© Jakob Kratzer

Mantha is Fabian Wintersteller’s solo project. Inspired by Aphex Twin and Nine Inch Nails the producer started experimenting with beats as a teenager. A few years and a couple of SoundCloud-exclusive releases later, Mantha will drop his official debut album Cupcake this winter. The first single "Brioche" was released on June 21st on Assim Records.

Mantha’s second, ecstatic, dark and aggressive club track "ROST" combines genres like UK Garage, Big Beat and Industrial. Through hectic beats, static noise and rolling bass, the follow-up single creates a hounded atmosphere, which, joined by melancholic melodies and soundscapes becomes a storm of danceable and arousing negativity. “Inspired by Bret Eastons Ellis’ novels, the track embodies a cold world, marked by depression and hebetude, ruptured by excess, sex, drugs and violence.”


Taking a pass on professional music studios, Mantha prefers bedroom-producing because of static and disturbing noise, which he meticulously deconstructs into separate sound elements. Rearranged, sampled and micro-sampled those sound elements transform into Mantha’s typical in-your-face beats. “I also record things like creaky doors, the metro and chirping birds on my phone and sample elements from the recordings.”


During the production of the LP Cupcake Mantha reflected on current sociocultural changes, especially on the fake-mentality online: “The fake cotton candy world on the Internet results in superficial behavior and relationships – we’re all made out of blood, bones and bowel, regardless of our appearance. It’s the same with pastry. Visually it might be foodporn, but usually it’s just made out of regular things like flour, butter and sugar.”