Cape Town based electronic musician, producer and DJ, Backcapwoods (Matt Ilbury) has just released his second full length album As a Matter of Matter.
Over the course of 19 tracks, the album explores everything from 4/4 inspired house grooves, topped with messed-up breaks and squelchy synths to hyperactive poppy maximalism and everything in between. With a heavy focus on texture, the tracks are laced together with obscure field recordings. The album is sure to keep you guessing as songs continuously morph into different directions whilst maintaining an underlying tone that is stylistically unique to Backcapwoods, keeping it both experimental and cohesive.
“I’m very excited to have this album out. As a Matter of Matter is my 2nd full length album and by far the most substantial. It’s been in the works for a long time and I’m relieved that its finally done. I’d like to thank my family and friends for the support and Ross at Fin Mastering for doing a great job with the masters”. – Backcapwoods
Having played guitar for many years, Matt is a multi-instrumentalist and this passion for his craft can be experienced in the live sets. Since becoming Backcapwoods in 2014, Matt has been tantalising the minds of his audiences with his experimental approach. He’s released 3 EP’s: Lights and Fancy Sounds (2014), BCKPWDS (2015) and EP1 (2017), and his debut full length album Hornbills and Hellfire (2017).
His musical journey has taken him to the streets of Berlin, where he embraced the electronic music scene of the city, attending Ableton Live user meetings and workshops with Brian Smith of Big Brain Audio.
He returned to South Africa in late 2015, with more focus on live music.
MA: Hello dude, rad to be chatting to you man, how you doing?
Hey man thanks for the time! Yeah Im doing good thanks.
MA: Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who BACKCAPWOODS is? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?
BACKCAPWOODS is a name I started using when I started getting heavy into electronic music and wanted make and share it. I had been messing around with it a bit before then but I eventually needed a name when I got more confident with it. Im based in Cape Town but originally from Durban. I got into music through the Durban scene, mostly punk and hardcore and stuff.
MA: Please describe your music/sound in just 5 words?
Organised, ambiguous, chaotic, heady, rhythmic
MA: Do you have any major highlights in your musical career thus far?
Not really, its been a continuous journey of highs and lows and Im just taking it as it comes.
MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
Mixed, its constantly changing and Im not super caught up on it all. The live music scene here in Cape Town is different and the same. In Durban there is only like one or two venues left for that kind of music. There’s a ton of Djs everywhere though. Getting slots at clubs is harder than ever without being in the know. Im more stoked on live electronic stuff, there are couple other people doing that out here.
MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?
My brothers band, Life Below (hardcore vibes). My buddies Palmdrive and ThabotheArtist and Tre Flips. My buddies Black Math. No nepotism, these guys are all dope!
MA: You have recently second full length album As a Matter of Matter. What can we expect from this album? Where can people get their hands on this album of yours?
The album is packed, 19 tracks with a bit of everything. Its a focused album and intended mostly to be listened through in its entirety. Its available on Bandcamp, Apple Music, Google, Amazon, Spotify, all the usual suspects.
Well Im with ThabotheArtist and Palmdrive at the moment and we are gonna try knock out some jams this weekend. They might be turned into something. Some Videos for the album are being discussed too.
MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?
MA: Thanks for your time
Thanks a lot dude.