound?
Percussively tight, but sonically spacey. I really liked R n B growing up. The first music I ever bought was Usher’s “My Way.” I’m not sure if that necessarily translates into my music.
What DAW/program do you use to produce?
Gin N Abletonic (ed. note: Ableton for all you non-producers out there)
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Were you a big music fan growing up?
Of course. I studied piano at a really early age, learned every instrument I could, was given Outkast’s Aquemini and it changed my life.
What are some of your favorite albums/tracks right now?
I really really dig everything the homie stwo from Paris is making right now. All of the 90s/early 2000s infused electronic stuff going on is really dope.
Tell us about your recent tour through Europe.
Europe was amazing. It was more of a vacation, but I was lucky enough to play a few shows out there in some really badass venues. I played in the basement of a boat in Belgium and of course, Social Club in Paris. Definitely a milestone. Definitely good to have under the belt. It’s such a humbling experience to hear people that dig your shit from across the pond. Not to mention getting to play with IAMNOBODI and Falcons, two of my favorite producers at the moment. Life changing experience. I got to see the Mona Lisa. Belgian frites are fire.
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I saw you signed with a record label while you were out there. What prompted that decision?
I had been in contact with a Belgian label for awhile and we finally got a chance to meet while I was abroad. They were like family. Super nice. It felt so natural so we decided on a 3 track release that will drop this Spring.
What’s your favorite way to listen to music? (i.e. streaming, record stores, downloading)
I really try and pay for music as often as possible because I would hope that’s what others are doing for me. Positive karmic reinforcement. As far as experiencing music, I hear some of the best shit on the L in Chicago through my headphones. Soundcloud is key.
What’s your stance on giving away music for free?
Amazing promotional tool. Consumers pretty much expect it at this point. It’s just the landscape of music now. Can’t say it’s not a great thing.
You can follow Buhay on Soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter to get a better taste of his music. Be on the look out for new music coming soon from this young producer on the come up.