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Midi Matilda

Midi Matilda

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Oakland, CA

Labels

Independent

Members

Logan Grime
Skyler Kilborn

Writers

Logan Grime
Skyler Kilborn

Contact Info

Management:
Josh Flaherty josh@manncom.com

Marketing:
Jason Lekberg jason.lekberg@lekbergenterprises.com

Band:
Logan Grime
logangrime@me.com
Skyler Kilborn
skyler.kilborn@gmail.com

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The San Francisco-based duo—Skyler Kilborn and Logan Grimé—comprise a rather unconventional but extraordinarily catchy electro-pop duo that’s more than happy to do everything themselves: songwriting, instruments, audio engineering, producing, video production, artwork, even live shows (“Just the two of us does make touring easy,” notes Kilborn.)

“It’s not like we’re against collaborating,” says Grimé, Midi’s drummer. “We’re just really hands-on with everything.”

Midi Matilda officially started in 2011. Named after both Grime’s great, great grandmother Mini Matilda de calca jour (who migrated from France to own one of the first gold mines in Virginia City) and a picture of a robot his dad drew that played music, the electro-pop duo immediately drew rave reviews. “[A band] uniquely poised for imminent world takeover,” said The Huffington Post. “Impeccably polished and produced,” added SF Weekly. And The Burning Gear simply noted, “It’s kind of perfect.” Influential SF alternative station Live 105 crowned Midi “their favorite new band,” while comparisons to everyone from M83 to Passion Pit abounded (credit Kilborn’s tender falsetto for the latter praise).

Since releasing the EP Red Light District in 2013, Midi Matilda has focused exclusively on releasing one song at a time. Recently, that includes the buoyant synth-pop earworm “Tidal Wave” (which features a wildly inventive vid clip that should win some sort of “Most Locations Ever Used In a Music Video” award) and “You Make Me Feel Like,” a slinky, horn-infused pop jam that took three years to perfect.

While going a more digital route helped the band branch out musically, Kilborn’s been careful with how they use all these new sounds. “We have a rather massive toolbox to work with,” says the singer. “The trick has been teaching ourselves to be minimal, despite that freedom. And to make sure we sound like we’re always the same, cohesive band.”

To capture their expansive sound live, the band features Grimé on drums and Kilborn using a Misa tri-bass, a unique fusion of an iPad-like touchscreen, three “string” guitar and MIDI controller. “I wanted to make electronic music, but I had history as a guitarist and a singer,” explains Kilborn. “And I didn’t think pushing knobs looked that interesting.”

It’s not a traditional set up. And the band sees no reason to change that, or any other part of their approach to art.

“We don’t want Midi Matilda to just be about people listening to songs,” says Grimé. “We have a lot of great ideas: we want it this to be an experience. We want to create cool stuff that’s different ... but still us.”
5 tracks found
Midi Matilda "Apple Pie (Instrumental)"
Album: Apple Pie - Single
Genres: Alternative Pop, Electro Pop, Pop
Moods: Bouncy, Driving, Euphoric, Groovy
Instrumental: Yes
Midi Matilda "Talk About It (Full)"
Genres: Alternative Pop, Electro Pop, Pop, Pop Rock
Moods: Bittersweet, Dreamy, Sentimental
Midi Matilda "Talk About It (Instrumental)"
Genres: Alternative Pop, Electro Pop, Pop, Pop Rock
Moods: Bittersweet, Dreamy, Sentimental
Instrumental: Yes
Midi Matilda "Tidal Wave (Full)"
Genres: Alternative Pop, Electro Pop, Pop, Pop Rock
Moods: Dance, Fun, Lovestruck, Upbeat
Midi Matilda "Tidal Wave (Instrumental)"
Genres: Alternative Pop, Electro Pop, Pop, Pop Rock
Moods: Dance, Fun, Lovestruck, Upbeat
Instrumental: Yes
3 Albums Found

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