An Italian-born, New York-based original talks hip-hop, house and Sahko.
Madteo is a bit of a personality. That much is obvious from his idiosyncratic releases for the likes of Morphine, Hinge Finger and Wania. The Queens, New York-based producer makes raw and gritty tracks heavily influenced by Detroit house legends like Theo Parrish and Moodymann. But perhaps an even bigger love is hip-hop: He interned at a label just as New York's scene was at its mid-'90s apex, and he continues the experimental tradition of its most inventive beatmakers through his work with local MC Sensational. As you might expect from the mind that makes such quirky music, Madteo tends to wander in conversation. In late July, RA's Jordan Rothlein did his best to rein him in.
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