Twenty years of musical evolution


From the early days in suburban Sweden Materia has now been featured by Carl Cox, BBC Radio 6 Music, Swedish Radio P3 Dans and has has been #1 on DJ Download Dubstep Top 100. His debut album Atlas is out on Slime Recordings.

Materia, real name Jan Warner, started his music career on an Amiga 500 in Sweden in 1988. Since then he has ventured through many styles of electronic music and seen the birth of genres like breakbeat, jungle and drum'n'bass in the 1990s. Over time he acquired more dedicated audio hardware and soon decided to take his music production to a new level, and to a wider audience. The first stage was to approach national radio channel SR P3 and he quickly got recognized in shows such as P3 Dans, P3 Demo, Morgonpasset and Syntax Error.

In 2001, record store owner Thomas Bergsten approached wanting to start a new drum'n'bass label. Pressure Cut Recordings was formed out of the Back To Plastic record store in Linköping and on it they released his debut vinyl 12 inch under the alias Hidden Lab. Not long after he signed a breakbeat remix to Invisible Records in Chicago under the Soil of Sound monicker.

In July 2002 he ventured to the UK for his debut club gig at Pace in South London and traveled the country to make new contacts in both London, Bristol and Edinburgh. Back home full of new input he was part of starting a new drum'n'bass club night called Conscious, booking international guests in an attempt to bring new sounds to his home town.

In 2003 the Conscious collective started a weekly radio show on Stockholm based radio station clubDECKS that would run uninterrupted for the next two years, gaining a steady following by representing the full drum'n'bass spectrum. In spring 2005 Materia was booked to play his first tour in Poland followed up by an annual return to the country in the coming years.

In 2007 Jan moved to Denver, Colorado and played a variety of gigs in Denver and Minneapolis, including a live set at the IMAX Theater at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, getting acknowledgements from astronaut Russell "Rusty" Schweikart.

Coming back from the US, he relocated to Stockholm and immersed himself in the thriving Swedish house music scene. In the summer of 2009, a remix of Houseclap (previously Spånka) on PR Records marked the first release in house, with many releases following since. Materia was commissioned to remix Boom Jinx for London-based house label Distinctive, collaborated with techno legend Håkan Lidbo, participated in the national radio P2 Ström "Music of the Future" project and in the country's largest newspaper Dagens Nyheter's "Klassisk Remix" music project.

Moving countries again, he now calls Bristol, UK his hometown since the summer of 2010. The productions are tending more and more towards house and the breed of post-dubstep emerging in Bristol. Materia has played gigs at TB2, Dojo's, The Cube and The Bank and was integral in creating the club concept LOST! at TB2.

In the summer of 2011, the track 'Response', originally signed to Lowbit Recordings, was licensed by Carl Cox for his Ten Years of Space Ibiza album, spreading the Materia sound to a whole new range of international ears. Carl Cox keeps supporting new musical output and has played the new Materia, Sonic Union & Bastards of Funk collaboration 'We Acknowledge' several times already.

With releases on Bristol-based labels Slime and Drawn as well as Indigo, Lowbit, PR Records, Mystery Train, False Flag, Dubkraft and an official remix for electro pop outfit Den Svenska Björnstammen 2011 was a pivotal year and as 2012 starts with 'Komatiite EP' on Slime Recordings topping the DJ Download Dubstep Top 100 for over a week, 2012 could only mean taking things further.

In May 2013 the debut album Atlas was released on Slime Recordings on vinyl, CD and digital formats - a full length album comprising a variety of music created over 18 months together with a group of collaborators. In October 2013, the remix EP with six tracks interpreting various Atlas pieces was released.

Since 2013, Jan is on a sabbatical from music production to focus on family life, but music is ever present and ideas are always brewing. It will not be long until the next piece of music drops. Keep your eyes suitably peeled and your ears to the speakers.