“After a Journey Around the World of Music, Guitarist Puts Down the Roots”.
It’s not often that a guitarist finds a path into the world of Electronica and back out again in one piece. Matt Larner is one such musician. After training on guitar from the age of 14, formally qualified with a major in composition shortly after and support act credits to his name for Grinspoon and Def FX with his band Majik Lift, Larner embarked on a journey into the world of electronic dance music.
In 2003 Matt (Fine Diner) and his brother Tim (Sensient) founded a minimal progressive trance label under the name Zenon Records and soon after re-located to Japan to focus on producing progressive psychedelic trance. Fine Diner was released on Cosmic Conspiracy Records from New Zealand and Groove Zone in Japan and supported artists such as Ticon and Vibrasphere on the international circuit.
In 2011 Larner returned to Australia and began producing two different styles under the one moniker. A-Toniq. Nakai is a four track electronica EP loosely falling under the chillout banner and inspired by the four seasons in Tokyo. Acoustic and electronic instruments are utilised in the composition that brings to life a number of different aspects of downbeat, with delicate and subtle elements of guitar present as well as the deeper electronic synths found in the world of trance production.
Late last year Larner made a full circle, returning to his roots with the independent release of an instrumental guitar album that seems to voice this musicians true passion for music. Found Peace is a composition that revels in the ether of relaxation. Chord structures and arrangements found in traditional folk music are contrasted by an at-times rockier edge to bring an album that guides one on a journey to both inner and outer space. Larners finger-work is refreshingly understated as he opts more for feeling than exhibitions of technical prowess. The clean and bright guitar production borrows from an almost 12 string sound, leading to the question of exactly what type of guitar was used through the album.
It seems the best is still to come from this musician as he delves into the natural abilities of his obviously talented skills. Perhaps a closer merger between the electronic and acoustic elements of the name that will surely lead to another level of artistic composition. A-Toniq.