Matt was first introduced to the club scene at the tender age of 14 by his older sister, two years later, he finally got his hands on a pair of turntables. After setting up regular club nights in Brighton and winning a few DJ competitions, Matt started to attract a bit of attention.
Nearly 15 years later, he’s played at clubs across Europe and the US including Florida, New York, Ibiza, Tenerife, a brief SE Asia Tour and closer to home bookings include Ministry of Sound and various venues across London, Brighton and the South Coast.
Studio time takes up a big part of his schedule and he is also resident DJ and co-founder of Therapy Brighton; his responsibilities include musical programming for events, A & R and strategy for Therapy.
The HMR Q&A
1. What made you start DJing?
The love of music – hearing house music at the age of 14 and that was it – I was hooked and knew I had to do it.
2. Who would you say was your biggest influence on the dance scene and why?
Sash and John Digweed are by far my biggest influences. There are few DJ”s that can create such incredible sound scapes, have kept true to their roots and command and incredibly loyal following. Through thick and thin, they have stuck to the underground and never ‘sold out’. True pioneers still at the top of their game 20 years later.
3. Compare the scene now to how it was when you first started spinning. What differences, good or and bad, do you see. What do you see for the future of the DJ?
The scene is different, but still good, just different. You have to be so much more than ‘just a DJ’ nowadays to get noticed, it’s a shame – it’s much harder for new talent breaking through.
The future will change things again, as it always does. EDM will take a bit of a back seat and more interesting sounds will break through as young people’s musical pallets mature – much like with the hardhouse/trance bubble back in the late 90’s and early noughties. EDM will be a gateway into other genres.
4. Favourite label, Favourite artist, Favourite track?
5. To date what has been the best experience you have had as a DJ?
Getting lost in the music and taking the crowd on a journey.
6. If you could play anywhere, where would it be?
In a forest opening. I love outdoor parties.
7. Your favourite Housemasters DJ and why?
DJ125er has a special place in my heart for his commitment.
8. Biggest mistake, biggest fail, most embarrassing moment as a DJ / at a gig?
Too many to list! We’ve all missed a beat. I played a 10am set once and completely mis-judged what the audience would want. Had to improvise there!
9. How do you keep check of ego?
We all have ego’s, it’s just how you handle it. Just be who *you* are – everyone else is taken. Cliche saying I know, but it’s true.
10. How do you find Housemasters, we like to call it your home of house music, do you see it like that and if not, how do we change that?
I love housemasters – been with you guys fairly consistently for a few years now. Keep up the good work, stay cool and stay happy