- Matty Boh waits for the drop.
With 50,000 Soundcloud hits, a new EP on the way and a production credit on The Coast Best of Music readers' poll song of 2013, Matty Boh is solidifying his position as one of Halifax's most talented beatmakers.
Matty Boh's (AKA Matthew Bohemier) synth-filled productions drift between hip-hop and EDM, so it makes sense that he grabbed listeners' attention when trap music became popular.
"It's a hybrid of two things I love, hip-hop and electronic music. I thought I would just give it a try," says Bohemier. "That's what music's about."
That kind of attitude led to the beat behind Dartmouth rapper Thrillah's single, "Drop That." The song puts hard-hitting drums and handclaps over a spooky, twinkling synth loop. "It was a weird sound. I was just fooling around and that came up randomly. In my head, I thought it could be a club song," says Bohemier, "so that's what I went with. I sent it to him and he just did his thing on it."
For the producer, experimentation often yields the best results. "I take spare time to just fool around with music," says Bohemier. "I don't put a barrier on creativity."
Another collaboration with Thrillah, "BLKOUT," chalked up over 50,000 plays on Soundcloud after being posted by a popular trap music blog. "One of the funniest parts of making music is sending it to blogs and seeing who picks it up. It's just fun seeing how far it will really go," he says.
Working with Thrillah came naturally--- Bohemier heard him on a few high school mixtapes and met him through rapper/producer/friend Cam Smith. Thrillah is "just a really cool understanding guy," says Bohemier. "I just sent [the beat to him] and he did his thing on it."
His music is fresh, but the 24-year-old has been honing his craft for almost a decade. The Dartmouth native started producing in junior high as a hobby, but as a teen, he decided to pursue a career in music. "I wanted to choose something that I could wake up every day and be happy knowing that I'm chasing something that means so much to me."
He studied recording arts at NSCC and started to make his way into Halifax's hip-hop scene. He started producing for the IV League crew of rappers. "I told (DJ) IV that I really wanted to be a part of the scene and he's the one that really gave me that push," Bohemier says.
Back then, he was making head-nodding hip-hop beats, but after hearing electro-house and dubstep music, sped up his sound for the dance floor. "There are electronic artists out now that are dynamically crazy," he says. "That's what keeps me going. There's more interesting sounds than just generic rap and hip-hop."
He hopes to continue bringing new sounds to the scene he's coming up in, so he's DJing at Good Company at The Company House on Wednesday. The event will showcase a bunch of up and coming Halifax MCs.
Bohemier is saving up for a trip to Los Angeles to check out the scene there, but he will always have Halifax in his heart.
"Our scene is awesome. It's the loudest, low key scene for hip hop on the east coast," he says.
His next EP of solo material, Galaxy, should be available by the end of this year.p>
Good Company w/DJ Matty Boh, Psyc Tha Prince, Rellz, Juleous, Miracle, Certified, Critty GetsLifted, Generole, Branden “Haste” Taylor
Wednesday, April 23 at 10pm, $10
The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street