Spyder on Psytrance, Performing at Burning Man, His Multiple DJ Identities, and Comparing EDM to Heavy Metal
Matthew Hinman (a.k.a. Spyder, Cosmic Sea, Franck Matthews, et al.)
While most DJs are content with having only one slick-sound moniker, Matthew Hinman has almost a half-dozen nom de guerres at his disposal. Depending on the particular gig he's working, the 39-year-old could be performing as Spyder, Franck Matthews, Cosmic Sea, or any of the other idenities he's developed during his DJ career.
Hinman doesn't suffer from a multiple personality disorder mind you, he just digs adopting different names based on the particular brand of EDM he's spinning, whether its acid techno, industrial, or his favorite style psytrance.
He's spun the hypnotic and complex genre at underground dance events, out in the Nevada desert, and at local clubs. You're also likely to hear Hinman serve up some psytrance tomorrow night at the Monarch Theatre when he opens for DJ Tranzit. It's also an EDM style that's comparable in some ways to heavy metal, which is another longtime fave of Hinman's. Learn more about the man and his music by checking out this week's edition of DJ Dossier.
Name: Matthew Hinman
AKA: Spyder, Cosmic Sea, Franck Matthews, The Black Horseman, Bob Da Builder
What EDM styles do you specialize in?
House, techno and psytrance.
Why so many aliases?
For different styles of music and playing. Too many people had a hard time either understanding or recognizing that I play a wide variety of music. It seemed easier to go with different names as it was less confusing to people. Plus, it's actually fun to do.
What's the specialty of each alter ego?
Franck Matthews plays house; Spyder plays psytrance, industrial, metal, and punk; Bob Da Builder plays driving, acid techno; The Black Horseman plays dark, progressive trance; and Cosmic Sea is my online moniker/production company named after Death's instrumental on Human. I never forget where I came from: Metal.
What's your background in metal?
I've been a fan since I can remember. I had an older brother who got me into AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Van Halen. Then I discovered Iron Maiden in 1982 then Metallica and the rest is history. I've worked with hundreds of bands doing sound, lighting, tech, touring, booking, promotion and even had a radio show on Global Assault Radio.
Do you sample any metal bands in your mixes?
I have some raging psytrance tracks with plenty of metal including metal remixes.
Psytrance is like the heavy metal of the EDM world to me.
Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath and plenty of other artists who infuse Metal with psytrance like Skazi, Infected Mushroom and S.U.N. Project just to name a few.
Is there much of a leap from metal to EDM?
Yes and no. Most metal is organic (played by a human and never 100 percent perfect) and most EDM is computerized and structured. Where I do see them coming together, however, is in the attitude or vibe that the music creates. I think the dubstep/nu-metal crossover is a match made in heaven for those fans. The industrial and metal crossover happened a long time ago with some great success.
So is dubstep the new nu-metal, in your opinion?
Yes. What dubstep is to EDM, Korn is to metal.
So what is Kornstep then?
I think Kornstep is brilliant even if I'm not a fan. I have a lot of respect for those guys combining two styles of music to create a whole new sub genre. They have started a musical revolution in a sense.
You once stated that "heavy music will always live well beyond your mainstream shit." Can you explain this in more detail?
Of course. There's a dedication and loyalty that is always there. Pop music is quick and simple to reach the maximum amount of people. Metal is an art created for people who love metal. Look at Slayer. Selling out arenas and festivals worldwide after more 30 years of playing and they're still getting bigger! Overkill, Exodus, Forbidden, Death Angel, Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, et cetera...some of the first and second wave of thrash and death metal are still touring and selling more and more albums. It will never die [and] only get bigger and stronger.