Years before Toronto producer and musician Matthew Burnett started playing music, he was already vibing out in the womb. “My very first interaction with music happened before I was born,” he says with conviction. “My mom, when she was pregnant with me, was taking piano lessons. She had an upcoming exam, and she said that every time she was practicing, I would kick. That was an early indication for her that, ‘This one is going to be musical.'”
A mother’s intuition is always right; the 26-year old artist has worked with Drake and Eminem (with whom he won a Grammy for his co-production on “Not Afraid”) and is currently on tour with Daniel Caesar.
“I started producing when I was in grade nine. I started because Fruity Loops was the new and cool thing. For me it was intriguing, because I was really based in live performance, so I was gigging a lot, playing in a band. [For] all those things, the lifespan of that musical experience is limited. So when Fruity Loops came into my life, it was like, ‘Wait a minute, I can make something and export it as an MP3… forever?”
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