Matisse & Sadko: Exclusive Interview with The Russian Duo – TURN UP THE BASS

Russian brothers Matisse & Sadko are their country’s newest export.  After collaborating with Steve Angello on the Size release “SLVR”, they’ve been quickly making a name for themselves worldwide for their progressive house bombs.  They’ve been supported by the likes of Arty, Sander van Doorn, Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Thomas Gold, and Michael Woods.  We caught up with the fun-loving duo in Miami for a chat about Russian stereotypes, the benefits of working with your brother, and Steve Angello. 

How is Miami going so far?

It’s great – this is only our second time in Miami. Each time we come there is more excitement and people know our music better.  If we go out in the street people recognize us and want photos.  We think next year will be even better.

You collaborated with Steve Angello on “SLVR,” the 100th release on Size Records, what was it like working with Steve Angello and Size?

It’s our style of music.  We really love the music of Eric Prydz & Steve Angello but Steve Angello is like the number one for us as a DJ and producer. “Payback” is really our favorite melody of this year.

What’s the best part about having your brother as your DJ/production partner?

There’s always someone to help so we can divide up responsibilities.  Also whenever one of us doesn’t have any ideas we can help each other to be more creative. It’s kind of like a collaboration in the brotherhood – Matisse specializes on the melody and I (Sadko) specialize on the drop.

If you could be any animal what would you be and why?

Quokka, it’s an Australian animal that’s related to the kangaroo.  It’s the happiest animal in the world.

Do you ever fight?

Well there’s a difference in age of seven years so I (Matisse) am a bit more in charge because I have more experience .

Why the big Russian hats?

It’s a symbol of our country.  They are traditional.

Biggest stereotype people have about Russians?

Vodka, bears, and ballet.  People think we are all drunk alcoholics.

What’s coming up next for you guys?

“Azonto” on Trice, a sub-label of Armada.  The track is named after the African tribal dance genre Azonto.  After that we have a new vocal track for summer. It has a warm, feel-good feeling like Axwell’s “Nothing But Love.” Right now tracks are so strong we think people want something different and more melodic.