Dark White Stage Q&A – Mystic Valley Festival 2017

Dark White Stage Q&A

DARK WHITE HIGHLIGHTS Q&A:

Wondering what Dark White stage is like? Such terms as Raregroove, Nu-Disco, and Boogie may sound unfamiliar to some, but these Bangkok-based Dark White boys and an army of international artists will be more than ready to introduce you to some groovey sounds these Feb 3-5. In own words of Walt Matsson, one half of Dark White, Opolopo, the diverse Swedish musician specialized in funk, house, or future soul and Jean Tonique, the French producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Walt Mattsson (Dark White)

1. What are you looking forward to the most from Mystic Valley Festival?
After visiting the festival site when our stage was being built, I literally cannot wait to see it filled with people and in full effect. There is a chance we might have a Dark White horse at the festival site, so definitely looking forward to that.

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in Thailand and South East Asia?
For a few years it’s been leaping forward, alone this season I believe there is close to 20 festivals of different sizes around Asia. To this date, Mystic Valley is one of the biggest festivals in Thailand and I feel proud to be a part of it.

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in your home country that you’d like to see happen in Thailand?
There is a few, but one close to my heart is called Pori Jazz Festival, where you could see acts like Erykah Badu, The Roots, Mayer Hawthorne and even Kanye West (This was when he only had few albums released).

4. Who is your ultimate music idol/mentor?
This is definitely the hardest question of the interview, but I’d say Slick Rick the ruler might be the one.

5. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
Someone just said we play music that your mom likes and I don’t mind it at all, Dark White is for children but mums can dig it too!

Opolopo

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
I’ve been to Thailand many times but this is the first time playing. I’m looking forward to spending time in one of my favourite countries while playing great music. A combination that is hard to beat. Oh, and the food. Actually mostly the food, haha!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
Can’t think of a better part of the world to bring people together for music, culture and food.

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
Would love to see festivals that cater to the more soulful, deep and funky aspects of club music, like Suncebeat in Croatia or 51st State in the UK.

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
Can’t say I have a mentor or Idol but the list of people that have inspired and influenced me is vast and too long to mention. If I had to pick one name: Isao Tomita

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
Suncebeat in Croatia with it’s famous boat parties or the intimate Vocal Booth Weekender in Spain have
been some of my definitive highlights. Outdoor or indoor depends on the country. An outdoor festival in February in Sweden is a really bad idea, haha! I like both though, as long as the sound, music and crowd is good. But playing outdoors on a tropical beach in the sunset is hard to top.

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
I think my fan base, based on my releases, are people who are into musical, soulful and funky club music. However, when

I DJ I also enjoy going deeper and a bit harder so I’ll try and explore more of that territory in 2017.

Jean Tonique

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
It is my first time in Thailand !
Actually I won’t have much time to enjoy the country, but I’ll try to walk around Bangkok and I can’t wait to play the Festival, the venue looks amazing !

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
I think it’s great ! Festivals are the best way to spread and share live music around the world.

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
I’d love to have some crazy good food at the festival catering!

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
I don’t have one music idol, I love a lot of different music.
From Chic and all the late 70’s disco, to Bon Iver, to Daft Punk, to Michel Berger, to Bob Marley, to Thundercat…

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
I played in Corsica at Calvi on The Rocks Festival on the beach, the venue was amazing.

I think I like both type of venues, the small clubs are better to be close to the audience but to play music in a nice outdoor venue is always a great experience.

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
It’s crazy to meet people who are into your music all around the world.

I’m working on my debut album which is going to be released this year, so I hope people will enjoy it!