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Mathew Jonson really is one of a kind.

He’s developed one of the most distinctive voices in electronic dance music: when you hear one of Jonson’s tracks, you almost immediately know it’s his. And yet there’s no mistaking any given track for another.

His standards for sound and presentation are exacting. Both on stage and in the studio, Jonson’s fealty to analog equipment and real-time play—as opposed to mere playback—serves as a standardbearer for a kind of electronic music that goes way beyond the drag ‘n’ drop world of digital composition. Jonson has always been eager to get his hands dirty, and the music reflects that in gnarled bass sequences and long, intuitive lines. His sounds have serious teeth.

“I like to have phrases that sound like they’re major, but then they go minor when they turn around,” explains Jonson. “You think that you’re in a happy place, but suddenly you’re not. I like playing with that tension. When I look at the music I’ve made, the best music is always music that can stimulate any kind of emotion. It’s more like a key, towards opening up whatever is inside of you -a gateway”

With an album out on Crosstown since his last performance at Day Zero we can’t wait have him back for his third play.