Matt Masters, the London-based DJ/Producer taught himself how to mix whilst studying at University for a Science degree in Music in 2001. Realising he had a flair for mixing, he purchased a set of his own decks and began playing monthly at a bar in Camden Town, London. Since then he has gone onto DJ at a large number of venues across the UK and Worldwide, presents his own Radioshow and has appeared on Ministry of Sound, House FM, Push FM and Unknown FM radio stations.
In early 2004 he began a work experience placement at Freerange Records and spent his first season in Ibiza as resident DJ for Kinky Malinki, Pukka Up and SunSea Bar. During the season he appeared at many venues including Privilege, El Divino and Es Paradis. Matt was invited to join the Freerange team permanently that year and the label and its artists have played a fundamental part in his musical influences and ambitions.
Matt has played alongside Switch, Hipp-E, Jimpster, Palmskin, Mike Monday, Kirk Degiorgio and Shur-I-Kan at the London Freerange Records label parties. He has also appeared at the Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona with Milton Jackson, Garcy Noise, Tres Manos & Nacho Marco. He has also enjoyed a Freerange Records residency at AKA, London and is currently helping to find a new home for the monthly Freerange night.
In addition to his DJ gigs Matt hosts the monthly Freerange Records Podcast with guests so far including Jimpster, Diesel (X-Press 2), Roberto Rodriguez, Pezzner, Mike Monday, Fred Everything, Brett Johnson, Nacho Marco, Solomun, Shur-I-Kan, Simbad, Shimiko, Palmskin Productions, Tony Lionni and Milton Jackson with nearly 11,000 downloads per week. This show is syndicated worldwide on various radio stations including Ibiza Sonica 95.2FM (Ibiza), SS Radio (UK), Club FM (Macedonia), Future Beat (UK), Proton Radio (USA), Lush Radio (Dubai), Dinamo FM (Turkey) & Pulse Radio (South Africa). He also recorded a Freerange Records Mix Compilation back in 2005 with tracks entirely from the Freerange Records catalogue – all the previous Podcasts and Mix compilation can be downloaded from the I-Tunes music store.
March 2007 saw the release of Brett Johnson’s ‘Life in the Emerald City’ EP which featured Matt’s debut remix – a digital exclusive of ‘WeR1’. Matt’s 2nd remix for Freerange was a re-work of Jimpster’s ‘A Love Like This’ and received airplay on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection on Radio 1 when Groove Armada filled in for Pete. The 3rd for Freerange which is due out soon is Pezzner’s ‘Other Lover’ so look out for that. In addition to this Matt has also remixed for Nacho Marco’s ‘Crash Test’ on Pacha Records, for Timo Garcia’s ‘Hang Loose’ on Berwick Street Records, for Corregated Tunnel’s ‘2nd Thoughts’ on Urbantorque, Harold Heath’s ‘Mercury Blues’ on Elevation Records with much more in the pipeline for the likes of Deepology and Justified Cause (see below for more details).
A collaboration with Paddy Freeform is due for release through his Universal Vibes label soon, which will include 2 original tracks as yet untitled. Matt also works with Mr Cenzo under their Mididropmusic guise on various new EP’s. The first of which was signed to Guess Records entitled ‘Movement EP’ and kept the number 1 spot on Juno Download for 2 weeks and the Joints From The Lab EP on Glideslope Records reached number 2 on the Beatport Deep House Chart. The ‘Freshly Cooked EP’ on Loudeast Records is was releases in January 2009 with Chubby Dubz on remix duties. Matt and Cenzo are currently finishing off remix work for Adjust Records, 303 Lovers, Plastic City, TriCircle Records & one for Jay-J on his Shifted Music Label and these will be out 2009 in addition to adding the finishing touches to their fourth, fifth and sixth EP’s – one of which is a collaboration with Sebastian Davidson on 54 Music.
Currently, Matt is having success with his solo release, ‘Deep or What’, through Pack Up And Dance with Milton Jackson & soul Minority on remix duties which reached number 2 on the Beatport deep house download chart. In addition to this he also has had a digital release of the ‘Walk the Walk EP’ which includes ‘Rolling’ and ‘Walk the Walk’ through Urbantorque Records. This was released in November 07 and getting big support from the likes of Jimpster, Nacho Marco, James Mowbray, Murray Richardson, Mazi, Alex Parsons & Steve Mill to name but a few and also scored 4/ 5 in Mixmag Magazine UK (feedback available on request).