MUSIC | 5 minutes with...Antimatter People

Meet Antimatter People, a tripped out, synth loving (in the best way) five piece from London fronted by Yehan Jehan. Having just released their new single ‘Mossy Grounds’, we catch up with Yehan and chat touring, new music and their plans for the summer. 

 How did you all meet and discover what sound you wanted to create?

My plan was to take all the songs i’d been writing for years and play them live. I didn’t know many musicians growing up, so when I visited family in Luxembourg, I met Elliott (Flute/Percussion/Sampler/Formerly Drums) and Mikko (Guitar/Keys) and we started jamming every once in a while and bonded really well musically. Their decision a year and half later was to move to London and play music full time. Spencer (Bass) and Callum (Drums) eventually joined through mutual friends.

What are some of your musical influences ?

We listen to so many genres, me and Elliott especially like crate digging, it would be in a crate if either of us had a working record player, but for now we have youtube. Start with David Axlerod, Serge Gainsourg, Bert Kaempfert, Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Film composers like Francois De Roubaix, Lalo Schifrin, Piero Piccioni and Alain Goraguer.
For a long time we’ve been admirers of music released through Soundway Records, a great label releasing various world rarities from the 60s onwards. Afrobeat, rock, jazz & native blues from Nigeria and Ghana. A lot of Ethiopian Jazz too. Other music we like comes from bands including Grizzly Bear, Connan Mockasin, bit of Dungen, Toro y Moi, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Jack White, Caribou…
In the Antimatter songs there is a strong element of classical music and hip hop, so that’s another genre that has had influenced myself and the band over time, but stylisticly it mostly comes from the fusion of classical music and hip hop style beats from the film composers I listed above.

You guys are playing a few live shows coming up, the first being Amersham Arms in New Cross, are you guys excited?

Yes should be quite fun, our drummers other band is playing too, so he’ll be busy all night. I hear he’s playing the Oboe with the 3rd band playing that night. It’ll be good get out of East London. Not many people play south much.

Are you guys currently working on some more material? If so could you tell us a bit about it?

Working towards the 3rd Single along with a music video. After that it’ll just be focusing on the album. Just need a good room, a selection of mics and we’re off!

How do you guys plan on spending the summer?

Most of us will try and be around Europe for most of the summer Since we’re not playing any festivals although we have a few live dates scheduled, maybe next year we’ll be more occupied so have to make the most out of this years summer.

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