TheCrazyDutchmansBlog has the honour to interview one of the fastest rising stars in the Powerstomp scene, a mysterious man who has dominated the Makina scene for many years, and who’s well known for wearing a pantyhose, a safety mask and Kanye West looking glasses. Last year he became part of the Lethal Theory crew, and this year he released his album, which is called ‘Project: Powerstomp’. We are honoured, and hopefully we can unravel the mystery that is M-Project.
How are you, sir? How’s life treating you?
“Things are going great.”
You are a rising star in the Powerstomp scene, and have gained many fans since you got signed to Lethal Theory’s label, but before you discovered Powerstomp, you were (and still are) well known for making Makina. When did you discover Makina, and why did it attract you?
“I think it was around 1999-2000.
The first release I got was “Professional DJ’s Volumen 2” and the first vinyl I got was “Bio-Technology – Guitar Spell (Remix)”.
Then I got a mix CD called “Tekno Women”. This one made me think of producing Makina. I still love old tunes on Bit Music. they have good vibes and power to blow away bad feelings.”
Makina is quite populair in Spain, and is quite difficult to explain what the it actually is. But if you could try and explain it by naming a track which resembles the Makina sound, which would it be?
“It’s pretty difficult to explain. “Makina” used to be techno (all kinds of dance music in Spain) or just a DJ style before.
(I don’t want to start talking about the origin since there are some opinions about it.)
But now, it’s a kind of Hardcore. The typical sound is like… uplifting/bouncy groove, melodious synth riff, and chopped voice samples. Of course there are some styles not like I mentioned. And Makina is still evolving.”
Which artist(s) drew your attention, and inspired you to become a DJ/producer? Who are your favourite Makina producers/DJs?
“DJ Pildo, konik, Skudero, Xavi Metralla, Ruboy and a lot of Spanish producers! (They have tons of aliases so it’s hard to figure out who they are!)”
You are a Japanese DJ/producer, and known to be the first Makina producer in Japan, but how did people react to you bringing Makina to your homeland? Were people excited to hear this new sound?
“Yes. The first wave was 2001.
“Metal One – Melodies Of Passion II” EP sold over 200 copies.
“Piramide – Herz And Herz” sold over 300 copies.
And Makina compilations sold 50-70 copies for each title.
Those songs were super popular and a lot of people start liking Makina sound around 2001.”
Looking at your Discogs page (which is quite impressive), you have released a lot since 2002, and your music has appeared on many compilations, including your own. Looking back at what you have achieved, could you have predicted back in 2002 that you would become so succesful? Did you ever pinch yourself, thinking everything was a dream?
“I worked hard to make sure everything went according to my plan. It took forever, though (lol).”
Between the years 2007 and 2012 you have performed at an event called Anime Central, an annual Japanese anime convention, held in America. Can you remember your set, and how the people reacted to your take on Makina?
“Anime Central and ravers there were so good.
Even though some of them didn’t know my music, their reaction was amazing, and I’ll never forget that.”
And did you wear the costume you are known for? Why do you actually wear pantyhoses and glasses?
“To hide my face and stuff? That’s it.”
According to your Facebook fanpage, you discovered Powerstomp last year. How did you came across this rather new style, and why did it grab your attention?
“Actually, I found “Powerstomp” in early 2013 when I searched on Soundcloud.
I love Dutch/Italian hardcore and gabber, early hardstyle and UK hardcore.
Powerstomp has everything I love. and I felt the potential from Powerstomp.”
Makina and Powerstomp, two different worlds. And yet it drew your attention, and you started making music, which were released (and still are) on labels such as Scarred Digital, Justice Hardcore, Contagious Records and more. Has it got a fanbase in Japan?
“A lot of people start liking Powerstomp because of my releases and activities.
I think more Japanese people will love Powerstomp.”
You are Lethal Theory’s first Japanese artist to be signed, but are you also the first Japanese Powerstomp producer?
“I think my friend, Liqo is the first person who start making Powerstomp in Japan.”
How did you get signed to Lethal Theory? Did Joey Riot call you and did he say to you “We want you to be part of the crew”? Is it that simple?
“Yea. It was kind of like that. It was very unexpected.
Since my English is not good enough (especially speaking), the conversation was through e-mail.”
After being signed to the world’s biggest Powerstomp label Lethal Theory, you have gained a lot of new fans from all over the world, who are digging the music you are making. Is there a specific way of making a Powerstomp track, a secret formula to make every track a succes?
“Using a stereo imager for the master channel to make enough space in the middle to emphasize the kick drum.
I’m not good at teaching by the way!”
Not only have you released many tracks via lots of labels, you have also released your own album, which is called ‘Project: Powerstomp’ (I’ll add the buy here link to Hardcore Underground’s website). How are the fans reacting to your first Powerstomp album, and are there more in the pipeline?
“I’ve got amazing feedback so far.
I’ll release something this summer but I’ve not decided the details yet.”
Recently, the might Lethal Theory has released the second instalment of ‘This Is Powerstomp’, and there are quite a few of your tracks on it, (‘Power To The Stomp’, ‘Going Loud’, ‘Drop It’). You’ve worked with a few fellow Powerstomp fanatics like Lady Dubbz, MC Obie and Riko. The album will do well, seeing as the previous instalment did extremely well. How do you feel about being a member of the Lethal Theory gang?
“I’m so glad that I joined such a big label.
Since I became a member of Lethal Theory, I’ve gotten a lot of messages and offers from British DJs and producers.
I want to be more popular to deserve this big label.”
*teaser for TIP2: https://soundcloud.com/joeyriot/this-is-powerstomp-volume-2-audio-advert
If you could have a ‘carte blanche’, and you could work with anyone, who would you work with, and why?
“Ah.. if I had enough time and if I could find the copyright holders, I would want to make remixes of old makina songs.”
Quite difficult question to ask, but I ask it anyway: if you had to choose between Makina and Powerstomp, which style would you choose as your favourite, and why?
“UGH! I can’t choose!
If I have to, I’ll choose Makinastomp!”
Any gigs planned in the near future? Where can people see M-Project performing?
“Only in Tokyo so far. Acutually I got some messages about being booked in the US and Europe.
But I’m not sure it’ll happen or not, since the flight from here to the US or Europe is too expensive!”
Music wise, any upcoming releases people should look out for?
“I’m working on a new compilation called “UNDERGROUND MAKINA CONNECTIONZ VOL.18”
This time, we’ll collaborate with konik’s label “DJ’S aT WORK”.”
*teaser for UMC18: https://soundcloud.com/m-project_suzumoto/blow-up-the-rave
I always ask a random question, seeing as I’m ‘the crazy Dutchman’, so here’s the question: on a lot of your albums there are very busty women on the cover. Is there a secret fetish people should know about?
“I just love the illustrator’s art :P”
Make sure you follow M-Project on several media sites, because he’s a an unstoppable force you should look out for. A name, a mystery. This man has got a prosperous future ahead, and if you want to know more about M-Project, bookmark these pages, and if you are liking the Powerstomp/Makina sounds, you should also check out several albums he did or appeared on, it’s worth your pounds/pennies!
Thank you M-Project for this insightful interview, sadly we haven’t reveiled his secret identity. It will remain a mystery.
And, as usual, there’s a mix underneath the interview, if you still want to know how awesome his music is. Expect more of this on the latest TIP2 CD and on M-Project’s own album, ‘Project: Powerstomp’.