Composer / Cellist / Sound Designer / DJ

Mad EP

Biography

Classically-trained cellist Matthew Peters has been composing under the name Mad EP for over 20 years, released several critically acclaimed albums, and performed over 80 shows in 23 cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Collaboration is a central pillar of Peters' work and his releases are full of appearances from hip-hop MCs the Shadow Huntaz, Vandell 'equivalANT' Harris, Area Filthy One; jazz trumpeter David Young, drummer Bryce Beverlin II, guitarist Nicholas Major; and his own improvisation consort - the Manhattan Gimp Project.  Additionally, he has composed for experimental theatre productions in Chicago and New York (including a sold-out residency at Collective:Unconscious with the Psychasthenia Society). 

His genre-bending show 'Tasty Cyanide Radio' on Sub.FM ran for 6 years and he has contributed countless guest DJ and live mixes for various radio shows and podcasts across the globe. He has provided remixes for such notable artists as Unique 3, Aspects, Dälek, End.user, Patric Catani, Wage of Sin, Puppetmastaz, Mochipet, Jason Forrest; and been featured as a cellist on tracks by Venetian Snares, DJ Vadim, and Leafcutter John.

After a few years of dormancy, Peters has begun composing again with a particular interest in collaborating with dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers.

Bass.hed art by Ben Didier

Selected Dance Collaboration Videos

For Those Who Struggle With Life

Jake Nwogu - dancer/choreographer

Dan Lowenstein - filmmaker

Mad EP - composer/cellist

Menuet

Balansart Moses - dancer

Anel Reyes - filmmaker

Mad EP - composer/cellist

INSIDE(out)

Sebastien Kapps - dancer/choreographer

Amy Madden - filmmaker

Mad EP - composer/cellist

Mrs Mr

Newton's Enemies Crew - dancers

Anel Reyes - filmmaker

ShadowHuntaz - vocals

Mad EP - composer

Selected Discography

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When I'm 6   (12")

Ad Noiseam

*debuted on John Peel's legendary show on Radio 1, selected for his final playlist*

"One of the alt hip hop records of the year, hands down."

- Norman Records [UK]

When I'm 6
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Eine Kleine Madmusik   (mini-CD) 

part of Travel Sickness 8 x mini-CD compilation

Hymen Records

Stabat Mater
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the Madlands Trilogy   (3CD) 

Ad Noiseam

"If an artist like Mad EP, who has already been credited with changing the horizon of contemporary music, sets out to redefine the parameters of what is possible and still comprehensible, it takes a humungous effort like “The Madlands Trilogy” to succeed." 

- Tokafi [DE]

 

"With this collection, Peters has shown he can compete and often outrun some of the great cinematic beatscape makers and soundtrack composers. One of the most varied and enjoyable effortless albums of the year."

- Musique Machine [FR]

Catholic Minimart Drift
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Eating Movies   (CD) 

Ad Noiseam

"Eating Movies approaches the intensity of No U-Turn and the scale of Kevin Martin's Techno Animal, while never remaining still enough to allow comprehension of its full DNA.."

- the Wire [UK]

Scab Removal Technique
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Not Afraid of Spiders   (CD) 

Hymen Records

"Highly Recommended!"

- Vital Weekly [NL]

"Mad EP‘s 'Not Afraid of Spiders' genre-jumps something wicked, only between myriad imaginary genres I wouldn’t quite know how to name."

- Wayne & Wax [USA]

Stealing Yr Last Breath
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Bass.Hed   (CD) 

Ad Noiseam

"Bass.Hed is the phattest, face-ripping hip-hop record Germany has ever seen."

- Pop Matters [CA]

 

"Best of 2008"

- Headphone Commute [UK]

Pressure Cooker
Yuido
Bad News