Matt Tolfrey’s tireless devotion and relentless energy have taken him to a stage where he is beginning to shape the musical world around him. Having learnt his trade warming up for the biggest players in house and techno he now heads up a clutch of burgeoning labels, cherry picking the finest talent he encounters on his global DJ travels. As a DJ and label boss Matt joins the dots between old-school values and the cut and thrust of today’s music scene.
Matt has been insistently pulling and pushing at the boundaries of house music for over 10 years. Witnessing a 2002 set at Matt’s first residency at The Bomb left such a mark on Craig Richards that he invited the then 21-year-old to play at a Tyrant at fabric a few months later. The close affinity to the London club continues to this day, either on main room duty, hosting label parties or on the main stage – debuting his live act with Inxec in October 2010.
His energy and desire to raise himself above his peers is now recognised by clubs world wide. With Panorama Bar (Berlin), D Edge (Sao Paolo), Rex (Paris) and Warehouse 702 (Tokyo) all falling for the wobble and bounce that characterises Matt’s unique style. Regular visits stateside culminated in 2010, headlining the notorious Need I Say More party, which kicks off after DEMF at Old Miami, presided over by the Visionquest party boys. The second US Leftroom excursion lands in late 2011.
Known to record buyers through his family of labels, Leftroom, Leftroom Ltd and Left’d as well as the edits label Foot and Mouth, he has released bombs from the likes of Jamie Jones, Pablo Cahn and Lee Curtiss over the 5 year history of the imprint. Tracks such as Audiojack’s ‘Robot’ in 2006 and Ito & Star’s ‘Sudoko Kid’ in 2007 and the Skream remix of MarcAshken’s Roots Dyed Dark, also in 2007 became stand up classics after being unearthed by Leftroom. With Matt on the decks, future classics in this league are usually just a mix away, holding resolutely to his mantra – not to release a track he would not play.
As a frenetic A&R scout Matt always has a new talent on his radar, his hunger to find the hottest new dance floor bombs has led him to build one of the farthest reaching networks of modern electronic music. On reaching 5 years the label will kick back into life again and start to draw from this. After 2 years of focusing on bringing through new talent, there are some big releases on the horizon for 2011.
The Leftroom family of labels as much reflects Matt’s ability to bond with US acts such as Seth Troxler and Wolf + Lamb as it does his ability to recognise raw talent in the likes of Robin Ordell and Mark Chambers – part of a hot new generation of UK house heads. Likewise, going full circle to his DJ heritage, he will be releasing remixes for one of his all time favourite tracks, Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend, and will be working on a remix of DJ Ali on the resurgent Classic imprint.
Matt’s landmark first mix CD, the self released Don’t Be Left Out will soon have a follow up after he has been commissioned to mix the first instalment on the new 1Trax mix series, with Einzelkind already lined up for the second installment.
Constantly striving to better himself, perfecting production is the next step. Collaborations with Inxec have seen tracks such as (I Just Cant) Take It snapped up by Cocoon. The massive Hollywood on Culprit and 2010’s Almost There on Rekids scratch the surface of the production ideas yet to be explored by Matt. From his first vocal performance on Candy, a new track from Lee Curtiss, to a studio album in the pipeline, Matt is looking to round off his game and consolidate his place at the top of the electronic pile.