Sunday Spotlight: Complete Cycle

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1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

Hi, I am Matt Hooper AKA Complete Cycle, Originally from S.E London but have just moved to the lovely Holmfirth in West Yorkshire.

Tell us a bit about the music you make.

A fusion of styles spanning Breakbeat, Funk, Soundtrack, World, Electronica, Rock, etc. With a healthy mixture of live and programmed instruments.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

I got into music as a kid, we lived in a pub and a band played at weekends, I use to watch the guitarist playing for hours. when I was 7 he gave me his old guitar (cheers Brian) and that was it, I was hooked.

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4. Stage or studio?

I use to play live and did a fair few sessions back in the 90’s /early 2000’s but after having a chance to produce an album for London based Jazz Funk band The Soul Immigrants I soon realised I was way more into producing than performing, that is still true today.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

I tend to get my ideas down in Ableton Live and mix in Steinberg Cubase Pro 9 (I wish some clever person could merge the 2 together to make the dream DAW)

I mix and master on Equator D5 Monitors and have just added a Presonus Temblor T8 Subwoofer.

I have some hardware like a small modular, a Moog Sub37, a Korg MS20, Ableton Push, an Akai MPD226 pad controller, a nice collection of rare world wind instruments like Armenian Duduk’s and Zurna.

But most of the time I use lots of virtual instruments like Omnisphere 2, Komplete Ultimate, M-Ton Pro (and way too many to mention).

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

Has to be Native Instruments Kontakt, That’s for sure my desert island instrument. There are so many great libraries out there for it, it’s mind blowing.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?

Over on my Bandcamp page.

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