Matt, Jamesey & Jihad

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  • Show Times: Makin Moves & Bang The Drum

    Thursday 20:00 - 22:00

When did you begin DJ'ing and what made you start?

Started dj'ing in 1994. I was massively into dance music in the 90's, grew up listening to people like Steve Jackson on Kiss 100 FM and pirate radio stations such as Girls FM. DJs on these stations played particular house and garage records you could only buy in record shops so that drew me to being a vinyl 12' buyer. Visually loved watching djs in clubs such as Ministry of Sound working tracks with the crowd and buzz they would get off of it and I felt I wanted a piece of that.

I remember saving up for ages in 1995 and then finally being able to buy two record players off someone for £100, the guy obviously saw me coming but I was so happy at the time and thought it was going to be easy lol.. Then came the Soundlabs and then the Technics and then the Pioneer CDJs, how times have changed in 20 years.

What would you say influenced you towards House music?

I suppose it is a clique but I'd say 'the feeling', there's nothing quite like it when a dj drops a certain track in the club or you hear something in a record shop and you get that spine tingling feeling, nothing like it for me. I find these days it's hard to get that initial feeling about a track unless of course you hear it out in a club because with the advent of the Internet you listen to clips of music online and it's just not the same. I like the deeper and more soulful side of house music so its often the songs themselves that also captivate me. I do currently have my own label Makin' Moves Records (www.makin-moves.co.uk) which I started with my partner Jamesey in 2012 so if you check our catalogue of music you can get a feel for the music that I like!

Of the many genres of House, which are your favourite?

 

The more deeper, and soulful side, I like the rhythms and musicanship aswell as the songs. However in more recent years I've started playing some afro house. I've been lucky enough to work in the music that I love, the first record label I worked for was Papa Records home of artists such as Reel People from 2004-2008 and then in 2009 I founded Tribe Records with Dean Zepherin, where we signed not only soulful house music but afro house from artists in South Africa because at the time it was the flavour of the moment. As a record label owner you have to be very open-minded to trends and where you want to take your music.

Which artists, producers and tracks stand out for you, both now and from the past?

Artists

Jill Scott
Common
Marsha Ambrosius
Q Tip
Peven Everett
Roy Ayers
Monique Bingham
Omar
Incognito
Brand New Heavies

Producers

Osunlade
Ron Trent
Glenn Underground
DJ Spinna
Timmy Regisford
Louie Vega
MAW

Name some highlights or a profound moment in your time as a DJ

 

I did start out as a dj but after I worked for Papa Records I started to become a promoter running their monthly night which I became the resident for and then since then I've tended to dj behind a brand. Id say my biggest moment as a promoter was when I was with Tribe and we had over 1000 people attend our Winter Music Conference event in Miami in 2009, it was our first event in America and I was blown away by the global support of the deep soulful house scene at that time.

As a DJ, I'd probably say my biggest moment was playing at my first Makin' Moves party in Brooklyn, New York last summer, the vibe was fantastic. I'm looking forward to going back again a few more times this year!

Have you done any production? If not, is it something you aim to do?

 

I haven't done any production. However, running a label I do go into the studio often to listen to mastering of tracks that are coming out on the label. Also, ive done some executive producing where ive gone into the studio with an artists and made suggestions on musical direction and arrangements. I'd say my main skills are in promotion and marketing.

Going on from that, what are your musical plans for the future?

 

We have lots of great music to drop on our label Makin' Moves Records this year so keep any eye out for those releases and you'll obviously hear those exclusively on www.housefm.net every Saturday night from 6-8pm..

Also, looking to give new artists a chance so please send you demos into us!

 

On the event side we have big plans to do more events worldwide including parties coming up in New York, Miami, Paris and Japan.