Interview with London-Based Producer "MODEL 86"



February 2018

Writing, producing and experimenting from an early age, Manchester-born MODEL 86 (aka Matthew Wilcock) dropped out of art college to study music and began exploring a waypoint between beats, golden age hip hop, electronics, dance and art.

Wilcock chose the pseudonym 'MODEL 86' due to its androgyny and much like the name, his music is a fluid, shapeshifting sound which stretches its appeal to fans of numerous genres. His diverse back catalogue of self-released material highlights Wilcock’s rich depth of influences, from artists Nils Frahm to Jamie xx and Flume to Japanese composer Ryoji Ikeda. His varied musical style seeing support from tastemakers at BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6music, NME and Nowness.

Forthcoming EP “I Was Depressed And Anxious For Most Of My 20s Until I Came Off My Tablets” addresses some of his own personal experiences through a smirk of beats

vocals and hooks in the singles ‘FAMOUS’ (ft. Rayon Nelson), ‘TRAUMA’, and ‘I Don’t Give A Fuck What U Say, Which Means I Do’.

Wilcock extends his genre-spanning talent as a successful composer and sound designer working with a host of global giants, including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Audi, Nike and Adidas as well as scoring a number of feature films. It is collaborations which excite him most.

“Collaborating with people, musicians and filmmakers, is what gets me out of bed in the
morning”, says Matthew. “When you work with special talents, you want to match them and show them what you can do - they push you out of your comfort zone.”

Multi-talented, diverse, and highly personable, MODEL 86 is quickly carving himself a reputation as one of electronic music’s most exciting and fast-rising talents.



Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?

Model 86: Go to the studio in London in the morning, over the past few months I’ve been working about 7 hours a day then go home. I’ll play some PUBG, go cinema then if I’m not too tired work on some more music.

Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?

Model 86: I’ve been doing a bunch of MODEL 86 sessions as well as some other music. I work on a lot of commercial projects; Nike, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Hyundai, G Star and so many more.

Daily News: What was the inspiration for your career route?

Model 86: I’m not sure, I have loved music since I was a kid, I used to sing in front of the class in primary school which is funny to think of now. I did fine art until I was about 19 then dropped out to studio music, which I did as a hobby. I have also just made stuff.

Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?

Model 86: Dealing with time and myself. Deciding how best to spend time, what to work on and spending enough time on things, giving them enough time to breath. I think sometimes the variety of my MODEL 86 stuff could be confusing which I need to whittle down a bit. I’m still discovering myself I guess.

Most exciting is working with some of the most exciting visuals studios and people in the world. I get the chance to work on stunning looking films with cool brands and with people all over the world. It’s really hard work too but, fun.

Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?

Model 86: I don’t at all. I’m really bad at it. I have really bad sleep hygiene; I get the most excited about life in the middle of the night, which makes it hard to go to bed. Then I’m a dark cloud in the morning and don’t want to be in the world.

Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Model 86: I’m honestly not sure. Mostly probably just getting to this place. I also don’t really rate my achievements like that I guess, they don’t feel like achievements. I’ve worked on a lot of cool commercials. It was really fun when Waves ’98 won the Palme D’or and I worked on one of my friends feature films last year.

Daily News: Where do you see yourself in 5?

Model 86: At the Proms, doing live shows, working with talented artists, doing installations / exhibitions. I might have lived in Japan or the US by then.

Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

Model 86: Work hard. Don’t listen to anyone who says anything un-constructively negative in your direction. Make friends and ask questions. Invest in yourself.


Daily News: Where is your favourite place to dine in your city and why?

Model 86: On The Bap, awesome Korean BBQ places, they have a few now in London. Go for the buns and the fried chicken, OMG. Obenotoo the only guys who sell Okonomyaki in London and it’s good. Bone Daddies for Ramen. Bonus Eat Tokyo. Really good Salmon Teriyaki. Reasonable price. There are so many in town.

Daily News: What’s your most treasured possession?

Model 86: Probably data first, drives of music and files but I don’t treasure that much. Most things would just be a massive pain in the ass to replace. Money, it takes your time to earn it so I would like to keep it safe.


Daily News: Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?

Model 86: Haha, recently I’ve been binging Super Mario Maker YT streamers so… If you like cars and fun car insights go watch Doug Demuro. I get obsessed with stuff then move on quick. I’m a big Reddit user so I follow a lot of subthreads rather than specific people.

Daily News: If you could be in someone else’s shoes for a day, who would it be?

Model 86: Elon Musk, he seems to be on some next shit. Lot’s of different musicians just out of curiosity.

Daily News: What’s your favourite city/country to visit and why?

Model 86: If I don’t count Tokyo or Osaka, you can do everything there 1000%. Probably New York. I idolized that place growing up. 

Daily News: What is your greatest fear?

Model 86: For some reason it’s getting old, I have had that from very young, oh and the imposter syndrome thing.

Daily News: What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Model 86: Maccy Dees (McDonalds), though I haven’t done it in 2018 yet. Chocolate is my weakness too.

Daily News: And lastly, what does success look like to you?

Model 86: Lots of people listening to and liking what I’m creating, creating something I really like, then money and health. Having time to do whatever I want…. Oh and a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo S or GT3 ;)