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Sunderland-based musician and producer Mosaic talks about the release of his new EP.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
My name is Mosaic (real name Matty Rawding) and I’m a musician/producer from Sunderland. I’ve been playing in a few bands around Sunderland (most notably The Montagues) for a few years as a drummer/guitarist.

What inspired you to first start making music?
Taking music lessons in school. My drum teacher and music teacher really inspired me to explore different genres and to start trying out different things. Writing music initially for my band was therapeutic and always came very easy to me so the inspiration was always there. I guess always having a love of music from a young age was the biggest help

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Mac Miller, Erick The Architect Elliott, Chance the rapper, Pharrell (The Neptunes), J Dilla, Kehlani. New generation hip-hop in general (when done correctly!) And as far as outside the genre influences go, I’m a huge fan of John Mayer, George Benson and anything math rock.

How would you describe your sound?
Chill-out hip-hop/cloud rap with elements of jazz accompanied with a ‘spacey vibe’. You’ll understand when you hear it!

Where do you see yourself fitting into the local music scene?
There isn’t much of a scene locally for hip-hop music. That’s why the internet is so important for any artist with some kind of niche these days. I would like to be able break out of the North East hopefully and I think it’s certainly achievable.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?
Teaching myself how to play piano is extremely difficult. Getting to grips with producing everything myself as well. I’m used to just playing an instrument along with the help of a producer and an engineer opposed to me doing everything by myself. I had a hand from the wonderful Eddie Scott playing bass for a few of the tracks

What else have you got planned for the future?
Hopefully working with some collaborators. I also have a new band on the horizon encompassing a range of different genres, which I’m excited about! And of course keep making these beats and improving over time (hopefully)!

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