What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
NIGHTMØDE is producer, writer & multi-instrumentalist Matt Kass (The Brakes, Modern Inventors) . Originally from Philadelphia, Kass is now based in East Nashville, TN. For NIGHTMØDE Matt collaborates vocalists, writing and constructing songs from the ground up. He’s involved with almost every aspect of the release, from co-composing to playing the instruments, producing, recording and mixing each song.
The first NIGHTMØDE single, Penthouse Refugees was released in November 2018 to positive reviews from outlets in the US, Europe and the U.K. “full to the rafters with texture, dynamic, modern and earwormy arrangements. NIGHTMØDE is a sure hit”. The second single “The Pressure” was released in February on French record label Kitsune Musique and was added to Spotify Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds Index. NIGHTMØDE creates expansive soundscapes with elements that emerge on repeated listens.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Penthouse Refugees is a song that was written by myself and friend/frequent collaborator Nate Rylan. Nate lives in NYC, and was down in Nashville writing with me last year and I showed him an instrumental that I was working on. He really liked it and we wrote the melody/lyrics together. He sang vocals on this track and I ended up mixing it at my studio.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
A few influences for this project are Tame Impala, Mutemath, Toro y Moi, different old dub/reggae records that I’ve been listening to. The whole impetus for NIGHTMØDE is that I wanted to make music for people to listen to at night, under headphones. It’s music that I want you to get lost in…
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
My sound takes elements of psych, alternative, pop, rock and dub and combines it in a way that I love. I’m basically making music that I would want to listen to.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Hendrix – Band of Gypsies, Ry Cooder – Talking Timbuktu, D’angelo – Voodoo.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I love them both…I’ve was on tour for most of my 20’s so now I’m focusing on being in the studio and being creative in a familiar environment. I also like sleeping in my own bed.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I may or may not still be banned from a certain Atlantic City Casino for life…for trashing rooms that we’re comped to my old band by our friends while playing and staying over at the casino. We were 19, and a lot has changed since then 🙂
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Right now, the Penthouse Refugees video is probably the most unique. I worked with Darling Lucifer Productions who used analog video synthesis and found footage taken from old propaganda films. We wanted to juxtapose these old films with psychedelic visuals to create a feeling that is unsettling. Here is a link to their site: www.darlinglucifer.com.\
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I’m planning on releasing more singles soon, I have 5 songs finished and more on the way.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
Connect with NIGHTMØDE:
instagram – @nightmodeofficial
twitter – @nightmodemusic