In the fourth edition of our film series with SONOS, the Ghostly International co-founder takes us back to the small ranch town where it all started.

If there's one thing that sets Matthew Dear apart as an electronic artist, it's his gift for singing and songwriting—not the most common skill-set for someone who came up in Detroit's techno scene. Starting in the late '90s, Dear made a name for himself with blistering club tracks on Ghostly International (the label he started with Sam Valenti IV), but it was his voice, lyrics and swagger as a frontman that would later make him such a unique icon. The source of this talent goes back even further than Detroit to Dear's childhood home in Kingsville, Texas, where his father, also a professional musician, taught him to sing and play guitar. In this episode of ORIGINS, Dear heads to Kingsville for the first time in over a decade to revisit spots from his childhood and "pick some guitar" with his dad. "I wanna see some places I used to go," he says. "What is nostalgia, what is real, what are my memories worth?"

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Filmed, Directed and Edited by Patrick Nation
Producer - Debbie Butts
Executive Producers - Ryan Keeling, Nick Sabine
Dubbing Mixer - Guy Clarke
Colourist - Adam Clarke (

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