DJ and record producer Matoma also known as Tom Stræte Lagergren performed this past weekend at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay's annual Big Night. We spoke with the Norwegian native and he shared his love of the outdoors and traveling the world.
Matoma performing at the annual Big Night party held at the House of Blues, Boston.
Boston Common: We’re incredibly excited to have you here in Boston for Big Night in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Is the vibe different in the room when you’re performing for such a charity minded audience?
Matoma: I treat all the audiences the same, to give them a good time and bring energy that makes them want to dance. We are here to celebrate an amazing cause and also it's Saturday night! I just want to be there and do my thing and hope that the people will like it.
You’ve collaborated with some incredible artists from Jennifer Lopez to Sean Paul and Noah Cyrus. What new projects do you have coming up that you can share with us?
Matoma: I have some secrets that I can’t share, but one thing I can say is that I’m releasing a full album in March. The name of the album is One in a Million and that was my concept for the album and also the name of the tour that I’m on right now. Its like that phrase people say… “you’re one in a million.” Everybody is special in their own way and has their own story to tell and this is my story.
Where did you come up with your stage name, Matoma?
Matoma: That’s a funny story, my brother and I had a party after a Calvin Harris concert and we had been drinking a little and my brother came up to me and said 'Tom, I love you and I’m only saying this because you’re my brother but your stage name is shit. You need to change it, your music is good but the name isn’t as great as your music.' We started an argument/discussion and that got a little heated and one of my friend’s understood the conversation and he said, 'Tom you need to chill and take life easy, Hakuna Matata, and then my brother wanted to say back Hakuna Matata but he spelled it wrong as Hakuna Matoma.'
Where do you see music in the year 2020?
Matoma: I take music one day at a time. I’m really lucky to be in a position where I have gotten to a place where I get in the room with songwriters and will produce both for myself and for other artists, and that I have a label that supports me and helps me grow. I have my fans and followers and my goal now is to create more music that people love and support and to expand my horizons even more, go to more countries and be more involved in more charity work.