“I’m kind of nervous,” were the first words out of Mateo’s mouth to a room full of bloggers at Premier Studios in NYC. When the butterflies in his stomach had settled, he greeted everyone graciously. “I’ve been doing this for a few years. The people who have really been holding me down are everybody in this room.”
The singer has a reason to be thankful for all of the support he has received in his recent departure from MySpace Records. He’s getting his feet wet in a new venture with Krucial Noise, started by Alicia Keys’ famed producer Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, whom Mateo met while recording in MySpace’s studios. The two are working closely on Mateo’s upcoming mixtape, Love & Stadiums.
According to the former financial consultant, the 17-track freebie sports over-the-top production, or “big stadium, big arena sounding music,” all poured over love songs. Fans will hear some of their favorite tunes sampled, with a Mateo spin of course. “I don’t necessarily want to sing the song over the beat that someone else did—I want to infuse my own style into it,” he explains.
Check below for Rap-Up.com’s 7-track preview of Love & Stadiums.