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Meet Mate Gere

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mate Gere.

Mate, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Hungary and I started to play music when I was six after my brother brought home a bootleg cd of the most popular Hungarian rock band at that time. As a kid, I tried many different things, sports and arts, I went to multiple music schools and I started to focus on music and I decided to become a pro musician. At that point, I didn’t know much about the music industry, the only example I saw was to play in a band and to have gigs around the country. I was in my freshman year when I started to find a way to move to the U.S. or Britain because most of the music I listened to was rooted in these countries and wanted to be in that environment that shapes our culture. I also realized that the music industry is very small in Hungary and not really receptive. That’s how I found Berklee College of Music.

From then, I prepared for Berklee. I started producing the same year in order to make backing tracks for myself to impress the Berklee teachers during my audition and later, I found out that there’s a scholarship for songwriters, too so I started to write songs. Since I don’t really sing, it was all instrumental but I learned about song structures and instrumentation. This was a pivotal point because as I mentioned, there aren’t many songwriters and producers in Hungary and until then, I didn’t realize that these are jobs and people can have careers doing these. I started Berklee in 2016 and it taught me a lot from small intricate segments of the music industry, culture and just in general living in a whole other country. This is when I started to pay attention to pop music and contemporary hip hop. Before my last semester, I came to LA to intern at Electric Feel Entertainment. This was very important because it’s one thing to learn something in college and do it in the real world and I was lucky because EF was a very small company in terms of the amount of people who worked there so I could meet all the A&R’s, managers and studio staff.

During that time, I had the chance to watch some of the biggest producers at work like Frank Dukes and Louis Bell. Grant Strumwasser who was the studio a manager and a mentor to me mentioned that I should make ‘sample loops’ that was popularized by Frank Dukes who created the Kingsway Music Library. Last year after graduation, I moved back to LA and I was hired by Electric Feel full time. Aside from working in the studio I started to work with up and coming LA acts like Exxo, Nrthview and River Green. Also, last year Frank asked me to help him in his studio since we developed a good relationship at EF. While I was working for him, he listened to my music and he helped to create my own Kingsway Music Library sample pack. Creating sample packs are popular among up and coming producers because it’s an easy way to collaborate with industry people and just in general with the producer community and Kingsway Music Library is a great platform to find music.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, I think it depends on the perspective. I was practicing the guitar for 4 hours everyday in high school which was big commitment but I loved it. I had to learn English well enough to figure out how I can apply to college because my parents don’t speak English so I was on my own but I had a goal. College was overwhelming but it was because I am interested in music and I wanted to learn everything. Now working on my own music and having a job in a studio is not easy but the music industry is not easy because if it was easy, there were a lot more people in the industry.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a music producer, songwriter and engineer. I specialize in making ‘samples’ which are the instrumental part of music minus the drums but I also produce full tracks. I’m known for interesting chord progressions and melodies thanks to my music education and diverse musical influence. I’m also known for a kind of lo-fi texture but still experimental musical style. I’m the most proud of the music I’ve created with my friends, Exxo, Nrthview and the feedback I get from people who listened to my samples. I think the thing that sets me apart is the balance between being experimental and being listenable. I feel both are very important to make new interesting music but the balance is very important.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being curious, adaptive and brave and to never give up.

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