If Prince and David Gahan had
a baby in Paris in 1990, that
child might now be making
music like this.
– Guardian UK
About Human Life
“This” meaning the work of LA-based Human Life, a.k.a. Matthew Wasley. Citing influences as diverse as The KLF, Prince, Happy Mondays, the sort of leftfield disco played by DJ Harvey and classic house producers like Mr. Fingers, Matthew produces catchy, potent electronic music with engaging vocals and strong song writing.
Human Life’s sound combines the best of the underground and the overground without contriteness or awkwardness – and it’s one that’s caught the attention of artists ranging from French legend Alan Braxe, Lee Foss & Jamie Jones, MK/Marc Kinchen, Jaymo and Andy George, Grum, Aeroplane, Sasha, A-Trak and even the late DJ Mehdi, who played Human Life tracks on every date of his Carte Blanche tour.
Originally from Boston, Matthew now lives in Los Angeles with the city’s nightlife providing another strand of influence in the project’s sound. The project began in 2009 as a collaboration between Matthew and producers Joshua Collins & Rachael Starr. Since then the project has played standout gigs in New York’s legendary Webster Hall and Le Bain @ The Standard, L.A.’s number 1 nightspots Sound & Avalon, Neon Noise Project at XOYO (London) and Razzmatazz (Barcelona) Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas,
and a showcase spot at the prestigious In The City music conference (set up by Hacienda and Factory Records legend Tony Wilson).
After releases on the project’s own LIFEX Recordings, they found their smash ‘In It Together’ being played on music TV stations around the world with the video receiving over 300,000 views on YouTube. This global buzz caught the attention of various labels and was subsequently licensed to Defected Records and Sony Australia (One Love). The track also received a makeover from none other than the Godfather of house music, Frankie Knuckles, which resulted in a No.1 on Traxsource for 4 weeks and praise from BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong who said “they don’t make ‘em like this anymore” live on air.
Most recently Human Life released ‘Falling’, a collaboration with white hot vocalist Anabel Englund as part of Hot Creations Hot Waves 4. 2014 however, is set to be Human Life’s biggest yet with a steady stream of single’s, EP’s & remixes already completed and slated for early spring release, including 2 new collaborations with Anabel. Stay tuned!